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  1. Provide integrated JavaScript debugging in Firefox and Google Chrome browsers

    Currently, integrated JavaScript debugging with Visual Studio is only possible with Internet Explorer. Even though you can do a bit of JavaScript debugging with external tools in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, the experience for debugging is not nearly as good as the integrated JavaScript debugging experience available with Internet Explorer. However, JavaScript errors often cause the IE browser to crash, thus making it very difficult to provide a great JavaScript debugging experience with Visual Studio. Therefore, Microsoft should provide integrated Visual Studio debugging experiences with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as they are the most popular alternative browsers in…

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      25 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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)

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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++

          352 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)

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              9 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to archive it. We think this is a great idea, but it is not a part of our current performance improvement plans. We are dedicated to improving the performance of Visual Studio and do hope to incorporate this suggestion into further future plans.
              Thanks,
              Kaycee Anderson
              Visual Studio Team

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

            • 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…

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

                Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to archive it. We think this is a great idea and have longer term plans on our backlog to improve the Attach to Process experience all up, including incorporating this suggestion.
                Thanks,
                Kaycee Anderson
                Visual Studio Team

              • 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…

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                  6 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.

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                    4 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 →
                    • 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…

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                        4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Thanks for taking the time to share this suggestion. Looking at the VS “15” plans, we’re not going to take action on this item, so we’re going to archive it. We think this is a great idea and have started working with our partner teams to support thread naming in a different way than the Exception based protocol we use today. We will look to leverage that in the future for any investments we make to debugging multithreaded code.
                        Thanks,
                        Kaycee Anderson
                        Visual Studio Team

                      • 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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                          5 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

                        • 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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                          • 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.

                            122 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                              • 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*…

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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

                                • 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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                                    • 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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                                      • 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.

                                        70 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  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.

                                          62 votes
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