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  • Blog Post: Using the IntelliTrace Events window with a log collected from MMA Standalone

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability performance data and exception data for web applications. You can use IntelliTrace to review this data, or debug this data to get more useful information . In this post I am using MMA Standalone, as opposed to MMA connected to AppInsights...
  • Blog Post: Debugging support for .NET Native Preview apps

    By now you will have heard the exciting news, but if you haven't please first read all about .NET Native Developer Preview . With the preview you also get debugging support. That means that when you switch to compile your .NET code with the native tool chain, under the covers you have also switched to...
  • Blog Post: Phone Debugging in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 introduced several exciting changes for mobile development. You are now able to use the same programming model that you use to build Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1, to build XAML apps Windows Phone 8.1 . In this post, I will remind you of the most important diagnostic...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing Mobile Website Issues on Windows Phone 8.1 with Visual Studio

    If you have spent time trying to make a compelling mobile version of your website you have likely hit issues with it not looking or working correctly on mobile browsers. To help with this on Windows Phone, we’re very excited to announce that in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 we have enabled the use...
  • Blog Post: Performance Profiling on Windows Phone 8.1 with Visual Studio

    We are very excited to announce that we have added support for performance profiling of Windows Phone XAML and JavaScript apps to the Performance and Diagnostics hub . You can transfer your existing skills and use the same set of tools which work for Windows Store apps to analyze the performance of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing memory issues with the new Memory Usage Tool in Visual Studio

    As part of our continued effort to provide great diagnostic tools for developers, Visual Studio 2013 introduces a new Memory Usage tool as a part of the Performance and Diagnostics hub . The Memory Usage tool supports Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps using C#/VB/C++ and XAML. This blog post...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics PowerTool for Visual Studio 2013 Available on Microsoft Download Center

    Visual Studio offers the ability to measure your code’s complexity and maintainability with the Code Metrics window. See the MSDN documentation for more information . In the distant past ( circa 2011), we introduced a PowerTool that allows you to gather these same measurements from the command...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to Debugging Exceptions with IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2013

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability and performance data for web applications and to review the data using IntelliTrace. With Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, we have added the ability to more easily navigate the diagnostics data related to an exception by using a CodeLens -enhanced...
  • Blog Post: New CPU Usage tool in the Performance and Diagnostics hub in Visual Studio 2013

    This blog post will give an overview of the features of the new CPU Usage tool in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 , and then walk through a specific example of how to use the CPU Usage tool to understand what functions are using the CPU so that you can prioritize your time optimizing the functions that will...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace MVC Navigation

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability and performance data for web applications and to review the data using IntelliTrace. For Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate, Update 2, we have added the ability to easily navigate to Actions and Controllers for Model View Controller...
  • Blog Post: Combining Tools in the Performance and Diagnostics Hub in Visual Studio 2013

    We have been hard at work on the Visual Studio Diagnostics team building on the Performance and Diagnostics hub . If you pick up Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 , you can try out the features shown in this blog post. We have some great tools in the hub, and as many of you know, performance problems can often...
  • Blog Post: UI Enhancements for IntelliTrace with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    As announced previously on this blog, with Visual Studio 2013 RTM, we also released the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) which can produce .itrace files for issues with applications in production . This includes exception information, but also performance event violations . In Visual Studio 2013 Update...
  • Blog Post: Jump to SQL with IntelliTrace

    In Visual Studio 2013, you can use IntelliTrace to view Microsoft Monitoring Agent data collected from a web application. This includes performance details in IntelliTrace which provides a great way to get back to your code to investigate performance issues that occurred on a production server. But what...
  • Blog Post: .NET Memory Analysis: Object Inspection

    In Visual Studio 2013, we introduced a way to analyze .NET Memory with Visual Studio . Now in the Update 2 , we’ve added a new feature to inspect values of objects and instances to improve your diagnostic capabilities. You can follow along using the same code and dumps from the SampleLeak App we...
  • Blog Post: Triggering Prefetch for Windows Store Apps in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Windows 8.1 introduced a method for Windows Store App developers to pre-register content with the Windows API to cache resources to be used by your apps before your app has been launched. This was to address the issue where your application loads slowly on startup while it waits to pull down the latest...
  • Blog Post: JSON Debugger Visualizer in Visual Studio 2013

    We are proud to announce the addition of JSON Visualizer to Visual Studio debugger in the Update 2 for Visual Studio 2013 . JavaScript Object Notation or JSON is a popular format for transmitting data between server and client applications. The new debugger string visualizer displays JSON encoded strings...
  • Blog Post: Investigating Memory Leaks in Azure Web Sites with Visual Studio 2013

    One of the cool new features in Visual Studio 2013 is the ability to analyze managed memory issues . Recently, Azure Web Sites added support to programmatically get mini-dumps and “diagsession” files that have heap information from Azure Web Sites in production . In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how...
  • Blog Post: Just My Code for ASP.NET in Visual Studio 2013

    Posting this on behalf of Patrick Nelson who is a developer on the Visual Studio Debugger team, and also thanks to Rob Paveza for his help with both of our post regarding JavaScript Just My Code Do you develop web apps? Do you hate when the debugger keeps stopping in code you don’t care about...
  • Blog Post: System Center Performance Alerts and IntelliTrace

    Previously we told you about the initial integration between System Center Operations Manager and Visual Studio IntelliTrace that supports exporting exception data from System Center to Visual Studio using IntelliTrace. We are pleased to announce with the release of System Center 2012 R2 and Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Opening 64-bit Dumps of 32-bit Processes in Visual Studio 2013

    Hello, I am Andrew Chan, a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Debugger Team and in this post I would like to go over an improvement we’ve made to opening dumps of 32-bit processes in Visual Studio. In a nutshell, Visual Studio is now able to open dumps of 32-bit processes that are collected using...
  • Blog Post: .NET Remote Symbol Loading Changes in Visual Studio 2012 and 2013

    In this blog post, we will cover the changes we have made in the way we load symbols in the remote debugging experience for .NET languages. This applies to remote debugging for .NET languages and other languages will load symbols locally. Visual Studio 2010 experience In Visual Studio 2010, we...
  • Blog Post: .NET Memory Analysis Enhancements in Visual Studio 2013

    In my previous post about the new .NET memory analysis feature in Visual Studio , I discussed this new feature we have added to Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate targeted at helping to solve memory problems that occur in .NET applications running in production environments – I encourage you to read that...
  • Blog Post: Switching to Managed Compatibility Mode in Visual Studio 2013

    In Visual Studio 2012, we introduced a new managed debug engine that provides us the ability to more rapidly add new features compared to the older implementation. This can be seen by the number of features introduced in Visual Studio 2013 after only a single year including Managed Return Values , .NET...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace and WCF Services called by Silverlight

    IntelliTrace is not supported in Silverlight due to the security model. IntelliTrace is supported for Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) projects hosted in a web server such as Internet Information Server (IIS) or Internet Information Server Express (IIS Express). When debugging an application in...
  • Blog Post: Tweaking Microsoft Monitoring Agent for Null Values

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent does a great job of logging unexpected exceptions that occur within your application. NullReferenceExceptions are one of the most frequent types of exceptions that are encountered. The default settings for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent are configured to optimize data collection...
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