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  1. Show Constant Value Tooltips When Not Debugging

    While NOT debugging, it'd be great if we the tooltips for constants which show their type also actually showed the value of the constant.

    This value should be known due to incremental compilation and could be displayed just like it is while you're debugging.

    It's just really annoying to have to F12 all the time in a constant heavy environment and then jump back to the location after seeing what the value is.

    Thanks!

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      3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Browser Link Support for Content Security Policy (CSP) HTTP Headers

      Currently Browser Link uses inline JavaScript which causes Content Security Policy (CSP) (See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/CSP/Introducing_Content_Security_Policy) violation errors. CSP requires external files to be used for JavaScript and CSS.

      If the user is using CSP then browser link is disabled as inline scripts cannot be run. Please use external files, which will allow us to use CSP in conjunction with Browser Link.

      This is the error that Chrome throws:

      Refused to load the script 'http://localhost:40323/7ccba4ec32eb40b093fe065c6ca53fbf/browserLink'; because it violates the following Content Security Policy directive: "script-src 'self' ajax.googleapis.com ajax.aspnetcdn.com".

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        1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow per-project natstepfilter files

        VS 2015 added the ability to add natvis files to a project. This is great because it allows the natvis files to live near the code and automatically get imported any time the project was included.

        It would be great if the natstepfilter files were handled the same way and automatically imported as part of the project.

        With the current setup, debugging files (natvis and natstepfilter) are separated since only the natvis files can be part of the project. It would be helpful to be able to have them back in one place again.

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          3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Unit test configuration file .runsettings support system environment variables

          When we configure .runsettings, we have to specify the hard coded value, such as


          x64
          C:\TEMP\TestResults

          But if I use $(platform), or $(ProjectDir) variables which is defined in my system path or visual studio, it can't work.

          So, can unit test configuration file .runsettings support system environment variables?

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            1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow viewing async tasks in ASP.NET applications

            Currently, it doesn't seem possible to get a view of async tasks in the Tasks window when debugging an ASP.NET application. It seems that asynchronous (async/await) coding is being pushed by Microsoft and is becoming a generally accepted Good Thing for web applications in many languages, but debugging asynchronous applications with no visibility of outstanding or current tasks is very difficult.

            The Tasks debugging window only seems to work in a very simple scenario: when running an application (such as a console app) under the debugger via F5. Attaching to an existing process or launching an ASP.NET application running under…

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              0 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 provide the ability to show outstanding tasks in the Tasks window after attaching to a running application as suggested. We will be providing an update soon.

            • Support multiple "Start Debugging" toolbar buttons that launch the app with different command line parameters

              When developing a Windows console application (in either C# or C++), my team and I frequently have to test the application with 2 or 3 different sets of command line parameters. It is very annoying to have to go to the properties window and change the command line parameters for debugging (usually it involves copying a long string from somewhere) and then clicking "Start Debugging". It would be much more efficient to associate a particular command line with a button on the taskbar and then have multiple buttons to click. This would rapidly speed up development for us.

              Macros would…

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                3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Set COMPLUS_FORCEENC to 1 for any process launched using "Start without debuggging"

                I assume that the fact that you spent time on engineering the 'Edit and continue on attach' feature announced here:

                https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalm/2015/04/29/net-enc-support-for-lambdas-and-other-improvements-in-visual-studio-2015/

                means that you recognise that there are circumstances where developers don't want to launch their process under the debugger even when they are planning to use it later. This is great; so thanks! Unfortunately it's a little bit awkward to use at the minute but I think this could be addressed with a minor improvement in Visual Studio...

                The ideal thing would be to simply make sure that COMPLUS_FORCEENC=1 is added to the environment of any process launched using…

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                  1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add horizontal scrolling in "Timeline details" pane of Application Timeline tool

                  There needs to be a way to scroll horizontally in the "Timeline details" pane of the Application Timeline tool. When the logical tree is very deep, and the monitor size/resolution is limited (such as when remote desktopping on a laptop) it becomes impossible to see the names of the elements in the expanded logical tree of the Layout event.

                  As a current workaround to this limitation, one can hobble through "blindly" and expand the tree using the arrow keys, while simultaneously looking at the complete logical tree in another tool, such as Snoop, and correlating it back to what is…

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow Excel export for Diagnostic Tools Events

                    Allow Excel export by Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V or some other method. Would be extremely useful for further analysis and readability.

