Release Notes

DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite

Version 10.0.0


DevPartner for Visual C++  BoundsChecker Suite is a suite of tightly integrated development features. DevPartner incorporates static code analysis, error detection, performance analysis, and coverage analysis. DevPartner helps developers detect, diagnose, and resolve software bugs, maximize code performance, and ensure optimal code coverage and testing.



Obtaining the Latest Release Information   back to top

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Installation   back to top

For installing product updates obtained through the Micro Focus SupportLine Product Update web site, refer to the applicable product update readme document.For licensing, system requirement, supported environments, and installation information, see the Distributed License Management Licensing Guide and the DevPartner Studio Installation Guide.

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Before installation, note the following:

Installable Packages on the DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite 9.1.0 Installation Media

The DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite 9.1.0 distribution media contains two separately installable packages:

The DevPartner for Visual C++ BoundsChecker Suite installation program automatically detects supported releases of Visual Studio on the target system and installs the appropriate DevPartner package. If the target system contains an ambiguous combination of Visual Studio versions, the installation program will prompt the user for a choice of which one to install. Only one version of DevPartner may be installed on a single system at any given time.

Refer to the DevPartner Studio Installation Guide for more information on installation options.

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InfoCenter and PDF Manuals   back to top

Information about DevPartner is available through the InfoCenter option in the Start>Programs>Micro Focus>DevPartner Studio menu. For general product information, refer to the Understanding DevPartner manual and the DevPartner Studio Quick Reference guide available through the InfoCenter.

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What's New in This Release   back to top

New in Release 10.0.0

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Support

DevPartner Studio 10.0.0 provides full Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 support. This includes full support the analysis of applications developed using Microsoft Visual Studio, and full integration into the Visual Studio 2008 IDE. Analyze, detect errors and perform static code reviews in new Visual Studio 2010 project types.

Microsoft Team Foundation Server 10.0 Work Item Submission

DevPartner Studio 10.0 supports submission of additional Work Item types to Microsoft Team Foundation Server 10.0. DevPartner Studio 10.0 automatically populates Work Item forms with selected session data for the issue work item type, as well as bug and defect work item types. Work Items can be submitted through both Visual Studio 2010 and 2008 when used with Microsoft Team Foundation Server 10.0 and the active Team System project supports the Work Item type.

Support for MSBuild

DevPartner 10.0 supports MSBuild to build any DevPartner project in Visual Studio 2010. MSBuild starts automatically whenever building a solution from the build menu.

.NET 4.0 / Common Language Runtime (CLR) 4.0 Support

DevPartner 10.0.0 lets you test and analyze any applications that leverage CLR 4.0, the common language runtime for .NET 4.0. CLR 4.0 support includes all DevPartner supported project types in Visual Studio 2010.

Experimental Support for Micro Focus Visual COBOL for .NET Projects

DevPartner now allows you to analyze Micro Focus Visual COBOL for .NET project types. This includes memory analysis, performance analysis, coverage analysis for managed COBOL for .NET projects. In-depth performance for COBOL for .NET projects can be done where standard disk I/O, network and other Microsoft standard .NET calls are used. Micro Focus Visual COBOL must be installed on the same computer as Visual Studio to enable the Micro Focus Visual COBOL for .NET project type for analysis.

Support is limited to experimental usage in this release, and no Code Review or native COBOL support is provided. DevPartner customers who wish to provide feedback on this capability should identify themselves through the Micro Focus SupportLine Customer Care web site.

Enhanced Performance Timing

DevPartner Studio Performance Analysis (PA) has been enhanced to more accurately track and measure overhead used by its instrumentation model while capturing performance metrics. These enhancements dynamically calculate PA performance overhead while it is running against a target application. This allows a more precise application performance measurement when comparing to clock (CPU) time.

