VSTS Team Suite Edition boxed up and ready to roll

           Just yesterday I moseyed down to our team admin’s office and picked up my boxed copy of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite edition. While we did officially ship some time before this it was still a pretty fun occasion for me to pick up the first “box” of software that I helped to create….


Performance Profiling Parse vs. TryParse vs. ConvertTo

When programming in .Net you are presented with several different ways to extract a numerical value (I’m using an Int32 for my example) from a string. Recently I was looking at the differences between Parse, TryParse and ConvertTo. So I figured that I would use the new performance profiler included with Visual Studio Team System…


Visual Studio Team System TechNotes

Looking for some good information on the Visual Studio Team System profiler or just on Team System topics in general? The kind folks at MSDN have opened up a new section of TechNotes to aggregate lots of quick-hitting articles on various Team System components. TechNotes are a little less polished and shorter then a typical…


VSTS Public Chat

Just passing on the word: Team System MSDN Public Chat Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developer &Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers When: Wednesday, November 16th @ 10am PST What: Join us to discuss the Profiler, Test Tools (Unit, Generic, Manual), Web & Load Testing, and Code Analysis (FxCop & PREFast). We have…


Basic Command Line Profiling

           Hey all, It’s been a little while since my last post as things have been (and continue to be) pretty busy for me. Recently I’ve been working on some TechNotes (~1000 word mini articles) that will be published up on MSDN. While most of these I have been converting from blog entries there have been…


Drawing Boxes and Line with the DataSet designer

           One of the neat things about working on Visual Studio is that it is such a big and rich product that I’m always being clued into both new interesting features and old features that I have just missed up until now. I was recently working on some squarified treemap UI prototyping and I was…


Team System MSDN Public Chat

Do you have questions about the profiler in Visual Studio Team System? Or perhaps you want to know more about the Code Analysis tools, Web Testing tools or Unit Testing tools. Tomorrow morning we have a public chat about Team System where you can come and fire away questions to developers, testers and PMs who work…


The X05 event & Xbox360 co-op games

If you will permit me to back away from profiler talk for just a minute, I saw a lot to excite me at Microsoft’s Xbox X05 event in Amsterdam. I’m not a fanboy enough to think that Microsoft will dominate the PS3 (especially in Japan), but I do think that they are setting themselves up…


Impressed by Static Analysis

For the last two days we had a chance as a team to pick up a pre-release version of Team System and give it a through user scenario test to see if we could sign off on it being a quality product. I actually quite enjoyed this as it gave me a change to try…