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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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      under review  ·  8 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)

      387 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++

        332 votes
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          17 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Faster thread loading PDBs and fetching PDBs from the symbol server

          Loading PDBs is incredibly slow especially when fetching from a remote symbol server. It should be possible to thread loading of the symbol files for all of the load time DLLs (i.e. those loaded before the first instruction executes). It would also be great when debugging minidumps (since all of the loaded DLLs are known ahead of time)

          222 votes
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            7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            See the following two blog posts for additional context on debugging performance and pdb loading
            Debugger performance tips and tricks: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/03/03/make-debugging-faster-with-visual-studio.aspx
            Understanding symbol settings: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2015/01/05/understanding-symbol-files-and-visual-studio-s-symbol-settings.aspx

            Andrew Hall
            Program Manager, Visual Studio Debugger

          • Enable Remote Debugging to immediately attach to a starting process

            The Global Flags Editor (gflags.exe) allows a debugger to be configured so that when a process is started, the debugger can attach immediately and break before the process' entry point. This already works with Visual Studio (devenv) and WinDbg.

            It would be great if the Remote Debugger (msvsmon.exe) could be configured as the debugger for a process in the same way as VS and WinDbg.

            I would expect the workflow to be something like:
            1. configure msvsmon as the debugger for a process (eg notepad) on a remote machine
            2. Attempt to start notepad.exe on the remote machine and find…

            200 votes
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              7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make StepInto a std::function go directly to the implementation without stepping into std library code.

              I have code like this:

              #include <functional>
              #include <iostream>

              void display() {
              std::cout << "Hello" << std::endl; // step into should go here
              }

              int main() {
              std::function<void()> f = &display;
              f(); // Step into here should go directly to "display()"
              }

              If I'm sitting on the breakpoint line: "f()" and I do "Step Into", it steps into a bunch of std library code and I have to keep doing Step Into many times before eventually stepping into the implementation of my function. It's worse if the function signature involves lots of arguments because you also have to step over…

              154 votes
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                5 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.

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                  under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow interactive filtering of Debug Output text

                  It would be very helpful if the Visual Studio Output window supported some sort regex-based filtering of the displayed debug output text, similar to the way DbgView does. This would make it easier to isolate specific lines that I'm interested in, e.g. from tracepoints added during debugging etc.

                  Using DbgView can be a rough workaround, but it would be really nice to be able to do this directly in Visual Studio while debugging, particularly for tracepoint-generated text, which DbgView obviously cannot see.

                  152 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add a thread name property for native threads to support attach and minidump debugging

                    As of today, setting native thread names involves raising an SEH exception with data that includes the name one wishes to give to the current thread.
                    This only has an effect if Visual Studio is connected as debugger. If not, the thread name seems to be lost forever.

                    One of our common debugging use cases is using minidumps. The thing is, our executables may run tens of threads with similar callstacks. Sorting out which threads are of interest without names is hard.

                    Suggestion: setting a thread name should be a system feature that is connected to minidump capture; minidumps should…

                    151 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.

                      141 votes
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                        5 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…

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                          4 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

                        • 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.

                          115 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve Usability of the Exception Dialog

                            In editions prior to Visual Studio 2010, exceptions were handled by breaking on the line that threw the exception and displaying the Exception Assistant, a dialog that was non-modal and non-distracting.

                            In more recent editions, this feature has been removed, returning to a large, obscuring modal dialog. Dismissing this dialog on every exception is painful, frustrating and a usability issue.

                            I would prefer the Exception Assistant was included in Express regardless, but given that it was removed for valid reasons (large number of dependencies, as mentioned on Microsoft Connect), I would suggest the following usability requirements as a *bare minimum*…

                            106 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for your commitment to improving Visual Studio. We have started making progress on this suggestion. We are working on a new and improved Exception Helper to replace the Exception Dialog mentioned in this item.
                              Right now it is in a preview state, and you need to enable the experience through Debug \ Options. Please try it out and send us your feedback.

                              More detailed information can be found in this blog post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2016/03/31/using-the-new-exception-helper-in-visual-studio-15-preview/

                              Thanks,
                              Kaycee Anderson
                              Visual Studio Diagnostics

                            • 101 votes
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                                0 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.

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                                  6 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Intellitrace available to all editions

                                  Essential advanced debugging features like Intellitrace should be made available to all editions of Visual Studio and not only the Ultimate version.

                                  Every developer faces troublesome bugs one day and Intellitrace is just a life savior.

                                  95 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Implement the features missing in natvis that autoexp.dat used to provide

                                    The new natvis framework brings some improvements over autoexp.dat but sadly some key features from autoexp.dat have been lost, making it ****** and in some cases impossible to visualise types in natvis that could easily be visualised using autoexp.dat.

                                    1. The loss of the $c notation means that it is no longer possible to reference the container object when defining the next pointer in a linked list. It is therefore not possible to correctly visualise a linked list that is teminated with an 'end node' held by the container because its address is not accessible at the point where it…

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                                      7 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Make Code Lens available in Visual Studio Premium

                                      Code Lens is a great new feature but since it right now only is available to Ultimate users few have the opportunity to take advantage of it. And it does not weigh up the cost of upgrading users to Ultimate. Since it is a tool that many would find useful please make it available for at least Premium users

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Export/Save watch

                                          Please provide a way to save or export contents of a watch window to Excel or XML. When dealing with large object graphs (that might need some time to be build) it is not very comfortable to generate a new object graph (which includes starting a new debug session) every time you need to lookup a specific value. Exporting or saving the watch to make it available after stopping the debug session would greatly improve everyday workflows.

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