Release Notes

DevPartner Studio Professional Edition

Release 10.6

These release notes contain information that might not appear in the Help. Read them in their entirety before you install the product.

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DevPartner Studio Professional Edition is a suite of tightly integrated development features. DevPartner Studio incorporates code reviewing, error detection, two kinds of performance analysis, coverage analysis, and a memory analysis feature all integrated into Visual Studio. DevPartner Studio 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 requirements, supported environments, and installation information, see the online help available with the Micro Focus License Management System and the DevPartner Studio Installation Guide.

DevPartner Studio provides an installation guide in PDF format. Users can print any product documentation offered in PDF format by opening the document and using the Adobe Reader print options. The DevPartner Installation Guide is also accessible from the DevPartner installation media, by clicking on the "Read the installation guide" link on the initial setup page. These documents can be opened and printed prior to installation.

(If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe Web site.)

Before installation, note the following:

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

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DevPartner InfoCenter and PDF Manuals   back to top

Information about DevPartner is available through the DevPartner 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 in PDF format through the DevPartner InfoCenter.

(If you do not have the Adobe Reader to read PDF documents, you can download it from the Adobe Web site.)

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What's New in This Release   back to top

New in Release 10.6

Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta

The DevPartner 10.6 release includes preliminary support for Visual Studio 11 beta. Visual Studio 11 beta was released on February 29, 2012. This release does not support Windows 8 Developer Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Transaction Tracking for Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

DevPartner has added a new feature to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis that collects coverage and performance data based on when a method is called. You can use this feature to tailor data collection to a specific thread or threads in an application. Control over data collection timing also allows starting and warming up an application prior to data collection with reduced overhead from DevPartner.

Parallel Instrumentation

DevPartner now supports application instrumentation using Microsoft's ability to compile multiple projects in parallel.

Configuration-Based Instrumentation Settings

Modified DevPartner instrumentation settings in VS2010 and later apply to only the current active configuration. Each configuration now has its own instrumentation settings. This allows batch builds that can for example build a debug version, debug BoundsChecker version, release, and release PA/CA version of their application. This also eases the ability to have a nightly build system build all configurations for DevPartner users.

MSBuild Integration

DevPartner has improved its integration with MSBuild, setting up a build in DevPartner to use MSBuild is as simple as selecting the type of instrumentation for the configuration you wish to instrument. Then when building in Visual Studio or outside of Visual Studio using the command line, MSBuild is used. The NMDevEnv utility wraps DevEnv, which in turn wraps MSBuild.

Xoreax IncrediBuild co-support for Visual Studio 2010 and 11 Beta

DevPartner and Xoreax IncrediBuild together provide distributed builds, combining IncrediBuilds's grid engine with DevPartner's compile time instrumentation framework. Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 11 Beta distributed builds require DevPartner Studio 10.6 and IncrediBuild 4.0 or later from Xoreax. Further updates for Visual Studio 11 may be needed throughout the Beta and GA periods.

For more details, review the white paper Reducing Application Development Cycle Times with Micro Focus DevPartner and Xoreax IncrediBuild which describes using DevPartner with the IncrediBuild distributed build engine from inside Visual Studio. This white paper is available on the SupportLine Product Documentation page for the most recent available DevPartner release.

BoundsChecker Activity Monitor

DevPartner now displays an activity monitor that shows the internal activity of Error Detection, including all hooked function calls while running an application. It also notifies users when an application stops responding.

Memory Resource Viewer on Next Allocation

The Memory Resource Viewer can now be accessed while running an application with BoundsChecker stand-alone or with Error Detection inside Visual Studio. Once an application starts, choose Debug > DevPartner Memory / Resource Viewer from the menu, or click the Memory Resource Viewer button in BoundsChecker standalone to display the Memory and Resource Viewer dialog box.

License Management with the Micro Focus License Management System

Starting with this DevPartner release, the Compuware Distributed Licensing System (DLM) has been replaced with Micro Focus License Management System. This new licensing system has all of the features of DLM. It also allows users to migrate a license between computers without the need to contact Customer Care.

Product Update Notification

DevPartner now includes the ability to check for and notify users of any product updates.

