Colin Thomsen's Microsoft Blog

I'm a developer working on the code profiler that ships with Visual Studio 2010 Premium and Ultimate editions. At a previous company I worked on computer vision software for face and gaze tracking.

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  • Blog Post: Tip: Fixing VSPerfASPNetCmd metabase errors

    VSPerfASPNetCmd is a new Visual Studio 2010 tool that helps you profile ASP.Net websites from the command-line. Recently I noticed an error message which didn’t cover one common situation so I thought I’d write about it. Here’s an example: > VSPerfASPNetCmd.exe http://localhost...
  • Blog Post: VS2010: Using the keyboard to profile an application (Alt-F2 shortcut)

    In announcing the Visual Studio Beta 2 profiler features, Chris mentioned that we have a new option on the Debug menu called ‘Start Performance Analysis’ which has the Alt-F2 keyboard shortcut. This makes it easier than ever to start profiling your application. The new menu item has the following behavior...
  • Blog Post: Tip: VS2008 – Finding and Setting Properties (Right-Click)

    The Visual Studio Profiler has many properties and options and this tip shows you where to find most of them. Future posts may cover some of the specific properties in more detail. Performance Session:   Select an existing Performance Session in the Performance Explorer to see properties in the...
  • Blog Post: Tip: VS2008 - Understanding Performance Targets

    If you have a solution that contains multiple projects it is important to know what the 'Targets' group in the Performance Explorer is used for. The PeopleTrax solution shown on the right has 4 projects, with 3 of them compiling to managed DLLs and 1 compiling to an executable. After running the Performance...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: VS2008 - Compare Reports Quickly

    While investigating a performance problem you may need to collect many Performance Reports and compare them. You can use the Performance Explorer to quickly compare two reports by: Selecting two reports. Right-clicking and choosing 'Compare Performance Reports...' The oldest report will be...
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