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  • Blog Post: Shakeups in Visual Studio

    Sorry for the lack of posts for a while, we’ve had a few moderate changes in our development teams here in Visual Studio after shipping Visual Studio 2010. As it all shakes out, I’ve been moved from an IntelliTrace specific team to a Diagnostics UX team tasked with the user experience for...
  • Blog Post: Depends.exe and working with assembly dependencies

    So in my last blog article I talked about using the fuslogvw.exe tool to figure out .NET assembly binding issues. In this article I’m going to look at another tool that I find myself using daily in the debugging world, depends.exe. In a nutshell, depends looks at your binary files and creates a tree...
  • Blog Post: Using the new Connect community feedback system for Visual Studio Team System

    For my team I’m the point man on tracking all of the customer feedback bugs that we get submitted from external users. This is one of the best parts of my job as I really enjoy interacting with customers and getting to keep my finger on the pulse of what issues are bugging our users the most. Having...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Team Suite Edition boxed up and ready to roll

    Just yesterday I moseyed down to our team admin’s office and picked up my boxed copy of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite edition. While we did officially ship some time before this it was still a pretty fun occasion for me to pick up the first “box” of software that I helped to create. As I came to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Impressed by Static Analysis

    For the last two days we had a chance as a team to pick up a pre-release version of Team System and give it a through user scenario test to see if we could sign off on it being a quality product. I actually quite enjoyed this as it gave me a change to try out some of the features that I haven’t had the...
  • Blog Post: Extensions for MSN desktop search

    One of my favorite new tools to come out of Microsoft is the new desktop search tool. I keep this tool running over basically all of my computers directories and it can be a real lifesaver at times. When I need to find what source file an interface that another team uses is in, I can just type the interface...
  • Blog Post: Getting version and company information in an interop DLL created with tlbimp

    Recently at work I was called on to fix a bug regarding primary interop assemblies created with tlbimp. Our issue was in finding out how to get the correct company name and version info into the interop assemblies, since tlbimp does not let you specify those. Since it was an interesting problem and an...
  • Blog Post: Ian’s top eight things about working at Microsoft

    One year ago today, I started my full-time (I was also a former summer intern) employment here at Microsoft. It seems like as good a chance as any to reflect on the things that I enjoy about working here. So since June 8 th is the date, here are the top eight things that I love about working at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing a performance report in Visual Studio Team System 2005 Part 4: Fixing the performance issue and analyzing the results.

    The last three installments of this walkthrough have helped show you how to use the new profiler in Visual Studio Team System 2005 . In this final section, I’ll show how to jump into the code to fix a performance issue, then how to run the profiler again to see if we improved the performance with our...
  • Blog Post: Reviewing Data Display Websites and Programs: ESPN.com’s NCAA Tournament Challenge

    This is the third entry in my series of reviews of websites and programs that have to display a large amount of data to the user. By examining what sites do right and wrong, I can come up with good idea for how to make the data display better for the profiler that I’m working on. My two previous entries...
  • Blog Post: Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability

    Hidden in one of the many nooks and crannies on MSDN is this massive (1120 Printed pages) guide to improving the performance and scalability of .NET applications . It’s been available for a while, but I just discovered it, and wanted to pass the goodness on to you. I’m just starting to work my way through...
  • Blog Post: Rico Mariani has a perf wiki up on Channel 9

    Interested in writing application that perform well? If you’re not just messing around in your parent’s basement, then you should be. It can be too tempting at times to not optimize your code for performance and just continue to up the minimum system requirements. But PC are reaching market saturation...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Demo is live!

    The video demo of our profiler that I blogged about earlier has been posted to Microsoft’s Channel 9 community web site. Check it out on the Channel 9 front page or link to the specific video post . There should also be an interview portion coming up soon, I’ll post here when it goes live.
  • Blog Post: Performance Tools demo filmed for Channel 9

    On Tuesday of this week I got a chance to demo our performance tools for Microsoft’s Channel Nine community web site. One of the community team members liked my blog postings ( Part one , Part two and Part three are all up now), and contacted me about doing the demo. I was glad to say yes, as I generally...
  • Blog Post: Reviewing Data Display Websites and Programs: Social Security Administration's Index of Popular Baby Names

    At a very general level, the main issue of my job is how to take a large amount of profiling data and present it to the user in a way that is useful, quick, intuitive and pleasant. While it may seem funny that pleasant was included in that list, look and feel is very important in the computer science...
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