Collecting performance counter information with the Visual Studio Team System profiler

Collecting performance counter information with the Visual Studio Team System profiler Introduction   If you have ever done performance work on Windows systems you are probably already familiar with the PerfMon tool. This tool gives you an overview of your system performance and can be an invaluable tool in the early (and sometimes the late)…

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Pinpoint a performance issue using hotpath in Visual Studio 2008

Analyzing a performance report                   When you first open a performance report in Visual Studio 90% of the time the question on your mind is “where is my program spending most of its time?” In Visual Studio 2005 the best way to find this was to move to the calltree view and from there…

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The New Developer Menu in Visual Studio Team System

The new Developer menu in Visual Studio Team System                   In my recent series of blog posts I’ve been covering some of the cool new features that the Visual Studio Profiler team has been adding to the code profiler that is included with Visual Studio Team System for Developers (and Team Suite edition). With…

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The Visual Studio Profiler Data Collection Control Part 1: Excluding Application Startup Time

The Visual Studio Profiler Data Collection Control Part 1: Excluding Application Startup Time                 Even if you are familiar with Visual Studio Team System  you may not already know that a powerful profiler is included with both the Developer and Team Suite editions of that product. If you are not familiar with the profiler you…

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Comparing performance reports with the Visual Studio Team System Profiler

Comparing performance reports with the Visual Studio Team System Profiler   With the recent release of the first Beta for Visual Studio Team System (codename Orcas) customers will get their first chance to see all the great new features that we are adding to the product. For the profiler in particular we’ve added some very…

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Two years in the software performance world

This past summer marked my second year (plus one summer internship) of working at Microsoft and on the Visual Studio Team System profiler. As a fresh out of college hire I had no experience working with large applications or working with application performance in particular. For me, as for many other college students I would…

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Depends.exe and working with assembly dependencies

So in my last blog article I talked about using the fuslogvw.exe tool to figure out .NET assembly binding issues. In this article I’m going to look at another tool that I find myself using daily in the debugging world, depends.exe. In a nutshell, depends looks at your binary files and creates a tree of…

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Fuslogvw.exe and diagnosing .NET assembly binding issues

So let’s say that you are working with a large managed project and for some reason, one of your binary files just refuses to load. Perhaps you get some esoteric error message and perhaps not.  If so then you may very well be in the world of managed assembly binding issues.                 For me, Microsoft…

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Profiling IO Bound applications with Visual Studio Team System – Part One

It just so happens (and I know that I’ve mentioned it here before) that the Visual Studio Team System Profiler has both sampling and instrumentation modes available for you to use. However, in most of my samples so far I’ve been using the sampling mode of the profiler to profile some small applications. And for…

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Using the new Connect community feedback system for Visual Studio Team System

For my team I’m the point man on tracking all of the customer feedback bugs that we get submitted from external users. This is one of the best parts of my job as I really enjoy interacting with customers and getting to keep my finger on the pulse of what issues are bugging our users…

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