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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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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 →
        • 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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                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 →
                • "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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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 →
                      • 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.

                        • 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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                          • 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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                              2 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
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                              • 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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                                  2 comments  ·  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.

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                                    1 comment  ·  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 →
                                    • 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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                                      • New debugging feature: debug shunts

                                        I sometimes find myself running code in a testing configuration where certain parts of the code can't be run, or certain variables need values assigned. Currently, I set a breakpoint at the start of the code that needs to be skipped, or at the point where variables need to be set up, and then I use 'Set Next Statement' and assignments in the Watch pane to set things up.

                                        This works fine, except that if I need to do multiple test runs, I have to repeat these steps *every single time*. For that reason, I'd like to propose a new…

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                                          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add support for bucketed linked-lists in natvis files

                                          So I have legacy code that uses a similar class to the C++11 unordered_map. That is, it is an associative array that uses the hash of a key to pick a bucket to get/put the value into.

                                          Essentially the internal structure is an array with a set number of buckets and each bucket (element) is a linked list of values (with the head being null if there is nothing in the bucket).

                                          I can see how to visualise an array and a linked list but I would like to combine the two structures in a natvis file so that it…

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