Multiple Language Installer

With this release of DevPartner, all supported languages are available from a single install. Additional languages may be available in future releases.

New in Release 10.5.3


Error Detection

Code Review

New in Release 10.5.2


Error Detection

New in Release 10.5.1



Error Detection

Code Review

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.

Code Review

Coverage Analysis, Performance Analysis

Error Detection

Deleting a DevPartner Code Review Session File

Applies to Code Review

A DevPartner Code Review session file can only be deleted if it is not the active session file in a solution. A Code Review session file remains active after it is closed until another Code Review Session file is opened. If a Code Review session file is active, the Delete menu item is not available from the Code Review context menu.

To delete a Code Review session file, close the session file and open another session file in the solution, then select right-click on the closed session file in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer and select Delete. If the session file is the only Code Review Session file in the solution, close and re-open the solution, then delete the Code Review session file using the context menu.

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Japanese Character Set Not Supported for Naming Analysis

Applies to Code Review

The Japanese character set is not supported for Naming Analysis in Code Review.

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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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API Metadata Must be Generated Prior to Mixed Mode Application Profiling with Error Detection

Applies to Error Detection

All mixed-mode or managed applications profiled under Error Detection either with or without instrumentation require API metadata to function fully and properly. This is regardless of whether you are using the .NET Analysis or .NET Call Reporting features.

To generate API metadata for .NET system assemblies, you must execute the DevPartner Studio utility NLBFileInstaller.exe with elevated privileges. This utility is located at <%CommonProgramFiles%\Micro Focus\NMShared\5.5>. To execute the file with elevated privileges, right-click the file and select the menu option to run the executable as Administrator. NLBFileInstaller.exe should also be executed with elevated privileges whenever .NET assemblies change or are updated on the computer profiling under Error Detection, such as after a new .NET framework is installed. Execution time of this utility varies based on the number of .NET APIs to be processed and the speed of the machine.

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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

Code Review

Coverage Analysis

Error Detection

Memory Analysis

Performance Analysis

Performance Expert

Issues Related to Visual Studio or to Visual Studio Team System

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 changes to AlwaysOn after installation, 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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Code Review Only Analyzes Tokens in the "If" Branch of C# Preprocessor Directives

Applies to Code Review

If a C# method contains code of the form #if condition ... #else ... #endif, Code Review processes the code as though it only consisted of the #if condition branch. Code following the #else branch is ignored.

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Referencing External Files in Rule Manager using Hyperlinks

Applies to Code Review

User-defined hyperlinks that reference external files might not respond when clicked even though the target of the link is valid. You might encounter this problem if you attempt to click hyperlinks in either the Rule Set list or the Preview pane of the Edit Rule dialog box in the Rule Manager.

Examples include:

<a href="C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET\FrameworkSDK\Samples\Setup\html\Start.htm">Microsoft .NET Framework SDK QuickStarts, tutorials, and samples</a>"

<a href="file:///C:\Program Files/Microsoft Visual Studio NET/FrameworkSDK/Samples/Setup/html/Start.htm">Microsoft .NET Framework SDK QuickStarts, tutorials, and samples</a>"

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Script Debugging Data Not Generated When Profiling Against a Web Application With 64-Bit Internet Explorer 7

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

When profiling a Web application with Windows Internet Explorer 7 64-bit (IE) using Coverage Analysis or Performance Analysis, script debugging data does not generate. System DLL calls can be monitored for IE with Performance Analysis and server coverage occurs with Coverage Analysis, but correlating script debugging data does not generate. Note this only occurs with Web applications in IE 7 64-bit. This issue will be addressed in a future DevPartner release.

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Session File May Not Generate in Visual Studio for Profiled WPF Browser Applications Hosting 64-Bit Versions of Internet Explorer

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

Session files created in Visual Studio from profiling WPF Browser applications may not load or display in Visual Studio. An inconsistency in Visual Studio's Presentation Host may cause a scenario where DevPartner cannot correctly determine which Internet Explorer (32-bit or 64-bit) is being used. Session data can display in the Performance Analysis or Coverage Analysis viewer, however the viewer cannot be resized and can only be closed. This issue only occurs with 64-bit operating systems and only when the project's Visual Studio Debug - Start Action property is set to Start browser with URL.

