Why doesn’t the GC kick in when the worker process is inactive?

I got the following question in my Getting started with windbg – post and I thought it might be worth posting the replies in a separate article: Hi Johan, about those threads with an ID of XXXX, should they go away after certain amount of idle time like 2 minutes? I am trouble shooting an…

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The KB article every one should know about

Have you read http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307340? If not, I suggest you do so. If you need convincing or simply want to know why this problem occurs I suggest you keep reading. The problem described in the article above can cause your application to spike in CPU time, Memory usage or both. This will lead to your application…

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Finalizers and weak references

What do finalizers and weak references have in common? Well more than you might think actually.   Finalizers Finalizers are clean-up code that will be run at the end of an objects life-cycle. You should only release native resources in the finalizer. When you use your object you should not the finalizer cleaning up after you….

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Memory management in the .NET Framework

This is a subject that has been covered before and I have no intention of writing the ultimate post on the subject. Still I think this is something that every good developer should know. Why do I need to know this? My colleagues and I are quite often asked about the necessity of knowing how…

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I am getting OutOfMemoryExceptions. How can I troubleshoot this?

Problem: You’ve written an ASP.NET application that is getting OutOfMemoryExceptions. Cause: Let’s find out… Resolution: Use Windbg to take a look at the heap.   Is it a leak? Take a look at the memory usage of you application using perfmon. If memory is slowly increasing and never released, then you have a leak. If…

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