Debugging a Windows Service Startup Method

It’s been a long time since I wrote a Windows service but…I was doing that today and realized that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It would seem that it’s still a painful and problematic process if you want to debug the startup of a custom Windows service you write in…

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Debugging SharePoint Apps That Are Hosted In Windows Azure Web Sites

Today, I'm going to be the lazy human I'm so frequently accused of being by my somewhat faithful dog Shasta, and bring together two posts written by two other folks into one uber "ain't it cool how this all works together post" by me.  Here are the two concepts we're combining today: Publishing a provider-hosted…

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Debugging Display Templates

Right after I published my last post on using custom display templates, of course one of the first questions I got was great – how do I debug them?  Well there are a couple of ways that I’ve found to debug these: In your display template add your own javascript after the first div tag…

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Windows Azure 1.4 Diagnostics All Up Overview

I know that there have been a number of posts and articles out there about using diagnostics in Windows Azure.  This, in fact, was part of the problem when I went to flesh out the details of what’s available recently.  I found a bunch of different articles, but spread across many different releases of Azure…

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Troubleshooting Blank Response Pages When Using Federation with ACS and Facebook

I've had this scenario come up a few times now when working through various federation scenarios.  These cases always involve using Facebook as an oAuth source for login, or Azure's AppFabric ACS as a federated identity provider.  The common behavior is that you are doing something either interactively through the browser or programmatically by making…

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Using WireShark to Trace Your SharePoint 2010 to Azure WCF Calls over SSL

One of the interesting challenges when trying to troubleshoot remotely connected systems is figuring out what they're saying to each other.  The CASI Kit that I've posted about other times on this blog (http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/11/06/the-claims-azure-and-sharepoint-integration-toolkit-part-1.aspx) is a good example whose main purpose in life is providing plumbing to connect data center clouds together.  One of the…

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Problems Resolving Claims Names in SharePoint 2010

I've seen this problem crop up a few times now so I thought I'd try and share in case you run across it and are trying to troubleshoot.  I've seen cases where you can't get name resolution to work, like when you type in a name in the type-in control then click the resolve button. …

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Debugging the Crawler Parsing in FAST Search for SharePoint 2010

I was recently clued into an pretty interesting little tool that can be useful when debugging how a document is crawled using FAST Search for SharePoint 2010.  It will crack a document and break out for you exactly what properties are being extracted and with what values, as well as how it’s crawling the contents…

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File Not Found Error with SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010

Hey folks, I've had this happen to me a couple of times and it's driven me a little crazy figuring out what was going on.  You may use Visual Studio 2010 to create a new SharePoint 2010 application.  You do something innocuous like using (SPSite theSite = new SPSite(myUrl)) and when the code executes, you…

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Using the Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2010

The developer dashboard is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 that is design to provide additional performance and tracing information that can be used to debug and troubleshoot issues with page rendering time.  The dashboard is turned off by default, but can be enabled via the object model or stsadm (and PowerShell too, I just…

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