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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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    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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    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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    _NT_SYMBOL_PATH and VS

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    I've seen many folks in our ISV community use the _NT_SYMBOL_PATH environment variable to set the path for symbols loading in VS. They often set this with symbol server included. Due to the current architecture, the environment variable is actually consumed...
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    By popular demand - COBOL Code coverage

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    As a follow up to my last blog post, I thought I'd show COBOL coverage in all of its glory. See here the demo from MicroFocus' COBOL using our coverage tools: So there you go! Now there will be no excuse for testing your COBOL and getting good coverage...
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    One last debugger tip

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    Since Matt is doing a great job of documenting the handy features I added in the debugger, I thought I'd try and beat him to the punch on some of the last few things. Normally John Robbins makes a pile of cash from putting these in his excellent books...
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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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    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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    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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    Maoni Stephens blog

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    Maoni Stephens, performance PM in the CLR, has started a blog . She discusses many of the deeper issues that are associated with managed code performance. Head over there to check it out.
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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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    The Beta2 push, and Team System in Europe

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    Looks like my blog is a little green and moldy, time to scrape that off and freshen things up. Currently in the DA team we're feverishly getting the final kinks worked out of Beta2. We're pretty pleased with the way things are shaping up. It was great...
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    Beta1 Refresh with Team System

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    Head on over to RickLa's blog to find out more about this release. J
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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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    Help! To policy, methodology or just plain old help?

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    I volunteered to work on a feature for other groups in VSTS that are responsible for integrating methodology guidance (such as MSF, MSFAgile, or your very own custom process guidance) and policy guidance (e.g. "my group says that the definition of a priority...
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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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    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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    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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    Just keep talking

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    I'll be participating in a VSTS Dev/Test tools team chat over the next couple of days. Please feel free to join us, and I'll try to answer as many of your questions as I can. Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 @ 5:30pm (PST), Add to Calendar Thursday, January...
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    Will someone turn the volume down

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    Yeah, my blog has been a bit quiet lately. Simple reason is I'm a new dad. One of my colleagues, Matt Pietrek , commented that what I'd really really need in the first few years is a custom debugger display rule to let me inspect the current state of...
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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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    Coverage errors

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    A bunch of folks have replied to my original offroad posting on using the code coverage infrastructure. There seems to be one common issue that comes up. Folks seem to be collecting data fine, but when they use my snippet for loading coverage data with...
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    More off-road monster truck madness: How to read a VS Profiler (vsp) file programmatically

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    Happy New Year! Thought I'd start the new year with some more off-road fun on how to interact with the diagnostic components in VS. People have often asked me "what is the format for a VSP file John". The answer is "it depends". That sounds a bit glib...
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    How we built team system on team system

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    When I was out talking to customers over the last couple of months I was surprised to hear so many of them ask "how do you do it?" in terms of our software processes, and especially with respect to the roll out of team system. Eric Lee , John Lawrence...
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