Win32 System Programming Resources
There are numerous places to go for detailed information on
system programming in Win32, some of which I've tried to list
here (in no particular order).
Books - Core Win32
- Advanced Windows, 3rd Edition, by Jeffrey Richter.
A must have for Win32 programmers.
- Win32 Multithreaded Programming, by Aaron Cohen
& Mike Woodring. Focuses on multithreadeding issues
and solutions, then using C++ to make your life easier.
- Inside Windows NT, 2nd Edition, by David Solomon.
Great high level architectural overview of NT
(user-to-kernel). A good book if you're doing Win32
system service type programming, or NT kernel mode
- Inside the Windows 95 Registry, by Ron Petrusha.
What it is, how to use it, and where the OS keeps things.
Good for NT as well.
Books - COM & MTS
- Essential COM, by Don Box. Core COM concepts
backed by concrete examples (the why + the how).
- Effective COM - 50 Ways to Improve Your COM
and MTS-based Applications, by Don Box, Keith Brown,
Tim Ewald, and Chris Sells.
- Programming Distributed Applications with COM and
Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0, by Ted Pattison.
As a systems programmer, I never thought I'd refer anyone
to a book written for VB developers, but Ted's done such
a great job that everyone should read this book.
- Understanding ActiveX and OLE, by David Chappell.
A high level, NON code intensive look at the COM story
- Principals of Transaction Processing, by Philip
A. Bernstein and Eric Newcomer. This is actually not a
COM or MTS book, but provides some fundamental insights
into the theory and practice of transaction processing.
Books - Drivers, Internals, Debugging, Intel
- Windows 95 System Programming Secrets, by Matt
Pietrek. A great place to learn about Windows 95
internals, as well as some nifty debugging tricks along
- Systems Programming for Windows 95, by Walter
- Writing Windows VxDs and Device Drivers, 2nd
Edition, by Karen Hazzah. Windows 95 driver development.
- Using SoftICE, Chapter 12: Exploring Windows NT,
product manual for the most excellent SoftICE debugger
product from CompuWare NuMega.
- The Windows NT Device Driver Book, by Art Baker.
NT driver development and internals.
- Windows NT Device Driver Development, by Peter
Viscarola and W. Anthony Mason. NT driver development and
- Windows NT File System Internals, by Rajeev
Nagar. NT file system driver development.
- Pentium Family User's Manual, Volume 3: Architecture
and Programming Manual, by Intel Corporation. If you
can't wait another minute before learning how the
transition from user to kernel mode is made, or what the
stack looks like when an interrupt is dispatched.
Books - Security
- Network Security, PRIVATE Communication in a PUBLIC
World, by Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, and Mike
Speciner. A great book on security. Includes introductory
material as well as details on several authentication
algorithms (including NTLM and Kerberos).
- Applied Cryptogrophy, 2nd Edition, by Bruce
Schneier. Both a great introduction to the world of
cryptography and security, as well as plenty of
mathematical goo for the truly fired up.
Bookstore. Search for, read reviews on, and buy just
about any book in print.
Bookstore. The cheapest place to by tech books,
although the book you want may not be in stock.
A great place to go for information, tools, and
code dealing with Windows NT and Windows 9x internals.
searchable web interface onto internet news group
archives. Great for finding answers to frequently
asked questions before posting to a newsgroup.
Homepage. Starting point for information on Win32
Security FAQ Ex2. Keith Brown's COM security FAQ.
Homepage. Starting point for information on Windows
Starting point for information on COM/DCOM/MTS/COM+
Good source of information on COM topics.
NT Kernel Mode Drivers. NT kernel driver forum.
9x VxDs. Win9x kernel driver forum.
Microsoft Transaction Server forum.
A great forum for COM/DCOM/MTS questions & answers.
List Homepage. Starting point for all of the
Microsoft-sponsered mailing lists.
Copyright (c) 1998-1999 Mike
Last revised: May 13, 1999.