Edit and Continue (Visual Basic)
Hot Reload, previously called Edit and Continue, is a feature for Visual Basic debugging that enables you to change your code while it is executing in Break mode. After code edits have been applied, you can resume code execution with the new edits in place and see the effect.
Edit and Continue is a feature for Visual Basic debugging that enables you to change your code while it is executing in Break mode. After code edits have been applied, you can resume code execution with the new edits in place and see the effect.
You can use the Edit and Continue feature whenever you enter Break mode. In Break mode, the instruction pointer, a yellow arrowhead in the source window, points to the line containing an executable statement in a method or property body that will be executed next.
When you make an unauthorized edit, the change is marked with a purple wavy underline and a task is displayed in the Task List. You must undo an unauthorized edit if you want to continue to use Edit and Continue. Certain unauthorized edits may be permitted if done outside Edit and Continue. If you want to retain the results of such an unauthorized edit, you must stop debugging and restart your application.
Edit and Continue is supported in UWP apps for Windows 10 or later, and x86 and x64 apps that target the .NET Framework 4.6 desktop or later versions (the .NET Framework is a desktop version only).
Edit and Continue supports most changes you might want to make during a debugging session, but there are some exceptions. Edit and Continue is not supported when you start debugging using Attach to Process. Edit and Continue is not supported for optimized code or mixed managed and native code. For more information, see Supported Code Changes (C# and Visual Basic).
Apply edits in Break Mode with Edit and Continue
You can use Edit and Continue to edit your code in Break mode, and then continue without stopping and restarting execution.
To edit code in Break mode:
Enter Break mode by doing one of the following:
Set a breakpoint in your code, then choose Start Debugging from the Debug menu and wait for the application to hit the breakpoint.
Start debugging, and then select Break All from the Debug menu.
When an exception occurs, choose Enable Editing on the Exception Assistant.
Make any desired and supported code changes.
For more information, see Supported Code Changes (C# and Visual Basic).
If you attempt to make a code change that is not allowed by Edit and Continue, your edit will be underlined by a purple wavy line and a task will appear in the Task List. You will not be able to continue code execution unless you undo the illegal code change.
On the Debug menu, click Continue to resume execution.
Your code now executes with your applied edits incorporated into the project.