JetBrains has upgraded dotMemory to version 4.1 this month. The product is a .NET memory profiler that helps optimize memory usage in an application, find memory leaks, and fight other types of memory issues.
The development team says it has added more learning materials and fresh .NET memory "profiling goodies", plus more rigorous, productive (and even beautiful) memory profiling experience with lots of new functionality.
New features include the ability to disable and/or enable collection allocations on the fly in order to profile a certain aspect of application functionality without slowing down all of its other areas.
Developers will also be able to get more data on GC (garbage collector) roots, as dotMemory shows you the name of the field through which a static object is referenced. It will also now help detect more common issues in a single click: new automatic inspection functionality called string duplicates exists along with two WPF-related inspections (from v4.0.10).
According to JetBrains, "dotMemory automatically scans your snapshot for most common types of memory issues. These inspections can be a great starting point in analyzing a snapshot if you're not sure where to begin. Excessive allocations and garbage collections may imply significant memory management overhead. Use the traffic view to understand what objects are created/collected most intensively in your app and what functions are causing this memory traffic."
Maarten Balliauw, JetBrains technical evangelist, pointed out the copy, save, and share profiling results functionality, which are "nicely formatted" for further analysis or sharing. There are also restyled UI icons and the option to order and manage multiple memory investigations by giving custom names to your analysis tabs. All in all, this makes up about six good reasons to upgrade to the new version, says JetBrains.