Thursday, 27 November 2014

Troubleshooting startup performance issues for Visual Studio.

This is a very good blog post about troubleshooting startup performance issues for Visual Studio:

In summary, start VS with the /log flag:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe" /log

(11.0 is for VS 2012, will need to be different for other versions of course).

Also download this xsl file: 

and place it into folder:

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\VisualStudio\xx.x (version number) 

Then delete the original xsl file ActivityLog.xsl, and make a copy of the downloaded xsl file, then rename that copy as the original (ActivityLog.xsl). We want to keep a copy of the downloaded one, because each VS startup overwrites the .xsl....

Then open the ActivityLog.xml file with internet explorer and examine the startup information.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

duplicate code detection

This seems like a stable project in working condition, it is worth a test.

Another one that produces fancy graphs, but probably requires more reading of the documentation in order to actually understand what the output means

Also interesting tool to try is the successor to Microsoft Labs PEX, Microsoft CodeDigger

Microsoft CHESS tool for concurrency testing