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  • Blog Post: A study guide for KMDF, UMDF, and Windows device driver concepts

    One of the most common question that beginner driver developers ask is how they can start learning about driver development. Today, Eliyas, my manager, pointed out that we have already created a study guide that covers WDF and general Windows device driver concepts. It can be found here . I think that...
  • Blog Post: Driver Developer Conference - DDC 2008

    Next week (9/29 - 10/1) we'll have the Microsoft Windows Driver Developer Conference (DDC) in Redmond. We're expecting several driver developers. I'm excited about this, not only because it's the first time that I'll be participating in a Microsoft conference, but also because I'll be giving a talk!...
  • Blog Post: Channel9 Video on Debugging BSODs

    I found a very interesting channel9 video on how to debug BSODs (Blue Screens of Death): http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Dan/Daniel-Pearson-Debugging-a-Windows-Blue-Screen-of-Death/ Daniel Pearson explains why blue screens happen in Windows, how a user can find the cause and how Driver Verifier works...
  • Blog Post: Developing Windows Drivers With Visual Studio

    Today morning I received an email from Patrick with a picture of Visual Studio with Intellisense on a WDF driver . Ok, I have to admit that in the beginning I thought that Patrick was using Photoshop! He's a guy, who just doesn't like GUIs in the first place! He can just go on and on about the advantages...
  • Blog Post: How Driver Installation Works

    The last few months I've been working on the WDF 1.7 (UMDF+KMDF) coinstallers (that's one of the reasons that I've been silent for quite some time). Through this process I managed to learn a lot of things about how driver installation works and what is required by the driver developer. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Driver-Driver and Driver-Application Communication

    Everybody knows how an application communicates with a driver: call CreateFile to open a handle to the PDO, and use ReadFile(Ex), WriteFile(Ex) and DeviceIoControl to read data, write data or send a control code. However, what about the opposite? How does a driver send data to an application (whenever...
  • Blog Post: Windows Development Videos and Presentations

    WHDC has a very nice page that with many presentations and videos about driver development at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/driver/foundation/DevNotes.mspx You'll find there 9 videos about WDF, 3 about KMDF, and 2 about kernel debugging, as well as many presentations. There is no video for UMDF, yet...
  • Blog Post: Windows Device Drivers Book Reviews

    A quick search in the web reveals that the number of the books that are related to windows device drivers can be counted with the fingers of one hand. Even worse, most of the books are either too old (published before or around windows 2000) and/or not easily readable. Another problem is that the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hardware and Driver Developer Blogs + Driver tips

    Thanks, to craigrow , I saw that Microsoft has created a list for hardware and driver developer blogs . I'm still not there yet, but I hope that this will change :) Another interesting link are the driver tips , which include papers about driver synchronization, memory management, driver design, debugging...
  • Blog Post: A Comparison of the Linux and Windows Device Driver Architectures

    While searching for something irrelevant, I found a very interesting paper, called "A Comparison of the Linux and Windows Device Driver Architectures" by Melekam Tsegaye and Richard Foss. It was published at the ACM Operating Systems Review, Volume 38, Number 2, 2004. You can find a link to the paper...
  • Blog Post: Key Driver Concepts and Driver Development books

    While looking at the traffic at the OSR ndev mailing list I saw that some introductory questions are answered in Microsoft's Key Driver Concepts page. The links in this page include (but are not limited to) information about: Synchronization primitives (mutexes, fast mutexes, semaphores, spinlocks...
  • Blog Post: Introductory driver writing resources

    After having finished with the initial resources on the windows internals, it is time for a developer to start learning about windows drivers. The goal of this post is to provide a list of links that can be used by somebody to get accustomed with the idea of a driver, the tools that he needs to use,...
  • Blog Post: Prerequisites for a driver developer

    If somebody wants to build a solid house, he needs to have a solid foundation. That's why, if somebody wants to become a good driver developer, he needs to be familiar with some fundamental computer science terms. At minimum, he needs to know the basics about operating systems, computer architecture...
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