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  1. Android designer: Add Split View so that i can edit xml and immediately see result.

    Using split view (like VS XAML editor) I can immediately see what is the result of my edit instead of continuously switching between Source/Design tabs.

    388 votes
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      9 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • More advanced/complete support for WCF

      I seem to be having trouble with TransportWithMessageCredential security

      283 votes
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        11 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • support Xamarin Studio development on Linux

        This was suggested and closed over two years ago. Since Xamarin Studio is based on MonoDevelop (which runs on Linux), it seems like it is technically feasible to support Linux. The demand is there, as developers have become disenchanted with Windows 8 as a platform. Android development should not be solely tied to Windows. Help us Xamarin. You're our only hope!

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          4 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Add intellisense/XML Documentation to all APIs

          It's very annoying for my intellisense to be quite useless when it comes to discovering the Xamarin Android APIs. It would be excellent if every API was documented. It seems like only the standard .Net stuff is well documented. The more specific Android APIs are mostly undocumented.

          It would be excellent if you could even just carry over the Google provided Java documentation for the APIs that are mostly a straight exposure of the existing APIs

          148 votes
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          • Instant run like in android studio

            The new android studio v2 has the option to to much faster iterations on an android app. after the app is deployed the developer can change the code and see the change in under 2 seconds. as opposed to about 12 for a full restart on xamarin.

            These 10 seconds add up and more importantly they break the development flow. meaning that overall development time is increased greatly by now having this option.

            136 votes
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            • 85 votes
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              • Option to open AXML files directly in code view by default.

                In Visual Studio, I use keyboard shortcuts for everything. When I switch to the solution explorer and choose an axml file, I'd like to be able to have code view be the default state.

                I've found that there's lag in opening the designer, and as a developer, I'd personally like to be able to do all of my work in code view.

                Can we have an option to open directly in code view within Visual Studio?

                60 votes
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                • Add Perforce (P4) Version Control plugin to Xamarin Studio

                  There is support for Subversion and Git already, but Perforce support would be very useful, to allow Version Control actions from within the IDE.

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                  • 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.

                    58 votes
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                    • 45 votes
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                      • Allow for untrusted certificates on iOS/Android with upcoming HTTPClient changes

                        I am running the Beta channel which has the updates to HTTPClient to use the native HTTP stacks. Previously we were able to disable client certificate warnings / issues programmatically, and with the new changes to HTTPClient implementation, we will not be able to do so.

                        This is VERY important to our use case, as our application talks to our hardware devices which don't have up to date or self signed certificates. We need to have secure communication, but also able to ignore the certificate warnings.

                        Thanks!
                        Jeremy

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                        • Improve XML-Editor for Visual Studio

                          Currently we do have a UI-Designer.
                          Looks fine, but I really want to edit the XML by myself.

                          Currently in Eclipse I do have awesome auto-complete and syntax highlithing.. Would be greate to have this in the VS-Plugin as well.

                          38 votes
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                          • Debugger visualizer support for Visual Studio

                            Debugger visualizer support is handy for inspecting complex variables.

                            37 votes
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                            • SQL Client that implements SSL Encryption

                              Implement a version of SQL Client that implements SSL Encryption. Current version of Mono does not implement SSL encryption for connecting to databases. Either work from mono to implement SSL encryption of implement a different SQL client that implements SSL allowing for encrypted connections.

                              31 votes
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                              • Add support for elliptic curve cryptography

                                EC cryptography is part of the .NET framework, but a Xamarin implementation is missing. Existing bug trackers for this: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=13358 & https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=13359.

                                21 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

                                  16 votes
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                                  • 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/

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                                    • New warning on compilation for X version of API that doesn't have the code on runtime and disable component on each version affected.

                                      Warn on compilation when X versión of API doesn't have the code to be executed on runtime for Android. Disable the component with a message to user, message can be like "Don't available on your Android version". All of this automated.

                                      Resume of work:

                                      1. On compilation warn all affected versions of API of each piece of code that will has the problema.
                                      2. Automate the component to be disabled for those API versions, and show message like "Don't available on your Android version"

                                      10 votes
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                                      • (default)F12 key on a Resource.Layout.[layout name] should take me to a layout file instead of resource id

                                        I wish this was possible as it would make the work so much more productive. If there is anything like this already then please point me to it. I wonder who would ever want to change the integer ID or view it. In some rare cases maybe but taking me directly to the layout file would be a user productive feature.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • Get gesture recognizer tap position (x and y) and timestamp in milli seconds

                                          Tap position should be great with images to select something or do some stuffs. It s useful on openglview too.

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