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: Link: The Future of Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management

    The GM of Visual Studio Ultimate, Cameron Skinner , recently gave a talk at Tech-Ed 2011 about Application Lifecycle Management . It is worth taking a look at if you're interested in some of the new features being created for the next release of Visual Studio, such as the Team Navigator, shown below...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 - See the Sessions

    This year if you didn't get a chance to go to the Professional Developer's Conference (PDC) , there is still a wealth of information available to you. The most valuable resource I think are the videos of all the PDC sessions. Here are a few of the sessions that I've viewed and found most interesting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010

    This week Microsoft is starting to talk about Visual Studio 2010. One of the best resources I've seen has a bunch of videos from various Microsoft folks about some of the new features and what the high-level goals of the next release of Visual Studio are. Take a look at the Channel 9 site . There...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed 2008 Wrap-up

    Quite a few people at Tech-Ed wanted to know more about the various components of Visual Studio Team System (which we sometimes refer to as SKUs). For example, how does Team Foundation Server (TFS) fit in with the client SKUs? What are the differences between Visual Studio Team System Development Edition...
  • Blog Post: Tech-Ed 2008 Demos

    Last year my boss took a trip to sunny Orlando to present at Tech-Ed and to offer help and suggestions in the Technical Learning Center (TLC). This year I'm lucky enough to be attending with a couple of other folks (Habib and Tim) and since I'm not an official Speaker I'll be spending most of my time...
  • Blog Post: Performance: Inserting Marks Using Code

    Ian previously covered using the VS 2008 Data Collection Control to choose when to collect data . The Data Collection Control can also be used to insert marks into the performance report, but sometimes it is convenient to modify the source code to do this automatically. Consider a typical application...
  • Blog Post: Performance: Find Application Bottlenecks With Visual Studio Profiler

    If you're a subscriber to msdn magazine , take a look at the article in the March 2008, Vol 23, No 4 issue on Page 81 which describes how to use the Visual Studio 2008 profiler to improve the performance of an application. A couple of members of the profiler team examine a Mandelbrot fractal drawing...
  • Blog Post: Noise Reduction in the VS2008 Profiler

    One of the new profiler features in Visual Studio Team System (VS2008) is called Noise Reduction. This feature is intended to make it easier to review the Call Tree view by reducing the amount of data that is displayed, while still showing the most important functions. To illustrate this new feature...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Software (including VSTS) for IEEE Computer Society Student Members

    I'm a member of IEEE and IEEE Computer Society and recently received requests to renew my subscriptions. I was pleasantly surprised to see that in 2008 student members of IEEE Computer Society can receive free software including Vista, Project, Visio and most interesting for me, Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System Chat – December 5th

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions for Visual Studio 2008. We will be holding...
  • Blog Post: Tools of the Trade

    I've been thinking about what some of the most important tools are for me while coding. Here's a few: Good IDE - syntax highlighting, integrated builds, source control integration, search facility, debugger and profiler built-in. I use VSTS . Source control/bug tracking system. I use TFS (typically...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008, Beta 2 (now with some of my code)

    Today we released Beta 2 of VS2008. This is the first public release from Microsoft that contains a nontrivial amount of code that I wrote (even though I haven't written too much code just yet). I had barely synched up the source tree and only fixed a couple of bugs when we released Beta 1 but now I...
  • Blog Post: Basic Profiler Scenarios

    This post was going to cover some basic scenarios discussing the differences between sampling and instrumentation and when you would choose to switch methods, but then I found there is already something like that in MSDN . If you haven't already, go and take a look. See if you can improve the performance...
  • Blog Post: Why Performance Matters

    Everybody likes to think that what they're working on is important so this is why I think performance (and measuring performance) matters and why it matters now more than ever. In the past chip manufacturers like Intel and AMD did a lot of the performance work for us software guys by consistently...
  • Blog Post: There's a Profiler in Visual Studio?

    I've just started working in the Visual Studio Team System , Profiler team. Many people are surprised to hear that Visual Studio does actually have a profiler and that it has had one since Visual Studio 2005. To use the profiler you need either Visual Studio Team System for Developers or Visual Studio...
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