VisualStudio 2010 Beta1 – Free at last

I was at TechEd2009 a few weeks ago and I was so sad we weren’t able to talk more about VS2010 there as much as we wanted to.  One of my highlights of the conference was standing in the lunch line while a group of folks from a variety of different companies discussed the new historical…

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Debugger tip for stack overflows

Every so often my team likes to make me feel useful.  I don’t get to write code and fix bugs as much as I used to when I arrived at Microsoft, but I do have a good few tricks up my sleeve.  Someone from the profiler team was looking at a stack overflow in the…

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The science of bugs

One of the more interesting things about working at Microsoft is the close collaboration the Microsoft Research (MSR) group has with academic research in many universities around the world.  Today I was able to go to a talk form one of the researchers I most admire in the software engineering field: Prof. Andreas Zeller of Saarsland…

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Speaking again at TechEd 2009

I’ll be out at TechEd this year and delivering the next version of my Debugger Tips and Tricks talk, which I last gave at PDC.  https://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/TL59/ In the version of the talk for this year [DTL323], I’ll have similar content on VS2005 and VS2008, but will have an updated version of VS2010 to show off…

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VS2008 SP1 Shell fix available

 A fix for a widely reported crash in the Visual Studio 2008 IDE is now available.  This fixes a crash that occurs after changing layouts (undocking/docking windows) and then changing modes (start stop debug, or switch to/from full screen.  This bug was introduced in Service Pack 1 and the fix for this is now available…

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Why is my app so much slower under the debugger?

Even when I switch to “Release builds”?  We recently got a connect bug on this so I thought I’d share my thoughts. In the debugger, we always try to minimize the impact we introduce on the debuggee, but there is always some work that we do in a synchronous way.  We alway deal with breakpoints,…

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Computer Science and Software Engineering

This is an opinion piece, and my opinion at that, not of my employer.  I was watching a debate on one of the internal support email lists for debugger related things last year when an interesting event occured.  There is currently a limitation in the Windows OS that prevents ModuleLoad events being sent after ~500 of…

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Last year’s VSTS 2010 CTP – Feedback still needed!

Last year’s CTP of VSTS 2010 was one of the major milestones on the road to shipping what we think will be a great release.  There’s a lot of value, and much of it previewed in the CTP, but I’ve been feeling like we didn’t get a huge amount of community feedback to help us…

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