How to create a bootable USB flash drive to install Windows 8 Developer Preview

Like many folks, after watching the BUILD keynote this morning, I couldn’t wait to get home and install Windows 8 Developer Preview on my laptop. The instructions for installing Windows 8 are simple enough. The only fly in the ointment is that installing Windows 8 requires a DVD to create an install package. Of course,…

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One bug, two developers: Collaborative debugging is now a reality in Visual Studio 2010

Quite often, one or more developers need to collaborate on a bug to figure out the root cause of the problem. This collaboration is typically done using tools like email, bug tracking system (e.g. TFS) or if the developers are collocated, they might work on the bug together in one of their offices. Here is…

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Search For This Line In IntelliTrace

One of the key benefits of IntelliTrace is that it collects lots of useful information about your application which allows you to debug exactly what the application was doing when a problem occurred. With so much information, it’s important to be able to search for the specific data that led to the bug in the…

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IntelliTrace: A graphical comparison

One of the easiest ways to understand what IntelliTrace is and what it does, is through a comparison between how most developers debug their application today vs. what IntelliTrace enables. In the figure below, the blue section labeled (1) shows one of the most common ways that developers debug their applications today which is by…

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How to Count the Lines of Code (LOC) in your application using Visual Studio

I was talking to someone the other day and he asked me whether Visual Studio has a tool to count the lines of code in an application. It occurred to me that others might be interested in the answer so I decided to blog about it. There is a tool called Code Metrics in Visual…

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Looking for questions or feedback on IntelliTrace

During the last few months, I’ve been blogging extensively about a new Visual Studio 2010 feature called IntelliTrace (formerly known as the “Historical Debugger”). We are very excited about IntelliTrace and think that it’s going to change how people debug their applications. Since IntelliTrace is a brand new feature, we are eager to hear from…

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Using IntelliTrace to view the return value of a VB or C# method

A few months ago, I blogged about how to view the return value of a C# or VB method in the Visual Studio debugger. As I explained in that blog post, the debugger does not support viewing the return value of a .NET method, so you have to apply a workaround or two. Being able…

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IntelliTrace is not available. Why?

When using IntelliTrace, you might run across the following error message in the IntelliTrace window: IntelliTrace is not available. See the Debugger Output window or the Windows Application Events Log. Below is a list of reasons why you might see the above error message when trying to use IntelliTrace. 1) In Visual Studio 2010, IntelliTrace…

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The future of debugging is here! Visual Studio 2010 now supports stepping back in the debugger.

In my previous post Getting Started with Visual Studio 2010 IntelliTrace: Hello IntelliTrace!, I described how to use the new IntelliTrace feature in Visual Studio 2010 to debug an application. But there’s more to IntelliTrace. IntelliTrace also allows you step back in the debugger! However, the step back functionality isn’t enabled by default. You can…

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Getting Started with Visual Studio 2010 IntelliTrace: Hello IntelliTrace!

One of the most talked about features in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is IntelliTrace. In a nutshell, IntelliTrace allows a developer to record the application execution and play it back. Using IntelliTrace, a developer can do some cool things like step back in the debugger. In this blog post, I’ll do a "Hello World!"…

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