New DevPartner

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
Two new versions of Compuware’s DevPartner product have been launched to accompany Visual Studio 2005. DevPartner Studio 8.0 and DevPartner Fault Simulator 1.5 integrate with VS 2005.

New in DevPartner Studio 8.0 is Performance Expert, which adds new performance analysis capabilities by providing a more complete view of application performance. The hope is that this will improve the ability to locate, diagnose and correct performance issues for applications that are not in fact CPU-bound. A new tool allows developers to compare system-level settings of an application over time and to pinpoint defects due to settings. Also included is Fault Simulator SE, which (as its name suggests) provides fault simulation to help you debug error-handling code.

If you need more than Simulator SE can provide, then Fault Simulator 1.5 can probably help. It simulates errors and monitors the response in both .NET Framework-based and native Windows applications. By simulating faults it allows developers to use the standard debugging tools to find out how the application responds. Fault Simulator 1.5 now includes integration with the code coverage analysis tool in DevPartner Studio, enabling metrics that ensure new error handlers are tested as they are added to the application.

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