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                      1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add IntelliTrace support for async ADO.NET events

                      IntelliTrace currently does not collect events for async ADO.NET calls

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                        1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Better debugging of object initializer blocks

                        Object initializer blocks allow you to assign property values at construction despite the constructor not accepting the values to assign. This is useful for thread safety because the object is assigned a pre-built instance in an atomic operation. In addition is the only way to initialize an anonymous type. But debugging object initializers are cumbersome at best, impossible at worse. Take, for example, the following code (also attached as bitmap showing line numbers):
                        var book = new
                        {
                        Isbn = isbn,
                        Title = service.GetTitle(isbn),
                        Author = service.GetAuthor(isbn),
                        Edition = service.GetEdition(isbn),
                        PublicationDate = service.GetPublicationDte(isbn),
                        Copyright = service.GetCopyright(isbn),
                        Publisher = service.GetPublisher(isbn),
                        PageCount…

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                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Watch window member specifier for arrays

                          When watching an array pointer with size specifier, also add the ability to specify a class/struct member to watch. Example:

                          ptrToArrayOFooPtrs, 4, m_FooMemberVar

                          This would display like:
                          [0] m_FooMemberVar=value
                          [1] m_FooMemberVar=value
                          [2] m_FooMemberVar=value
                          [3] m_FooMemberVar=value

                          This allows you to quickly inspect a variable on every object in the array.

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                          • Cyclomatic Complexity in Code Metrics is calculated based on IL

                            Calculation of Cyclomatic Complexity (at least and possibly other metrics) is based on compiler-generated IL. To calculate code metrics at the IL level just seems wrong. Code metrics are meant to assist developers in creating better code – not worrying about how it is compiled – which is nothing more than an implementation detail we shouldn’t be concerned with. I would argue that this is a bug in Roslyn/VS by calculating at the IL level.

                            I know that this metric is calculated differently by NDepend and ReSharper which is very confusing when this is supposed to be an industry-wide standard…

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                            • Add support to watch and evaluate transparent proxy objects during debugging

                              Currently, if we watch a transparent proxy, the object visualizer shows the transparent proxy members and we need to dig deep to reach the original object.

                              Also, the transparent proxy object cannot be evaluated in watch expressions.

                              Please add support so debugging codes involving the transparent proxies would be much easier.

                              32 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Display variable values inline while debugging

                                It would be great if variable values would be displayed right next to the code while debugging and stepping through the code.

                                Chrome dev tools recently added this feature, see how it works here: http://imgur.com/JxbZm1W

                                It saves lots of time as you don't need to hover over variables or add them to watch to see their values.

                                32 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • option to enable std debug ("Just my code" off?)

                                  João Vitor Wed, Dec 3 2014 11:39 PM

                                  Paranoid people should have a option to enable std debug ("Just my code" off?).

                                  I think Visual Studio should not debug std by default, it just gets in the way of debugging your logic.

                                  31 votes
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                                  • Show the Values of SQL Parameters in Intellitrace

                                    It's nice that Intellitrace shows the parameters (@1,@2) of SQL calls, but I really need to know the values of those parameters for debugging.

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

                                      Thank you for your suggestion!

                                      We’ve marked this in our backlog and we will wait to see the community’s interest in this as well.

                                      We’ll keep you updated as the status changes!

                                      Thank you again for taking the time to provide us feedback!
                                      Maria Ghiondea
                                      Visual Studio Diagnostics

                                    • Don't save performance passes (.psess) in solution file (.sln).

                                      There are some stuff that gets changed in the solution file if you've done a profiling session (memory or performance, doesn't matter). This is very annoying when using version control.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Save and Load set of selected exceptions

                                        When debugging several applications I find myself often to enable breaking on a specific set of exceptions in one application and another set of exceptions in another application. Since this is a rather work-intensive process it would be nice to save and load those selected exceptions.
                                        Another helpful addition would be to support the <F3> key as an alternative to the "Find Next" button.

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                                        • Unwind the call stack on unhandled exception

                                          The option "Unwind the call stack on unhandled exception" was removed in Visual Studio 2017. This unfortunately means, that an important scenario is broken: Edit and continue after an unhandled exception!

                                          The issue is described in detail here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/43126140/continue-after-an-unhandled-exception-in-visual-studio-2017

                                          TL;DR: If you want to salvage a running program after an exception you're out of luck in the latest product version.

                                          Please restore this option.

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