Learning Guide

Testing and Debugging: Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide

This section of the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide looks at testing and debugging improvements in the new IDE. The inclusion of unit testing is a biggie. Other features include the ability to debug LINQ queries and the .NET Framework 3.0 libraries. After reading about testing and debugging, make your way to the final section of the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide, which focuses on open-source, shared-source and commercial product news.



   Visual Studio 2008 Quick Start
   Visual Studio 2008 Tips and Tutorials
   Visual Studio 2008 and LINQ
   Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Basic 2008
   Visual Studio 2008 and C# 3.0
   Visual Studio 2008 and Multi-targeting
   Visual Studio 2008 and Data Access
   Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Architecture
   Visual Studio 2008 and Smart Client Development
   Visual Studio 2008 and Web Development
   Visual Studio 2008 and JavaScript IntelliSense
   Visual Studio 2008 Testing and Debugging
   Visual Studio 2008 Products and Plug-ins


Visual Studio 2008 Testing and Debugging

Debugging and Profiling Features in VS 2008 (Soma Somasegar)
Here the vice president of the .NET Framework developer division introduces the main debugging and profiling features that have been added to Visual Studio 2008, from script and thread debugging improvements to StackTips within the thread window.

Unit testing with Visual Studio 2008, Part 1 (K. Scott Allen)
This blogger summarizes some of the controversy surrounding unit testing and VS 2008 but expresses relief that it has been included in the Professional versions of the product.

Unit testing with Visual Studio 2008, Part 2 (Naysawn Naderi)
More details on the unit testing features that Microsoft has included in VS 2008.

Unit testing with Visual Studio 2008, Part 3 (Dennis van der Stelt)
This blogger discovers, somewhat accidentally, that VS 2008 unit testing can accommodate applications for mobile devices.

Code obfuscator added to Visual Studio 2008 (ENT News)
Microsoft announced at Tech Ed Barcelona that it is adding PreEmptive Solutions' Dotfuscator Community Edition to Orcas, the nest version of Visual Studio. Dotfuscator, which is available in certain versions of Visual Studio 2003 and 2005, mixes up code so hackers cannot reverse engineer it.

Walkthrough: Debugging a multithreaded application (MSDN)
Visual Studio 2008 comes with an improved Threads window. This, in turn, makes it easier to debug multithreaded applications. This document demonstrates how to accomplish this particular type of debugging task.

VS 2008 supported scenarios for LINQ debugging (MSDN)
This document details which Visual Studio 2008 debugging features are compatible with LINQ statements. There are some special considerations, though, for Debugging LINQ to SQL.

Preparing to debug ASP.NET or WCF applications (MSDN)
Here you will find reference material that explains how to debug ASP.NET 3.0 or Windows Communication Foundation applications.

Debugging ASP.NET Web forms and XML Web services (MSDN)
This page provides resources for debugging several types of Web forms applications and Web services deployments.

How do I debug a Windows Presentation Foundation application in Visual Studio 2008? (MSDN)
This video demonstrates the debugging capabilities of VS 2008 by applying them to a WPF application.

Debug JavaScript in JSP or PHP Pages with Visual Studio 2008 (Kirk Allen Evans)
This blogger picked a random PHP page on the Internet and decided to debug it. The ability to view relevant information in Locals, Call Stack and Watch windows impressed him the most.


*** Go on to the final section of the Visual Studio 2008 Learning Guide: Visual Studio 2008 Products and Plug-ins

This was first published in November 2007

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