I joined the Visual Studio Team System Profiler team as a developer just shy of a year ago and, given that Orcas has hit Beta 1, I've decided that a blog is in order. "Wait," I hear you say, confounded, "Visual Studio has a profiler?" Indeed! This well-kept secret can be accessed through Tools → Performance Tools in (bear with me) Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers or Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite. In Orcas, the profiling tools have been moved to a more dignified and discoverable location.

If you want to learn more about the profiler, you can dig deeper with some TechNotes, ask questions on the profiler's forum, peruse the blogs of my comrades, Ian and Colin, sift through some dusty blogs I found in the attic, or stay tuned here.

I'd love to hear any feedback or ideas that you have for the profiler. I can't promise that any specific feature will get in, but I'm all ears. You can contact me through the blog or email me directy at [the alias seen in this page's URL]@microsoft.com.