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  1. Support debugging background processes in Android

    In Java, you can attach the debugger to background service processes. Similar functionality (or just having the debugger attached at the creation of said service) would be nice.

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      0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Android "Material Design" Support for Xamarin Forms

      Support the new 'Material Design' (Xamarin.Android.Support.v7.AppCompat) in Xamarin Forms, such as the NavigationPage using the new Toolbar instead of ActionBar.

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        1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Support for full stack trace (w/ line numbers) in .NET exception reporting

        Exception reporting services like Raygun are able to take a DSYM and an exception and generate a stack trace, but line numbers are only shown for the native iOS framework code. Its quite difficult to debug exceptions without the line numbers in our actual .NET code.

        I'll copy & paste an explanation I got from Raygun support:

        "I don't know the exact details, but I believe the issue is that you need the DSYM file (the iOS equivalent of the PDB for native .NET). It includes all the data we'd need to unwind a stack trace to actual positions. Unfortunately,…

        9 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Headless Build for Indie Subscribers

          I have an extra mac mini and would like to use my 2nd computer seat that comes with the Indie Subscription I have. Unfortunately I am unable to use a CI platform with the current license model and am unable to scale myself so that I can eventually become a Business Subscriber :)

          70 votes
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            3 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Build IPA without codesigning

            In a CI environment it would be helpfull if certificates and provisioning profiles dont have to be installed on the build server, but instead be included in the code repository.

            Normally with our xcode builds we specify a location for the certificate and provisioning profile.

            Read more here.

            http://iphonedevwiki.net/index.php/Xcode#Developing_without_Provisioning_Profile

            10 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Support for invoking Code Contracts tools

              Adding Design by Contract to our toolbox would just help to build better, more elegant and reliable apps with Xamarin.

              This is a followup to:
              https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=8400

              44 votes
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              • 26 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • When refactoring the name of an interface member, also refactor the names in classes that implement the interface

                  Self-explanatory. Refactoring the name of an interface member should change the names in implementing classes too.

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                    2 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Add support for a Windows build host

                    I just learned that Visual Studio can build iOS apps by communication with a Mac running on the same network.

                    I'd like to see the same principle be employed in reverse so that Windows Phone apps could be built and run in Xamarin Studio on OS X by delegating the process to Visual Studio on a Windows machine (or VM, preferably)

                    5 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Add a protected CreateNativeControl for ViewRenderer

                      Concrete implementations of ViewRenders (i.e. EntryRenderer, PickerRenderer, etc..) instantiate their native controls in the class. This makes it impossible for us to extend the native controls in these classes without creating our "duplicate" renderer implementation. Would be really nice if there is a "TNativeView CreateNativeControl" protected virtual method. This allows us to use our subclassed controls without creating a "duplicate" renderer.

                      public class MyUITextField : UITextField
                      {
                      // lots of customizations
                      }

                      public class MyEntryRenderer : EntryRenderer
                      {
                      protected override CreateNativeControl()
                      {
                      return new MyUITextField();
                      }
                      }

                      9 votes
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                      • Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading (ion)

                        Make a component from the Android library Android Asynchronous Networking and Image Loading (ion).

                        Currently their is a component (UrlImageViewHelper) but their is a new version of this library, ion.

                        Link to library: https://github.com/koush/ion

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                          0 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Show CPU and memory usage when running the app like in Xcode

                          If you run Xcode you see a short summary of the CPU usage and memory usage. It would be nice to have that in Xamarin Studio too to see during the development how the performance of your app currently is.

                          3 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Expand a certain level of data if you debug data to see the full list instead of expanding each list item

                            If you want debug data (e.g. a list) you have to expand each item in the list to see the date (item 0, item 1, item 2, item 3, item 4). It would be nice if there were a button or a shortcut which would expand the debugging view up to a certain level (like expanding each item). Perhaps Xamarin Studio could save this debugging setting for the next run.

                            3 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Better refactoring support

                              Please improve the factoring capabilities of xamarin studio:

                              E.g:

                              * When refactoring a namespace the file should be moved to the directory structure according the namespace
                              * Renaming files should suggest renaming the contained class
                              * Refactor XAML references

                              12 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Xamarin Studio - Duplicate Line - Shortcut

                                Can you please add a duplicate line short-cut. Similar to Ctrl+D in ReSharper.

                                Thank you

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                                • Add a star next to a file title when it is being edited

                                  If a file is being edited, can you please put a star next to it so it is obvious. The star is currently being added at the top of Xamarin Studio but that is not very obvious. Please add it next to any file name that is being edited (if changes were made).

                                  To be sure it's clear, here is a picture:

                                  http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/Kubatko/fileStar.png

                                  Thank you!

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                                    0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Dynamic (Resizable/Scrollable) Recently Opened and Favorites List Length in Xamarin Studio IDE

                                    Currently the Xamarin Studio home/"Welcome Screen" shows a list of the recently opened/solutions/workspaces and or those items that have been "favorited" on the left side of the IDE. This list cannot be longer than 7 items and it would be great if there was a way to change this so the list can be 'n' number of items or scroll if necessary.

                                    I like keeping current on-going projects over there as well as favorites for easy future reference however I find myself needing to go and manually find solutions and or workspaces on the file system because the list length…

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                                      0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Xaml Page

                                      With regards with the following issue https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/17638/initializecomponent-does-not-exist/p2

                                      I suggest that ContentPage have the following method
                                      protected virtual InitializeComponent(){}

                                      And the Auto generated file be
                                      protected overide InitializeComponent() {
                                      this.LoadFromXaml(typeof(Page1));
                                      }

                                      This would sove the Visual Studio Error that InitializeComponent cannot be found even though the Solution Explorer pics it up

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                                        0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • A readonly property on entry control in Xamarin Forms

                                        Could a read-only property be added to entry fields or could an equivalent of the TextView/UITextView control be added to the available controls for a page?

                                        This would apply to iOS, Android & Windows Phone.

                                        That lack of this ability limited the usage of Forms.

                                        34 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • provide a mechanism to produce .xcarchive files

                                          Allow .xcarchive files to be produced so that we don't need to transfer and resign .ipa files when working with 3rd Parties. Resigning an ipa introduces a risk and it's far easier to do the signing in xcode by signing with the developer profile supplied by the client and allowing them to resign with their distribution profile.

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