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  1. Improve stack trace window

    Make the stack trace window (that you can open when watching an object of type Exception in runtime) have links to the methods it lists, so once the programmer clicks on a link, he would easily be brought to the code file and method he needs to inspect.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable to select port in Windows Azure Compute Emulator

      When working in an Azure solution, it would be nice to be sure that the Compute Emulator used the same port each time.

      I'm working on a solution with a wcf service over ssl and if it is the first time I start debugging it uses port 444. When I stop the solution and edit something, if I'm to fast the Emulator still think the 444 port is bussy, so now it uses the next available port (in my case 446). I can solve this by shut down the emulator and start it up again, but with two deployments and…

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        1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • better remote debugging

        At the momemt Domain membership is necessary for remote debugging (except JIT). I often set up customer scenarios as VMs somtimes with the customer's domain structure etc but it's really a pain debuuging these cases

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          1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  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.

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            2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 13 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Improve debugging of nested statements

              If I'm debugging a statement looking like this:

              FunctionA( FunctionB(), FunctionC() );

              and I step in to this statement, I don’t want to jump directly into FunctionB. Instead I would like the debugger to move the yellow highligt to only highlight FunctionB(), and give me the choice to step into FunctionB, or step over to move the highlight to the next sub statement FunctionC().

              This would also be nice to have when tracing back in the call stack to see exactly what sub statement a call originated from, not just the entire line of code.

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                1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • NATVIS 'Skip' and 'Break' Conditions

                With Visual Studio 2012 we were given a new, fairly well-defined XML markup language for visualizing native constructs (natvis files). Though easier to use, this new format lacks the ability to accurately describe some data formats where the older autoexp.dat format could.

                One new limitation (that I understand) is to have a size limitation on all array, list, and tree expansions to prevent them from hanging the debugger. I'm not suggesting this change.

                However, an older feature that we no longer have is the ability to 'skip' specific elements when visualizing an element, or to 'break' when a specific condition…

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                  2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow code changes during debugging.

                  Source files would not be locked while the debugger was attached to a running process. After the developer makes changes, they would instruct the IDE to build and update the modified assemblies in the attached debugger. This would include changes to any attached process, including w3wp.

                  I assume this would work best if it was done at a low-level, such that a savvy developer could modify the disassembly of source-less code if desired.

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                    1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Move the Debugging-Symbols options per-project instead of global

                    Many people need to use public and/or private symbols (Tools-Options-Debugging).
                    Sometimes it's useful to enable Windows symbols, while other times is necessary to load .NET Framework symbols and sources or even some private location for internal projects symbols.

                    Since loading symbols is extremely slow, it would be better to specify the symbols location in a per-project or per-project-user settings so that we can minimize the slowness to specific projects.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog

                      Major frown here for two reasons, both caused by the "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog. 1) because it's modal I was unable to send a frown from the same instance of VS. For all the reasons that modal popups are evil, this dialog is evil. Please get rid of all modal popups from VS. 2) This popped up because I was attempting to close VS. If what I want to do is to close VS, then obviously I want to also stop debugging. I loathe this popup, more than the average popup. If I didn't want to stop…

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                        2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Edit & Continue in async methods

                        When working with many async methods (e.g. MVC Controllers), the missing edit & continue is annoying.

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Simplify Remote Debugging and make it Just Work

                          Lots of people don't even know this feature exists at all, due to the sheer complexity of setting it up - and people on the "remote side" often have no knowledge of VS whatsoever, they *requested support*, after all.

                          1. Make a step-by-step guide in MSDN, plain and simple, for domain, workgroup, and "completely different PCs" scenarios.
                          2. Make it work using plain HTTP(S) when computers are in disjoint networks, with intermediate server on the Internet.
                          3. Make it possible to create a remote debugging offer from the "App Crash" dialog with *one click*.

                          In general, it should be experience…

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                          • 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 →
                            • 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 →
                              • 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 "Add Data Breakpoint" context menu to Watch expressions

                                  Here is a common use case to debug data change. Make it an item in context menu in Watch.

                                  1. drag-and-drop a structure member on a Watch window.
                                  2. Insert & in front of it to take its address
                                  3. drag-and-drop the address value into Watch window again , because there's no way to easily copy just the address of the variable or member
                                  4. Copy the address of the variable or member
                                  5. Go to Breakpoints window
                                  6. Choose "New"->"New Data Breakpoint"
                                  7. Paste the copied address of the variable or member.

                                  That's quite a bunch of clicks thousands…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow breakpoints to be set/controlled within the 'Peek Definition' window.

                                    This is a user workflow thing but I found myself using the peek window and wanting to set a breakpoint inside it (F9 or mouseclick), didnt see the feature so I thought I'd post it here..

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                                    • Support dependent debugger breakpoint

                                      Ofter useful set breakpoint that will only trigger after another breakpoint. Please support set child breakpoints that will trigger only after parent breakpoint trigger.

                                      For example bug in often called function F2(), that called indirectly from function F1(). I can't set breakpoint directly to F2() because it's called very often before F1(). So I need set breakpoint to F1() and then when it triggers to F2()

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                                      • Support mixed mode debugging on Windows RT (ARM)

                                        Currently remote tools for ARM only support either the managed or the native debugging.
                                        As the WinRT platform is native, it would be extremely important the ability to debug in mixed mode that is currently not supported.

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                                          1 comment  ·  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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