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  1. "attach to process" does not remember addresses in no authentication mode

    If you have a lot of internal (and regularly changing) systems it's just too cumbersome to create pseudo accounts everywhere just for debugging.

    Also for convenience these accounts often don't have passwords anyway, even more insecure than no auth mode.

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add 'Start without Debugging' to Right-Click Project Menu

      Sometimes I need to launch a couple of my other projects first before my default startup project. However, if I use the right-click the project in Solution Explorer and go to Debug -> Start new Instance it launches the VS Debugger, so I have to detach from the process and then launch the next part before I can finally just use F5 or Ctrl+F5 to launch my main project with or without debugging.

      It'd be great of the context menu for the project's Debug menu had a 'Start without Debugging' option as well to just launch the project process without…

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

        // Breakpoint (...rest of comment)
        var a = 1;

        ...should result in automatic breakpoint addition to the line var a = 1. The breakpoint cannot be removed. It's just there. You can enable/disable this functionality, so the developer can't FORCE the debugger to trigger.

        For teams that adopt this as a standard, code inspection would be triggered when unexpected "caught-and-handled" exceptions occur in the code, thereby improving code quality.

        As some teams may not have space-after-// as a coding standard, the whitespace should be optional, so "// Breakpoint" and "//\t\t\tBreakpoint" should also work.

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • A simple option to keep console window of console apps OPEN after it exits.

          Please provide a simple way to keep console window of console apps visible *after* it exits. Do not force us to play tricks like getch(), command("pause") and you know what.

          Just add a checkbox in Debug options: Keep the $^&% window open.
          And make it default. Please!

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            3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Enable muting of breakpoints

            IntelliJ has a feature that allows "muting" of all breakpoints. This is different than disabling breakpoints in that it doesn't alter the enabled/disabled state. It just mutes them, where all breakpoints behave as if they are disabled. It is immensely useful and a total time saver.

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              1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide multiple debug channel output windows

              Like the Sony Playstation used to do (or still does?) with the TTY channels, it would be great to be able to specify an output stream / channel for debug / diagnostic text so each channel appears in it's own output window. I do this in engine already, but it would be great to be able to view the channels externally within Visual Studio as well

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              • Visual Studio : hotkey similar to ctrl+F10 but also skip all breakpoints

                when I press ctrl+F10 at line A, I just want the program to resume and halt when reach line A. However, if it reaches a breakpoint before reaches line A, it will halt at that breakpoint instead. Whether it could ignore or skip the breakpoint?

                For detailed requirement:

                http://stackoverflow.com/questions/41318589/visual-studio-hotkey-similar-to-ctrlf10-but-also-skip-all-breakpoints

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Show 2D arrays as tables in debugger

                  The debugger/inspector should display 2D arrays as tables, not as 1D list.

                  Ideally I could also select & copy/past rectangular regions of arrays. (For analysis in Excel, etc.)

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                    1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Display call flow lines in disassembly view

                    For those of us analysing the odd bit of disassembled code in the course of our jobs (but not enough to warrant using eg. IDA or OllyDbg), it'd be super handy to have graphical display of the potential outcomes of jmp instructions, primarily within the same function; just a line pointing from the j* instruction to the destination would be useful enough so that I don't need to scroll to find the destination offset.

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                      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide more meaningful messages than "Unable to attach to the process. Operation not supported. Unknown error: 0x80004005."

                      Provide more meaningful messages than "Unable to attach to the process. Operation not supported. Unknown error: 0x80004005."

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                        1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Immediate Window is slow

                        The Immediate Window is slow. I think this is new in VS15, but might have become slow in VS13 already.

                        I think this is because the engine was changed to a new interpreter that can do more than the old engine. That nice in 99% of the cases.

                        Sometimes we need to run something at high speed (not 100x slower as it currently seems).

                        Please add a mode or a switch that can be used to use a fast evaluation engine that has less features and that is less safe. I'm OK with that engine for example deadlocking in cross…

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                        • team foundation 2015 build logs in local time

                          Current TFS Build Info (start, stop) is in local time. As it should be. However build logs are in UTC time which is very frustrating. These should also be in local time, please!
                          The number of users which need this must be small and if needed some config option could be given.

                          See https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/93ea5f77-6687-4ba4-8775-00e440801cac/tfs-2015-update-1-build-time-displays?forum=tfsbuild

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                            0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Highlight the last Stack Frame accessed in the dropdown menu

                            The Stack Frame dropdown menu (which appears when debugging c++ applications) should have a different coloration (or at least some indication) on the current menu item that is being viewed.

                            It is often the case that, when trying to diagnose the cause of a break (be it a a manual or forced break point) it becomes necessary to jump between different stack frames to see what the program was doing at different levels of function calls. When the stack becomes deep it can be cumbersome to find the line in the dropdown menu associated with the current stack frame, which…

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                            • Keep Warnings and Timing Statistics during Incremental Build

                              Our continuous integration server builds a large project on each checkin and patch submission, usually as an incremental build as only one or two files have changed.

                              Because most files aren't rebuilt, their warnings are not reflected in the warning statistics, and the time it took to compile them is not tallied either.

                              It would be great if there was a database that would be updated with the warnings when a file is recompiled, and used to dump the warnings from the last run when a compiler invocation is unnecessary; the same applies to timing (a simple informational line "up-to-date…

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                              • let users specify default event category filters for Diagnostic Tools

                                Every time I start up a debug session of my project, I have to go into the Filter selection in the Diagnostic Tools Events tab and turn off Program Output, ASP.NET, and Application Insights categories. I'd love to have some way to default to those categories being turned off.

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                                • Non-modal visualizers

                                  The visualizers that ship with VS should be non-modal and able to be docked to the side of the screen during a debug session.

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                                  • Show the type from VisualStudio debugger Datatip

                                    Like this case here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/39598812/how-do-you-tell-type-from-visualstudio-debuggers-datatip

                                    The default VS debugger Datatip will show the value of the variables, but not show the type of it in default, how about adding the type column/cell in the datatip tool in debugging?

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                                    • xamarin docker hyper-v

                                      On Windows 10 and current Visual Studio 2017 15.2 and 15.3 preview tooling there is no single machine supported workflow for developing and debugging apps that target Docker-based services projects and Xamarin client projects concurrently. That is to say, Docker services must exist in Hyper-V, and Xamarin clients if Android-based, must run in HAXM emulators for Nougat and later, since the Hyper-V based emulators have sadly been deprecated. Please bring back and make current the Hyper-V emulators for Android, or allow Hyper-V to coexist with HAXM VMs... somehow.

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                                      • Make Visual Studio 2017 Diagnostic Tools event window autofit

                                        Like this case here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/45178960/make-visual-studio-2017-diagnostic-tools-event-window-autofit

                                        We could change the Event column size, but if you re-debug the app again, it changed the size to the default again. It was not convenient for customers to visit the event information.

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                                        • Dont stop IISExpress serving pages after debug has stopped

                                          I have a web project and I started with Ctrl-F5 (Start without Debugging). Then I decide to do some debugging and start with F5.
                                          When I stop debugging, IISExpress does no longer surf web pages from that side. I have to do another Ctrl-F5.
                                          Please do not stop IISExpres from surfing my pages, which I started in the first step.

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