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  1. Interpreter for Visual C++

    It is good to add a C++(and other languages') interpreter for rapid development. An interpreter is very convenient and saves quite some time. The most important use of the interpreter is conceptual scripting. Users may transform basic concepts into scripts through line-editing, using an interactive command-line interpreter, before improving their idea into real and complete programs. It is also useful for new learners to use interactive interpreters for learning languages, in this way they can test and figure out if something works correctly, because interpreters can produce immediate results in an interactive session. Moreover, it helps programmers who uses interpreted…

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      2 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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        under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Under the debug menu, add and "Attach to recent process" with a shortcut

        Under the debug menu, add an Attach to Recent process. which basically attach current project to most recently attached process. This menu can be disabled if current project never attached to any process. After first attachment this will keep the most recent process name and will attach to that one when user select this menu

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          0 comments  ·  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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            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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 →
            • Option to Force Visual Studio to Prompt for Startup Arguments

              In Eclipse one can add ${string_prompt} as a command line argument, which forces Eclipse to prompt the user for string input when launching an application for debugging or testing. There is no option in Visual Studio 2010 to do such a thing.

              It would be nice if I could add such a flag to my startup arguments, so each time I start up an application Visual Studio 2010 would prompt for input. This would allow me, the developer, to change arguments each time the applications starts for projects that need various forms and different kinds of arguments on startup for…

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              • 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 →
                • 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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                    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

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                        4 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow the user to move a breakpoint by drag and drop

                        Sometimes I have complex breakpoints set (condition, count etc.) and I need to change the line where the breakpoint is set. I would like to be able to drag&drop the breakpoint icon displayed in the source window to move its position. Likewise when viewing the breakpoint in the "Breakpoints" pane in the IDE, I see the line number and I would like to be able to change the line number there.

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                          2 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Debugg the code without break Point

                            I need the solution for the below problem,I have the solution file which contain aspx page like home, login, main.. After login the home page will be redirected.if suppose am I put the break point in the login page code behind, after complete login action the home page loaded. I have some logic in the home page load event. I would like the load event also automatically execute step by step. because my actuall solution file contain more the 30 pages so I can't able to find which page code behind run at this time. Overall my need is in…

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                              0 comments  ·  Debugger  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop Debugger window shuffling when starting debug

                              When VIsual studio goes into debug mode, there is a different window layout that kicks in, watch window, solution explorer, locals and all other windows have different positioning when visual studio goes into debug mode, that can be annoying and distracting as all my windows are already in a good location. Keeping the windows in the same location for both debug and coding should be good enough. It seems to be a feature that doesn't help much and distracts me. At least turning it off would be nice and probably faster to start the debug session as it would avoid…

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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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                                • Fix the Dll Search path when debugging C++ applications.

                                  The debugger currently looks for dlls in the location of the .exe file, change it or add the option to search the Working Directory for any dll files required by the application.

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                                  • Debug object initializer block

                                    Related to my previous idea of adding a new scope for object initializers, I'd like to see each statement of an object initializer block be debuggable. Currently, if there's an exception in one of the assignments (very often there are NullReferenceExceptions, especially in LINQ to XML), the only way to figure out where the exception is is to break the block apart into separate statements. This defeats the purpose of using them.

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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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                                      • Enhance the debugger to decompile and step into managed code without symbols

                                        The debugger should automatically decompile managed code for which there are no PDB's or sources. It should permit breakpoints, single-stepping, and Go-to-definition on these decompiled sources.

                                        The spectrum of managed code a developer needs to debug is large -- larger then Microsoft's product set. Yet the availability of symbols and sources is sporadic or non-existent, making the typical end-to-end debugging experience inconsistent and frustrating. When the current debugger cannot locate the PDB and sources, it falls back to the Disassembly view, which is of little or no value to a managed code developer.

                                        When sources and PDB's are available, they…

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                                        • Make the MPI CLUSTER DEBUGGER competitve with Totalview or DDT

                                          When debugging applications it is common to have 2 instances of a IDE/Debugger running side by side to compare calls stacks, variables, etc. However when trying this with MSVC and MPI Cluster debugger it appears that MSVC has lost its way, or I'm missing something. When starting the MPI CLuster debugger in a second session, the breakpoints appear in the first session of MSVC !!!. It looks like a singleton has taken control... I found a thread on debugging 2 projects but its not focused on side by side debugging, but rather swithcing between projects. We need way to run…

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