What are some books that explain low level stuff like com interfaces, dll injection etc? Basically low level windows programming. Searching on amazon gives me hacking books/10+ year old books which is not what i want.
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Inside COM, Inside ATL and Inside COM+ for starters. Yeah, they're 10+ years old, but they're still valid as far as they go, and I need to start reviewing the basics right now. I haven't touched COM professionally since the 90s.
There are some new interfaces in C++/CX (e.g. IInspectable), but I am not aware of any books on the subject yet. C++/CX neatly wraps the COM plumbing (e.g. through ref new), so I think for most of us, understanding COM will mainly be useful for debugging.
(BTW 2 of these 3 books I found discarded, lying around the office just a few months ago. :-)