If broken it is, fix it you should

Using the powers of the debugger to solve the problems of the world - and a bag of chips    by Tess Ferrandez, ASP.NET Escalation Engineer (Microsoft)

January, 2009

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    10 years 10 lbs of M&Ms

    This week I turned 10 in Microsoft years which according to MS tradition means that you need to bring in 10 lbs of M&Ms to the office to treat your co-workers with as they stop by and reminisce about the past 10 years :)  We don’t really have M&Ms in the stores in Sweden so I had to substitute for my favorite Swedish candy instead. 10 years is quite some time, but it feels even longer in our business when you think about how much happens with technology in 10 years. When I first started...
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    .NET Hang: My application hangs after I called my WCF service a couple of times

    I know it is a little late, but Happy New Year to all of you. My holiday break was great, and I wish I would have had some more time to blog, but instead I got an XBOX 360 and a Guitar Hero World Tour game so the blog had to take the back seat for a while… My whole family and even my mom are now hooked on GH so the evenings at my house have turned into family jam sessions:) Apart from playing GH and hanging out with family and friends, I spent most of my break writing Silverlight apps and games...
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    WCF 101 – Creating and consuming a basic WCF Service hosted in IIS

    In my last post I wrote about a WCF hang I caused because of a newbie mistake. I also wrote that I would post about how to create a simple WCF service. This tutorial is mostly for myself so that I’ll remember what I did, but hopefully it might benefit some other people too… The WCF service I will create here (MyGameService) is one that will keep track of all the games for my game site. Creating a WCF Service and hosting it in IIS 1. In Visual Studio 2008, choose File / New / Web Site… /...
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    .NET Hang: Analyzing Debug Diag output

    Earlier this week I got an email from a reader who had a hang in an application and sent in some Debug Diag logs. In order for me to dig in deeper I would need to open a support case as I would have to ask follow up questions and look at the dumps etc. However, I wanted to show some interesting details from his report to show you how to move forward if you get an issue like that. Analyzing the debug diag output At the top of the report generated by debug diag for the dump, you will see an analysis...
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    Troubleshooting .Net SQL Connectivity issues: What data should you gather?

    Spike in our data access support team has a really good blog talking about data access related issues in .net. Recently he wrote a really good post about what you should gather to troubleshoot a connectivity issue effectively such as Connection strings SQL Server logs The exact error message (with stack trace and other details) Netmon traces Memory dumps File version info along with what you should look for in each… I would recommend both that post and the blog as a whole to anyone dealing with data...
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    TechDays Sweden March 17th-18th 2009

    If you live in Sweden and haven’t signed up for TechDays 2009 yet, go ahead and check it out.  There are a lot of good speakers scheduled for the conference. What is even more exciting is that my support buddies will have their own track running in parallel with the main tracks where there will be a number of sessions about troubleshooting and troubleshooting related topics. I will be running a presentation (with Mikael Deurell ) about my favourite topic: debugging .net applications, what else...
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