Setting up Visual Studio 2010 to step into Microsoft .NET Source Code - Raj Kaimal

Setting up Visual Studio 2010 to step into Microsoft .NET Source Code

Using the Microsoft Symbol Server to obtain symbol debugging information is now much easier in VS 2010. Microsoft gives you access to their internet symbol server that contains symbol files for most of the .NET framework including the recently announced availability of MVC 2 Symbols. 

SETUP

In VS 2010 RTM, go to Tools –> Options –> Debugging –> General. Check “Enable .NET Framework source stepping”
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We get the following dialog box

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This automatically disables “Enable My Code”
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Go to Debugging –> Symbols and Check “Microsoft Symbol Servers”. You can selectively exclude modules if you want to.
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You will get a warning dialog like so:
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Hitting OK will start the download process
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The setup is complete. You are now ready to start debugging!


DEBUGGING

Add a break point to your application and run the application in debug mode (F5 shortcut for me). Go to your call stack when you hit the break point. Right click on a frame that is grayed out.
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Select “Load Symbols from” “Microsoft Symbol Servers”. VS will begin a one time download of that assembly. This assembly will be cached locally so you don’t have to wait for the download the next time you debug the app.
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We get a one time license agreement dialog box
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You might see an error like the one below regarding different encoding (hopefully will be fixed).
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Assemblies for which the symbols have been loaded are no longer grayed out. Double clicking on any entry in the call stack should now directly take you to the source code for that assembly.

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AFAIK, not all symbols are available on the MS symbol server. In cases like that you will see a tab like the one below and be given the option to “Show Disassembly”.

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Enjoy!

 

Check out this post also: VS 2010 Debugger Improvements (BreakPoints, DataTips, Import/Export)

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Published Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:58 PM by rajbk
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