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  1. Bring back the MPI Cluster Debugger

    In Visual Studio 2010 there is an MPI Cluster Debugger that allows us to debug MPI applications.
    It seems that this feature has gone, so please bring it back to make it easier to develop MPI applications on Windows.

    811 votes
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      44 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

      As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

      (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

      291 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

        Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

        It is currently only supported in C/C++

        Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

        247 votes
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          14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • xUnit should be the default test framework for VS templates

          xUnit is a more powerful and extensible test framework. .NET Core, and ASP.NET 5 use it as their default. xUnit also supports all current platforms .NET does, including Xamarin.

          The default test framework for the Unit Test projects in VS should change to xUnit.

          244 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Faster thread loading PDBs and fetching PDBs from the symbol server

            Loading PDBs is incredibly slow especially when fetching from a remote symbol server. It should be possible to thread loading of the symbol files for all of the load time DLLs (i.e. those loaded before the first instruction executes). It would also be great when debugging minidumps (since all of the loaded DLLs are known ahead of time)

            203 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              See the following two blog posts for additional context on debugging performance and pdb loading
              Debugger performance tips and tricks: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio.aspx
              Understanding symbol settings: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/01/05/understanding-symbol-files-and-visual-studio-s-symbol-settings.aspx

              Andrew Hall
              Program Manager, Visual Studio Debugger

            • Enable Remote Debugging to immediately attach to a starting process

              The Global Flags Editor (gflags.exe) allows a debugger to be configured so that when a process is started, the debugger can attach immediately and break before the process' entry point. This already works with Visual Studio (devenv) and WinDbg.

              It would be great if the Remote Debugger (msvsmon.exe) could be configured as the debugger for a process in the same way as VS and WinDbg.

              I would expect the workflow to be something like:
              1. configure msvsmon as the debugger for a process (eg notepad) on a remote machine
              2. Attempt to start notepad.exe on the remote machine and find…

              178 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

                Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

                162 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • LINQ Debugging - condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack"

                  Improve debugging support for Ix and Rx queries in the IDE. Specifically, a condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack" would be great. It would also be great if we could hook into the "query stack" features from our own LINQ-based APIs.

                  140 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support natvis debug visualizers in Mixed mode debugging

                    Please user our .natvis files when debugging in Mixed mode. They are not used (as of VS 2013 Preview). We have a C++/CLI application with many native and many /clr files and cannot use the .natvis visualizers there.

                    125 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging

                      As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                      This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                      One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                      Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

                      119 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Edit and Continue for TypeScript

                        Suggestion from 2 customers:
                        -edit and continue for TypeScript editing during debugging
                        -Typescript won't allow Edit and Continue while code in the solution is running. This is client typescript code that has no dependency from the running code

                        116 votes
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                          7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Allow interactive filtering of Debug Output text

                          It would be very helpful if the Visual Studio Output window supported some sort regex-based filtering of the displayed debug output text, similar to the way DbgView does. This would make it easier to isolate specific lines that I'm interested in, e.g. from tracepoints added during debugging etc.

                          Using DbgView can be a rough workaround, but it would be really nice to be able to do this directly in Visual Studio while debugging, particularly for tracepoint-generated text, which DbgView obviously cannot see.

                          112 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make StepInto a std::function go directly to the implementation without stepping into std library code.

                            I have code like this:

                            #include <functional>
                            #include <iostream>

                            void display() {
                            std::cout << "Hello" << std::endl; // step into should go here
                            }

                            int main() {
                            std::function<void()> f = &display;
                            f(); // Step into here should go directly to "display()"
                            }

                            If I'm sitting on the breakpoint line: "f()" and I do "Step Into", it steps into a bunch of std library code and I have to keep doing Step Into many times before eventually stepping into the implementation of my function. It's worse if the function signature involves lots of arguments because you also have to step over…

                            107 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Support JavaScript/Managed mixed mode debugging

                              Provide the ability to debug both JavaScript and Managed code at the same time with one instance of Visual Studio.

                              106 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve Usability of the Exception Dialog

                                In editions prior to Visual Studio 2010, exceptions were handled by breaking on the line that threw the exception and displaying the Exception Assistant, a dialog that was non-modal and non-distracting.

                                In more recent editions, this feature has been removed, returning to a large, obscuring modal dialog. Dismissing this dialog on every exception is painful, frustrating and a usability issue.

                                I would prefer the Exception Assistant was included in Express regardless, but given that it was removed for valid reasons (large number of dependencies, as mentioned on Microsoft Connect), I would suggest the following usability requirements as a *bare minimum*…

                                104 votes
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                                  • Add ApplicationPool info in "Attach to Process" window for w3wp processes

                                    For web developers, it would be of great help if the Attach to Process window showed also the associated application pools of w3wp processes - this would end a lot of PID-guessing or external scripts to be run and hence save valuable development time.

                                    98 votes
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                                      4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Enable Edit and Continue for Silverlight

                                      Enable "Edit and Continue" when debugging silverlight projects.

                                      It is very annoying and fells like the 20th century that you first have to stop debugging before you make any change to the code (or comments) and then have to restart the whole application.

                                      92 votes
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                                      • Make Intellitrace available to all editions

                                        Essential advanced debugging features like Intellitrace should be made available to all editions of Visual Studio and not only the Ultimate version.

                                        Every developer faces troublesome bugs one day and Intellitrace is just a life savior.

                                        88 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Implement the features missing in natvis that autoexp.dat used to provide

                                          The new natvis framework brings some improvements over autoexp.dat but sadly some key features from autoexp.dat have been lost, making it ****** and in some cases impossible to visualise types in natvis that could easily be visualised using autoexp.dat.

                                          1. The loss of the $c notation means that it is no longer possible to reference the container object when defining the next pointer in a linked list. It is therefore not possible to correctly visualise a linked list that is teminated with an 'end node' held by the container because its address is not accessible at the point where it…

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