begin…end as bottlenecks?

There will come a time when SamplingProfiler may report you that begin or end are your bottlenecks. This may sound a little surprising, but it’s actually quite a common occurrence, and something that instrumenting profilers are not going to point out, so it might be worth a little explanation.

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Website getting up to speed

I’ve reorganized the site a bit since the relocation, tweaked WordPress behind the scenes, added OpenID support for comments and hopefully sorted out the over-aggressive spam filter.

The support forums are no longer available now also hosted here, no OpenID support for them just yet, but I’ll enable it as soon as it’s out of beta. For bug reports and features/suggestions, the forums are the place to post (easier to track things).

There will likely be a new SamplingProfiler release in the next days, which will add support for CPU-usage-based sampling, ie. profiling only takes place when the CPU usage goes above above a treshold (either at the system or the process level).

Saving results & merging

SamplingProfiler run results can be saved to .spr files (Sampling Profiler Results) and later reused for comparison purposes, or for merging, one of the less obvious features of the profiler.
You can merge results by right-clicking on a results tab and selecting… “Merge results”, oddly enough. After this, the samples will be aggregated across the runs you selected, hopefully providing more statistical accuracy.

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Peer support forum

edit: forums have since been deprecated, use StackOverflow for questions.

I’ve opened a forum for SamplingProfiler, destined for peer support and bug reports:

https://delphitools.info/forums/

I don’t have any previous experience with freeforums.org as a host, but I don’t expect the traffic to be huge, so it’ll probably be good enough.
Forums are now hosted locally.
Another channel through which you can reach me would be via posting in the CodeGear newsgroups.

Control sampling from your code

One issue when trying to profile a “live” application is that you may be getting a lot of noise, resulting from a particular library or section of code being executed from multiple contexts.

You may also be after profiling only one particular case, and want some reproducibility between runs… in short: you want a finer grained control on when or for what the profiling will take place.

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Using SamplingProfiler from the IDE

SamplingProfiler comes as a stand alone-application, but it’s also ready for integration in the IDE via the Tools menu. Go to the Tools menu configuration and add an entry for SamplingProfiler. Set the parameters field to $EXENAME. Voilà!

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