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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  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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        1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Diagnostic Tools support for Windows Store projects that are running on a Windows Phone.

        I would very much like the return of the support for Diagnostic Tools in Universal Windows projects running on a Windows Phone (ARM)
        This feature worked on Windows Apps 8 but according to the link There is no longer this support and do not know why.

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add full support for debug registers or data breakpoints for value writes

          It would be really useful if there was full support for debug registers, allowing users to set data breakpoints so execution breaks not only on value changes but on value/address writes or reads.

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            1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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              0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Variable Inspection - place most used attributes at the top of the list when evaluating variables

              99% of the time, when someone right clicks and selects Quickwatch, they want to know what the value of the variable is. Now, you have to scroll down the list to the Text attribute.

              Place the Text attribute as well as any other attribute that most people want to see during routine debugging at the TOP of the attribute list.

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              • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

                It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

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                  2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thank you for your suggestion!

                  We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

                  We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

                  Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
                  Maria Ghiondea
                  Visual Studio Diagnostics

                • Display wait chain in Parallel Stack window

                  Display somehow wait chain in Parallel Stack window.
                  I want to know which thread is waiting for what the right in this window

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                    2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add better support for debugging F# code

                    Todays F# debugger makes it often difficult to inspect certain symbols that are in scope from the code standpoint, but not from the debugger's.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add better Managed MiniDump creation support

                      Today, creating managed MiniDumps upon unhandled exceptions is tedious and leads to dumps with wrong call stacks (the one creating the mini dump instead of the one causing the unhandled exception) and depending on the chosen parameters (i.e. to keep values of local variables and method parameters) to dumps of typically huge size.

                      Although VS2010 seems to have improved in debugging managed MiniDumps, the shortcomings in CREATING them renders this feature pretty much useless.

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                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Unit test configuration file .runsettings support system environment variables

                        When we configure .runsettings, we have to specify the hard coded value, such as


                        x64
                        C:\TEMP\TestResults

                        But if I use $(platform), or $(ProjectDir) variables which is defined in my system path or visual studio, it can't work.

                        So, can unit test configuration file .runsettings support system environment variables?

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Performance profiler: automatic instrumentation

                          To use instrumentation for signed projects, you must manually call sn.exe in a post instrumentation step and provide the full filename to the key file and the dll. This is very tedious and error prone when you have many projects in your solution.

                          Please automate this step, the project includes all necessary information.

                          In addition, enable the same macros that are available for projects, e.g. $(ProjectDir).

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Profiler - Start on Breakpoint, Stop on Breakpoint

                            Add a "When Hit" breakpoint option to start or stop the profiler. This is a common action. When our dev team was reviewing some profiler results we discussed that this is something that would be quite useful as typically only a section of code or action would need to be profiled. One could set start and stop breakpoints and we would only get a profile of the execution between these breakpoints. Note the breakpoint would not "stop" execution, just perform an action. Currently we often do this manually, over and over during a profiler session.

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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Network calls debugger for Cordova

                              It would be great to have an equivalent of "Network" tab in Chrome debug tools in the Cordova debugger. Or, if there is one, it should be easier to find ;)

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                                1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Take memory usage snapshots at specific points

                                Mats Taraldsvik

                                Another useful feature (if not already present) would be to take snapshots at specific points in the program without actually stopping the execution of the program. (E.g. every time the program returns to the main menu I want a snapshot, and after exhausting all the menu items, I want to stop the program and look for snapshots with memory leaks)

                                Conditionally taking a snapshot automatically at a specific point in the program, for example if the memory usage has increased. (In my example over, this would only take a snapshot if there was a memory leak)

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                                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Breakpoint at an object

                                  I would like to be able to set a breakpoint not only at a line of code, but also at an object. In that way I have debugging break exactly when the object of reference is being accessed.
                                  Example is when I want to now when my object is being changed, but I don't know the place in the code.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Avoid switch thread while tracing code

                                    Sometime while debugging the debugger switch between 2 threads while we are stepping through the code. I think that when we are tracing code, it should never switch tread and trace the other one (except if a breakpoint is hit in that other thread code).

                                    Some time, it happens that every step (F10) step one line of some other thread. Next F10 would then advance the current thread, Next one the other thread and it will continue to alternate on each step.

                                    When it does happen, it is very annoying. Switch thread in the thread pane does not seems to…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve 'Attach to Process' - filter, search, additional info

                                      The 'Attach to Process' form currently makes it difficult to find process to attach to, especially while waiting for a process to start.

                                      The process you are trying to attach to can be looked up in the scrollable section. If the process does not exist yet (is still starting or has not started yet), a user will keep hitting Refresh. But doing so resets the scrollable section back to the top of the process list.

                                      Enhancement 1:
                                      There should be a search section on the list of processes. If the process I am wanting to attach the debugger to is…

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                                        2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow adding additional namespaces for debugging purposes

                                        Unused namespaces often get removed in code files, so you might end up having no reference to the System, System.Collections.Generic or System.Linq namespaces. When you are debugging however, you might want to use extension methods or classes defined in these unreferenced namespaces.

                                        So it would be very convenient if we could define a fixed list of namespaces to be added while debugging. These namespaces would then automatically become available in the Watch and Immediate debug windows.

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                                        • Allow side effecting expressions in expression evaluation in C++

                                          The VS debugger can't tell even remotely accurately whether or not an expression has side effects, so kindly just remove this broken feature and allow us to use any expression in conditional breakpoints and evaluations. The programmer knows whether or not an expression has a side effect.

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