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  1. Silverlight intellitrace support

    Please bring Silverlight tooling up to par. If you add a cool new feature like intellitrace please add support for Silverlight.

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      3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Remember QuickWatch window column sizes

      When you open the Quick Watch window all of the column widths resets themselves, so you have to resize every time to see the content of the object type in the last column. It would be useful if the size of the columns could be remembered by the IDE or at least sized in a better way.

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        5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Provide message based debugging

        The debugger in VS is farily decent. However it appears to be lacking one essential feature for debugging Windows applications that are event based. That would be the ability to easily debug the source of messages being posted to a window.

        I typically have to resort to Spyxx.exe to view events while I am also debugging in Visual Studio. That is fraught with issues as Spyxx has problems when the debugger is running. Spy can detect an issue with "hooks" that can cause the system to lock up so spy tells me it is refusing to log messages. Sometimes I…

        77 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make Code Lens available in Visual Studio Premium

          Code Lens is a great new feature but since it right now only is available to Ultimate users few have the opportunity to take advantage of it. And it does not weigh up the cost of upgrading users to Ultimate. Since it is a tool that many would find useful please make it available for at least Premium users

          76 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a more robust Exceptions window in Visual Studio.

            It would be great to be able to save the Exceptions configuration in the Debug -> Exceptions window into various profiles. Once saved, allowing us to switch between profiles would be a tremendous help when debugging a variety of projects.

            72 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support capturing traffic from .Net HttpClient and WebClient API in VS 2015 Network Panel

              Capturing Network traffic is really nice idea. But currently it supports only WinRT HttpClient APIs. For ASP.NET & WPF dev this's not at all useful :(

              Please add support for capturing traffic from .Net HttpClient and WebClient API as well.

              Thanks.

              68 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • quit stealing focus when a breakpoint is hit - I am not always just sitting and waiting.

                Quit stealing focus when a breakpoint is hit. I am not always just sitting and waiting. I might be in outlook or some other program typing away and presto! I am now typing into some source file. File gets checked out of TFS, code is "modifed" and I have to wait wait wait until the edit&continue debugging finishes its preliminary work. Once I have control, I have to undo the edit and undo the TFS checkout.

                Just blink the VS icon in my task bar like other apps that want attention when a breakpoint trips. Please.

                68 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 67 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                    62 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

                      Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

                      I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

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                        2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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!

                        56 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                          56 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                            47 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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…

                              46 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                                45 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Improve Visual Studio Call Stack walking performance

                                  Walking the call stack can sometimes be a slower operation when debugging. Do not slow down debug operations such as stepping when walking the call stack takes a long time

                                  45 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

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                                      2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Please provide exporting the Code Analysis report to excel in Visual Studio

                                      Please provide feature to export the Code Analysis report to Excel in Visual Studio. This feature was available in Visual Studio 2010. The feature was very useful for managing, planning and reporting of code analysis issues.

                                      41 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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.

                                          39 votes
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