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  1. Enable a developer to mark functions with (XML) comments so that the debugger does NOT step into

    Enable a developer to mark functions with (XML) comments so that the debugger does NOT step into (see DebuggerStepThroughAttribute). Often times "stepping into" steps into a function that is not the one you want. Often times it is one that is tested and debugged already. Also, this would be great for property get/set function defined using defineProperty. Seems like a very easy feature to add.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Profiler - Start on Breakpoint, Stop on Breakpoint

      Add a "When Hit" breakpoint option to start or stop the profiler. This is a common action. When our dev team was reviewing some profiler results we discussed that this is something that would be quite useful as typically only a section of code or action would need to be profiled. One could set start and stop breakpoints and we would only get a profile of the execution between these breakpoints. Note the breakpoint would not "stop" execution, just perform an action. Currently we often do this manually, over and over during a profiler session.

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      • IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

        IntelliTrace - Add Support for Oracle ADO.NET events

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          2 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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          • Breakpoint at an object

            I would like to be able to set a breakpoint not only at a line of code, but also at an object. In that way I have debugging break exactly when the object of reference is being accessed.
            Example is when I want to now when my object is being changed, but I don't know the place in the code.

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            • Avoid switch thread while tracing code

              Sometime while debugging the debugger switch between 2 threads while we are stepping through the code. I think that when we are tracing code, it should never switch tread and trace the other one (except if a breakpoint is hit in that other thread code).

              Some time, it happens that every step (F10) step one line of some other thread. Next F10 would then advance the current thread, Next one the other thread and it will continue to alternate on each step.

              When it does happen, it is very annoying. Switch thread in the thread pane does not seems to…

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              • 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 →
                • 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.

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                  • Profiling unit tests should ignore code running from init methods (AssemblyInitialize, TestInitialize, etc)

                    The "Profile Test" option offered in the VS Test Explorer is cute, but doesn't offer enough flexibility.

                    The problem is that there may be a significant amount of work being done in init methods (i.e. methods decorated with AssemblyInitialize, ClassInitialize or TestInitialize attributes), and the code running there does not constitute the unit test, and so should not be profiled.

                    Only the code running in the selected test method should be profiled - otherwise the results are significantly skewed, and rarely usable.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Improve 'Attach to Process' - filter, search, additional info

                      The 'Attach to Process' form currently makes it difficult to find process to attach to, especially while waiting for a process to start.

                      The process you are trying to attach to can be looked up in the scrollable section. If the process does not exist yet (is still starting or has not started yet), a user will keep hitting Refresh. But doing so resets the scrollable section back to the top of the process list.

                      Enhancement 1:
                      There should be a search section on the list of processes. If the process I am wanting to attach the debugger to is…

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                        2 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Allow side effecting expressions in expression evaluation in C++

                        The VS debugger can't tell even remotely accurately whether or not an expression has side effects, so kindly just remove this broken feature and allow us to use any expression in conditional breakpoints and evaluations. The programmer knows whether or not an expression has a side effect.

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                        • Option to prevent Debugging Minified JavaScript Libraries

                          Usually, I just want to debug the code that I wrote, not an Open Source JavaScript library. It's a huge time sink every time I accidentally step into any other huge JavaScript file. Yes, when you first want to use a new JavaScript libraries, you may want to debug the code. But most of the time you have to trust that it is working.
                          in Tools/Option, it would be nice to be able to check a box and say don't debug JavaScript Libraries in a specified folder. Then maybe have our application specific JavaScript files would be in a different…

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                          • Add "Overweight Analysis" for analysing application performance

                            Refer to Rico Mariani's MSDN Blog article for details on what would be a very simple to do value add for performance analysis of applications.

                            http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ricom/archive/2014/12/13/a-systematic-approach-to-finding-performance-regressions-using-overweight-analysis.aspx

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                            • Make the debugging Visualizers non-modal windows

                              Quite often when debugging, I want to see the results of a dataset while stepping through code. Unfortunately the visualizer window is modal, so that is not possible. I currently get around it by taking a screenshot of the visualizer window, which is less than ideal.

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                              • Allow adding additional namespaces for debugging purposes

                                Unused namespaces often get removed in code files, so you might end up having no reference to the System, System.Collections.Generic or System.Linq namespaces. When you are debugging however, you might want to use extension methods or classes defined in these unreferenced namespaces.

                                So it would be very convenient if we could define a fixed list of namespaces to be added while debugging. These namespaces would then automatically become available in the Watch and Immediate debug windows.

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                                • Make the QuickWatch window non-modal

                                  Currently QuickWatch opens in a modal dialog which must be closed in order to interact with the code editor.

                                  This is annoying when you have a state in your QuickWatch window that takes time to reproduce, as you have to reopen the window after doing simple debugging tasks such as stepping through code etc.

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                                  • Allow Printing Hit Count in Tracepoint

                                    It would be very useful to have a tracepoint message that was something like: "Call FooBar, count=$HITCOUNT" that prints the current hitcount of the function. Currently I have to add a custom counter in source to each location to achieve a similar effect.

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                                    • Make the option Auto horizontal scroll whilst debugging an user choice

                                      The visual Studio Debugger automatically sets adjust the current line to the left corner of the screen. This results in not being able to see the control structures whilest debugging.
                                      I suggest to make this behaviour optional
                                      https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/1206914/auto-horizontal-scroll-whilst-debugging

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                                      • be able to query tags which contain "word *" and not the howl tagword

                                        be able to query tags which contain "word *" and not the howl tagword

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                                        • Improve debugging of nested statements

                                          If I'm debugging a statement looking like this:

                                          FunctionA( FunctionB(), FunctionC() );

                                          and I step in to this statement, I don’t want to jump directly into FunctionB. Instead I would like the debugger to move the yellow highligt to only highlight FunctionB(), and give me the choice to step into FunctionB, or step over to move the highlight to the next sub statement FunctionC().

                                          This would also be nice to have when tracing back in the call stack to see exactly what sub statement a call originated from, not just the entire line of code.

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