Wednesday, May 30, 2007

John Robbins blogged me!

John Robbins, the author of the must read book 'Debugging .NET 2.0 Applications', blogged me in his latest post :-)

I was very excited to read, that he considered my blog as 'excellent'. But I must say, that I have a different understanding about this adjective.

First I must say that Johns book is 'excellent' and every developer should read it, beacuse it's not just about fixing what is already broken, it's very focused on avoiding errors in the first place.

Secondly, if you want to read an 'excellent' blog about windbg goto Tess. This blog is 'excellent'.

Finally this might be a matter of culture. I think my blog is something away from 'excellent', but I hope some day I get near to it. I'm a european and we seem to have a different scale ;-)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Creating and analyzing minidumps in .NET production applications (continued)

In my previous post I delivered a small receipt how to create and analyze minidumps from .NET applications. Then I discovered that version of windbg shows some nice integrations of sos. Now, I was curious if the same integration also works for crash dumps and it does:
Opening a crash dump and processing .ecxr brings me directly to the source code line, without much peeking and poking:

Only thing, I discovered: When I did a 'analyze -v' windbg crashed - reliably!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Oh Borland, oh Microsoft, oh boy

What a wonderful world would it be, if you could develop your applications just on a single frameworks. Reality looks different. Me and many others need to cope with applications constructed from MSVC + or - MFC, VB6, Borland C++ and/or Delphi and other frameworks.
At first it looks like there is a more or less seamless integration possible. Later you discover all those little nasty glitches. In this post I will cover one of those glitches I really didn't know how to solve it but were I finally found a strange solution which I want to share.

To demonstrate the problem create a small C# application like this:

namespace CLRvsBorland
static class Program
[DllImport("kernel32.dll", CharSet = CharSet.Auto)]
static extern IntPtr LoadLibrary(string lpFileName);
static void Main()
IntPtr res = LoadLibrary(@"CC3250MT.DLL");

//// Throw an exception..

//throw new Exception();




//// .. and just catch it


Double a1 = Double.NaN;
MessageBox.Show("Doh" + a1.CompareTo(Double.NaN).ToString());

When you start it in the debugger, you will get the following exception at instruction 'a1.CompareTo(Double.NaN)':

System.ArithmeticException was unhandled
Message="Overflow or underflow in the arithmetic operation."
at System.Double.CompareTo(Double value)
at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()

Now remove the comments - and surprise - it works!

I don't know, how it works. I assume it has to do with the order of jit-ing.
Explanations are highly wellcome ;-)

Update: Explanation found! Please have a look into the first 2 comments.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Calling functions and methods

Great article from Raymond Chen about calling functions and methods in a windbg debugging session. Must read!