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  • Blog Post: Editing the IntelliTrace collection plan

    As you probably already know, Visual Studio offers an enhanced debugging experience through the use of IntelliTrace . Your application’s execution is recorded by IntelliTrace and you can navigate through time, both backwards and forwards, and examine your code as you normally would during a debugging...
  • Blog Post: Make Debugging Faster with Visual Studio

    Have you ever been frustrated by slow debugging in Visual Studio? While we work hard to bring you a fast debugging experience, there are a lot of complex knobs that can affect the performance of any given application. In this blog post I’ll walk you through some tips you can use to improve the...
  • Blog Post: The New Exception Settings Window in Visual Studio 2015

    In Visual Studio 2015 CTP6 we’re pleased to introduce the new Exception Settings tool window for configuring the debugger’s exception settings . In this post I will walk you through the features of this new window. For more information on exception classifications in Visual Studio, see Understanding...
  • Blog Post: Performance Improvement When Debugging .NET Code With Visual Studio 2015

    Nothing is more frustrating than trying to debug an application that runs significantly slower when you’re debugging it than it does when it runs without a debugger attached. Over the years we’ve received numerous complaints along the lines of “when I run my application without the...
  • Blog Post: EnC Improvements for .NET Debugging in Visual Studio 2015

    You may recall that we previously asked you how important Edit and Continue is to your workflow and what current limitations are most painful . While removing these limitations is an ongoing process we’re pleased to announce that a number of previously unsupported edits are now supported in Visual...
  • Blog Post: The Visual Studio Emulator for Android in VS2015 CTP6

    In November we launched the Visual Studio Emulator for Android and have gotten great positive feedback from you. Since then we’ve continued to work hard to provide a fast, Hyper-V compatible, x86 Android emulator for all of your debugging and testing needs. Today I’m happy to announce that...
  • Blog Post: The Output window while debugging with Visual Studio

    The Output window is a veteran in the war against bugs and has been part of Visual Studio since its very first release. It is comprised of a collection of text panes that communicate information to the user: The Output window can be extended by adding to its collection of text panes programmatically...
  • Blog Post: Video: Diagnostic Tools in Visual Studio 2015

    You may have read our blog posts about the Diagnostic Tools debugger window in Visual Studio 2015 , the new IntelliTrace in Visual Studio Ultimate 2015 , and the Memory Usage Tool while debugging in Visual Studio 2015 that highlight some of our new features in the Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 release. Yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Walkthrough of Live Debugging using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 (Text Editor)

    In this blog post I am going to walk you through fixing a bug using IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015. If you haven’t done so already, check out the announcement of IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015 which gives you an overview of IntelliTrace and its UI. The application I am going to be working...
  • Blog Post: Diagnostic Tools debugger window in Visual Studio 2015

    This blog post introduces the new Diagnostic Tools window in Visual Studio 2015. Everything you see in this blog post you can try out today by downloading Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 . First we’ll define what we mean by diagnostic tools, then we’ll introduce the Diagnostic Tools window, and then we’ll dive...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace in Visual Studio Ultimate 2015

    Debugging is part of every developer’s routine. Something that is not often talked about is how much time can be wasted trying to find the root cause of a bug. A debugging session typically starts with your best guess of where to put the first breakpoint. You go through the repro steps and hope...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Exceptions while debugging with Visual Studio

    This post has been updated to reflect the experience while using Visual Studio 2015 . If you have spent any time coding, odds are that you have had to deal with Exception Handling . In Visual Studio, when exceptions are thrown or end up unhandled, the debugger can help you debug these by breaking...
  • Blog Post: Understanding symbol files and Visual Studio’s symbol settings

    Symbols are a fundamental requirement for debugging and other diagnostic tools. Fortunately in most cases when you are building and launching your application in Visual Studio you don’t have to think about symbols for your code. However the odds are that at some point in time you’ll need...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace Standalone Collector and Application Pools running under Active Directory accounts

    You will often configure an ASP.NET web site to run as an Active Directory (AD) user so that the site can access that user’s network resources (e.g. a file share). This is accomplished by changing the identity of the IIS Application Pool the web site runs under. If you try to use the IntelliTrace...
  • Blog Post: Custom TraceSource and debugging using IntelliTrace

    IntelliTrace in Visual Studio Ultimate comes with support for tracing out of the box. All you have to do is make sure the appropriate IntelliTrace events are enabled in VS settings and IntelliTrace will capture trace statements as events. When you are not using the default Debug.Trace methods and...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Child Process Debugging Power Tool

    We’ve heard your feedback that you want the Visual Studio debugger to support child process debugging. Child process debugging means that when the application you are debugging creates another process, Visual Studio will detect this and automatically attach a debugger to the newly created process...
  • Blog Post: Set breakpoints on auto-implemented properties with Visual Studio 2015

    Ask a room of developers what is the first concept that they think of when they think about debugging and most of them will say: breakpoints. That is why with Visual Studio 2015 we significantly improved the ability to configure breakpoints with conditions and actions . Given how easy it is now to configure...
  • Blog Post: Memory Usage Tool while debugging in Visual Studio 2015

    January 14, 2015: Updated for the release of Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 Introduction In Visual Studio 2013 we introduced the Memory Usage tool as part of the Performance and Diagnostics hub . This tool, like the rest of the profiling tools in the Performance and Diagnostics hub, is designed to work...
  • Blog Post: Support for debugging lambda expressions with Visual Studio 2015

    Anyone who uses LINQ (or lambdas in general) and the debugger will quickly discover the dreaded message “Expression cannot contain lambda expressions”. Lack of lambda support has been a limitation of the Visual Studio Debugger ever since Lambdas were added to C# and Visual Basic. We’ve...
  • Blog Post: Debugging C++ code on Android with Visual Studio 2015

    By now you will have heard the exciting news that Visual Studio 2015 supports C++ development on Android (and that includes an Emulator for Android ). Obviously no development experience is complete without debugging support, so this means that Visual Studio 2015 supports debugging C++ code running...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Visual Studio’s Emulator for Android

    This post was updated in February 2015 to reflect the latest changes. Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 now has options for Android development: C++, Cordova, and C# with Xamarin. When choosing one of those Android development options, Visual Studio will also install the brand new Visual Studio Emulator...
  • Blog Post: New Breakpoint Configuration Experience in Visual Studio 2015

    If you use Visual Studio to develop code, the chances are good that you set breakpoints on a regular basis as part of debugging. You may however not be aware that breakpoints can be configured with conditions and actions to improve your debugging productivity . In Visual Studio 2015 we’re pleased...
  • Blog Post: PerfTips: Performance Information at-a-glance while Debugging with Visual Studio

    This post has been updated to reflect the latest changes as of Visual Studio 2015 CTP 5 – enjoy! You are probably all familiar with the debugger DataTips that let you see the value of a variable when you hover over it in the editor. This post introduces the new PerfTips feature in Visual Studio for C#...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace standalone collector is back!

    As you probably already know, Visual Studio Ultimate offers an enhanced live debugging experience ( F5 or Attach) through the use of IntelliTrace. Your application’s execution is recorded by IntelliTrace and you can navigate through time, both backwards and forwards, and examine your code as you...
  • Blog Post: View Source in the CPU Usage tool

    In Update 2 of Visual Studio 2013, we added the CPU Usage tool into the Performance and Diagnostics hub which allows you to see where the CPU is spending time executing your code. In Update 3 of Visual Studio 2013 , we have made a small but important improvement to this tool: the ability to navigate...
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