So I was looking around CodePlex the other day and I came across some really useful tools up there that I thought I would share. Not all of these will apply to everyone, but they can be really useful things and I would recommend you to check them out and see if they apply to what you are creating.
- Microsoft Open Debugger Extension for WinDbg
- Managed Stack Explorer
- Live Response
- Visual Log Parser
Some of these I have played around with, but not all of them.
Managed Stack Explorer is really useful for getting callstacks, especially if you are experiencing a hang. You can get the stacks from all threads and see what is hung. This is a very lightweight solution and allows easy troubleshooting.
The Open Debugger Extension is a new debugger extension that is being worked on mostly by the guys from the NTDebugging blog. There are plans to do some really neat things in this extension (Note, I already mentioned this in a previous post).
VMExplorer is the next one I really want to look at, but it is a little limiting for me as I do the bulk of my work against dump files and this is for a live process. But it could be very useful to use before having to call into support.
Visual Log Parser sounds like a very exciting project. I have used LogParser for a long time and anything that makes those files easier to parse is welcomed by me.
If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to add a comment.