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  1. 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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        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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        • 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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          • 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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                • 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 →
                  • 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 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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                      • F5 debug/deploy to remote PCs and virtual machines

                        F5 debug/deploy should be able to install my application to a remote PC or virtual machine, that is running the same or a different version of Windows. Much like F5 debug/deploy for Phone can deploy my app onto the phone device or emulator ahead of running. And just like it can deploy apps to Windows Azure.

                        For virtual machines, Visual Studio should interface with popular machine monitors such as Hyper-V and VMWare, so it can launch and provision a VM instance, not just connect to an already-running VM.

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                        • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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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                                • 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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                                      • Add options to Threads and Call stack windows to hide assembly, namespace, etc.

                                        Currently, call stack allows to hide module names, but not namespace. Threads has no options at all.

                                        Call stack should get the namespace option, and threads should mimic call stack.

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                                        • incorporate a "slow motion" debugger.

                                          It would be nice to have a feature that added an automatic step-through debugging mode that would step through (or step over) each line at a configurable interval. I find myself debugging a lot of legacy code, observing each line in sequence. Something like this might have some application for observing the flow of data within complex or recursive methods, and would spare me the trouble of mashing F10 constantly.

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