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Enhanced Support for Debugging

May 28, 2010

There are features aplenty in Visual Studio 2010 that can boost developer productivity. One such feature is enhanced support for debugging in the IDE.

Tracing and debugging are two important concepts you can use for detecting potential bugs in your application's code at execution time. To debug your application's code, you set a breakpoint, then step into the code while the application is in execution.

But Visual Studio 2010's enhanced support for debugging applications goes a step further. You now have a new feature called Import/Export breakpoint that you can use to set breakpoints, debug your application, export the current set of breakpoints, and then import it again at a later point in time. In essence, this feature lets you have multiple set of breakpoints -- each suited for a particular scenerio.

To Import/Export breakpoints in Visual Studio 2010, select Debug->Windows->Breakpoint and then choose Import or Export as needed. When you are exporting breakpoints, they are saved in a file in the location you specify while exporting breakpoints.

Another interesting and handy feature is that Visual Studio 2010 lets you place the DataTips to the code window and drag-and-drop it to any location in the Code Window for easier inspection and monitoring. Similar to breakpoints, you can Import/Export DataTips tool.

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