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  1. Add some sort of debugging of web.config.

    Web config file gets pretty big very quickly. It is very hard sometimes to figure out which part is causing the problems. Any automation will be an improvement over the curent state.

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      0 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.

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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…

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          0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • show bitmap images on mouse pointer in live debug mode

          visual studio have table view or text view in debug mode that we can see the full text. please add a Picture view to see the bitmap/image files in debug mode to debug better.

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          • add a real SSIS debugger

            We need a modern and efficient way to debug SSIS packages, Dataflow and Controlflow items.

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            • Make native CString or char* or wchar* string editable with the "Text visulizer" by default.

              Make native CString or char* or wchar* string editable with the "Text visulizer" by default.

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              • IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

                IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • if x > y enable all breakpoints(or those with label containing 'abc'), otherwise disable while this condition is enabled

                  if x > y enable all breakpoints(or those with label containing 'abc'), otherwise disable while this condition is enabled.

                  point being:

                  I don't want to hit the same 10 breakpoints a hundred times until the program has got into the x > y (some runtime variables that need to be actively monitored) condition. When that happens, I know the buggy behaviour is about to happen but there is still so much code that I have to use breakpoints to skip some of it. This scenario is very typical in complex code or machine code debugging without source.

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                    1 comment  ·  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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                      3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add async callstack support for more than just Modern Apps

                      With VS 2013 you guys made it possible to see where an async call originated from in the callstack. But this feature only works for Win8 apps. It would be much more useful if support for it were extended to all of .NET.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Exception Assistant - exstensibility to tap into the Error Message, Inner Exception,

                        I've reported the issue here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7816556/visual-studio-extend-ide-the-exception-assistant.

                        I truly desire exstensibility with the Exception Assistant. If you could please expose the Exception message, Error code, plugin GUI & etc, we could pull online resources in from SO, code project & MSDN & give online help links based on the error you're getting. Please make this ability as a interface so the community can implement the search features and incorporate them into the Exception Assistant. TIA. ps Would we all like the Jon Skeet add-in?

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Fix some big issues with the new Graphics Debugger

                          The new Graphics Debugger is nice, but is lacking in a couple of key areas that really hurt debuggablility.

                          1. There seems to be no way to look at the shader microcode for a shader from either the object or device context windows. In PIX you could click on a shader and see the microcode immediately. The only way you seem to be able to see microcode on a shader is to start debugging a draw call. This takes a while and is really annoying when you're just doing a spot check to see if the right shader is on…

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make VS work better with MVC

                            This is inspired by https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/532873/browse-with-menu-not-available-in-mvc-applications

                            I'd also want this feature, but before that I want VS IDE to be able to read MVC project structure correctly, so that when I hit "F5" when I'm viewing a .cshtml file, it'll try to bring me to \{controller}\{view} instead of trying to map to non-browsable \View\{viewname}.cshtml file.

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                              0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Debugger's "QuickWatch" windows Intellisense navigation.

                              I opened the "QuickWatch" window in VS 2012, type the name of some string variable, and pressed ".". Intellisense popup appears.
                              In VS 2010, in this case when you press Up or Down keys, you can navigate in opened popup.
                              But when I tried to do this in VS2012, it just selected my string variable.
                              For details, please see this post: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vsdebug/thread/b5d59531-d71c-4d86-99d9-29f48e6f1b6b

                              7 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Breakpoint covered the bookmark

                                In vs2005/2008/2010, when I set a breakpoint and a bookmark in the same line, I can see both. But in vs2012 RC, the breakpoint covered the bookmark. Maybe restore icons to vs2010 is a good idea.

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                                • F5 debug/deploy to remote PCs and virtual machines

                                  F5 debug/deploy should be able to install my application to a remote PC or virtual machine, that is running the same or a different version of Windows. Much like F5 debug/deploy for Phone can deploy my app onto the phone device or emulator ahead of running. And just like it can deploy apps to Windows Azure.

                                  For virtual machines, Visual Studio should interface with popular machine monitors such as Hyper-V and VMWare, so it can launch and provision a VM instance, not just connect to an already-running VM.

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                                  • Integrated Apache Web Server

                                    You could add an integrated apache web server as part of Visual Studio for debugging within the software. Rather than installing other software such as 'XAMPP' or 'WAMP'.

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                                    • Enable awareness of "tabs" in web browsers when debugging multiple targets

                                      When you set your solution to have multiple startup projects and those projects are web applications, I would like to be able to have the web-based targets open in 1 instance of a browser but in multiple tabs.

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                                      • 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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                                        • Add the ability to compare regions of memory

                                          Often I find it would be useful to compare two regions of memory during debugging. The interface could be as simple as edit controls for address 1, address 2, and length, and then below a visual-diff of the HEX representation of the memory blocks.

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