Note that hardware and software interrupt architecture may impact performance timings and yield minor variances when compared to CPU time. Hardware and software interrupts execute Deferred Procedure Calls (DPC) and Asynchronous Procedure Calls (APC) instructions on the user thread being monitored in the target application, which is included in the target thread's timing. Also, since PA executes in the same target thread, the PA instrumentation model execution overhead lengthens the overall target thread execution time, which results in more opportunity for interrupts. The potential for interrupts occurring during a target thread execution varies depending on hardware and software on the machine executing the thread and on other machine activity.

Retirement of Integration with Micro Focus Track Record

Bug submission from DevPartner Studio to Micro Focus Track Record was removed in this release.

Retirement of Integration with Compuware Delivery Manager

Metrics submission from DevPartner Studio to Compuware Delivery Manager was removed in this release.

New in Release 9.1.0

Micro Focus Purchases Quality Solutions Products from Compuware

On June 1, 2009, Micro Focus purchased Quality Solutions products from Compuware Corporation. Newbury, England-based Micro Focus provides enterprise application management and modernization solutions. Compuware and Micro Focus will continue to collaborate to ensure that customers receive uninterrupted service and obtain the full value of both companiesí product capabilities.

While service and product quality are continuous during this transition, there are a few changes to consider:

Contact for product support

For the most recent product updates and information, go to SupportLine, the Micro Focus customer care Web site. The Customer Care phone number has not changed during this first release. In the near future, look for phone number and mailing address changes. You can find the new contact information posted on SupportLine in an updated Release Notes for each product and in future product release documentation.

Installation Path and Start Menu Changes

The default installation paths for the Quality Solutions products have changed from x:\Program Files\Compuware\<Product Name> to x:\Program Files\Micro Focus\<Product Name>. Correspondingly, the Start menu paths also have changed to reflect the move from Compuware to Micro Focus. If you have installed with a customized path, you will not experience any changes to the installation directory during migration.

Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Internet Explorer 8 Support

DevPartner 9.1.0 runs on both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. All existing DevPartner product capabilities from installation, operation, documentation, and integration with Visual Studio and other systems remain intact with these Windows operating systems. DevPartner also supports Internet Explorer 8 under these operating systems with limitations. See the item "Web Script Coverage and Performance Yield Incomplete Results on Internet Explorer 8.0" in the DevPartner 9.1.0 Known Issues for more information.

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 Support

DevPartner 9.1.0 provides full analysis capability for ASP.NET applications and services hosted on Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5. Full DevPartner Support for IIS is across all supported DevPartner operating system platforms, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Experimental Support for Micro Focus Studio Enterprise Edition (EE) COBOL for .NET Projects

DevPartner now allows you to analyze Micro Focus Studio EE COBOL for .NET project types. This includes memory analysis, performance analysis, coverage analysis for managed COBOL for .NET projects. In-depth performance for COBOL for .NET projects can be done where standard disk I/O, network and other Microsoft standard .NET calls are used. Micro Focus Studio Enterprise Edition must be installed on the same computer as Visual Studio to enable the Micro Focus Studio EE COBOL for .NET project type for analysis.

Support is limited to experimental usage in this release, and no Code Review or native COBOL support is provided. DevPartner customers who wish to provide feedback on this capability should identify themselves through the Micro Focus SupportLine Customer Care web site.

Compile, Instrument Unmanaged Code, Set Environments, and Build from the Command Line

With DevPartner 9.1.0, a single command lets you compile, instrument unmanaged code in a project or solution, and build the project or solution from the command line. The NMDEVENV command combines the code instrumentation and compile capability of the DevPartner NMCL command with build capability of the Visual Studio DEVENV command. NMDEVENV replaces the Visual Studio DEVENV command and gives you the flexibility to instrument, compile, and build solutions in batch processing and from the command line without multiple commands. NMDEVENV uses Visual Studio instrumentation options set for the project or solution being instrumented and built, ending the need to enter instrumentation options in command syntax.

Use NMDEVENV with the NMCL option to enable instrumentation, and the DEVENV /Build or /Rebuild switch. Specify the project or solution, and whether to build with debugging. Note that if Debug is used and you have multiple debug configurations, Debug must be in quotes and entered with a specific qualifier (for example Debug|Win32. No DEVENV IDE switches or other stitches are needed.

