Building, Debugging, and Testing

Building, debugging, and testing are key activities in developing and finishing robust applications, components, and services. The tools included in Visual Studio let you control builds, identify and resolve errors efficiently, and test your builds in a variety of ways. The following topics cover the use of the tools and offer best-practice recommendations.

In This Section

  • Building in Visual Studio
    Configure debug, release, and special builds of your Visual Studio solution for use by targeted groups of internal and external users.

  • Debugging in Visual Studio
    Run the Visual Studio Debugger to resolve logic and semantic errors, and learn techniques specific to the technologies and languages that are used in your solution.

  • Object Test Bench
    Complete your development effort by testing the scalability, performance, and quality of candidate builds for the release version of your solution.

  • Debug Interface Access SDK
    Provides access to debug information that is stored in program database files (.pdb), which are generated by Microsoft postcompiler tools.