VS 2008 SP1 Debugger stepping and breakpoint issues

For the last few weeks we have had reports of stepping issues caused by people installing VS 2008 SP1.  You can see our acknowledgement of this issue here: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsdebug/thread/f3fcb4fb-8a08-4fa0-8d58-9ed6f3eb1193 The symptoms are that while managed debugging some step commands do not complete as expected, and some breakpoints may be missed if running on hyperthreaded, multi-core or multi-proc hardware. We…


PDC08 – Debugger tips and tricks talk posted

The channel 9 rendering of my talk at PDC is now up for your general enjoyment/education/amusement.   https://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL59/ The topics I covered tricks in stepping, breakpoints, symbols, multi-threading and post-mortem.  Judging from the evals the reception was pretty good, and I really wish I had the time to go deeper and go over more stuff.  I…


PDC08 – T minus 4 days and counting

So I finally have some of my schedule figured out for the upcoming PDC.  Most important for me is to actually turn up to my own talk :). Visual Studio Debugger Tips & TricksTue 10/28 | 12:45 PM-1:30 PM | 409A I’ll be going over a few of my personal favourites, talking about how and…


Upcoming VSTS 2010 features – what have we been up to?

It’s nice to at last be able to publicly discuss some of the features we’ve been working on recently.  Brian Harry’s blog entry here provides the best overall view of what our focus for this release is, and what features are delivered as part of that.  Our team has been working on two of the…


Architect != Suite

I was in a colleague’s office the other day and ran into the now ubiquitous issue that people still buy or install the “Architect Edition” thinking it has everything.  Although this was true in previous versions of VS, this changed with VSTS 2005 when role based editions came into being.  If you need the box…


PDC 08 now open for registration

It’s been a while, but the time has come again for a Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference.  I’m aiming to go to the show, I really enjoyed my time at PDC05.  I look forward to meeting as many of you – the MS developer community – as I can.  I’m also looking forward to Ray’s keynote. …


Debugger expansion follow-up – PM jobs

As promised it is time to follow up with the PM jobs from our debugger expansion (Test to follow soon, promise!).  There are three main areas we are hiring into the debugger for: Native C/C++ debugging PMAs mentioned in my previous posting, this is an area that will see us considerably staff up.  We’re looking…


An expansion in the VS debugger (aka we’re hiring)

We’ve been working for a while now on a plan to re-invest in one of Visual Studio’s core strengths – the debugger.  I’m very proud to be associated with one of the pieces of VS that is used by every developer almost every day, from the folks who actually use the debugger as a creation…


At EclipseCon next week

I’ll be at EclipseCon next week, but just the Wednesday and Thursday.  If you read the blog and want to meet up or have some questions you’d like answered, leave me a note at the Microsoft booth that we are sharing with the folks from TeamPrise (http://www.teamprise.com/). Happy bug slaying,  John  



I’ve seen many folks in our ISV community use the _NT_SYMBOL_PATH environment variable to set the path for symbols loading in VS.  They often set this with symbol server included.  Due to the current architecture, the environment variable is actually consumed at a pretty low level, so the debugger UI does not have any control…