NMDEVENV is located in the \\ Program Files\Common Files \Compuware \NMShared folder by default.

Examples

To build the debug configuration of a project with Error Detection instrumentation:

NMDEVENV /nmbcon sample.vcproj /build debug

To build the debug configuration of the sample solution with Performance and Coverage instrumentation:

NMDEVENV /nmtxon sample.sln debug

To build a Windows 32-bit debug configuration (if multiple configurations exist) of the sample project with both Error Detection and Coverage instrumentation:

NMDEVENV /nmbcon /nmtxon sample.vcproj "debug|Win32"


Technical Notes   back to top

If you have Internet access, visit the DevPartner Documentation page on the Micro Focus SupportLine site to view the Micro Focus Knowledge Base for additional DevPartner Studio issues and other information. The Knowledge Base is updated with new information as it becomes available.

Coverage Analysis, Performance Analysis

Error Detection

Coverage and Performance Testing for Internet Explorer 8.0 Applications

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

Currently, the recommended method for testing Internet Explorer 8.0 applications is to use the Web Script Coverage and Web Script Performance Utilities (Start > Micro Focus > DevPartner Studio > Utilities > Web Script Coverage for coverage testing and Start > Micro Focus > DevPartner Studio > Utilities > Web Script Performance for performance testing).

However, if doing Web site coverage or performance testing within Visual Studio is required, the following must be done.

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Web Script Coverage and Performance Yield Incomplete Results on Internet Explorer 8.0

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

Internet Explorer 8.0 (IE8) is supported for driving, testing, and profiling server applications, as well as for rendering of management reports, XML output, online help, and other general browser usage in DevPartner. However, IE8 in the parent/child process model compared to prior IE releases proved incompatible with the embedded script debugger used in DevPartner's browser-side profiling technique. If a test is performed with Code Coverage using an IE8 client, then no results are reported from the client. If a test is performed with Performance Analysis using an IE8 client, then the client report includes no script timings under the Source folder and unrelated or misleading system call timings. This remains a limitation of the DevPartner 9.1 release and will be corrected in a future maintenance release.

DevPartner customers who may be interested in participating in alpha testing to validate the resolution of this issue or other early experience programs should identify themselves through the Micro Focus SupportLine Customer Care web site.

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Opening an Application Requiring Microsoft Symbols

Applies to Error Detection

The first time that an application is run with Error Detection, you may see a dialog from Microsoft Internet Symbol Store detailing their Terms of Use. You must accept the Terms of Use to continue, even if you have previously accepted these Terms of Use when running a different program that also required Microsoft symbols.

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Known Issues   back to top

This section presents known issues that apply to this release of DevPartner Studio. Click a category to view the list of issues.

Suite-wide Issues

Coverage Analysis

Error Detection

Performance Analysis

Issues Related to Visual Studio or to Visual Studio Team System

System Comparison



Using a 64-bit Application

Applies to Coverage Analysis, Memory Analysis, Performance Analysis, Performance Expert, and Error Detection

When running against a 64-bit application, you must change the Any CPU entry in your solution file to x86 or you will get this message: DevPartner is unable to test 64-bit projects.

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Packages Fail to Load or Installation Fails Due to Data Execution Prevention Setting

Systems with the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) setting configured as /NoExecute=Always On and the CPU's Execute Disable bit enabled might prevent DevPartner Studio from loading into Visual Studio.

See article number 875352 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for a detailed description of the Data Execution Prevention feature.

System-wide DEP is set in the BOOT.INI file using the /NOEXECUTE option on the system boot partition. By default this is set to OptIn, which specifies that DEP is only enabled for essential Windows programs and services.

Setting this to AlwaysOn causes the DevPartner Studio installation to fail, and if the setting is changed to AlwaysOn after installation it will cause the DevPartner Visual Studio package to fail to load into Visual Studio.

