Archive for the ‘Debugged! MZ/PE’ Category

.NET and Java Debugging

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

This is the main topic of the forthcoming March Debugged! MZ/PE magazine issue:

Debugged! MZ/PE: .NET and Java Debugging, March, 2011 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1908043139)

The draft front cover is an allegory of a class hierarchy and was designed by my daughter, Alexandra Vostokova, a coauthor of Baby Turing book.

If you have an article idea or if you’d like to write an article for this issue please use the following contact form:

The deadline is the 31st of March. Articles will first appear in the online version and then in print.

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2010 in Retrospection (Part 2)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

One of the great surprises in 2010 was the popularity of page. I had never thought it was so popular! Originally forwarded to a subdomain of Crash Dump Analysis Portal when introduced in February, 2008 as a way to quickly download Debugging Tools for Windows and set up symbols it was made a full domain in July, 2010 with corresponding Google Analytics setup. Since then it enjoys 7,000 - 9,000 visits per month with almost 93% return rate with Microsoft, Intel, HP, Road Runner, Dell, Citrix, EMC, CA, Samsung, Cisco, Symantec, AMD, IBM, Oracle, and McAfee among its biggest users. I myself find it very useful in the field when I need to quickly setup debugging components. To the best of my knowledge the page remains the fastest way to that. There will be more useful information linked to it in 2011.

Another trend is the rise of the online version of Debugged! MZ/PE magazine that was completely redesigned in August, 2010 and now approaches 2,000 visitors per month. In 2011 there are some new initiatives coming for this online magazine.

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Tools for Software Problem Solving

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This is the main topic of the forthcoming December Debugged! MZ/PE magazine issue:

Debugged! MZ/PE: Tools for Software Problem Solving, December, 2010 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1908043023)

The draft front cover symbolizes an element of randomness and chance exceptions in software problem solving.

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Chance Exceptions in A Turing Machine

Monday, October 4th, 2010

This is an image fragment from the front cover of the forthcoming Debugged! MZ/PE December issue:

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Debugged! MZ/PE March print issue is out

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Finally, after the delay, the issue is available in print on Amazon and through other sellers:

Debugged! MZ/PE: Multithreading

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New Design of Online Debugged! Magazine

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The online version of Debugged! MZ/PE) underwent the total redesign:

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The Year of Debugging in Retrospection

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

The Year of Debugging, 0×7D9, was a remarkable year for Here is the list of achievements to report:

- Software Trace Analysis as a new discipline with its own set of patterns

- Unification of Memory Dump Analysis with Software Trace Analysis (DA+TA)

- New computer memory dump-based art movements: Opcodism and Physicalist Art

- Discovery of 3D computer memory visualization techniques

- Establishing Software Maintenance Institute

- Broadening software fault injection as Software Defect Construction discipline

- Establishing a new profession of a Software Defect Researcher

- Starting ambitious Dictionary of Debugging

- Publishing Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations book

- Publishing the first x86-free Windows debugging book: x64 Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations

- Establishing the new debugging magazine: Debugged! MZ/PE

- Publishing Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 3

- Cooperation with OpenTask to promote First Fault Software Problem Solving book

- Establishing Debugging Expert(s) Magazine Online

- Creating the first development process for debugging and software troubleshooting tools: RADII

- Publishing the first pattern-driven memory dump analysis troubleshooting methodology as a foundation for software debugging

- Proposal for an International Memory Analysts and Debuggers Day

- Almost completed Windows Debugging Notebook to be published soon

Now focuses on The Year of Dump Analysis, 0×7DA, as a foundation for the forthcoming debugging decade and reveals future plans this weekend.

I’m sure that many other organizations and individuals have no less remarkable accomplishments to report for 2009. I promise to track down and write about some of them in the forthcoming book:

The Science of Dr. Watson: An Illustrated History of Debugging (ISBN: 978-1906717070)

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Mystique Back Covers Revealed

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Some practical engineers asked me how do Debugged! MZ/PE magazine back covers look like from a birds eye view:


One engineer even commented that they look better and better (counterclockwise) :-) 

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2 Great Windows Software Engineering Magazines

Thursday, January 7th, 2010


If you know any other please let us know. For example, MSDN is great too, there was also a Visual C++-oriented magazine I used to read in the past. May be it is still in print. I plan to make a wider perspective picture later on. Both pictured magazines (Debugged! MZ/PE and NT Insider) are mainly oriented towards unmanaged and native code respectively (the former with a timeless computer science slant) but Debugged! soon to cover native, virtualized, interpreted and managed code environments too and aims to become a “Complete Debugging Magazine” similar to kernel vs. user process vs. complete memory dump file differences.

