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Guest Post – The Expression Evaluator

Hi. My name is Ofek Shilon and I blog mostly about various VC++ tricks I come by. Today I’d like to explicitly introduce a debugging feature we all use daily but seldom refer to it by name – the native expression evaluator (abbreviated EE below). The Basics Every time you use the Watch window, a lot is going on behind the scenes...
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Visual Studio 3D Starter Kit – Now for Windows Phone 8

Last year, I decided I finally wanted to take the plunge into DirectX development. I'd done a little bit of OpenGL programming several years ago, but no graphics development since then. I bought a few DirectX books, worked through several online tutorials, and tried out the Visual Studio project templates and graphics asset tools, but wasn't ...
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Game Debugging in Visual Studio 11

Hi! I am Amit Mohindra, a Program Manager on the Visual C++ team. We believe Metro style games and graphics-intensive apps present a huge opportunity for developers on new devices such as tablets. The primary API for accessing the full power of the underlying graphics hardware on Windows is DirectX 11 (including Direct3D and Direct2D). ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 General Availability

If you guys follow Jason Zander’s (Visual Studio corporate Vice President) blog, you learned two days ago that the Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 whose Beta had been released last December achieved final release stage. Today is generally available (last Tuesday was only for MSDN subscribers). You can get it from here. Let’s ...
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C++ debugging survey

The Visual Studio Debugger Team is currently planning features for the next release of Visual Studio.  We would like to hear from our C++ developers to make sure that their needs are understood.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete the very short survey below.  The survey is totally anonymous and the data that you ...
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DIA based Stack Walking

Hello, I am Manish Vasani, an SDET on the VC++ compiler backend team. In this series of posts, I will talk about call stacks and how to use the DIA SDK for implementing a stack walking client that builds a call stack. If you are interested in knowing how debuggers build the call stack or want to write an application that dumps the call stack ...

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