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Debugging Microsoft .NET 2.0 Applications

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Key Book Benefits:

- Delivers an overview of the science of debugging, including the why and the how - Provides practical instruction for using the debugging, testing, and tuning features in Visual Studio 2005 - Features in-depth discussions of common problems and how to solve them - Includes code samples

About the Author

John Robbins is a cofounder of Wintellect (, where he leads debugging and consulting services and develops and teaches debugging curriculum. As a recognized debugging expert, John takes an evil delight in finding and fixing impossible bugs in other people’s programs, including applications for leading enterprise companies. He’s the author of the two previous versions of this book and is a contributing editor at MSDN Magazine, where he writes the popular “Bugslayer” column.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (November 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735622027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735622029
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Jackson on December 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
As somebody who debugs applications for a living, I found this an outstanding resource to both refresh my memory, give me new tips and tricks, and provide a frame of reference for sharing this knowledge with others.

If you do not already have a symbol server set up for your organization, then you should order this book today for the simple step-by-step instructions for how to do this. This is an absolute requirement for success, yet for some reason seems to be consistently overlooked and considered a "black art" or something that only the largest of organizations has the resources to execute on. John debunks this myth handily, and provides the best resource I know on overcoming this initial hurdle to greater success.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone involved in software development.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By a reader on January 25, 2007
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I'd like to second the initial review: this is an excellent book. It covers the important topics about debugging, from project level issues (setting symbols and source servers) to code level issues (how to spot handle leaks with WinDBG). The book is engaging and easy to understand. It may even make you like debugging!

Some highlights include the great coverage of Visual studio and WinDBG. I use it regularly to look up a command or a tip-and-trick.

I didn't give it five stars because some of the topics are too developed. For example, I didn't need or want the long explanation about writing FxCop rules. I also found the book light on topics that are relevant to debugging such as instrumentation (perf counters and logging).

Overall this is book worth reading if you want to improve your development skills.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark W Mitchell on February 4, 2008
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I bought this book over a year ago, with about 8 other books, and had ignored it. I picked this off my shelf last week, while on a support call, and took it with me while on a short personal trip.
I learned so much from this little book about the improvements in .Net 2.0 for debugging, and how to use the tools in visual studio - in extremely productive ways, I would recommend you buy this book immediately and use it for the rest of your programming career!

I found the book extremly well written and it had me laughing and reading it out loud to non-computer people for the great humour that John Robbins put within the pages.

I have a problem at work, dealing with the clipboard and the need to have a static thread to use the functions, and on page 119 he cites that exact issue and how he resolved it.
I have not finished the book, - I am almost half way. The part about setting up a Symbol server went a bit beyond what I think I can do within my employers site, and it sounds like a lot of work, however his point is that the mini dumps that a user can send you can be loaded and you can pinpoint the exception with all of the data values, and call stack that was loaded at the time - which allows you to see what the problem was. Potentially saving hundreds of hours!

I also noted that there were a few links in the book pointing to the gotdotnet website,which I know has been reduced to very few remaining links (Microsoft has abandoned) - so some of this book (a few lines at this point) is going out of date due to the reliance on some web links still being there.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SPYRIDON PRANTALOS on August 8, 2007
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This is a great debugging book. It is very analytic, detailed and extremely useful for simple developers, as well as for people who are debugging specialists. I am not giving 5 stars for the simple reason that it requires extensive setup in order to follow all the examples. In fact, setting up a VPC with all components necessary for using Source Server took me 2 days. IMHO it would have been great if a CD with a VPC image was available for download to save us from the pain.
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