Visual Studio 2010 includes a bunch of great new debugger features – both big and small. This post share some of the nice debugger usability improvements. All the features are supported with VS2010 Professional edition (Pinned DataTip features are also supported in free VS2010 Express Editions). Features like Intellitrace (aka historical debugging), the new parallel/multithreaded debugging capabilities, and dump debuging support typically get a ton of (well deserved) buzz and attention when people talk about debugging improvements with this release. VS 2010 includes new support for better managing debugger breakpoints. One particularly useful feature is called “Breakpoint Labels” – it enables much better grouping and filtering of breakpoints within a project or across a solution. With previous releases of VS you had to manage each debugger breakpoint as a separate item. Managing each breakpoint separately can be a pain with large projects and for cases when you want to maintain “logical groups” of breakpoints that you turn on/off depending on what you are debugging. Using VS 2010 “breakpoint labeling” feature you can now name these “groups” of breakpoints and manage them as a unit.”
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