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Memory
May 26, 2010
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How to replace IsBadReadPtr?

The Microsoft Win32 API contains various functions that look useful at first sight but which have now become regarded as a pariahs. A good example […]

Profiler
May 21, 2010
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The cost of using OutputDebugString

Should you use OutputDebugString? Is that an unusual question to ask? How often have you thought about the potential cost of using OutputDebugString (or TRACE, […]

Memory
May 8, 2010
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Monitoring memory use in a JNI DLL called from Java

Java is a garbage-collected language that allows you to extend the language with code written in C and C++. Given that the extensions are written […]

Test Setup
May 8, 2010
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Creating a JNI example for testing

The Java language can be extended using C and C++ to write extensions that are called using the Java Native Interface (JNI). The JNI extensions […]

Thread
April 30, 2010
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Thread monitoring made easy

Tools like Thread Validator are great for delving into the details of why a thread deadlock has occurred. You get all the gory details, DLL, […]

Thread
April 22, 2010
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Thread Lock Checker now available

We’ve just released Thread Lock Checker, a lock-checking tool that will let you know when you’ve used CSingleLock incorrectly. Took a bit longer than we […]

Thread
April 2, 2010
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Improving how you use CSingleLock

This posting covers a brief background: Win32 critical sections. How CCriticalSection and CSingleLock can be used instead of Win32 critical sections. An improved way to […]

Future
March 17, 2010
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Stephen Kellett

The future of development environments is bubble shaped

Researchers at Brown University have created a new way of interacting with source code and debuggers with their innovative Code Bubble based IDE. The link […]

Future
March 17, 2010
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What will Visual Studio 2035 be able to do?

Will Visual Studio 2035 exist? Will we design and write software the same way in the future? Read Bruce Eckel’s thought provoking article about “Programming […]

Memory
March 8, 2010
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What is the difference between a page and a paragraph?

In the real world, we all know that pages contain paragraphs and that paragraphs are full of sentences created from words. In the world of […]

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