Tuesday, September 19, 2006


TCP Tracing

If you want to perform tracing on a web service or site that you’re developing, there are several tools out there. SoapScope is great for debugging web service calls on the wire but it costs US$299.00 for a one year license. The good news is there is a free option; namely TCPTrace and it does not require an installer. TCPTrace acts as a tunnel between a client and a server and displays requests and responses received.

If you can’t do port forwarding then there is also ProxyTrace and YATT (at the same site). Other tools like Ethereal are great but they alter your network stack, so if you want a non-invasive approach TCPTrace is a simple and free solution. [I saw this quick tip via Scott Hanselman’s developer productivity tools talks.]


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