Chapter 9. Power Tools

Plenty of tools exist that make troubleshooting application bugs easier. Throughout this book, we have already seen and made use of a plethora of tools to hone in on the source of application bugs. Most of the tools discussed so far are related to the native debuggers (such as the SOS and SOSEX extensions), but there are other tools out there that can dramatically reduce the time spent on debugging and ease the troubleshooting of difficult bugs. In this chapter, we will take a look at some of these powerful tools including

  • PowerDbg

  • SOS and Visual Studio 2008 integration

  • Visual Studio 2008 and .NET framework source-level debugging

  • The upcoming Visual Studio 2010

  • The all-powerful CLR Profiler

  • WinDbg and the CmdTree command

PowerDbg ...

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