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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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4 Years of Blogging!

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Today I celebrated 4 years of blogging that resulted in more than 2,000 posts across 8 blogs. I would like to thank everyone for their continuing support!

The updated timeline

This blog post belongs to the 5th year of blogging.

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WDPF book is available on Kindle platform

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

I’m pleased to announce that my book Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations is available on Amazon Kindle platform. It has been reformatted and edited to make it fit into the smallest Kindle device and pictures were specifically tailored to improve their viewing experience. The price has dropped to $9.99 (excluding possible VAT and international delivery if any). Please let me know if you have any problems with the content and I make any changes as soon as possible.

Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations (Kindle Edition)

Buy Kindle from Amazon

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Forthcoming Management Bits: An Anthology from Reductionist Manager

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Being a software engineer, the author penetrated a software technical support department of a major software company rising to a management position. There he started collecting various management bits and tips promising everyone to write a management book. After moving back to engineering he became a director of several software research, education, publishing and software behavior analysis consultancy institutions including a museum. This book is an anthology of selected and edited blog posts from his Management Bits and Tips blog.

What this book has to do with the crash dump analysis then? Considering metaphorically an organization as a software machine, teams as processes and individuals as threads the author had applied his unique knowledge of software crashes and hangs to organizational project failures.

  • Title: Management Bits: An Anthology from Reductionist Manager
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: OpenTask (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906717131

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MDAA Volumes are Asm Bestsellers

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Just noticed a rare event when all three volumes of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology occupy the first 3 positions on Bestsellers in Assembly Language Programming Amazon list (observed at the time of this writing):

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MDAAV1-3 Color Supplement has been published!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Previously announced book is now available on Amazon:

Memory Dump Analysis Anthology: Color Supplement for Volumes 1-3

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Forthcoming Book CDF and ETW Software Trace Analysis: Practical Foundations

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Modern pattern-driven software trace analysis on Microsoft and Citrix platforms urgently requires a practical guide and OpenTask plans to publish this summer the following book in both Practical Foundations and Systematic Software Fault Analysis series:

  • Title: Citrix Common Diagnostic Facility (CDF) and Microsoft Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) Software Trace Analysis: Practical Foundations
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: Opentask (August 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • ISBN: 1906717176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906717179
  • Paperback: 200 pages

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Crash Dump Analysis: Practical Foundations

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

It is time to start being systematic. In addition to all-encompassing multi-volume Memory Dump Analysis Anthology OpenTask starts Systematic Software Fault Analysis series with Crash Dump Analysis: Practical Foundations as the first book. It introduces basic definitions, tools, memory dump collection and preliminary analysis methods for Windows platforms including legacy versions. This practical reference guide is a must have for system administrators of Windows server platforms and client workstations, technical support engineers and general Windows users. It builds foundation for the second book Crash Dump Analysis for System Administrators and Support Engineers and the remaining tetralogy books Windows Crash Dump Analysis and Advanced Windows Crash Dump Analysis.

Product information:

  • Title: Crash Dump Analysis: Practical Foundations (Windows Edition, Systematic Software Fault Analysis Series)
  • Authors: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: Opentask (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-98-8
  • Paperback: 100 pages

Fromt cover:

Table of Contents to be published soon.

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TOC for MDAAV1-3 Color Supplement

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

The book is about to be submitted for publication. It has 68 full color illustrations. Here is TOC:

Table of Contents

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Forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology: Color Supplement for Volumes 1-3

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Memory Dump Analysis Anthology lacks full color inserts. This is rather a current limitation of POD technology that OpenTask publisher uses at the present time. The solution previously announced a year ago is to print a separate full color title with selected articles and illustrations. Finally, it is about to be published next month. The book front and back covers are collages from covers of individual memory dump analysis volumes:

TOC will be available soon. Here is the book data:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology: Color Supplement for Volumes 1-3
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Publisher: OpenTask (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.0
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906717698

OpenTask also plans a separate color supplement for volumes 4 and 5 once they are published. 

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FFSPS Book is No. 1 Microsoft OS English Book Bestseller in Germany

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Source: Amazon DE (at the time of this writing)


It is also the top best seller among OpenTask titles:

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Modern Memory Dump and Software Trace Analysis: Volumes 1-3

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

OpenTask to offer first 3 volumes of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology in one set:

The set is available exclusively from OpenTask e-Commerce web site starting from June. Individual volumes are also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores worldwide.

Product information:

  • Title: Modern Memory Dump and Software Trace Analysis: Volumes 1-3
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (31 May 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-99-5

Information about individual volumes:

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The Korean Edition of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 1

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I’m very pleased to announce that the Korean edition is available:

The book can be found on: 

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Forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 4

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

This is a revised, edited, cross-referenced and thematically organized volume of selected blog posts about crash dump analysis and debugging written in July 2009 - January 2010 for software engineers developing and maintaining products on Windows platforms, quality assurance engineers testing software on Windows platforms and technical support and escalation engineers dealing with complex software issues. The fourth volume features:

- 13 new crash dump analysis patterns
- 13 new pattern interaction case studies
- 10 new trace analysis patterns
- 6 new Debugware patterns and case study
- Workaround patterns
- Updated checklist
- Fully cross-referenced with Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3
- New appendixes

Product information:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 4
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (30 March 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-86-5
  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (30 April 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-87-2

Back cover features memory space art image: Internal Process Combustion.

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Plans for The Year of Dump Analysis

Monday, January 18th, 2010

After exciting results of  the previous year of debugging it is time to announce modest plans for this year, 0×7DA:

Release the first beta version of EasyDbg

Release the first beta version of CARE (Crash Analysis Report Environment) for a pattern-driven debugger log analyzer with standards for structured audience-driven reports

Release the first beta version of STARE (Software Trace Analysis Report Environment) for a pattern-driven software trace analyzer with corresponding standards for structured audience-driven reports

Publish the following books on dump analysis that address different audiences (general users, system administrators, support and escalation engineers, testers, software engineers, security and software defect researchers):

Windows Debugging Notebook
Crash Dump Analysis for System Administrators and Support Engineers
- Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 4
- Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 5
- Memory Dump Analysis Anthology Color Supplement
- Principles of Memory Dump Analysis
- My Computer Crashes and Freezes: A Non-technical Guide to Software and Hardware Errors
- Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X Debugging: Practical Foundations
- Encyclopedia of Crash Dump Analysis Patterns
- WinDbg In Use: Debugging Exercises

Publish articles related to memory dump analysis in Debugged! magazine

Update WinDbg Poster and Cards

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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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Top 10 “Most Gifted” and “Most Wished For” Debugging and Assembly Language Books

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Just noticed that Amazon introduced additional daily updated tabs for book categories. MDAA volumes are in top 10 ”Most Gifted” and “Most Wished For” Debugging and Assembly Language titles (today). Volume 3 is featured as a Hot New Release:

I assume ”Most Gifted” is about “gift wrapping” when you order a book :-)

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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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