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  1. Allow Right-Click on variable to add new data breakpoint

    VS allows the users to add a variable to a watch list by right clicking on it. A similar capability for a new data breakpoint would be nice. Frequently the user must determine the address for a variable and manually enter the address in the new data breakpoint dialog. This is time consuming and error prone.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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 →
              • 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  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Enabled automatic JavaScript debugging via Page Inspector

                  When running a website under the Page Inspector, I think most people expect that JavaScript debugging will just work, especially considering the rest of the cool features in the Inspector.

                  It doesn't work by default and you have to jump through hoops each time to enable it. Possibly, this is because the debugger is already attached to the web server process for managed code debugging.

                  Either a many-attached debugger would be cool, else just a toggle button on the Page Inspector would suffice.

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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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                      0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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 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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                          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 →
                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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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                                2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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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                                  • "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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                                      0 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 →
                                      • 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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