Where is Debug – Exception menu option in Visual Studio 2015

Few days ago Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015, the  long waited release with tons of great features. In the last three years I held several sessions on Microsoft and Community conferences about some of the new feature in Visual Studio 2015, like new C# and VB compiler so called Roslyn, new JIT 64 compiler, Framework 4.6 , native Compiler, as well as great new Debugging and Profiling tools.

During daily development I am using Debug features a lot. First time I have opened Visual Studio 2015, I could not find Debug Exception option. Usually the option is under Debug menu.

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Visual Studio 2013

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After some researching I have found the option in Debug->Window->Exception Settings. Now the Exception Setting window is modless dialog, so you can set the option without interrupting debug process. Also there are powerfull filter to quickly find right exception you want to throw.


There is a great video about this feature which you can see here and see why Visual Studio team moved this option to Debug-Windows menu option.



Could not connect to GitHub.com in Visual Studio 2015


In Visual Studio 2015 when you try to connect to GitHub you may get the message “Could not connect to GitHub.com”. The problem for this could be that you didn’t include GitHub extenstion feature during installation of the Visual Studio.

1. During installation of Visual Studio 2015 GitHub Extensions must be checked. (See following picture).


2. Even if you have included this feature in to the installation, you may still get the error. Actually, for some reason you cannot log in to the GitHub. In that case go to https://visualstudio.github.com and download the installer and reinstall the extension. That was worked in my case.

For instruction of how to install extension you can find on the web page.

Now you can open Connection from Team Explorer and choose GitHUb Extension.


The Login page for GitHub appears. Log in to the GitHub and start using GitHub.





XAML Peak new feature in Visual Studio 2015

The latest version of the Visual Studio 2015 is bringing a lot of new features for WPF and XAML programming language. For this blog post I would like to share the XAML Peak Definition. Peak Definition is not new, the current version of Visual Studio 2013 supports peak definition only for C# and VB. Now we have the same functionality within XAML. Event more, in the Visual Studio 2015 peak definition is working in mixed mode, so you can reach any definition regladless of the programming languges (C#, VB or XAML).

XAML peak allows you to get definition or content of any name defined in the XAML code. For example lets see the following XAML code. Right click on the MainWindow class and choose “Peak Definition”:


After the command is selected, the new inline window appears within xaml, and the user can easily see or change the code behind selected definition. Peak Definition works for any proper name in the XAML.


Lets see more interesting thing. Peak Definition is very handy when you want to see or modify the defined style or control template. For Example if we right click on the Style defined resource and choose Peak Definition like the following picture:


Inline window will appears and show the style implementation of the selected xaml element. This is very useful and long waited option of XAML editor:



Inline windows are edited windows so you can edit or add new code without leaving xaml editor.

This is one of the plenty of the new features coming with the latest version of the Visual Studio 2015. More features in the coming post.