Breaking the Breakpoint Blues with the Breakpoint Generator

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Willy-P. Schaub, of ALM Ranger fame, blogged last week that the Breakpoint Generator is now open source. Contributors Jakob Ehn and Utkarsh Shigihalli powered though making this happen for this cool extension...

What? You've never heard of this Extension? Well w,e can't have that!

Breakpoint Generator

Automatically generate breakpoints for all the public entry points in your solution.

This extension enables you to generate breakpoints (and TracePoints) for any public method in your application.  This quickly allows you to learn the execution flow of new code bases and add debug time logging to your applications without the need to modify the source code.

Some important things to note:

  • The tool only works with Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017
  • The tool only works with C# projects

Using the tool

Once you download and install the tool, a new menu item "Generate Breakpoints" will appear under the Debug menu.

You can then choose which projects, files, and methods to create breakpoints for.


The tool will by default generate TracePoints but can be configured to use a different default message or create breakpoints instead.

More information can be found in the blog post announcing the tool.

[Click through to download it!]

Make sure you check out the repo, ALM-Rangers/Breakpoint-Generator

Interested in seeing more of the awesome ALM Ranger stuff? Check out Willy's post, Where can I find the Visual Studio ALM Ranger bits? Bookmark one URL!

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