If you set DEP to OptOut, be sure to include the Visual Studio executable (DEVENV.EXE for Visual Studio 2005 and 2008) in the list of programs and services that are not to run with DEP.

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MSI.EXE Error During Install or Uninstall

During installation or removal of DevPartner Studio, an MSI.EXE error message may display stating that the application has encountered an error or has referenced memory it cannot read. Click OK and ignore this error. The install/uninstall will continue without error.

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No Data for Certain Lines in Partial Classes in Visual Studio

Applies to Coverage Analysis, Memory Analysis, Performance Analysis, and Performance Expert

Collected static initialization data may not display for partial class member fields that have a constructor implemented in a different source file than the statically initialized fields. In these cases, source view may show no data for the static member field initialization. This is because the data is attributed to the constructor of the partial class and not the assignment statement for the static initialization of the field. If a source file only contains statically initialized member fields for a class, the source file will not be shown in the list of source files for the module in the results.

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Profiling System Services through Terminal Services

Applies to Coverage Analysis, Memory Analysis, Performance Analysis, and Performance Expert

In some cases, when you profile custom Windows services while logged in through Terminal Services, you may not get session files. If this occurs on your system, you may be able to save the session data by specifying the full path and filename for the session file. For example:

DPAnalysis.exe /cov /output c:\temp\MyService.dpcov /s MyService

Note: This may not work in all cases.

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Merging Coverage Files for ASP.NET 2.0 Applications

Applies to Coverage Analysis

You may be unable to merge coverage session files for ASP.NET 2.0 applications.

DevPartner Studio can only merge coverage session files from the same build of your ASP.NET 2.0 application. With ASP.NET 2.0, the executable name changes every time you rebuild the solution.

To avoid this issue, run all coverage sessions that you intend to merge without rebuilding your application between sessions.

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Error Detection Memory Leak Reporting With Symantec Endpoint

Applies to Error Detection

Users of Symantec Endpoint may not be able to reliably detect memory leaks when using Error Detection. Symantec Endpoint loads a Dynamic Link Library (.DLL) file that interferes with Error Detection's ability to detect memory leaks. This issue does not occur with Symantec Endpoint release SEP 11 MR4 MP1a (11.0.4.4014) and later for the unmanaged client, but may exist still exist in release SEP 11 MR4 MP1a (11.0.4.4014) and later for the managed client.

To work around this issue, upgrade to Symantec Endpoint release SEP 11 MR4 MP1a (11.0.4.4014) or later for the unmanaged client.

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Unhandled Exceptions under BoundsChecker on Windows 7

Applies to Error Detection

When an application tested under BoundsChecker on the Windows 7 operating system encounters an unhandled exception, BoundsChecker is unable to prevent that application from terminating  immediately. On earlier releases of Windows operating systems, BoundsChecker retained control of the application long enough to obtain a final memory leak report. On Windows 7, the application simply terminates. The session transcript notes the termination, but does not report the exception itself, and does not generate memory leak messages about what may still be allocated in memory.

In these instances, a final memory leak report may not contain much useful data, because the application does not get the chance to perform an orderly shutdown.

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Administrative Privileges Required to Build BugBench on Windows Vista

Applies to Error Detection

You must have Administrative privileges when building the BugBench sample application on Windows Vista. Building the sample generates a COM DLL that must be registered. Windows Vista will not allow the DLL to be registered if without Administrative privileges.

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Error Detection Collects No Data for DCOM or COM-based Applications/Components

Applies to Error Detection

There are two situations in which DCOM or COM-based applications or components try to run under the restrictions of the aspnet account. By default, when a DCOM or COM application or component is launched from within an ASP.NET enabled Web page, it will run in the context of the aspnet account. For security reasons, the aspnet account is a restricted account (it is a member of the Users group and has equivalent privileges). In this situation your COM component will not have the security privileges required for Error Detection to function properly. To work around this issue, you must configure your DCOM or COM application or component to execute within the context of the interactive user (via dcomcnfg.exe).

