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Intercept Studio 4.0 Monitors Code

Sleuth code errors. It may be near impossible to ship 100 percent clean code, but Intercept Studio 4.0 pledges to help .NET development teams come close.

It may be near impossible to ship 100 percent clean code, but Intercept Studio 4.0 pledges to help .NET development teams come close.

The product from Maryland-based AVIcode constantly monitors .NET applications for errors and performance issues in both development and production environments. The utility can isolate a specific line of problematic code, allowing companies to access "root cause" information. Intercept Studio tracks four types of events: security, connectivity, performance and code failure.

New features in version 4.0 include the ability to monitor code and collect data on non-networked computers. The new release also adds support for 64-bit applications built under .NET Framework 2.0. A Q1 service pack release will add out-of-box support for Windows Communication Foundation.

Managers can tune Intercept Studio to minimize performance impacts, says Marty Brandwin, AVIcode's vice president of marketing. "Event throttling lets people set rules that will only collect so many error reports of a given kind at one time. We don't want to become part of the problem."

AVIcode says Intercept Studio's low demands make it ideal for production environments. "In general, we're a single-digit CPU footprint," explains AVIcode Product Manager Chris Childers.

Forrester Research Application Development analyst Carey Schwaber sees products like Intercept Studio filling a growing niche. "It's not hard to leverage instrumentation when it's already in place, but it's hard to make sure that developers take the time to instrument their software appropriately in the first place."

Intercept Studio 4.0 starts at $12,000 for a single monitoring console and server agent.

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Chris Kanaracus is the news editor for Redmond Developer News.

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