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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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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.

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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 →
          • 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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              6 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

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                4 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support structs in the VS2013 Debugger Return Value feature

                The new "Return Value" feature in the VS2013 Debugger is awesome, but the limitation where it does not support structs is very problematic - there are a lot of important value types within the .NET framework itself (DateTime and TimeSpan, for instance) that I would really like to be able to see in the Autos window after stepping over a line.

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                  1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Add intelligent sort, and filter capabilities to Autos, Locals, and Watch Windows

                  I'd really like a way to filter the debugger windows based on
                  * variable name
                  * type
                  * value
                  * changed (red)
                  * valid vs. invalid memory (e.g. 0xcdcd, 0xcccc), or <Unable to read memory>
                  * public, private, protected, const, etc qualifications

                  The UI I'm picturing would be column filter widgets in Excel Lists.

                  Some potential use cases:
                  1. Stepping into a class function where the this pointer has many dozens of members, I might want to see all the bools, all non-zero entries, all non-null pointers, etc.

                  2. It can be difficult to find the entry I want if…

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                    5 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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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog

                      Major frown here for two reasons, both caused by the "Do you want to stop debugging?" dialog. 1) because it's modal I was unable to send a frown from the same instance of VS. For all the reasons that modal popups are evil, this dialog is evil. Please get rid of all modal popups from VS. 2) This popped up because I was attempting to close VS. If what I want to do is to close VS, then obviously I want to also stop debugging. I loathe this popup, more than the average popup. If I didn't want to stop…

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                        5 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide return value in debug when mousing over the return statement

                        Right now you can view the return value of a method call in the auto or immediate window, which is fine, but isn't enough...

                        Let's say you are writing a web service, and the return value of your service is what you want to see while debugging the service. The only way to view that value is to assign it to a local variable and then return that variable:

                        public MyObject MyMethod()
                        {
                        //some logic here
                        var myResult = new MyObject(valueFromLogicAbove);
                        return myResult;
                        }

                        This is really redundant and the OCD in me that tries to keep my code clean…

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                          5 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 →
                          • Automatically populate IEnumerable results in data tip when debugging

                            It would be very nice if the results of an IEnumerable are automatically populated when the user clicks on the [+] button on the left edge instead of having to move the mouse all across the screen just to refresh the items in the IEnumerable and then click the [+] button to expand the collection.

                            I'm putting this suggestion in based on this question on Stackoverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/q/13665322/117870). Clearly, I'm not the only one who finds this inconvenient.

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                              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • use thread name set with SetThreadName in Concurrency Visualizer

                              Currently (vs2012 pro) the Concurrency Visualizer displays a general category as a thread name (Main Thread, Worker Thread, ...). It would be really helpful to display the name set with SetThreadName.

                              Since the debugger can do it the concurrency visualizer should be able to do the same, I guess?

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                                2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Option to hide namespace prefixes in debugger CallStack window (VS2012)

                                Please add an option to hide the namespace prefixing (of the method names and argument types) when shown in the debugger CallStack window (VS2012).

                                This could be another 'checkbox' in the right-click menu of the "Call Stack" window.

                                Because the following is a little hard to read:

                                " agree_console.ConsoleExec.do_pipeline<agree.IUnit,agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IAsyncTask<agree.IChartControl>>>>>>>(System.Func<agree.IUnit,agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IActiveObj<agree.IAsyncTask<agree.IChartControl>>>>>>> cx)
                                "

                                If every instance of 'agree.' was eliminated in this example, it would be more manageable. Many thanks.

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                                  2 comments  ·  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.

                                  • Edit And Continue without pausing execution

                                    Visual Studio has Edit And Continue, but I have to pause the program to change the code, which isn't very convenient. Eclipse (or the Java Virtual Machine?) has a feature that lets you change code while debugging without pausing execution. All you have to do is hit Ctrl+S to apply the code changes.
                                    Please add something similar to what Eclipse does when debugging.

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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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                                      • Remote debugging support for XP and Vista

                                        Add support to remote debug (compatibility layer, or allow older VS2010 remote debugger client) Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. Currently, only Windows 7 and up can be remote debugged - which hinders development and troubleshooting in backwards-compatibility situations.

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                                          0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow the debugger to stop on user/handled and thrown exceptions in MY code but NOT in third party libraries

                                          In the exceptions window I can set the debugger to stop when exceptions are thrown, even if they're inside a try/catch block, but I only usually care about doing this for my code. Various third party libraries throw exceptions internally for whatever reason and I generally don't care about those, as those libraries will generally allow the exception to bubble up if it's something I care about.

                                          I'd love it if there was an option to select exceptions that are "thrown in my code" or something to that effect.

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                                            3 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 reviewing this suggestion and determining how we will incorporate this feedback into the next version of Visual Studio. We will be providing an update soon.

                                            Thanks,
                                            Kaycee Anderson
                                            Visual Studio Diagnostics

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