GPU Usage for DirectX in Visual Studio

In both Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 and in the new Visual Studio 2015 Preview releases there is a new GPU usage tool for helping to diagnose issues with DirectX performance. On the VC blog our team’s program manager already provided a really solid quick look at this new feature. That article is best introduction…

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IntelliTrace and Microsoft Test Manager

One of our main goals with IntelliTrace was to help close down the “no repro” gap between developers and testers. It’s frustrating and a waste of time and resources to have testers and developers going back and forth with testers reporting issues and developers unable to repro and investigate those issues in their development environment….

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IntelliTrace iTrace Files

If you are not familiar with the new IntelliTrace feature in Visual Studio Team System 2010 than you might want to first check out either my or John Robbins’ introductions to this feature as a general overview of IntelliTrace would be helpful before digging into this article. What is an iTrace file? In my introduction…

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IntelliTrace Events

IntelliTrace Events (edited 1/27/2010 to update branding from Diagnostic Event to IntelliTrace Event)  If this post is the first time that you have heard about the IntelliTrace feature in Visual Studio Team System 2010, then you might want to first take a look at my little overview of this nifty new feature before diving into the info below…

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Back To Blogging

Back to Blogging So for the last 18 months or so there has been nary a peep on this blog about anything. One contributing factor to this extended period of silence would happen to be the fact that I now have an 18 month old daughter and I was feeling a bit of a time…

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IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate

IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate What is IntelliTrace in a nutshell? If you’ve been in the development world for any length of time you’ve probably ended up in a situation like one of the following more than a few times. ·         You’ve received reports of a crash from a tester, but on your local box you…

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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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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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