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Hanselminutes Podcast 52 - End to End Tracing

February 22, 2007 Comment on this post [4] Posted in Podcast | Programming
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My fifty-second podcast is up - that's a full year of podcasts. Oy! This one talks about End to End Tracing, and how there's magic in the XmlTextListener. You don't need WCF to do E2ETracing, but it helps.

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Links from the Show

SVC Trace Viewer (WCF) (m45)
CorrelationManager Class (m48)
Live Service Trace Viewer (m4b)
Using the Trace Viewer (m46)
Traces in User Code (m49)
Who's On (m4e)
End to End Tracing (m47)
End to End Tracing is Essential - PDF (m4a)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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February 23, 2007 2:54
Congratulations on a superb first year, Scott. Here's hoping that it's been as fulfilling and enjoyable for you as it has been for your listeners!
February 23, 2007 23:33
Your fifty second podcast? Does that mean a "hanselminute" has been quantified as 10 seconds shorter than a standard minute? You really don't want to waste my time!
March 03, 2007 3:01
Not sure how this relates to ETW (Event Tracing for Windows) - same thing with different names, or maybe ETW is a technology which enables some E2E debugging scenarios? Anyhow, I first read about it in "Essential ASP.NET 2.0" (Fritz Onion), pg. 269. There's also an MS.COM Ops Podcast on it here:
March 21, 2007 1:45
It's XmlWriterTraceListener, not XmlTextListener ;)

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