Debugging 101

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Welcome back for my second post about debugging! In this post, I’ll give you an overview of the basic capabilities of the debugger in Visual Studio 2015, and add a few tips and tricks to take your debugging skills to the next level. We will not delve into the more advanced topics yet though, like debugging multi-threaded applications for example: those topics are being reserved for later posts (either by Maarten or myself) because they are too large to handle all at once.

Now, before you think to skip this post because you’ve been programming for some years, I do suggest to glance over this post: you might see something you didn’t know, or didn’t see the benefit of that debugger feature. If you already knew everything I’ve written in this post, then you are awesome! And should you know a neat trick which I didn’t cover, then don’t hesitate to leave a comment 🙂

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The History of Debugging: Part 1

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Disclaimer: there might never be a Part 2.

Together with Maarten (who already has written some content concerning debugging and monitoring software), we’re going to write some posts about the concept of debugging code. And to introduce the topic, why not start with a little bit of (mostly personal) history on the matter?


It’s hard to imagine nowadays, but writing software wasn’t always literally writing: on the ENIAC i.e., the programmers had to make physical connections between the different components, replacing burnt out vacuum tubes as they progressed. They did actually write the program on paper first though, and did their very best to run through it step by step before starting to program the actual computer. And even then, they went through the program again: even the ENIAC already supported step-through debugging!

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Global Azure Bootcamp – Aftermath

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It’s been almost a month now since the last edition of Global Azure Bootcamp, and I wanted to share with you some of the details of my involvement in this years edition. This year, we had two labs in which you could participate: a racing and a science lab. And I helped out with some aspects behind the workings of the science lab: the Elasticsearch cluster and the dashboard website.

For this lab, all you had to do was to deploy a cloud service to Azure and scale it up to as many instances as you could spare. These instances would then crunch a lot of data concerning breast cancer research. After the results from your cloud instances were uploaded, they would eventually end up in the Elasticsearch cluster.

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