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  1. 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 →
    • Option to prevent Debugging Minified JavaScript Libraries

      Usually, I just want to debug the code that I wrote, not an Open Source JavaScript library. It's a huge time sink every time I accidentally step into any other huge JavaScript file. Yes, when you first want to use a new JavaScript libraries, you may want to debug the code. But most of the time you have to trust that it is working.
      in Tools/Option, it would be nice to be able to check a box and say don't debug JavaScript Libraries in a specified folder. Then maybe have our application specific JavaScript files would be in a different…

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        0 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 →
        • 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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            3 comments  ·  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 →
            • 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 →
                    • 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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                          under review  ·  3 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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                            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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                                0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Change the Exceptions modal window into a dockable tab

                                Currently, I have to turn exception breaks on and off a lot (partially due to ASP.Net's volume of startup exceptions). It gets very tedious to do this, as I constantly am going to the menu to bring up the modal and check/uncheck. IMO, a better option would be to have this window made into a dockable tab so that it's easily available during debugging and doesn't require modal action.

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                                  2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

                                  IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

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                                  • 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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                                      • Expose the DisableAttachSecurityWarning key to the IDE.

                                        Please surface this value up to the IDE or, at the very least, remove its entry from the shipped .vssettings files.

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                                        • 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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