A final (?) post before the year end

Two months since my last post. So my first New Year’s resolution will be to post more regularly in 2007. At least for once I have a valid reason for not posting for the last two months. In November something momentous happened. It was finally delivered. After months of development, it arrived with all the expected features,…


Don’t block your UI thread

Even in the world of .NET, some things never change. You block your UI thread with a Sleep(10000) and wonder why it’s not painting properly? Patient: “It hurts when I do this” Physiotherapist: “Well don’t do it then” Do not block your UI thread in a non-UI friendly way.


New article on debugging .NET memory issues

The latest MSDN Magazine is now published and there is a great article about debugging .NET memory issues: “CLR Inside Out: Investigating Memory Issues”. I’ve added this to my list of .NET debugging resources which I have now changed from a blog post to an article. Cheers Doug

Index of articles on this site

Resources for load testing web applications Resources for debugging .NET with WinDBG etc        

A reading list for debugging, .NET, CLR, WinDBG etc

I’m often asked “Where can I learn more about doing this kind of stuff?”, this “stuff” being debugging with WinDBG, understanding how .NET works, looking at dump files and generally figuring out what’s gone wrong with .NET applications. I started assembling this list sometime ago and it is by no means complete. It keeps growing all…

Warning: this coffee may be hot

I found this article about Google’s new “code search” tool rather amusing. In a manner that reminds me of the fabled warning that gets printed on some coffee cups, helpfully advising consumers that the coffee they have just bought might be hot (‘hmm, great, that’s what I thought I’d paid for’), this article helpfully advises…


Is there a timewarp between here and redmond?

The reason I wonder that is because our dev teams seem to be pumping stuff out the door so fast at the moment that I think they must have a special 27 hour working day unlike the 8 or 10 that the rest of us have. In no particular order we have… 1) Visual Studio…


Technology articles the size of a bowl of Corn Flakes

If you’re in the mood for reading something developer focussed but cannot stomach an entire banquet of technological tidbits, why not try the back issues of the MSDN UK Flash Newsletter? Just enough to alleviate your hunger but not enough to give you idigestion.

Resources about load testing web applications

I’ve justed added a short article about load testing web applications: http://blogs.msdn.com/dougste/articles/loadtest.aspx   Cheers Doug

Testing Web Applications

  You’ve written your web application and tested it to ensure it all works but how do you know it will be able to take the strain when you launch it on an eager world? Load testing. That’s the key.  There are many web application load testing tools around. Some are free and some cost…