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Director of Random Technologies

Using diagnostic tools to tune and debug Windows software

Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 19:01:05 +0000


Recent Posts on Code-o-rama

Mon, 23 Jul 2007 19:01:05 +0000

While I haven't been posting much here, I have been posting pretty regularly over on my main development blog code-o-rama.   The main reason is that I'm running a newer version of Community Server over there, which has better editing, etc..  Here are some articles you might want to check out: Stand alone unit test programs...

Renamed my blog

Fri, 29 Dec 2006 16:32:00 +0000

Merry Christmas, etc., etc..   Hope you are all enjoying your XBOX 360's.  New year, new blog name.  I'm renaming by blog and refocusing it for 2007. Recently we decided to give everyone on the Visual Studio Diagnostics team a Director's title (minus the actual promotion).  Mine was "Director of Random Technologies" probably on account of...

Microsoft Points

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 21:25:00 +0000

We were having a discussion today about Microsoft Points and that it would be useful to be able to transfer them to others as payment for, oh I don't know let's say, um, gambling debts.  Hey, that would be just like real money!  Couldn't find anything about that, but I did notice that there is...

Dynamic vs. Static Instrumentation

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 12:14:00 +0000

As you know if you are a Visual Studio Team System user, we provide two types of profilers with the product; sampling and trace.  If you are not familiar with this feature of VSTS, one place to start are the excellent TechNotes under the Development heading on this page.  The trace profiler works by rewriting the...

How to Upgrade Software with a Windows Installer Package

Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:32:00 +0000

One of the things that you often want to do when creating a Windows Installer using WiX is to uninstall the existing product before installing the new one.  This is referred to as doing a "major upgrade".  The way to pull this off is to add the following WiX snippet to your .wxs file:

Ethereal Network Packet Protocol Analyzer

Sun, 07 May 2006 02:12:00 +0000

I just rediscovered the Ethereal network protocol analyzer.  I was trying to track down a problem using the tcptrace proxy which is a nice simple little tool when it works.  I'm not quite sure what the problem was, but I was seeing different behavior when I was using the proxy than when I wasn't, so...

Visual Studio Macro Balloon

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 17:30:00 +0000

I've always loved editors with built in macro languages. Once you have macro control of every facet of the editor you can pull off some really cool and time saving tricks. I gave up macros back in the early 90's for the graphical environment of Microsoft Quick C, Developer Studio and now Visual Studio. So...

Assembly Probing and Windows Installer

Mon, 09 Jan 2006 05:29:00 +0000

Some platform features are like the stuff hiding under rocks at the seashore. No, I don't mean the one's that are slimey and stinky. I'm talking about the one's that are interesting but hard to spot. But, all you need to do is catch a glimpse of them and lift the rock... Sometime last year,...

Refactoring NUnit Unit Tests to VSUnit

Tue, 03 Jan 2006 13:47:00 +0000

If you have been using NUnit to write your unit tests, and you have access to Visual Studio 2005 Team System you'll want to consider upgrading your NUnit tests to the VS Unit Test Framework, which I'll call VSUnit for short. There is a walkthrough that you should read to get an idea of the...

Test Signing and Instrumentation

Fri, 30 Dec 2005 19:08:00 +0000

Boy, I seem to spend all my time in the deep dark recesses of the CLR. OK, this post is a little bit out there; I hope someone finds it useful. There's a problem with doing instrumented profiling of applications in Visual Studio 2005 Team System that comes up when working with strongly named assemblies....