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Welcome back the ASP.NET Support Voice Column! In this installment we are going to take a look at some common issues related to debugging ASP.NET applications in Visual Studio .NET, and how to search the Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) to find some useful documentation around the topic.
If you are one of the many Web developers that have moved to or are currently moving to Visual Studio .NET from Visual InterDev 6.0, then you may already have a bad taste in your mouth when someone mentions debugging server-side code, especially remote debugging. Did you know that syntax errors in your web.config file could affect your ability to debug? Have you ever seen the debugger skip breakpoints in your code? Have you ever witnessed firsthand any of the following errors when trying to debug your ASP.NET code?
Unfortunately, you still see threads on various discussion forums where developers are struggling through a debugging issue that is clearly documented in the KB. Of course, you need to be able to find the debugging articles, which can sometimes be fairly difficult as well. Just in case you came across this article in your search for information on how to resolve your debugging issue, take a look at the following article, which discusses many of the common debugging issues: INFO: Common Errors When You Debug ASP.NET Applications in Visual Studio .NET
If you read the last Support Voice column, Export data to Excel using an HTTPHandler, XSLT, and ASP.NET
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/871040/LN/ ), you may already be aware of how useful using keywords can be when searching the KB. When Knowledge Base articles are created, they have specific "product elements" and keywords associated with them. If you know the keywords associated with a product or technology, try using those in place of their more generic English terms during your initial searches. This typically offers a bit more precision than just stringing together words or phrases. The following is a list of tips that should help improve your experience with the KB. For additional information, take a look at KB article 303992 INFO: Keywords to Search .NET Related Knowledge Base Articles
Query for Informational articles related to debugging ASP.NET
Search Query : kbInfo kbASPNETSearch kbDebug
Query for articles related to perceived issues around debugging ASP.NET
Search Query : kbPrb kbASPNETSearch kbDebug
Query for How-To articles related to debugging ASP.NET
Search Query : kbHowToMaster kbASPNETSearch kbDebug
Modified How-To version of the above query demonstrating how the Visual Studio .NET keywords can give additional focus
Search Query : kbHowToMaster kbASPNETSearch kbDebug kbVSNETSearch
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