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- Microsoft Windows Internals
- Mark E. Russinovich & David A. Solomon
As most readers here know, I'm no fan of Microsoft. However,
Microsoft operating systems are a big part of today's computer
world. While I may hope for change (and I really believe there
will be change over the next decade), I can't afford to ignore
Hence this book. If you have been a casual Microsoft
programmer, hacker or support person, this will give you the
tools and knowledge to step up.
Strictly speaking, this isn't really an "internals" book. Microsoft
isn't going to release source code or even necessarily tell
all there is to tell about system calls and API's. This
is a "black box" approach: the authors (and Microsoft) provide
tools and code that you can use to get a glimpse at what
is bubbling in the bowels of the beast. From that view, this
is an "exploration" book: the authors help you explore Microsoft
code from the outside. The book is chock full of "experiments" toward
that end: some of these are simply helpful in understanding
what's going on, but others would also be very useful for future
troubleshooting, and that makes this even more valuable if
Microsoft support is part of your life.
Warning: this is "hands-on". You will need a Microsoft XP, 2000
or 2003 OS to play with. That statement might cause some readers
to shake their heads ("Who wouldn't?") but some readers here
actually may not own any Microsoft systems..
I haven't made my way through the entire text yet - this isn't
high priority for me. I'm interested, yes, I enjoy working through
the experiments and I have learned more than a little, but it's
not something that engrosses me to the exclusion of everything else.
I noticed that the Amazon reviewers who did not like this were
all people who had read Unix/Linux internals books.. yeah, well, this
isn't that, is it?
Tony Lawrence 2008-01-15 Rating:
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