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  1. 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.

    66 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android 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 :)

      64 votes
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      • 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

        37 votes
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        • Implementing a realtime collaboration tool

          It would be great if you create and implement a plugin to make vsanywhere.com realtime collaboration tool compatible with Xamarin.

          22 votes
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          • 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.

            24 votes
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              1 comment  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add full support for Java generics

              Finish adding support for Java generics - see final limitation listed at http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/android/advanced_topics/limitations/

              12 votes
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              • Add code coverage tools and/or integration with code coverage tools to Xamarin Studio

                Developing with Xamarin Studio on a Mac gives surprisingly few options for using code-coverage tools that determine the amount of code covered by tests.

                The default mono code-coverage tool is not an adequate and robust solution and all other current alternatives (such as Baboon) are similarly not robust enough.

                45 votes
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                • Add named collections of breakpoints and watch variables

                  Similarly to saving named window layouts, allow users to save and name the current set of breakpoints and watch variables.

                  Turn each collection of breakpoints on and off, and get different watch variables depending on which named collections are active.

                  Save these named debugging resource collections into a solution/project file to be shared with other team members.

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                    1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 9 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow creation of WP8.1 apps on OS X

                      Allowing WP8.1 application creation a la how it's done with VS/XS on a windows box would be great

                      19 votes
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                      • Make themes run across all areas of Xamarin Studio

                        Make the color theme that you select affect all the various areas of Xamarin Studio, not just the text editor. For example, when I select a dark theme like Monokai, it should make the Solution Explorer and other window dark as well. Without this feature, you don't get the full benefit of the theme, and is sometimes jarring and unpleasant to the eye.

                        29 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Display x:Name values in Document Outline pad for Xamarin Forms documents

                          When viewing Xamarin Forms documents, at a minimum, display x:Name values for any named views in the Document Outline for Xamarin Forms documents.

                          This will help provide more context when exploring the Document Outline, making it more useful as a navigational aid.

                          Another simple data point that would be highly useful in establishing XAML waypoints would be the Size value for RowDefinition and ColumnDefinition in Grids.

                          Since Grids are so commonly used, developers who see specific patterns of row and column sizes will know what part of a familiar system they're working on.

                          4 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Better Debug Experience with Support for Symbol Servers

                            To be able to use Symbol Servers in debug, it can useful specially with nuget packages supporting it.

                            43 votes
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                              3 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

                              3 votes
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                              • Allow white space in axml files.

                                If a newline is placed between elements in an axml file, the changes are not saved.

                                4 votes
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                                • Remember the last device used for each project

                                  Many times a day, I do the following:

                                  1. Right-click project, Set as Startup Project
                                  2. Click the device list, pick my device

                                  Almost always, I want the same device I used last time when I pick the iOS and Android projects.

                                  Could you just remember the last one picked (doesn't even have to be stored, memory would suffice, though perhaps store it in the .user file?) so I can just switch the startup project?

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Allow multiple instances of Visual studio in a single desktop session to use the Build Host

                                    When I work on a Xamarin.Forms app in Visual Studio, sometimes I need to open up a second copy of Visual Studio to work out a bug. I then have issues with the first copy of Visual Sudio losing the connection to the Xamarin Build Host with the error message "Another instance of Visual studio is using the Build Host on x.x.x.x. Double click here to select a new server". A single developer should be allowed to have multiple connections to the Xamarin Build Host as long as they are from the same desktop session.

                                    8 votes
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                                    • 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.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Idie License for free with limitations

                                        I'm mobile developer experienced with iOS and Android native development, over 4 years in both, and I cant evaluate the platform solution with a part-time study dedication,with 30 day trial for platform. Is better to have a fixed logo or splash screen for deploy, as license of Unity. There is no time to build more complex scenario.

                                        1 vote
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                                        • Create a peer-to-peer messaging layer that will use whatever communication mechanism is available

                                          Create a peer-to-peer messaging abstraction that will allow Xamarin.Forms apps to communicate over whatever mechanism is available. So, if communicating between tablet and nearby phone, or between phone and nearby wearable, use best protocol for that. If the only available protocol is Bluetooth then fall back to that. However, if communicating between devices that are not nearby, and wifi or 4G is available, then use that instead. Possibly have an option to fallback to using servers in the cloud, but that would be last resort, possibly only if remote device not immediately available.

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