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  • 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

    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 with processes without a debugger attached, leaving you without the fine...
  • 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

    Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 Preview this week and with it you now have 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 for Android to use as a target...
  • Blog Post: New Breakpoint Configuration Experience in Visual Studio "14"

    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 "14" we’re pleased...
  • Blog Post: PerfTips: Performance Information at-a-glance while Debugging with Visual Studio

    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#/VB, C++, and JavaScript developers on all Windows platforms. We have just released an early preview...
  • 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 normally...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Quick IntelliTrace File Open from App Insights

    As was introduced in the Details Page Feature Blog , the IntelliTrace Performance Details Page provides to the user thorough information as well as enhanced functionalities for previewing code and debugging. This post will focus on specific IntelliTrace files that are opened from Application Insights...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Monitor Support for Windows Store Apps in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    With Windows 8.1, you can drag and move Windows Store apps between multiple monitors. Prior to Visual Studio 2013 Update 3, launching and debugging Store apps from Visual Studio would always open it on the primary monitor. In Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 , we have added persistence to remember which screen...
  • Blog Post: .NET Memory Analysis: Go to Source in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3

    For those of you using .NET memory dump analysis to investigate memory issues and inspect values of objects and instances in your dumps, we have added a small improvement to bring you to your source in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 . If you have ever been examining your memory types and want to inspect...
  • Blog Post: .NET Edit and Continue Survey

    This post has been modified to reflect that the survey has closed, and instead updated with the results. Thanks everybody for all the great feedback!  We received hundreds of replies with detailed information and concrete examples for us to review. We have closed the survey and have started to process...
  • Blog Post: Debugging, Profiling, IntelliTrace in VS2013 Update 2 and Tech Ed

    Those of you following this blog, and in particular the diagnostics tag , know about the wealth of new value we have shipped in VS2013 RTM and the VS2013 Update 2 RC. I wanted to remind you of all the debugging and profiling features you can take advantage of – please see the items on these two...
  • Blog Post: Using the IntelliTrace Events window with a log collected from MMA Standalone

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability performance data and exception data for web applications. You can use IntelliTrace to review this data, or debug this data to get more useful information . In this post I am using MMA Standalone, as opposed to MMA connected to AppInsights...
  • Blog Post: Debugging support for .NET Native Preview apps

    this post has been updated to reflect debugging support available in Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 By now you will have heard the exciting news, but if you haven't please first read all about .NET Native Developer Preview . With the preview you also get debugging support. That means that when you...
  • Blog Post: Phone Debugging in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

    Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 introduced several exciting changes for mobile development. You are now able to use the same programming model that you use to build Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1, to build XAML apps Windows Phone 8.1 . In this post, I will remind you of the most important diagnostic...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing Mobile Website Issues on Windows Phone 8.1 with Visual Studio

    If you have spent time trying to make a compelling mobile version of your website you have likely hit issues with it not looking or working correctly on mobile browsers. To help with this on Windows Phone, we’re very excited to announce that in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 we have enabled the use...
  • Blog Post: Performance Profiling on Windows Phone 8.1 with Visual Studio

    We are very excited to announce that we have added support for performance profiling of Windows Phone XAML and JavaScript apps to the Performance and Diagnostics hub . You can transfer your existing skills and use the same set of tools which work for Windows Store apps to analyze the performance of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing memory issues with the new Memory Usage Tool in Visual Studio

    As part of our continued effort to provide great diagnostic tools for developers, Visual Studio 2013 introduces a new Memory Usage tool as a part of the Performance and Diagnostics hub . The Memory Usage tool supports Windows Store and Windows Phone Store apps using C#/VB/C++ and XAML. This blog post...
  • Blog Post: Code Metrics PowerTool for Visual Studio 2013 Available on Microsoft Download Center

    Visual Studio offers the ability to measure your code’s complexity and maintainability with the Code Metrics window. See the MSDN documentation for more information . In the distant past ( circa 2011), we introduced a PowerTool that allows you to gather these same measurements from the command...
  • Blog Post: Enhancements to Debugging Exceptions with IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2013

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability and performance data for web applications and to review the data using IntelliTrace. With Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, we have added the ability to more easily navigate the diagnostics data related to an exception by using a CodeLens -enhanced...
  • Blog Post: New CPU Usage tool in the Performance and Diagnostics hub in Visual Studio 2013

    This blog post will give an overview of the features of the new CPU Usage tool in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 , and then walk through a specific example of how to use the CPU Usage tool to understand what functions are using the CPU so that you can prioritize your time optimizing the functions that will...
  • Blog Post: IntelliTrace MVC Navigation

    The Microsoft Monitoring Agent allows you to collect reliability and performance data for web applications and to review the data using IntelliTrace. For Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate, Update 2, we have added the ability to easily navigate to Actions and Controllers for Model View Controller...
  • Blog Post: Combining Tools in the Performance and Diagnostics Hub in Visual Studio 2013

    We have been hard at work on the Visual Studio Diagnostics team building on the Performance and Diagnostics hub . If you pick up Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 , you can try out the features shown in this blog post. We have some great tools in the hub, and as many of you know, performance problems can often...
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