Archive for the ‘English Language’ Category

WinDbg In Use: Debugging Exercises

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

The analogy between learning a complex tool with its own language and a foreign natural language has been developed further after the release of WinDbg Learning Cards and finally culminated in “WinDbg In Use” book series with the first book to be published during the 1st quarter of 2009:

  • Title: WinDbg In Use: Debugging Exercises (Elementary and Intermediate Level)
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: Opentask (15 March 2009)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-50-6
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Book Annotation: Includes 60 programmed exercises from real life debugging and crash dump analysis scenarios and multiple-choice questions with full answers, comments and suggestions for further reading.

Some example exercises will be published on this blog from time to time. I also plan a corresponding column in the forthcoming Debugged! magazine. 

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

Learning WinDbg as a foreign language

Monday, November 10th, 2008

When we have tool commands that sound similar to English words like common root French or German vocabulary to English why not to leverage time-proven foreign language learning techniques:

WinDbg: A Reference Poster and Learning Cards

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English for Software Engineers (with UML)

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

I’ve just started writing the new series for the Russian version of my blog. It is called English for Software Engineers (in Russian) where I found new uses for UML (Unified Modeling Language) to teach important grammar patterns and concepts. Just to show you an example, here are two sequence diagrams depicting the difference between Present Perfect Tense and Past Tense:

 - Dmitry Vostokov @ -