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    Tracepoints!

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    Now that Beta1 is out, I'd like to draw attention to the little known new debugger feature called tracepoints. What are tracepoints you ask? Well tracepoints are a cure for a couple of things I found myself doing countless times while tracking down nasty...
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    The Value of Team System to C++/Native Win32 developers

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    Whoa - didn't realize I had let this blog get so moldy! Apologies. Recently I've had a similar conversation with many folks in the Microsoft consulting and field sales organizations about the value of Team System to C++/Native Win32 developers, folks...
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    Last year's VSTS 2010 CTP - Feedback still needed!

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    Last year's CTP of VSTS 2010 was one of the major milestones on the road to shipping what we think will be a great release. There's a lot of value, and much of it previewed in the CTP , but I've been feeling like we didn't get a huge amount of community...
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    VisualStudio 2010 Beta1 – Free at last

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    I was at TechEd2009 a few weeks ago and I was so sad we weren’t able to talk more about VS2010 there as much as we wanted to. One of my highlights of the conference was standing in the lunch line while a group of folks from a variety of different companies...
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    Team System Code Coverage - it works for native C++ too

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    Today I got yet another request from inside Microsoft about when our code coverage utilities will work for native C++ code. I've been asked the same question by customers several times. And of course my answer is always "Now". Although the unit test framework...
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    Howdy

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    <BORING INTRO> I'm John Cunningham, I'm the dev lead for the dynamic analysis team (performance tools and code coverage infrstructure). I've been working on tools like debuggers and profilers for 10 years now, starting in Scotland developing debuggers...
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    Profilers - when and where?

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    Please be sure to check out the team blog we have here This has the most input from the broader team on profiling and performance issues. I'll talk somewhat in my blog about some of the technology we use, but that site is always your best bet. For...
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    eDT Chats - a great success

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    I felt the chats mentioned below were a great success. A wide range of issues were touched on that were relevant to profilers and code coverage. We'll be drilling into some of these in our blogs across the DA team ( http://blogs.msdn.com/profiler/ ) over...
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    Announcing the Off-Road series of posts

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    After a lot of feedback from users, we'll be producing a series of blog posts that talk about using our tools in the "off-road" vein, for instance outside of the VS environment for whatever reason, or using features that are deeper in the product. We...
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    PDC Day 3

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    Another day fille with a variety of issues across profiling, debugging and team system. First order of business was attending the talk given by our PM, Gabriel Marius, on building performant and reliant applications with VSTS. At a rough guess there are...
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    New for VS2008 - debugger support for .Net frameworks support

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    ScottGu just posted info on something our team has been working on in conjunction with Shawn Burke (NDP) and the Windows debugging team. When VS2008 releases, people will be able to debug into the .NEt framework libraries. We will be providing full source...
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    At EclipseCon next week

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    I'll be at EclipseCon next week, but just the Wednesday and Thursday. If you read the blog and want to meet up or have some questions you'd like answered, leave me a note at the Microsoft booth that we are sharing with the folks from TeamPrise ( http...
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    Code Coverage off-road now available

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    Although Beta2 is not available as yet, I decided to publish this article anyway. You can read and comment on it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/ms_joc/articles/406608.aspx J
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    The mechanics of getting it done in software

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    One thing that's very close to my heart as the developer division has grown over the last few years is the mechanics of how we get software done. All of the things that don't really fit into “writing code or tests”. These are all the tasks...
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    VS2008 SP1 Shell fix available

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    A fix for a widely reported crash in the Visual Studio 2008 IDE is now available. This fixes a crash that occurs after changing layouts (undocking/docking windows) and then changing modes (start stop debug, or switch to/from full screen. This bug was...
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    PDC08 - Debugger tips and tricks talk posted

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    The channel 9 rendering of my talk at PDC is now up for your general enjoyment/education/amusement. http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL59/ The topics I covered tricks in stepping, breakpoints, symbols, multi-threading and post-mortem. Judging from...
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    Debugger expansion follow-up - PM jobs

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    As promised it is time to follow up with the PM jobs from our debugger expansion (Test to follow soon, promise!). There are three main areas we are hiring into the debugger for: Native C/C++ debugging PM As mentioned in my previous posting, this is...
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    PDC 08 now open for registration

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    It's been a while, but the time has come again for a Microsoft Professional Developer's Conference. I'm aiming to go to the show, I really enjoyed my time at PDC05. I look forward to meeting as many of you - the MS developer community - as I can. I'm...
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    Architect != Suite

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    I was in a colleague's office the other day and ran into the now ubiquitous issue that people still buy or install the "Architect Edition" thinking it has everything. Although this was true in previous versions of VS, this changed with VSTS 2005 when...
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    Upcoming VSTS 2010 features - what have we been up to?

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    It's nice to at last be able to publicly discuss some of the features we've been working on recently. Brian Harry's blog entry here provides the best overall view of what our focus for this release is, and what features are delivered as part of that....
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    VS 2008 SP1 Debugger stepping and breakpoint issues

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    For the last few weeks we have had reports of stepping issues caused by people installing VS 2008 SP1. You can see our acknowledgement of this issue here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsdebug/thread/f3fcb4fb-8a08-4fa0-8d58-9ed6f3eb1193...
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    Computer Science and Software Engineering

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    This is an opinion piece, and my opinion at that, not of my employer. I was watching a debate on one of the internal support email lists for debugger related things last year when an interesting event occured. There is currently a limitation in the...
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    Why is my app so much slower under the debugger?

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    Even when I switch to "Release builds"? We recently got a connect bug on this so I thought I'd share my thoughts. In the debugger, we always try to minimize the impact we introduce on the debuggee, but there is always some work that we do in a synchronous...
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    Speaking again at TechEd 2009

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    I'll be out at TechEd this year and delivering the next version of my Debugger Tips and Tricks talk, which I last gave at PDC. http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL59/ In the version of the talk for this year [DTL323], I'll have similar content on...
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    The science of bugs

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    One of the more interesting things about working at Microsoft is the close collaboration the Microsoft Research (MSR) group has with academic research in many universities around the world. Today I was able to go to a talk form one of the researchers...
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