Chapter 21

Debugging with IntelliTrace

What's In This Chapter?

  • Exploring how to run IntelliTrace
  • Configuring IntelliTrace options
  • Running IntelliTrace in a production environment Code Downloads for this Chapter

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Many developers resent the fact that debugging has become one of the key components in software development. Many developers have been known to spend a considerable amount of time simply on debugging. Adding salt to the wound are programming bugs for which the behavior is not reproducible. In many instances, developers may wish there was a way to travel back in time to capture what happened and then be able to wave a magic wand to debug the issue. That wish has now come true in Visual Studio Ultimate 2012. (Not the magic wand part — that feature did not make the cut.)

This chapter examines the IntelliTrace feature, which debuted in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and has been enhanced in Visual Studio Ultimate 2012. In this chapter, you find out how to use this feature to aid in your debugging effort, and how you can use it in a production environment to help debug production applications.

IntelliTrace Basics

In many cases, as a developer, you have discovered that debugging is a regular activity. It is also a task that can become monotonous. ...

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