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Developing Drivers with the Windows Driver Foundation (Developer Reference) 1st Edition

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Key Book Benefits:

-Provides both strategic and practical advice about how and when to use the Windows Driver Foundation

-Covers both user-mode and kernel-mode driver development

-Includes code samples in Visual C++

About the Author

Penny Orwick has been writing about Windows driver development since 1997. She has worked closely with the Windows Driver Foundation team since the early stages of development and has developed technical papers for the driver development community.

Guy Smith is a writer specializing in device drivers and kernel-mode topics. He has more than a decade of experience developing programming documentation for Microsoft technologies, including Windows Shell, Internet Explorer and the Windows Presentation Foundation.

The Microsoft Windows Driver Foundation team designs and supports driver frameworks for Windows.

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623743
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book does exactly what it says, it provides a practical, sample-oriented introduction to developing drivers the Microsoft Windows Driver Foundation way.

The driver code for the samples used in the book, tools needed for developing drivers, and reference documentation are all downloadable (all 2.5GB of it, but it's free) from Microsoft. If you're like me and spend only a small part of your time working on drivers (I'm trying to interface a USB gadget), this is a great guide to WDF as well as to Windows I/O techniques and interface best practices. To get started, you can just hack the samples provided, as the authors intend. WDF looks after plug-n-play and power management, so it makes it easy to develop a basic user-mode USB driver like mine.

If you're a driver specialist, are writing kernel drivers, or have drivers to port from a different operating system, then the book is a detailed reference for moving to WDF. There's a lot of abstraction in the Windows way of doing drivers, and understanding the abstractions helps you write and debug your driver, so this book does a comprehensive job of explaining the relevant abstractions as you go along.

For example, if you're already an expert in the COM programming model, so that it's obvious to you why you need to implement the IUnknown methods, then you can likely skip most of Chapter 18. For the rest of us, we need the how-to advice and the examples, so there's a good reason the book is close to 900 pages :).
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The content of the book feels more accessible than the online WDK documentation. It does cover the material, but each chapter is divided into three parts: stuff common between the kernel driver framework and user mode driver framework, stuff about the kernel driver framework, and stuff about the user mode driver framework. The authors probably had a hard time organizing the material, but the book should have been structured into those three parts. For example, I'm not currently interested in developing a user mode driver and I found the user mode driver material distracting.

This book is more reference than how-to. Maybe the authors should have structured the book like some of the Linux driver books: develop a real device driver.
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I found this book well organized and useful for learning the Windows Driver Foundation. This book, however, is not a complete book for learning Windows Driver Development. Unfortunately, the book makes the claim that it is for newbies. This cannot be the case, because it doesn't give much in-depth information about Windows driver and kernel concepts, such as how memory is described (Neither I/O, buffered I/O or MDL's), different execution contexts, IRQL levels and what can and cannot be done in these levels, and basic IRP and I/O Manager concepts. Beginners will still have to start by learning WDM from a book like "Programming the Windows Driver Model". You just can't expect to succeed using WDF if you don't first have a firm grasp on WDM.

I think this book provides an organized approach to learning WDF. It is, however, not a book for leaning Windows driver development basics. I actually thought the book read very well and I'm not a fast reader at all.
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By Leo on December 19, 2008
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for those do not have previous driver dev. experience. Too much documentation style "teaching" without a step-by-step practicing process.
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A great disappointment, nothing new compared to what is on MSDN.

What is needed are simpler examples to start with, not hundred of pages of references: what are the bare necessities (I insist bare) to write a UMDF Filter driver (the simplest one) for a very basic device these days : a USB device. And there let's take an every day device (who has this FX2 stuff???) : a USB stick!

Also no answers as to what this UMDF Filter driver can do (can it do standard I/O like fprintf ?).
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I use this book mostly as a reference. If you are writing Windows WDM drivers, the book is very helpful and will save you time.
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