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  1. 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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    • Please provide exporting the Code Analysis report to excel in Visual Studio

      Please provide feature to export the Code Analysis report to Excel in Visual Studio. This feature was available in Visual Studio 2010. The feature was very useful for managing, planning and reporting of code analysis issues.

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      • Add "Overweight Analysis" for analysing application performance

        Refer to Rico Mariani's MSDN Blog article for details on what would be a very simple to do value add for performance analysis of applications.

        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ricom/archive/2014/12/13/a-systematic-approach-to-finding-performance-regressions-using-overweight-analysis.aspx

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        • Profiling unit tests should ignore code running from init methods (AssemblyInitialize, TestInitialize, etc)

          The "Profile Test" option offered in the VS Test Explorer is cute, but doesn't offer enough flexibility.

          The problem is that there may be a significant amount of work being done in init methods (i.e. methods decorated with AssemblyInitialize, ClassInitialize or TestInitialize attributes), and the code running there does not constitute the unit test, and so should not be profiled.

          Only the code running in the selected test method should be profiled - otherwise the results are significantly skewed, and rarely usable.

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          • implement PerfTips that show memory usage

            Hello!

            We at Visual Studio would like to know just how much interest there would be in the developer community for PerfTips that can show memory usage.

            Please vote for this item if this is something you would like to see!

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            • Debugger Integrated Memory Usage Tool should support the C++/CLI flavor of mixed mode debugging

              From customer comment on http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2014/11/13/memory-usage-tool-while-debugging-in-visual-studio-2015.aspx#10577484:
              unusable for Mixed Mode debugging. Our C++/CLI code could use this.

              Our comment: while this doesn’t support the C++/CLI flavor of mixed mode debugging -- because C++/CLI uses the legacy managed debug engine -- we do support mixed mode debugging with standard managed and C++ projects using, for example, P/Invoke interop. In the latter case, if your debug engine is set to mixed mode (as covered in the Simplified Mode Selection section above), we will show you the details for both heaps.

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              • Color Code PerfTips by Threshold

                From Tarun Arora:
                I would like to colour code the PerfTips, I see numbers all the time and after a while stop paying attention. However, if I could set a threshold & colour code the threshold, it would be easier to identify what requires attention.

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                • 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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                  • Profiler: make profiling a multithreaded process easier

                    It is very hard and not intuitive to profile multithreading issues in current Profiler (sampling). Although in 2011, there is a ThreadId filter, but I cannot effectively determine which function belongs to which thread, therefore I have to guess. These two possibilities would be great:

                    1. Show thread id additinally and name (Main, etc.) to all other tabs (Functions, Modules, etc.)
                    2. Show more concurrency-related information (see Intel's Profiler)

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                    • Create a program, to be used by command line, on TFS and Visual Studio, for code clone analysis.

                      Like FxCop, in order to make a code coverage analysis, for our projects, it's also required to make a code clone analysis. I know that it's possible on Visual Studio IDE, but for Agile projects, it's more powerful by command line.

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                      • Provide profiling tools for Javascript

                        Provide a utility to profile JavaScript files to determine slow performing functions, highlight slow functions and make suggestions on how to improve them and resources that are not cleaned up.

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                        • Fix the bug in the VS2013 profiler

                          The built in profiler in Vs2012,VS2013 fails with a "Analysis of the log failed" when there's an app which has duplicate class names in some of their assemblies (in example, but not limited to MonoGame and XNA for WP8).

                          Sometimes duplications are hard to spot, thus providing a better solution than "log failed" would definitively help.

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                          • Code review extensions

                            Code analysis should also be a part of code review, so that one can review in a gruop after the results of analysis.

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                            • Bring sampling based on CPU counters back to Visual Studio.

                              Currently it doesn't work on Windows 8 and above.

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                              • Open up FxCop.sdk internals

                                All these internal utilities and types are really usefull for custom ruledevelopment. Why are they even internal?

                                Please open up the FxCop.sdk (and Microsoft.CCI) to allow for better rule development!

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                                • Stop having Code Analysis window take focus during builds

                                  When building a solution, the Code Analysis window/tab always gets focus during a build. This is highly disruptive, as I often modify code during builds, and when this window pops up as I am typing, it screws up what I was working on. Furthermore, it's just plain annoying (particularly when it is docked in the same panel as the Solution tab.

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                                  • Improve built in profiler

                                    The built in performance profiler is really bad compared to the alternatives on the market.

                                    The UI is confusing and very hard to navigate in.

                                    Using sampling is fine if you have really bad performance problems, but if you want to be precise you need instrumentation and it seems that visual studio needs to modify the app.config of the project being profiled, which should not be needed.

                                    Take a good hard look at e.g. Redgate Performance Profiler and implement something as good or just accept that Visual studio cannot be the swizz army knife of all development related and throw…

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                                    • Code Analysis for InteropServices

                                      When we automate MS Office application (Excel), the application may refuse to quit and remain in memory even after a Quit();

                                      As explained in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/Q317109,

                                      Add the two(2) following rules in Code Analysis:

                                      1) Code Analysis Check - Declare each object as a new variable

                                      Notify the user when the object call chain of Interop is greater than one.

                                      As per the article above:

                                      This would generate a Code Analysis warning:

                                      oBook = oExcel.Workbooks.Add()

                                      to the following:
                                      dim oBooks as Excel.Workbooks
                                      oBooks = oExcel.Workbooks
                                      oBook = oBooks.Add()

                                      1b)... a Right Click > Refactor > [Declare Each Object] would be…

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                                      • More detailed profiling information

                                        I'm wanting more detailed profiling information as in when we enter a function and when we exit a function. This is so I can start to build up a timeline of the applications execution. This would help me when a function is being called 100 times but only one of those times it spikes. This kind of performance problem isn't easy to see in a normal profile but may still impact performance becuase it may be knocking out time for that specific area of the application that then impacts other areas. You look like you were going down this route…

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                                        • Allow command line redirection when using the Visual Studio Profiler

                                          Currently you cannot pipe the output from one program into another when profiling code. Eg: rtl_fm -f 102.1M -M wbfm | main.exe using visual studio 2013

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