Debugging Microsoft .NET Framework for Mobile

Debugging Microsoft .NET framework can be a frustrating endeavor if you are new to mobile development.

Debugging on mobile devices is sometimes sluggish, and you may not be sure how to find the snippets of code or development tools you are used to. Fortunately, there are some secrets you can take advantage of to make the debugging process for mobile easier.

Use a Device Emulator

Debugging on the real device can be slow. In fact, some users state that each command you provide can take up to 10 seconds on mobile. Using a device emulator can speed up the process.

Device emulation allows you to use your computer to debug Microsoft .NET framework for mobile. The proper emulator will run on your computer as if it were your mobile device; it’ll even emulate running out of battery power!

While using your computer as your mobile device, you can examine and debug code without having to turn on or use your real device at all. This helps bypass problems associated with mobile development such as slow speed and difficulty seeing code on a small screen. Device emulation also allows you to test the way code works on your device without risking the device locking up.

Use Remote Access

If device emulation isn’t for you, try using remote access to your mobile device when debugging Microsoft .NET framework. Visual Studio offers several tools for remote access.

Remote Spy

Remote Spy provides you with a list of all windows open on your device. It also provides you with information about messages sent from a window to the device. This is useful for debugging because you can see any error messages or unintended responses while running your application on your device.

Remote Spy only looks at the application’s effects; it does not change or interfere with its functionality, so you won’t break the app. However, Microsoft does warn that using it can impact the performance of your device.

Remote Process Viewer

Remote Process Viewer is similar to Remote Spy in that it views information on your device rather than changing it. However, it is able to focus more finely and can be useful for debugging specific threads.

This tool allows you to see the processes running on your device. It also shows you all the threads and modules associated with a particular process. When debugging Microsoft .NET framework, you can check how many processes the application uses and look for problems in specific threads or modules associated with processes.

Remote Heap Walker

Remote Heap Walker is useful if you’re worried about memory use associated with mobile applications. It lets you see exactly how much memory each process uses while your app is running. You can test for release of allocated memory and check heaps for free and fixed flags in order to determine how much of your phone’s resources the app uses.

The best way to debug your Microsoft .NET framework is to stop trying to use your mobile device for debugging. Use emulators and remote tools in your testing and debugging efforts to speed up the process and see exactly how your mobile apps are affecting your device.