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  1. Zero install debugging version of Visual Studio

    It would be great if you could run a small version of just the debugger from Visual Studio on a USB key or network share in order to more easily debug issues on production machines without installing Visual Studio or setting up remote debugging.

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      3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Implement a new "skip over" breakpoint type

      Implement a new "skip over" breakpoint type that would automatically skip to some user-defined line of code when hit and keep running from there without user intervention. This would speed up debugging by not having to constantly move execution point manually, or having to recompile the code to remove the offending section.

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        4 comments  ·  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.

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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.

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            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 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.

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                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • IL debugging

                If no sources are available, instead of showing x86 assembly, show .NET IL and allow to step through the IL instructions.

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                  3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

                  While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

                  This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

                  It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

                  Thanks!

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                    1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Under the Debug Menu, Add an Attach to IIS item

                    Under the Debug Menu, add an Attach to IIS item. The new feature should detect the correct IIS process for the installed OS. This relieves the user from searching through the Attach to Process list to find aspnet_wp or w3wp.

                    38 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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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                        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Export/Save watch

                        Please provide a way to save or export contents of a watch window to Excel or XML. When dealing with large object graphs (that might need some time to be build) it is not very comfortable to generate a new object graph (which includes starting a new debug session) every time you need to lookup a specific value. Exporting or saving the watch to make it available after stopping the debug session would greatly improve everyday workflows.

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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).

                          Add a quick search in Debug>Modules window.
                          This could be helpful for all other tools like "Find Results1", "Breakpoints", "Output"

                          33 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add intelligent sort, and filter capabilities to Autos, Locals, and Watch Windows

                            I'd really like a way to filter the debugger windows based on
                            * variable name
                            * type
                            * value
                            * changed (red)
                            * valid vs. invalid memory (e.g. 0xcdcd, 0xcccc), or <Unable to read memory>
                            * public, private, protected, const, etc qualifications

                            The UI I'm picturing would be column filter widgets in Excel Lists.

                            Some potential use cases:
                            1. Stepping into a class function where the this pointer has many dozens of members, I might want to see all the bools, all non-zero entries, all non-null pointers, etc.

                            2. It can be difficult to find the entry I want if…

                            31 votes
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                              5 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…

                              30 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Option to hide namespace prefixes in debugger CallStack window (VS2012)

                                Please add an option to hide the namespace prefixing (of the method names and argument types) when shown in the debugger CallStack window (VS2012).

                                This could be another 'checkbox' in the right-click menu of the "Call Stack" window.

                                Because the following is a little hard to read:

                                " agree_console.ConsoleExec.do_pipeline<agree.IUnit,agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IAsyncTask<agree.IChartControl>>>>>>>(System.Func<agree.IUnit,agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IAsyncTask<agree.IChartControl>>>>>>> cx)
                                "

                                If every instance of 'agree.' was eliminated in this example, it would be more manageable. Many thanks.

                                30 votes
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                                  2 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.

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                                    4 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?

                                    29 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  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,

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                                        2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show Exception messages in English for smaller languages

                                        When I get exception messages using the debugger, I would like to get the option for Visual Studio to give me the English counterpart instead of the one in my language (Dutch). Especially because I'm already using an English Visual C# program. Exception messages in less spoken languages are useless if you want to do research on the Internet about it.

                                        28 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  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:
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                                          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];

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