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Profiling Workflow Overview

The profiling workflow may vary depending on the issue you want to analyze. Nevertheless, generally, it will always include the following steps.

1. Configure and Run a Profiling Session

Profiling session is a period of time when dotTrace measures application performance and collects data.

Profiling session configuration is performed in the dotTrace Home window and includes:

  • Selecting a profiling target.
  • Choosing the proper profiling type.
  • Specifying other options.
The process of configuring and running a profiling session is described in Running a Profiling Session.

2. Collect Profiling Snapshot

Typically, you collect profiling data using the dotTrace –°ontroller window (the alternative is to control profiling using the dotTrace API). At this step, you should reproduce the issue you seek for in your app and get a profiling snapshot - a dump of collected data.

The process of controlling profiling sessions is covered in Controlling Profiling Session.

3. Analyze the Snapshot and Determine Issues

Depending on the selected profiling type, this step is performed either in Performance Viewer or Timeline Viewer. At this step you use various views of Performance Viewer to locate slowest-running parts in your code and identify performance bottlenecks down to a particular function. For investigating multi-threading issues, Timeline Viewer is a better choice.

Details on how to perform analysis in Performance Viewer and Timeline Viewer are provided in Analyzing Performance Profiling Results and Analyzing Timeline Profiling Results correspondingly.

4. Modify Application Code

Once you identify the cause of the issue, you can fix it in code.

5. Collect Profiling Snapshot and Compare Results

At this step, you perform profiling one more time and compare results with the previous run. In case of Performance Viewer, a special comparing functionality can be used.

Last modified: 5 December 2014
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