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    Why does Visual Studio require debugger symbol files to *exactly* match the binary files that they were built with?

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    Recently a coworker of mine lost the symbol file for one of his binaries. Because he needed to debug that binary, getting those symbols back was of utmost importance since debugging without them is near impossible. He decided to try and use a symbol file...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #6

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    Create an Object ID to keep track of an object while debugging...
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    Idiot's Guide to Creating and Using VS Macros

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    Here's a quick tutorial on how to get to writing or entering macros in Visual Studio. Creating: Choose the “Tools.Macros.Macros Explorer...” menu item. If you've never used this capability before you should see a new toolwindow with a treeview...
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    Digital Camera recommendations...

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    (Feedback based update: 7/7/2004) Due to my computer and photography interests, I get asked quite frequently to spew about my recommendations for purchasing a digital camera. Of course I have opinions, but so do a million other photographer/computer...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #10

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    Create a one-step operation to attach to a process If you find your debugging session typically involves attaching to a specific process you can save yourself some time in VS 2005 by creating a macro to do it for you. Choose Tools->Macros...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #4

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    Keyboard navigation and transparency with Enhanced DataTips...
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    Good and Bad Music

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    I have to be honest, I’m continually amazed at how long this list can go on, without getting one single comment about Prince being at the top of my “Good Music” list. It’s not that I put him there to generate blog traffic – I actually DO like his music...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #3

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    Use tracepoints to log execution flow and even modify it!...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #11

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    More fun with labelling breakpoints Back in my first Debugger tips post I provided some macros that allow you to tag a set of breakpoints with a string so that they can easily be enabled or disabled from the command window. Well, just for kicks, I...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #12

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    I've had loads of people ask me the question: "Is there any way to step into a function without having to bother stepping into all the properties that might have to be executed as parameters before getting to what I'm really interested in?" The...
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    A welcome tool for improving Windows color management!

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    It's been a very long time since I blogged about digital photography and yet I noticed that my recent debugger blogs have been appearing on the Digital Photography Community . So, rather than fight the fight I would need to do to get filtering of my debugger...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #7

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    Moving tracepoints and breakpoints around...
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    A magazine-like interface for browsing/page-turning...

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    I am part of an email distribution list here at MS that is focused on the topic of User Interface Design. Recently, one of the members posted a question to the list asking for input and/or examples of how the task of browsing a physical magazine might...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #8

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    Noisy breakpoints!...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #5

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    Enhanced DataTips have a context menu...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #1

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    Manage your breakpoints via a group names...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #9

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    Making native array viewing easier with Enhanced DataTips I'm back from vacation, and have a new found respect for people (mostly US wives/women, I presume) that slave all day over preparing a Thanksgiving meal and then cleaning it all up. Yep, I did...
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    Wanted: Debugger User Interface Feedback

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    In the past, we have relied on internal dogfooding, external alphas and betas, and usability studies of work-in-progress to get feedback that can be used to improve the feature before being released to the public. We are still doing that more than ever...
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools #2

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    Use format specifiers or type-casting in Enhanced Datatips....
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    Debugger Tips, Tricks and Tools (On vacation)

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    Spending the week on vacation. I'll return with more tips next week! Happy Thanksgiving!
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    Enhanced Datatip Design Notes

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    If you attended the recent Tech Ed in San Diego, you would have had a chance to see some of the new whiz-bang debugger features that Whidbey will ship with. One feature that is very near to me (because I wrote it) is the new, much improved and useful...
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    Poor Man's Features

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    Just like any software development company, the individual teams at Microsoft frequently find themselves needing to cut features for the sake of shipping their product. If we don't do this, an incurable and contageous mood altering phenomenon called needitnowosis...
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    Debugging Glossary

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    During a recent UI meeting here at work, one of our PM's (Habib Heydarian) mentioned that while at Tech Ed, he was shocked at just how many developers don't have an understanding of the terms used while debugging, let alone how to use a debugger effectively...
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    Breakpoint Groups

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    I've seen this feature requested often. Here's a couple of macros that take some of the hassle out of managing your breakpoints. If you don't know much about creating or using macros in VS, take just a couple minutes to read through my Idiot's Guide to...
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    No Prince haters? And a few "country" artists make the Good Music list!

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    I’m continually amazed at how long my Good Music / Bad Music list can go on without getting one single comment about Prince being at the tip-top of my Good Music list. It’s not that I put him there to generate blog traffic – I actually...
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