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  1. Debugging: Add timestamp to log

    When logging a message to the console while reaching a particular debug breakpoint, we have many constant keywords available, but not one that would print the current date&time (as string or timestamp).
    This is very useful when you debug some logic that are time-dependent, with items having a limited lifetime, etc...

    So please add the constants $CURRENTDT and $CURRENTTIMESTAMP to the existing keywords.

    We could also have a kind of chronometer that you could start at a specific breakpoint, and then be able to break when it reaches a specific value, or print its content

    Ex:
    - Method OnEntryBlabla ->…

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      0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Breakpoint covered the bookmark

      In vs2005/2008/2010, when I set a breakpoint and a bookmark in the same line, I can see both. But in vs2012 RC, the breakpoint covered the bookmark. Maybe restore icons to vs2010 is a good idea.

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        under review  ·  3 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Edit and continue JavaScript in Edge and Node.js V8

        Please make edit and continue work in JavaScript. V8 has support so it should be possible in Node also

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          1 comment  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Visual Studio should have a Step Into Outermost feature with an intuitive keybinbing. I suggest Shift+F10

          For example when I have a function like

          FunctionABC(CRect(0,0,0,0), CString(_T("foo")), MyFunction1(some_parameter), MyFunction2() , MyFunction3() , MyFunction4() , MyFunction5());

          It may be the situation where I do not want enter the function calls that are parameters of FunctionABC
          I want to have a key to
          Step Into Outermost
          function, which in this case is FunctionABC. In the case there are no inner calls as parameters, it should do the exactly same thing as Step Into.

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          • Edit and continue should work for handled Exceptions too

            Hi!

            Visual Studio provides great debugging experience for exceptions not handled by user code. You're stopped at the call where exception occurred and can fix the code, set next statement to the fixed code and all just works (does not if you've disabled auto stack unwind but that's not our case).

            However, if the exception is handled somewhere down the stack (e.g. with exception handler for logging and rethrow) the debugging becomes much more trickier. You can break on handled exception (if set in Exceptions window) but cannot unwind the stack and cannot fix the code.

            My proposal is: to…

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            • Add ability to set the environment when debugging C# projects.

              Add the ability to set environment variables when debugging, just like you can with C/C++ projects.

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              • Bring sampling based on CPU counters back to Visual Studio.

                Currently it doesn't work on Windows 8 and above.

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                  0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Stop having Code Analysis window take focus during builds

                  When building a solution, the Code Analysis window/tab always gets focus during a build. This is highly disruptive, as I often modify code during builds, and when this window pops up as I am typing, it screws up what I was working on. Furthermore, it's just plain annoying (particularly when it is docked in the same panel as the Solution tab.

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                    0 comments  ·  Debugging and Diagnostics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Dump debugging

                    1) SOS.dll and mscordacwks.dll should be loaded from microsoft public symbol servers for all existing (supported versions) of .net.
                    2) Please automate common sos.dll tasks to allow dump debugging, view managed threads and their names (currently need to do poi(poi(thread+0x160)) to get a location of it. See whats occupying memory, view exceptions and locks etc.. etc.. etc..

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                    • Link Build errors to Stack Overflow solutions

                      When a build error occurs, it would be great if VS used deep learning to determine if that specific error has a solution on Stack Overflow. When I click on the error, it could provide the possible fix.

                      This would greatly improve my workflow and allow known fixes to be found easier.

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                      • Allow copy and paste from CodeLens windows

                        If the CodeLens window has useful information (e.g. when looking at test results) it is not currently possible to select/copy the text.

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                        • Remote debugging should work through firewalls without having to forward ports.

                          When debugging across the internet, having to manually configure the remote firewall to forward specific ports to a specific PC is not always possible. Especially when the remote site is a customer owned site. It would be fantastic if the remote debugger had the option to connect through firewalls without having to forward ports, similar to how Skype, Team Viewer, etc.. can. I realize this might require an external server, so it should be an option but still default to the current peer-to-peer behavior.

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                          • Improve Conditional Breakpoints performance

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                            Breakpoint Condition in a long loop is super heavy. Also, stop debugging takes a long time if I use the Breakpoint Condition.

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                            complaint about the Performance of conditional breakpoints, which is a well-known problem in managed code. The problem is breakpoints are inherently high overhead on a managed runtime you just don’t really notice when you’re hitting it once because “slow” is measured in tens of milliseconds per breakpoint hit, but when you have a conditional one you actually pay the performance cost of hitting the breakpoint then evaluating the expression every time that location is reached;…

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                            • Enhance the IntelliTrace standalone Collector to better support mixed applications

                              The Standalone Collector will not trace managed dlls launched by a COM .exe. This would be useful for a complex, composite application, including tracing managed code add-ins for Office applications.

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                                • Improve performance of inspecting slow functions and properties while debugging

                                  Sometimes a property or function can take a long time to evaluate when debugging. Visual Studio should stay responsive when this happens

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                                  • implement PerfTips that show memory usage

                                    Hello!

                                    We at Visual Studio would like to know just how much interest there would be in the developer community for PerfTips that can show memory usage.

                                    Please vote for this item if this is something you would like to see!

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                                    • Download debugger symbol files in parallel

                                      Visual Studio should start symbol files downloads in parallel. This will make it faster to start debugging because the current download of files in serial is extremely long.

                                      Visual Studio should also download debug symbols in background before debugging so the debugger can start faster.

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                                      • Make the breakpoint editor tabbed

                                        To improve the workflow/usability while dealing with many trace/breakpoints in a large project, I suggest making the breakpoint "editor" tabbed.

                                        The following 'properties' can be set on a breakpoint:
                                        Location, Condition, Hit Count, Filter, When Hit, Edit Labels

                                        At the moment, one has to right click the margin or the row in the Breakpoints Window to set each of the properties on a particular breakpoint.

                                        This "tabbed editor" would be a combination of all the dialogs which currently pop-up while right clicking a breakpoint and individually choosing any one of the options listed above.

                                        Imagine the use case of wanting…

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                                        • Code review extensions

                                          Code analysis should also be a part of code review, so that one can review in a gruop after the results of analysis.

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