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  1. Support JavaScript debugging for Microsoft edge

    Visual Studio should stop debugging when Microsoft Edge is closed. Additionally Visual Studio should be able to debug JavaScript running in the Microsoft Edge browser.

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      started  ·  21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Support debugging of C++ code with IntelliTrace

      As a C++ developer I am always sad when seeing cool features only available for C#, VB, ... e.g. IntelliTrace would be really useful to get rid of these invisible, hidden, and not reproducable errors.

      (see http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/dd264915.aspx)

      693 votes
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        9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support Data Breakpoints for C#

        Data Breakpoints are very useful when debugging state issues as they break into the debugger when the value of a variable changes.

        It is currently only supported in C/C++

        Please extend support to C# and the other managed languages. We need it badly. The reason there is no uservoice suggestion is that most NET Developers don't know it exists in C++

        564 votes
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          21 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Make the debugger stick to the current thread instead of jumping around between threads!

          Please, please fix this! Debugging multithreaded applications is hard enough as it is, without having to manhandle the debugger just so it does the obvious thing you want.

          I'm sure everyone knows what I'm talking about. You're stepping through your function, and suddenly your instruction pointer jumps somewhere unexpected and none of the variable values make sense and you realize you're not in the thread you thought you were in. It's really tough or impossible to get back to where you were in the thread you cared about. Or you set a breakpoint two instructions down, and it may be…

          286 votes
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            14 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. We are currently evaluating whether we will be able to address this suggestion in a future release. Thanks for capturing the pain points you feel when stepping through multithreaded applications while debugging. We will be providing an update soon.

            Additionally, I wanted to clarify that the debugger will only ever complete a step on the thread from which the step was originated. So if you hit a breakpoint, disable it, and then begin stepping you should not stop on a different thread. If you have other breakpoints in your application and another thread hits one, then you will be debugging in the mixed thread state as described in this item.

            Kaycee Anderson
            Program Manager, Visual Studio

          • Debugger should support C# compiler '/embed' option

            The C# compiler supports embedding sources files into the PDB via the '/embed' option. However, currently the debugger will not automatically pull them back out and show them. This item tracks properly supporting this feature in the debugger.

            224 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Properly support native thread naming via the SetThreadDescription API in minidumps, debuggers, and analysis tools

              This is a request to embed support for the SetThreadDescription API to critical Microsoft debugging and analysis tools: the Visual Studio Debugger, WinDbg, WPA, and mini-dumps.

              A different User Voice request, titled "Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging" was recently closed, with the rationale that Microsoft was working on a new approach to thread naming. This approach would be different from the current exception-based approach, and "[Microsoft] will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code."

              https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/5792677-include-and-use-native-thread-names-in-minidumps

              From the following conversation I had with…

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                3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Edit and Continue: Allow Edit and Continue x64 under local IIS

                Edit and Continue x64 is an outstanding addition to Visual Studio 2013. Unfortunately, I tend to use the full IIS server on my local machine for debugging, but the Edit and Continue option becomes disabled as soon as I change from "IIS Express" to "local IIS".

                The error message states that changes are not allowed "when the debugger has been attached to an already running process", which I assume is because the IIS Application Pool (running as w3wp) is already running when debugging is started..

                How can this be fixed?

                Ideally, this should be fixed by allowing the debugger to…

                163 votes
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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support natvis debug visualizers in Mixed mode debugging

                  Please user our .natvis files when debugging in Mixed mode. They are not used (as of VS 2013 Preview). We have a C++/CLI application with many native and many /clr files and cannot use the .natvis visualizers there.

                  158 votes
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                    under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Provide a more robust Exceptions window in Visual Studio.

                    It would be great to be able to save the Exceptions configuration in the Debug -> Exceptions window into various profiles. Once saved, allowing us to switch between profiles would be a tremendous help when debugging a variety of projects.

                    148 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • LINQ Debugging - condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack"

                      Improve debugging support for Ix and Rx queries in the IDE. Specifically, a condensed call stack view that was more of a "query stack" would be great. It would also be great if we could hook into the "query stack" features from our own LINQ-based APIs.

                      145 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • VS2017 exception dialog is missing one button - please add a "Search Stack Overflow" button

                        The new exception dialog in VS2017 is much neater. Thank you.
                        It only needs a "Search StackOverflow" button to be perfect!

                        -a
                        www.adamcogan.com

                        142 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Update image watch for 2017

                          The Image Watch plugin is an invaluable tool for developing image processing functions. Please make this component work for VS2017.

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                            2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Debugger should support authentication with SourceLink

                            The C# compiler and the debugger currently support a '/SourceLink' which is a technology where the compiler can emit a JSON file telling the debugger how to locate source files. See https://github.com/dotnet/core/blob/master/Documentation/diagnostics/source_link.md for documentation.

                            This works great for public projects on GitHub, or other sites that don't require authentication. But the debugger doesn't yet support hosts that require authentication.

                            131 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Remember QuickWatch window column sizes

                              When you open the Quick Watch window all of the column widths resets themselves, so you have to resize every time to see the content of the object type in the last column. It would be useful if the size of the columns could be remembered by the IDE or at least sized in a better way.

                              128 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi Everyone,
                                While this particular item doesn’t have many votes compared to other feedback on Visual Studio’s UserVoice, I have seen a surge of complaints recently about the annoyance this causes you. So I am re-opening this item as Under Review. We on the Visual Studio team have a bug filed to fix this issue. I will update you as we determine when/if to fix this.
                                —Kaycee Anderson

                              • Allow an IIS-bound project to be opened in non-admin Visual Studio

                                Visual Studio needs to be running with elevated administrator privileges to interrogate the IIS metabase and/or attach to the IIS worker process for debugging. However being able to view, edit, compile, and unit test the code in an IIS-bound Web Application Project is no different than any other project and should not require IIS access or therefore Administrator privileges.

                                In a non-admin VS instance I should only be prevented from debugging an IIS-bound project.

                                126 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make the Registers window easier to read

                                    When I'm debugging through the disassembly, it is difficult to read the XMM/YMM/ZMM values in the Registers window because they are not aligned neatly.

                                    I realize it can be difficult to arrange them well all the time because of window resizing, but I really feel it could be done much better.

                                    98 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Improve Visual Studio Call Stack walking performance

                                      Walking the call stack can sometimes be a slower operation when debugging. Do not slow down debug operations such as stepping when walking the call stack takes a long time

                                      90 votes
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                                        5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Thanks for the feedback, we are currently investigating what performance improvements we could make to give you a faster experience when debugging, particularly when the call stack walking is causing the slowness.

                                        Thanks,
                                        Kaycee Anderson
                                        Visual Studio

                                        See the following blog posts that offers more details on what settings and windows relate to this, and other tips and tricks for speeding up debugging in general. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio.aspx

                                        Andrew Hall,
                                        Program Manager, Visual Studio Debugger

                                      • 81 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Support capturing traffic from .Net HttpClient and WebClient API in VS 2015 Network Panel

                                          Capturing Network traffic is really nice idea. But currently it supports only WinRT HttpClient APIs. For ASP.NET & WPF dev this's not at all useful :(

                                          Please add support for capturing traffic from .Net HttpClient and WebClient API as well.

                                          Thanks.

                                          77 votes
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