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  1. 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.

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      2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • allow the Windows Phone emulator to connect a Microsoft Account.

      I am not a developer but I want to run the emulator to try out Windows Phone 8. I also want to try out apps available for Windows Phone 8. Sadly I cannot because the Windows Phone emulator can't connect to a Microsoft Account. Not only does that mean no third-party apps, it also means you can't try out People Hub either, a really cool feature of Windows Phone 8.

      Please allow the Windows Phone emulator to connect a Microsoft Account.

      36 votes
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        0 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.

        35 votes
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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.

          34 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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              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.

              33 votes
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                0 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.

                31 votes
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                  3 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 →
                  • 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,

                    28 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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                        3 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:
                        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];

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                          1 comment  ·  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?

                          26 votes
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                            2 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!

                            26 votes
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                              0 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…

                              26 votes
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                                5 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.

                                24 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  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 →
                                  • Improve Debugging Experience for TypeScript and JavaScript

                                    The debugging experience for TypeScript and JavaScript NEEDS to be way better.

                                    The experience available in IE F12 or WebKit dev tools should (in parts) be replicated within VS: things such as the console, and device emulation.

                                    The way things are in NodeJs Tools for VS, are much better than what we have for ASP.Net and TS/JS debugging, which is a little sad :(

                                    23 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  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 →
                                      • New debugging feature: debug shunts

                                        I sometimes find myself running code in a testing configuration where certain parts of the code can't be run, or certain variables need values assigned. Currently, I set a breakpoint at the start of the code that needs to be skipped, or at the point where variables need to be set up, and then I use 'Set Next Statement' and assignments in the Watch pane to set things up.

                                        This works fine, except that if I need to do multiple test runs, I have to repeat these steps *every single time*. For that reason, I'd like to propose a new…

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                                        • To provide a "don't step into the current method anymore" debugger option

                                          For the (native) Step Into Just My Code feature: in addition to manually-written .natstepfilter files, wouldn't it be great if, when debugging a function, we could somehow tell the debugger "In the future, don't step into the current method anymore".

                                          This could, in turn, dynamically modify an "autodisables.natstepfilter" fies in the user Visualizers folder. What do you think?

                                          21 votes
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