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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 Profiler on Windows 8.1

    If you've used sampling to profile your application on Windows 8.1 with any version of Visual Studio 2012 other than Update 4, you may have run into an issue where symbols are not resolved for some code even if you have the correct PDB files available on your symbol path. You can tell if this is the...
  • Blog Post: It's quiet in here

    Posting on behalf of Aditya Mandaleeka You may have noticed that the last entry on this blog was posted in 2012. We just wanted to let you know that we haven't stopped working hard to bring you performance and diagnostics capabilities in Visual Studio or blogging about them. We’ve just been...
  • Blog Post: Tip: Fixing VSPerfASPNetCmd metabase errors

    VSPerfASPNetCmd is a new Visual Studio 2010 tool that helps you profile ASP.Net websites from the command-line. Recently I noticed an error message which didn’t cover one common situation so I thought I’d write about it. Here’s an example: > VSPerfASPNetCmd.exe http://localhost...
  • Blog Post: VS2010: Investigating a sample profiling report (Function Details)

    I’ve already discussed how the new profiler summary page makes it easier to discover and fix performance issues, but sometimes a little more investigation is required. This time I’m going to drill in with another new VS2010 feature called the Function Details View. I’m going to use PeopleTrax application...
  • Blog Post: VS2010: New Profiler Summary Page

    With Visual Studio 2010 we want to make it easier for customers to find and fix performance issues with their code. One of the first things we looked at was the view that shows up after profiling an application – the Summary Page. I’ll describe a few features of the new summary page using the PeopleTrax...
  • Blog Post: Using the keyboard to profile an application (Alt-F2 shortcut)

    In announcing Visual Studio Beta 2 profiler features, Chris mentioned that we have a new option on the Debug menu called ‘Start Performance Analysis’ which has the Alt-F2 keyboard shortcut. This makes it easier than ever to start profiling your application. The new menu item has the following behavior...
  • Blog Post: VS2010: Attaching the Profiler to a Managed Application

    Before Visual Studio 2010, in order to attach the profiler to a managed application, certain environment variables had to be set using vsperfclrenv.cmd. An example profiling session might look like this: vsperfclrenv /sampleon [Start managed application from the same command window] vsperfcmd...
  • Blog Post: See The Profiler At PDC2008

    Steve Carroll, development lead for the Visual Studio Profiler, will be at PDC2008 next week giving a presentation on the profiler: What: TL24: Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability When: Wednesday, October 29th, 1:15pm - 2:30pm Where: Room 153 Abstract: “Performance must...
  • Blog Post: Walkthroughs: Using VSTS Test and Profilers to Find Performance Issues

    Tess Ferrandez recently wrote a couple of articles that extend her popular series of debugging labs to focus on measuring and improving performance. In ' Using VSTS Test and Profilers to troubleshoot performance issues (low cpu hang) ', Tess introduces a performance problem into an ASP.NET application...
  • 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 Properties...
  • 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 used for the...
  • Blog Post: What code path is allocating the most bytes for a type?

    In Visual Studio 2008, we added the ability to quickly determine the most expensive call stack in your application . In profiler parlance, the “most expensive call stack” is known as the “hot path”. What do we mean by “expensive”? “Expensive” is whatever measure you want it to be: number of samples in...
  • Blog Post: Very Quick Tip: Getting the most out of your screen for viewing call trees

    I spend a lot of time in the profiler's Call Tree view when I use the profiler. When you are really digging deep into the tree, screen real estate becomes a big issue. There is one very simple Visual Studio trick that really helps out so you can get more of the call tree on the screen at one time without...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: "Save Analyzed" for large VSP files

    One cool new feature in the Visual Studio 2008 Profiler is the ability to take a large VSP file that has been analyzed once and save the report data into a VSPS file ( V isual S tudio P rofiler S ummary files). Saving the analyzed data has several major benefits: The analyzed data is orders...
  • Blog Post: Performance: Find Application Bottlenecks with Visual Studio Profiler

    A couple of members of the profiler team recently wrote an article for msdn magazine , which describes how to use the Visual Studio 2008 profiler to improve the performance of an application. They examined a Mandelbrot fractal drawing program in some detail and isolated and fixed several performance...
  • Blog Post: Articles on new Visual Studio Team System 2008 profiler features

    I’ve recently been working on a series of post on my blog about many of the cool new features that we are adding in Visual Studio Team System 2008 (codename Orcas). So I figured that I’d post a quick link here to all the articles that I’ve finished so far. Collecting Performance Counter information...
  • Blog Post: S. Somasegar on new profiler features

    S. Somasegar the VP of Developer Division has just put up a post on his weblog detailing some new profiler and debugger features up coming in VS 2008. Check out the article here . [ ianhu ]
  • Blog Post: Welcoming Colin to the profiler team

    We recently added a new team member here in profiler land and he’s up and kicking with a blog already. Check out Colin’s blog here for his first entry on basic profiler scenarios . ~Ian
  • Blog Post: Introducing new Visual Studio Profiler Features in the Orcas Beta

    Hey all, I'm rolling out a new series of articles about the new Visual Studio Team System Profiler features that will be included with the latest Orcas beta release. Check out the first article on comparison documents here . ~Ian
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