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  • Blog Post: Debugging Optimized Code

    In your normal edit->compile->debug workflow, you will generally use the Debug build configuration. Debug builds compile code to keep the executable machine code as close to the original source as possible to ensure an optimal debugging experience. This however can come at the expense of performance...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace, method call information, and Edit and Continue

    In this blog post I’m going to talk about IntelliTrace’s default configuration and the ability to opt-in to capture method call information. If you haven’t done so already, check out the announcement of IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 which gives you an overview of IntelliTrace and...
  • Blog Post: Debugging .NET Native Windows Universal Apps

    With the release of Windows 10 we also shipped Visual Studio Tools for Windows 10 . As you will have heard Universal Windows apps written in .NET (either C# or VB) will be compiled to native machine code before being deployed to customer devices using .NET Native . However, the default Debug configuration...
  • Blog Post: “No such interface supported” in Visual Studio 2015 on Windows 10

    If you upgraded your Windows 10 machine from an earlier version of Windows 10, and are running Visual Studio 2015, this post describes a workaround to a known issue. If you installed Windows 10 cleanly, or upgraded directly from Windows 7 or 8.x, then there is no issue, feel free to skip this post. ...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics PowerTool for Visual Studio 2015 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 2011, we introduced a PowerTool that allows you to gather these same measurements from the command-line. This enables straightforward...
  • Blog Post: Using the Visual Studio Emulator for Android from Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT

    Since announcing our fast, free, Hyper-V compatible Android emulator , we’ve heard that some of you are using Android Studio or Eclipse as your primary Android development environment and still want to acquire the best emulator on the planet without necessarily having to also install Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Emulator for Android in VS2015 RTM

    Back in November we first told you about our fast, free, Hyper-V compatible Android emulator . Then, we used your feedback to add features including OpenGL, Lollipop, multi-touch, camera simulation , device profiles and WiFi simulation . Today, we’re excited to announce a whole host of new features...
  • Blog Post: Performance and Diagnostic Tools in Visual Studio 2015

    This blog post summarizes the investments we made to our performance profiling and diagnostic tools in Visual Studio 2015. What’s new in Visual Studio 2015 In Visual Studio 2013 we introduced the Performance and Diagnostics hub . In Visual Studio 2015, we have made the following improvements...
  • Blog Post: Finding swallowed and async exceptions using IntelliTrace in VS2015

    In this blog post I am going to walk you through using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 to deal with two exception-related scenarios: Finding swallowed exceptions and fixing the bad exception handling Finding the source of exceptions in async code If you haven’t done so already...
  • Blog Post: Watch the Diagnostics Sessions From //Build and Ignite

    The diagnostics team delivered a total of five talks at Microsoft’s //Build and Ignite conferences. If you were unable to view or attend them here are the links to watch them now! Note: If you are interested in watching one of the talks, all talks that share a title use the same demos and cover...
  • Blog Post: Collect data from a windows service using the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector

    In this blog post I am going to walk you through how to collect data from a windows service using the IntelliTrace Standalone Collector . For the purpose of this post I will be using a windows service I created called “MyWindowsService”. Note: If you already have Visual Studio installed...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace in Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 now supports attach!

    If you haven’t done so already, check out the announcement of IntelliTrace in Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 which gives you an overview of IntelliTrace and its UI. Since the release of Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 RC, IntelliTrace supports the ability to attach to running processes . As...
  • Blog Post: Known Issue for Diagnostic Tools window in Visual Studio 2015 RC: “The diagnostic tools failed unexpectedly”

    Updated 2015-07-23: Updated for Visual Studio 2015 RTM Updated 2015-06-01: Added symptom for ASP.NET MVC apps PLEASE NOTE: These issues have been resolved with Visual Studio 2015 RTM. These workarounds should no longer be necessary, and implementing them will not resolve other issues. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Using Fiddler to monitor network traffic from the VS Emulator for Android

    In today’s cloud-connected world, it’s hard to find an app that doesn’t make use of an internet connection in some way or another. Whether you’re collecting app usage telemetry, making calls to a web service, or uploading your users’ cat pictures to Facebook, ensuring that...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Emulator for Android in VS2015 RC

    Since our initial launch of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android , we’ve worked quickly to deliver on top feature requests, adding in support for hot-ticket items such as OpenGL ES 2.0, Lollipop, multi-touch, and advanced camera simulation . Today we’re announcing two more features to help...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough of Live Debugging using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 (Social Club)

    In this blog post I am going to walk you through fixing a bug using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015. If you haven’t done so already, check out the announcement of IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 which gives you an overview of IntelliTrace and its UI . You can see this walkthrough as a video...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing Event Handler Leaks with the Memory Usage Tool in Visual Studio 2015

    Memory Usage tool in the Diagnostics Tool window In Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 we introduced the new debugger-integrated diagnostics tools , including the Memory Usage tool . For the first time, you could investigate memory growth on the managed heap without leaving everyone’s favorite tool, the...
  • Blog Post: Continued Improvements for Breakpoint Configuration in Visual Studio 2015

    By now you have hopefully heard that in Visual Studio 2015 we are introducing a new Breakpoint configuration experience . It features a Breakpoint Settings peek window that allows you to easily configure Conditions and Actions for a breakpoint by specifying a Conditional Expression , a Hit Count , a...
  • Blog Post: .NET EnC support for Lambdas and other improvements in Visual Studio 2015

    Hopefully you saw our previous post covering newly supported edit types added in our previous CTP of Visual Studio 2015 (if not, I’d recommend looking at that post first). Now, we are pleased to announce that Visual Studio 2015 RC contains even further Edit and Continue (Enc) improvements when...
  • Blog Post: C++ EnC in Visual Studio 2015

    One of the most useful features of the Visual Studio debugger is Edit and Continue (EnC) , which works for both managed and native code (where native admittedly had some significant limitations in previous versions of Visual Studio through 2013). In this post I want to share some changes to EnC for C...
  • Blog Post: Diagnostic Sessions at Build 2015

    If you’re attending Microsoft's Build 2015 conference this week, make sure to come check out these three sessions focused entirely on diagnostic tools. Debugger Tips and Tricks for .NET Developers with Visual Studio 2015 Session code: 3-677 Room : 2009 Time: Wednesday April 29, 5:00...
  • Blog Post: Editing the IntelliTrace collection plan

    As you probably already know, Visual Studio offers an enhanced debugging experience through the use of IntelliTrace . Your application’s execution is recorded by IntelliTrace and you can navigate through time, both backwards and forwards, and examine your code as you normally would during a debugging...
  • Blog Post: Make Debugging Faster with Visual Studio

    Have you ever been frustrated by slow debugging in Visual Studio? While we work hard to bring you a fast debugging experience, there are a lot of complex knobs that can affect the performance of any given application. In this blog post I’ll walk you through some tips you can use to improve the...
  • Blog Post: The New Exception Settings Window in Visual Studio 2015

    In Visual Studio 2015 we’re pleased to introduce the new Exception Settings tool window for configuring the debugger’s exception settings . In this post I will walk you through the features of this new window. For more information on exception classifications in Visual Studio, see Understanding...
  • Blog Post: Performance Improvement When Debugging .NET Code With Visual Studio 2015

    Nothing is more frustrating than trying to debug an application that runs significantly slower when you’re debugging it than it does when it runs without a debugger attached. Over the years we’ve received numerous complaints along the lines of “when I run my application without the...
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