Job openings on the Visual Studio Debugger Dev Team


I have been a developer for the Visual Studio debugger for five and a half years now. We currently have two open positions, so I decided to post an advertisement.


If you think being a developer on the Visual Studio debugger would be a cool job, send your resume to vcsjobs@microsoft.com.


Why I love working on the debugger:



  • Get to work on a tool that helps so many: the debugger has always been one of the best parts of Visual Studio, and I don’t think I am alone in thinking this. Visual Studio is a very popular product. So the work I do helps many developers across the world get their job done.

  • I am not just a developer, I am customer too: very few developers get to be in the target audience for the product you are working on. With the debugger, I know my customers because I am one of my customers. I spend hours every day using my debugger to debug itself.

  • Debugger implementations are cool: For instance, how do you set breakpoints in compiled/jit-compiled code? Since you don’t have an interpreter, how do you tell the processor to stop on a given instruction? Come learn how.

  • Good opportunity to learn technologies: The Visual Studio debugger is a big code base that supports lots of scenarios. Off the top of my head, I have needed to learn about: DCOM, Windows security and authentication, Scripting, SQL, ASP.NET, HTTP, the CLR, OS exception dispatch, and a huge slew of Win32 APIs that I otherwise would never have learned about.

  • It’s low level: I was a computer engineer in college and I really liked computer architecture, but I realized that software was where I wanted to be. The debugger was a good match for me because it is one of those jobs where you get to think about hardware without actually working on hardware.


Comments (2)

  1. Cool, working on .NET Dedugger must be a great experience.

    Already sent my Resume for C# IDE development team. But this is also interesting.

  2. Devin Rose says:

    I just want to say that the Visual Studio debugger is quite awesome. I have used it for many years, and I am still learning new things that help me figure out bugs. I took how good it was for granted until the past year when I began developing on Linux and debugging with GNU GDB. I hope you find some great developers for it to continue the great work!