Assembly: WindowsBase (in windowsbase.dll)
Debug tracing is only available when a WPF application is running in full trust mode.
In order to enable tracing, you first must set a registry key, then you must configure trace sources.
To create the registry key, set a “ManagedTracing” reg_dword value to 1 under “HKeyCurrentUser\Software\Microsoft\Tracing\WPF”.
To configure trace sources, create an application config file. This file has a .config extension, for example, XamlPad.exe.config.
Achieving optimal application performance requires forethought in application design and an understanding of best practices for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application development. For more information, see Optimizing Windows Presentation Foundation Application Performance.
WPF Performance Profiling Tools
WPF provides a suite of performance profiling tools that allow you to analyze the run-time behavior of your application and determine the types of performance optimizations you can apply. The following table lists the five performance profiling tools that are included in the Windows SDK tool, WPFPerf:
Use for analyzing events and creating event log files.
Use for analyzing rendering behavior.
ETW Trace Viewer
Record, display, and browse Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) log files in a WPF user-interface format.
Use for profiling the use of WPF services, such as layout and event handling, by elements in the visual tree.
Working Set Viewer
Use for analyzing the working set characteristics of your application.
The Visual Profiler tool suite provides a rich, graphical view of performance data. In this screenshot, the CPU Usage section of the Visual Profiler gives you a precise breakdown of an object's use of WPF services, such as rendering and layout.
Visual Profiler display output
For more information on WPF performance tools, see Performance Profiling Tools for WPF.
The following sample configuration file enables tracing of animations, writing the output to a text file called "debug.txt".
<configuration> <system.diagnostics> <sources> <source name="System.Windows.Media.Animation" switchName="SourceSwitch" > <listeners> <add name="textListener" /> </listeners> </source> <switches> <add name="SourceSwitch" value="All" /> </switches> <sharedListeners> <add name="textListener" type="System.Diagnostics.TextWriterTraceListener" initializeData="Debug.txt" /> </sharedListeners> <trace autoflush="true" indentsize="4"></trace> </system.diagnostics> </configuration>
Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter EditionThe Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.