Problem resolution

This article was originally published in VSJ, which is now part of Developer Fusion.
AppSight 6.0 for Microsoft environments is a problem identification and resolution tool that integrates with Visual Studio 2005 and supports .NET 2.0. It includes new functionality to support SQL Server and BizTalk Server.

AppSight acts like a software “black box” flight recorder, capturing a real-time record of application use. It records application execution and captures a synchronised, real-time log of user actions, system events, performance metrics, configuration data, and code execution flow. This can be used to recreate the problem and hence pinpoint the root cause of a problem.

AppSight 6.0 works with applications developed on the .NET Framework 2.0, and now supports SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk applications. It records the details of user-specific code in stored procedures within databases. Its integration with Visual Studio 2005 allows users to access AppSight functionality from within the IDE. Future versions are planned to integrate with Visual Studio 2005 Team System, with several new workflows to support collaboration amongst developers, testers, and operations personnel. While testers execute manual and automated tests through Visual Studio Team Test, AppSight can transparently capture a complete execution record. This saves the tester the time-consuming tasks of problem replication and documentation. Developers can analyse the logs to determine the root cause of any application problem, such as hangs, crashes, incorrect logic, slowdowns, interoperability issues, or configuration problems.

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