To work around this issue:

  1. Open the project in Visual Studio.
  2. Right-click on the project in the Solution Explorer and choose Properties.
  3. In the project properties, choose Debug.
  4. In the Start Action properties, select Start external program, then use the property's Browse button to select \\Windows\SysWOW64\PresentationHost.exe.
  5. In the Start Options Command Line Arguments property, ensure that the correct command line is entered. In Visual Studio 2010, the value set for the Start Browser with URL property appears as the command line argument. For Visual Studio releases prior to 2010, copy the value in the Start Browser with URL property and paste it into the Command Line Arguments text box.
  6. Position the cursor at the start of the command line argument and type -debug.

This forces the correct instance of the Presentation Host to be used with a WPF Browser application that uses 64-bit Internet Explorer.

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Running Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis Against 64-Bit Projects That Use the OpenMP API

Applies to Coverage Analysis and Performance Analysis

Data collected for Coverage Analysis or Performance when profiling 64-bit projects that use the OpenMP API may be incorrect. Line counts and performance timings are potentially attributed to an entire OpenMP block, rather than being disbursed to individual lines of code. This issue will be addressed in a future DevPartner WebSync or release. See for information on OpenMP.

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No Coverage Analysis Results When Running With Error Detection Against 64-Bit Applications on a 64-Bit Operating System

Applies to Coverage Analysis

Running Error Detection with Coverage Analysis against a managed or mixed mode 64-bit application on a 64-bit operating system does not produce Coverage Analysis data or a Coverage Analysis session file. To work around this issue, run Coverage Analysis without Error Detection when running 64-bit applications on a 64-bit operating system. This issue will be addressed in a future DevPartner WebSync or release.

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Using Performance Expert and Memory Analysis Session Files Created in Earlier Versions of DevPartner Studio

Applies to Memory Analysis and Performance Expert

Memory Analysis and Performance Expert session files created using DevPartner Studio releases prior to 10.5.0 do not load properly in DevPartner Studio 10.5.0. This issue does not impact Performance Analysis or Coverage Analysis session files created in earlier versions of DevPartner Studio. A conversion utility for Memory Analysis and Performance Expert session files created with releases prior to DevPartner 10.5.0 will be available in a future release or WebSync.

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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 is not 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 Applications

Applies to Coverage Analysis

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

DevPartner Studio can only merge coverage session files from the same build of your ASP.NET application. With ASP.NET, 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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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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Error Detection Still Locates Leaks and Errors with Modules Disabled

Applies to Error Detection

Error Detection still reports some leaks and errors even if all modules are OFF under the Error Detection Settings, because:

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IIS May Stop Responding When Restarting in Visual Studio While Profiling a Web Project

Applies to Performance Analysis

If profiling an Internet Information Server (IIS) Web Project using Performance Analysis within Visual Studio, if any process that accesses the local IIS (such as the Visual Studio 2010 Help Viewer) and then Visual Studio is stopped, restarting Visual Studio and starting an IIS Web Project may cause IIS to stop responding.

Perform the following steps to workaround this issue.

  1. Stop Visual Studio.
  2. Start the Windows Control Panel, then select Administrative Tools.
  3. In Administrative Tools, start the Internet Information Service utility.
  4. Right-click to select the IIS Web Project site and use the menu to either restart the service, or stop and start the service.
  5. Exit the Internet Information Service.
  6. Restart Visual Studio and start the IIS Web project.

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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++) 

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;

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Profiling with Performance Expert in Visual Studio 2010 or 2008 on Windows 7 or Windows Vista

Applies to Performance Expert

To profile applications with Performance Expert in Visual Studio 2010 or 2008 on Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems, you must run Visual Studio with administrator privileges. To profile ASP.NET applications with Performance Expert in Visual Studio 2010 or 2008 on Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems, you must start the application under an account with ASP.NET administrator privileges.

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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 Windows 7 and Windows 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 these operating 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 is not able to create and submit bugs to the Team Project.

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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.


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 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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