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  • Blog Post: Project Support for Natvis

    The past two releases of Visual Studio have evolved the Natvis format to allow developers to easily visualize their debug data inside the VC++ expression evaluator. The first Visual Studio “14” CTP provides a new way for native developers to consume and manage their Natvis debug visualizers...
  • Blog Post: Native Memory Diagnostic Tools for Visual Studio “14” CTP

    In Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013, memory diagnostic tools were added for Windows Store and Windows Phone that enable developers to monitor live memory consumption and take heap snapshots of their applications for further analysis. The Visual Studio team is extending the existing tools to work for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Improved exception reporting for C++ Windows Store Apps in Visual Studio 2013

    Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 come with improvements for exception reporting in the platform and the debugger which will make it easier for native Windows Store App developers to diagnose errors in their applications. In this post, I’ll discuss a few of those improvements that are available...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio 2013 to write maintainable native visualizations (natvis)

    In Visual Studio 2012 we introduced the ability to create visualizations for native types using natvis files. Visual Studio 2013 contains several improvements that make it easier to author visualizations for classes that internally make use of collections to store items. In this blog post I’ll...
  • Blog Post: Using the 2013 CPU Sampling Profiler to Understand C++ Compiler Optimizations

    If you’ve ever profiled an optimized build of a C++ application there is a good chance that you looked at the profiling report and saw some functions missing that you expected to be present so you had to assume that they had been inlined but couldn’t be certain. Likewise, if you’ve...
  • Blog Post: Just My Code for C++ in VS 2013

    If you have experience debugging C# or Visual Basic code in Visual Studio, you are probably familiar with a debugging feature called Just My Code (JMC). In Visual Studio 2013, we introduce Just My Code for C++. In VS2013, the goal of this C++ JMC feature is to help the user focus on their code when viewing...
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