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  1. Edit And Continue without pausing execution

    Visual Studio has Edit And Continue, but I have to pause the program to change the code, which isn't very convenient. Eclipse (or the Java Virtual Machine?) has a feature that lets you change code while debugging without pausing execution. All you have to do is hit Ctrl+S to apply the code changes.
    Please add something similar to what Eclipse does when debugging.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow Modules window to be filtered or grouped

      Currently Debug->Modules window doesn't allow neither to be filtered (e.g. by name and wildcard) or grouped (e.g. by process),
      nor columns to be truly hidden (columns' width is decreased to 0 instead).

      30 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  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.

        28 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Support structs in the VS2013 Debugger Return Value feature

          The new "Return Value" feature in the VS2013 Debugger is awesome, but the limitation where it does not support structs is very problematic - there are a lot of important value types within the .NET framework itself (DateTime and TimeSpan, for instance) that I would really like to be able to see in the Autos window after stepping over a line.

          27 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Add support to watch getters (const functions) in C++

            Add support to watch expressions with getters (const functions) in C++

            Examples:
            1.
            float GetWidth() const;
            float GetHeight() const;

            area = obj.GetWidth() * obj.GetHeight();

            2.
            const float operator[](unsigned int index) const;

            val = obj1[i] + obj2[i+1];

            27 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  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.

              26 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • use thread name set with SetThreadName in Concurrency Visualizer

                Currently (vs2012 pro) the Concurrency Visualizer displays a general category as a thread name (Main Thread, Worker Thread, ...). It would be really helpful to display the name set with SetThreadName.

                Since the debugger can do it the concurrency visualizer should be able to do the same, I guess?

                25 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • ASP.NET Debugging, Break & Step Into (F11) To Continue

                  When you are debugging a windows forms application, you can break (pause) application in any time and press F11 (step into) to resume running. So then if you do anything on UI that handled in code, automatically break first line in code effected with your action without breakpoints. By this way you don't need to know which line you must should put the breakpoint.

                  Unfortunately this trick don't work in ASP.NET debugging. I wonder this is possible for ASP.NET debugging too?

                  Thanks,

                  25 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Automatically populate IEnumerable results in data tip when debugging

                    It would be very nice if the results of an IEnumerable are automatically populated when the user clicks on the [+] button on the left edge instead of having to move the mouse all across the screen just to refresh the items in the IEnumerable and then click the [+] button to expand the collection.

                    I'm putting this suggestion in based on this question on Stackoverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/q/13665322/117870). Clearly, I'm not the only one who finds this inconvenient.

                    24 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Show the Quick Watch dialog in the same color theme as the rest Visual Studio

                      I'm using Visual Studio with the Dark color theme. Most dialogs I use often are in the Dark color theme, but the Quick Watch dialog is still using the normal (Windows?) colors. This makes the arrows in the treelist almost invisible. I have attached a screenshot showing how difficult it is to see the treelist arrows.

                      Please also incorporate the Dark color theme in the Quick Watch dialog.

                      23 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Remote debugging support for XP and Vista

                        Add support to remote debug (compatibility layer, or allow older VS2010 remote debugger client) Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. Currently, only Windows 7 and up can be remote debugged - which hinders development and troubleshooting in backwards-compatibility situations.

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                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Break When Specified Variable Changes Value

                          I spend a great deal of time in VS debugger on a vary large Intel Visual Fortran project. I don't know how language dependent such a thing would be, but what I would like is the ability to setup a break "point" that is not tied to any specific line of code, but rather to a specific variable. And then the debugger would break when that variable changes value (with conditions). I often don't know where in the code anerroneous value is getting set and this would save a tremendous amount of time for me.

                          21 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide return value in debug when mousing over the return statement

                            Right now you can view the return value of a method call in the auto or immediate window, which is fine, but isn't enough...

                            Let's say you are writing a web service, and the return value of your service is what you want to see while debugging the service. The only way to view that value is to assign it to a local variable and then return that variable:

                            public MyObject MyMethod()
                            {
                            //some logic here
                            var myResult = new MyObject(valueFromLogicAbove);
                            return myResult;
                            }

                            This is really redundant and the OCD in me that tries to keep my code clean…

                            20 votes
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                              5 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Option to debug/test using the build configuration's config transform.

                              Config transforms change behavior that should be easily testable.
                              Without this option either the web.config must be edited or the app must be published.
                              Please add an easy way to use a config transform during debug and test without changing the web.config itself. If the config file is changed, then it would be easy to accidentally commit those changes to source control.

                              20 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow per-solution or per-project natvis files

                                We have several branches with incompatible natvis files.

                                Ideally, we'd like to be able to simply include the natvis file in a vcxproj and have the debugger use these files without any explicit install step. It's fairly common to have more than one branch open at once and a central install would break at least one of them.

                                20 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Variable Inspection

                                  99% of the time, when someone right clicks and selects Quickwatch, they want to know what the value of the variable is. Now, you have to scroll down the list to the Text attribute.

                                  Place the Text attribute as well as any other attribute that most people want to see during routine debugging at the TOP of the attribute list.

                                  19 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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.

                                    18 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Add better support for debugging F# code

                                      Todays F# debugger makes it often difficult to inspect certain symbols that are in scope from the code standpoint, but not from the debugger's.

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                                      • Include and use native thread names in minidumps

                                        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…

                                        17 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow the debugger to stop on user/handled and thrown exceptions in MY code but NOT in third party libraries

                                          In the exceptions window I can set the debugger to stop when exceptions are thrown, even if they're inside a try/catch block, but I only usually care about doing this for my code. Various third party libraries throw exceptions internally for whatever reason and I generally don't care about those, as those libraries will generally allow the exception to bubble up if it's something I care about.

                                          I'd love it if there was an option to select exceptions that are "thrown in my code" or something to that effect.

                                          16 votes
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