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Multiplatform Debugging, Defect Annotation and Visualization

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Main topics of Debugged! MZ/PE magazine issues for June and September 2010:

Debugged! MZ/PE: Multiplatform Software Defects, June, 2010 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1906717902)

Debugged! MZ/PE: Software Defect Visualization and Annotation, September, 2010 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1906717919)

Here are draft front covers designed today:

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Bugtation No.108

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Completely mutated Richard Dawkins‘ quotation after listening to his latest book “The Greatest Show on Earth” and reading Fern Elsdon-Baker’s book “The Selfish Genius”:

“Memory dumps are facts”.

Dmitry Vostokov’s statement upon hearing “Evolution is a fact.”

No offence to Dawkins’ camp, watch out the publication of the next issue of Debugged! magazine about systematics and evolution of software defects:

Darwinian Debugging

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Debugged! MZ/PE September issue is out

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Finally, after the long delay, the issue is available in print on Amazon and through other sellers:

Debugged! MZ/PE: Software Tracing

Buy from Amazon

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Darwinian Debugging

Monday, October 12th, 2009

To commemorate 200 years since Darwin’s birth and 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species, OpenTask plans to dedicate December, 2009 issue of Debugged! MZ/PE magazine to taxonomy and evolution of software defects and March, 2010 issue to multithreading (as natural selection).

Debugged! MZ/PE: Systematics and Evolution of Software Defects, December, 2009 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1906717827)

Debugged! MZ/PE: Multithreading, March, 2010 (Paperback, ISBN: 978-1906717834)

Here are draft front covers designed during last weekend:

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From Image to Imagination

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The best of artistic work commissioned by OpenTask to be published with annotations in the following book scheduled to open 2010, The Year of The Foundation of Debugging (Crash Dump Analysis):

Spikes, Hangs, Crashes, Leaks and Dumps of Imagination: The Art of the Debugging Art (ISBN: 978-1906717841)

Note: This is not a book about natural computer memory visualization.

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Can Software Tweet?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Every PID has its twitter account. Processes emit short trace messages (STM) and others subscribe to them. This is the technical support of the future, the concept of SoftWeet (*):

(*) to weet

to know; to wit (archaic)

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Forthcoming Books in Q4, 2009

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I plan the following titles to be published in Q4:

- Debugged! MZ/PE: Software Tracing, September, 2009 (ISBN: 978-1906717797)
- Windows Debugging Notebook: Essential Concepts, WinDbg Commands and Tools (ISBN: 978-1906717001)
- Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 3 (ISBN: 978-1906717438 and 978-1906717445)
- Memory Dump Analysis Anthology: Color Supplement for Volumes 1-3 (ISBN: 978-1906717698)
- First Fault Software Problem Solving: A Guide for Engineers, Managers and Users (ISBN: 978-1906717421) by Dan Skwire
- Crash Dump Analysis for System Administrators and Support Engineers (Windows Edition)  (ISBN: 978-1906717025) 

The title of the latter book was slightly changed. After some time we realized that the same material is appropriate for support engineers as well.

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Electronic Version of Debugged! Magazine

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Responding to numerous requests and suggestions I plan to make magazine interior excluding promotional vouchers available for free download. If someone needs covers including back covers where I put tips and tables to be used as posters or certification vouchers printed inside then they should buy the magazine from Amazon or other bookshops.

This initiative will be accompanied by a smart marketing trick that I plan to unveil in a few days together with the magazine website.

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Experiments on Poor Bugs

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

This is the real photo of tracing experiments used for the front cover of September 2009 issue of Debugged! magazine:

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September Issue of Debugged! MZ/PE

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Finally, the front cover has materialized for this issue of Debugged! magazine:

Debugged! MZ/PE: Software Tracing (ISBN: 978-1906717797)

If you have an article idea or if you’d like to write an article for us please use the following contact form:

The deadline for this issue is 25th of September.

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Thinking about New Directions

Monday, August 17th, 2009

This Sunday while drinking Turkish coffee (after 3 years of blogging) I was thinking about the new publishing year starting in September, the new year of reading (already started) and, in particular, about the cover of the forthcoming September issue of Debugged! MZ/PE magazine (to be revealed tonight).

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