|DebugView is well known free tool from Systinternals (Microsoft). Vast majority of developers is aware of its existence. Nevertheless, I've decided to write this post following my practice of journaling my technical accomplishments during engagements with the customers. Yesterday the tool helped us identify serious performance problem without installing profiler or even taking memory dumps.|
Customer Case Study
The customer complained about "bad performance" of web pages. The application was pretty simple one - ASP.NET pages accessing SQL Server for simple queries. The SQL Server was installed on the same machine where ASP.NET app resided. The pages took up to ten seconds to render.
After quick code review we found out that the code called function that traversed all server controls using recursion. This function was called several times during the page lifecycle. I presented the team with my assumption that this code is a potential culprit of the "bad performance". The opposite assumption I faced was "but there is only so few controls on the page, it cannot consume too much time."
We decided to add single line of code to the function in question:
System.Diagnostics.Trace.WriteLine ("Calling Recursive Function");
Then we fired up DebugView and ran the page.
The team was amazed by what DebugView presented interactively. "Calling Recursive Function" line kept piling up on and on. Each call took from 50 to 100 milliseconds but when multiplied to overall number of calls (~700) it gave us clear understanding what caused the performance hit.
Instrument your application properly - simple yet powerful technique that helps you avoid calling expensive consultants onsite.
Instrument your application and surprise your end users by high performing application.
- Use Sysinternals DebugView To Diagnose The Application.
- ASP.NET Performance By Design: Takeaways From PDC
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