To configure your DCOM or COM application or component to run under the context of the interactive user:

  1. Open a command prompt and run dcomcnfg.exe.
  2. Expand Component Services > Computers > My Computer > DCom Config.
  3. Right-click on your COM component, and select Properties.
  4. Select the Identity tab.
  5. Ensure that you have selected The interactive user.
  6. Click OK.

Error Detection will collect data properly the next time the DCOM or COM application or component is launched.

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Error Detection Still Locates Leaks and Errors with Modules Disabled

Applies to Error Detection

Error Detection will still report some Leaks and Errors, even if all Modules are OFF under the Error Detection Settings, because:

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Session Manager Service Message Appears When Starting Visual Studio 2008 on Vista Ultimate SP1 32-Bit

Applies to Performance Analysis

When starting Visual Studio 2008 on the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 32-Bit, an error message may appear indicating that DevPartner Performance Analysis failed to get the session manager service and that profiling will be disabled. This can occur when DPAnalysis cannot create an instance of the COM object CLSID: 163DF3E5-701A-44d9-9B82-59F4EADBBAA8. This issue will be addressed in a future DevPartner Studio release.

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CPU Time Charged to Wrong Line in "For" Loop

Applies to Performance Analysis and Performance Expert

In some cases, CPU time attributable to the expression part of a For loop can be incorrectly attributed to the body of the For loop. This can occur in loops formatted so that the initializers, expression, and iterators appear on a single line, as in the example below.

			using System;
			public class ForLoopTest 
			{
			   public static void Main() 
			   {
			      for (int i=1; i<=5; i++) 
			          Console.WriteLine(i);
			   }
			}

If the body of the For loop appears to be consuming excessive CPU time, reformat your code so the initializers, expression, and iterators appear on separate lines, as shown below.

			{
			   for (int i=1;
			        i<=5; 
			        i++)
			        Console.WriteLine(i);
			}

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Installing Visual Studio after DevPartner Studio Installation

If you install a DevPartner supported version of Visual Studio after your DevPartner Studio installation, follow this two-step process to integrate the two products:

  1. Rerun the DevPartner Studio installation, selecting Modify. (On Vista systems, you must run Modify from the installation media. DevPartner's Modify option is not available through Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs on Vista systems.)
  2. Run the DevPartner Studio installation again, selecting Repair.

The second step is required to integrate the DevPartner Studio help system with the Microsoft help system.

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Localization Support in Team Foundation Server

Applies to Code Review, Coverage Analysis, Error Detection, Memory Analysis, Performance Analysis, and Performance Expert

When using DevPartner Studio with a localized version of Visual Studio Team System, in which the name of the WorkItemType Bug has been localized to a string other than 'Bug', DevPartner Studio will not be able create and submit bugs to the Team Project.

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New Settings Detected

Applies to the System Comparison Utility

System Comparison now checks for additional settings when comparing systems. If you compare a snapshot taken with a previous version of the System Comparison utility with a snapshot taken with DevPartner Studio 8.2 or later, these settings will be listed as missing from the older snapshot.

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Contacting Micro Focus Customer Care   back to top

If ever you have any problems or you would like additional technical information or advice, there are several sources. In some countries, product support from Micro Focus may be available only to customers who have maintenance agreements.

If you obtained this product directly from Micro Focus, contact us as described below. If you obtained it from another source, such as an authorized distributor, contact them for help first. If they are unable to help, contact us as described below.

However you contact us, please try to include the information below, if you have it. The more information you can give, the better Product Support can help you. But if you don't know all the answers, or you think some are irrelevant to your problem, please give whatever information you have.

Contact

Our Web site gives up-to-date details of contact numbers and addresses. The product support pages contain considerable additional information, including the WebSync service, where you can download fixes and documentation updates. To connect, enter www.microfocus.com in your browser to go to the Micro Focus home page.

If you are a Micro Focus Product Support customer, please see your Product Support Handbook for contact information. You can download it from our Web site or order it in printed form from your sales representative. Support from Micro Focus may be available only to customers who have maintenance agreements.

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