DriverStudio ...

DriverStudio ...

Post by Gordon Smi » Sat, 01 Mar 2008 23:51:04



... does anyone remember that?

I used it for Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP drivers, can anyone recommend
something similar for Vista or are we stuck with Microsoft's DDK?

Thanks.

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Post by Don Bur » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 00:35:13

DriverStudio has thankfully been discontinued (having run modern static
analysis tools on the source it had thousand of bugs). You can still buy it
but no support, no upgrades, etc.

Most people are shifting to WDF which Microosoft provides that handles the
problems of Pnp/Power and other details for you. It has two flavors KMDF
(kernel mode driver framework) and UMDF (user mode driver framework).


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Post by Gordon Smi » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 01:07:07

In article <UCVxj.15$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Don Burn
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes

Thanks for that Don. Does WDF have a "handy" wizard / driver generator?
As someone who only wrote drivers occasionally I found DriverStudio and
the DriverWorks wizard seemed okay and I don't recall any odd or
unexplained behaviour (that I could put down to any of the "thousand of
bugs" ;-) ).

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Post by Don Bur » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 01:25:33

No it does not. It does have a bunch of pretty good samples (in the WDK and
a few at http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ), and a book you can buy from Microsoft
press "Developing Driver with the Windows Driver Foundation". Otherwise
you are on your own.


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Post by Gordon Smi » Sun, 02 Mar 2008 01:59:07

In article <%lWxj.21$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Don Burn
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Amazon strikes again, just ordered the book. Thanks again.

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Post by Gary G. Li » Wed, 05 Mar 2008 01:29:37

Oh but I used DriverStudio and I can recount bugs I fixed in DriverStudio,
reported them, and had to refix, again and again and again with each
succesive release of DriverStudio. They NEVER got power management to the
point it would pass Verifier. Prefast? Don't run a DriverStudio developed
driver against PreFast ... unless you want to become ill.

The operative word here is "occaisionally". Once you got passed the pretty
wizards and had to dig into the guts of the kernel to find the problems
created by DriverStudio, I at least, realized I should never have been dup'd
by the marketing hype. We wasted over $4k for two years of garbage. Not to
mention the fact that they were always 6 months to 2 years behind the curve
as far as supporting new code features in WDM; e.g. CSQ and in-stack
spinlocks.

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