If you have ever tried to look at a System.DateTime or System.TimeSpan object in a debugger, you know how difficult it is to see what the value is. For example, this is what a System.DateTime object looks like:
0:017> !do 0x040f59b8 Name: System.DateTime MethodTable: 60809f0c EEClass: 605e1fd8 Size: 16(0x10) bytes GC Generation: 2 (C:\Windows\assembly\GAC_32\mscorlib\184.108.40.206__b77a5c561934e089\mscorlib.dll) Fields: MT Field Offset Type VT Attr Value Name 6080ab9c 40000f4 4 System.UInt64 1 instance 633739266270770000 dateData 6082aa5c 40000f0 30 System.Int32 0 shared static DaysToMonth365 >> Domain:Value 0097ce58:03d6cad0 << 6082aa5c 40000f1 34 System.Int32 0 shared static DaysToMonth366 >> Domain:Value 0097ce58:03d6cb10 << 60809f0c 40000f2 28 System.DateTime 1 shared static MinValue >> Domain:Value 0097ce58:03d6cab0 << 60809f0c 40000f3 2c System.DateTime 1 shared static MaxValue >> Domain:Value 0097ce58:03d6cac0 <<
Figuring out what time this is can be very difficult.
This is where some of the new commands in psscor2 can really help you out. There are a few different commands so let me explain them each so you can use them when you need to.
The first one is !PrintDateTime. This command takes a System.DateTime object or a System.TimeSpan object and prints it out as a date. For example:
0:017> !printdatetime 0x0420e658 As a TimeSpan: 733494.12:30:27.0770000 As a DateTime: 03/29/2009 12:30:27
It will always print out both as there is no way to tell if the object is really a System.DateTime or a System.TimeSpan as both are stored in a System.DateTime object.
So in this example, it is a DateTime and we call tell that because the DateTime is a valid time. For a TimeSpan, the output will look something like:
0:017> !printdatetime 0x040f59b8 As a TimeSpan: 25.00:00:00 As a DateTime: 01/01/1753 00:00:00
This command works against the actual ticks (dateData field of the DateTime object). It works the same way, but sometimes you will have objects that store ticks so it is nice to be able to run this directly against them. The output looks the same:
0:017> !ctd 633739266270770000 As a TimeSpan: 733494.12:30:27.0770000 As a DateTime: 03/29/2009 12:30:27
This command is useful when the DateTime you are looking at is a Value Type. In this case, if you try to use the other commands, you will get errors because there is no Method Table for the object. You can see here that the _startTime has a 1 set for the VT column so it is a value type object:
0:000> !do 0x18346ff4 Name: System.Web.Hosting.ISAPIWorkerRequestInProcForIIS6 MethodTable: 68a1f7c8 EEClass: 68a1f748 Size: 252(0xfc) bytes GC Generation: 0 (C:\WINNT\assembly\GAC_32\System.Web\220.127.116.11__b03f5f7f11d50a3a\System.Web.dll) Fields: MT Field Offset Type VT Attr Value Name 79105ef0 4001294 4 System.DateTime 1 instance 18346ff8 _startTime
If you !do this, you will get:
0:000> !do 18346ff8 <Note: this object has an invalid CLASS field> Invalid object
!PrintDateTime will show the correct output, of if you use !cvtdd:
0:000> !cvtdd 18346ff8 As a TimeSpan: 6070081.06:18:02.6363604 As a DateTime: 06/20/2006 16:53:59
Let me know what you guys think of these new commands.