PowerDbg Version 6

With this release we're really focusing on making PowerDbg (and by extension WinDbg) as easy to use as possible, whilst at the same time enabling a much richer debugging experience that really leverages the power of PowerShell.

Status

Pre-alpha
There is no release yet, but you can grab the working copy direct from source control under .\dev\out\Modules

New Features

  • Wherever possible we now returned structured (PSObject) data from commands, that can be filtered, pilelined etc... The CSV file is depricated
  • Trying to make cmdlets (or aliases) to match the WinDbg experience as closely as possible
  • We're bunding some sample debugging scenarios, that can be built and used for training purposes. These actually form the basis of our integration tests
  • PowerDbgConsole - provides a really easy way to get a PowerDbg session up and running

We've also now got a 'build' process that makes it easier for us to develop new commands, but that's more a housekeeping thing.

Backwards Compatability

It's the intent that all existing scripts should still run as-is. This will need testing however...

CmdLet Naming

Is currently a bit inconsistent, and I'm still searching for a pattern I'm happy with. We either violate PowerShell conventions, and still with WinDbg names, or most CmdLets end up being called 'Get-something' and I don't see that particularly aids discoverability. But that warning about non-standard verbs (when you load the module) is very irritating.

Commands

(get-command -module WinDbg)

CmdLet Alias SOS command
Dump-ClrThreads clrthreads !clrthreads
Dump-Heap dumpheap !dumpheap
Dump-Object dumpobject,do !dumpobject
Dump-Array dumparray !dumparray
Dump-Dictionary (no equivilent)

Last edited May 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM by piers7, version 7

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