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  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part VI: Working with IntelliTrace Logs

    This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part V: Advanced IntelliTrace Settings

    This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace Calls

    This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events

    This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace?

    This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part III: IntelliTrace Events Understanding IntelliTrace Part IV: IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace?

    This series is based on my IntelliTrace Workshop materials found here: http://sdrv.ms/UPUEE3 This is a multi-part series, you can find the other parts here: Understanding IntelliTrace Part I: What the @#$% is IntelliTrace? Understanding IntelliTrace Part II: Where Do I Use IntelliTrace? ...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace Debugging Deep Dive Session is Available for Download

      Folks, apologies for going dark for a few weeks but I have been heads down in the creation of some new IntelliTrace content.  I’ve put together a set of labs and slide decks that you can use to train yourself and/or train others on how to use this to full advantage.  You can find the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Feature Packs

    [Reader Note: It looks like the formatting is cutting off the table on my main blog page. If you click on the link for the full story it will show in full.] I was talking with a customer the other day that uses Visual Studio Ultimate for many of its developers and just happened to mention the feature...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Achievements

      Well it took me a while to get around to this one.  Sorry I’ve been offline folks.  I recently changed roles inside Microsoft and am now more directly focused on Visual Studio / TFS / Team Test / etc…  Okay, on to the blog post!   As you, hopefully, have heard by now Visual...
  • Blog Post: Docking External Document Windows

    Windows:  CTRL + Double Click on Title Bar Menu:   Window | Dock As Tabbed Document Command:  Window.DockAsTabbedDocument SKU: Professional, Premium, Ultimate Versions:  2010, Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview Code:  vstipEnv0065     In Visual Studio 2010 we introduced...
  • Blog Post: Now Shipping! Coding Faster: Getting More Productive with Visual Studio (Covers Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, 2008, and 2010)

    At long last it is with great pride that I can officially announce the availability our new book! After a year of work and a few interesting speed bumps along the way the book is now in stores world-wide. If you want the best price that I have seen so far, I suggest you go to Amazon: http://www.amazon...
  • Blog Post: Static Code Analysis – Understanding the Predefined Rules

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2010 Code: vstipTool0140     In vstipTool139 (“Static Code Analysis – Simple Code Analysis”) we scratched the surface of code analysis for a simple class. Now we will begin to delve deeper into the extensive set of predefined rules available out-of-the-box in...
  • Blog Post: Static Code Analysis (aka FxCop) – Simple Code Analysis

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0139   In my extensive travels with my good friend Clint Edmonson ( http://www.notsotrivial.net/blog/ ) we found yet another feature available in Visual that seems to be underutilized: Static Code Analysis. After some digging, we discovered...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics: Working with Columns

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0138     The last top on our tour of the Code Metrics Results window...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Creating Work Items from Code Metrics Results

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0137   NOTE: This tip requires that you are connected to a Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics: Code Metrics Results Exporting

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0136   Previously I showed you how to filter your code metrics results...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Code Metrics Results Filtering

    Windows: Alt, V, M (press several times), Enter Menu: View | Other Windows | Code Metrics Results Command: View.CodeMetricsResults SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Languages: C++ (managed only), C#, VB Code: vstipTool0135   Having explored code metrics in great detail in the previous...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Maintainability Index

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0134   At long last it is time to look at the final metric from the code metrics (see vstipTool0129, “Code Metrics - Calculating Metrics”): maintainability index. As with the other metrics it is best to start with some definitions. First...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Class Coupling

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0133     As we continue looking at code metrics in Visual Studio (see vstipTool0129, “Calculating Metrics”), it’s time to look at class coupling. Class coupling also goes by the name Coupling Between Objects (CBO) as originally defined...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Depth of Inheritance (DIT)

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0132   Continuing our examination of code metrics (see vstipTool0129, “Calculating Metrics”), it’s time to take a look at one of the metrics designed specifically for object-oriented analysis: Depth of Inheritance. Depth of inheritance,...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Cyclomatic Complexity

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0131   When working with code metrics, one of the least understood items seems to be cyclomatic complexity. Essentially, with cyclomatic complexity, higher numbers are “bad” and lower numbers are “good”. We use cyclomatic complexity to get...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Lines of Code

    SKU: Premium, Ultimate Versions: 2008, 2010 Code: vstipTool0130 [updated 5/15/2011: NASA has apparently removed the paper mentioned in this tip so I have added a new link] In vstipTool0129, “Code Metrics - Calculating Metrics,” I showed you how to obtain code metrics. Getting...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics – Calculating Metrics

    Windows: Alt, N, M (selected projects); Alt, N, L (solution); Alt, V, E, M, M, M, Enter (results) Menu: Analyze | Calculate Code Metrics For Selected Projects; Analyze | Calculate Code Metrics For Solution; View | Other Windows | Code Metric Results Command: Analyze.CalculateCodeMetricsforSelectedProjects;...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 SP1 New Features: Unit Tests for Framework 3.5

    Versions: 2010 SP1 Code: vstipDebug0041   If you haven’t heard yet, you now have “basic support for unit tests that target the .NET Framework 3.5” in VS2010 with SP1.  There are a lot of reasons for adding this functionality but the main reason for putting it in is to support doing unit tests...
  • Blog Post: Working with DataTips in Visual Studio 2010

      The text versions of this video can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/05/08/use-a-datatip-to-edit-a-value-vstipdebug0026.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02/02/pin-a-datatip-to-source-vstipdebug0005.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2010/02...
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