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  1. 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.

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      • Application Output Filtering

        Like Android Logcat Filtering.

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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

          119 votes
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          • 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.

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            • Support for Windows UWP project type in Xamarin Studio

              Windows 10 already has over 110 million users. Microsoft introduced the UWP project to enable developers to make apps for all sort of devices: desktop, mobile etc. With integration in Xamarin Studio we could reach those potential users even better!

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              • Xamarin Studio Azure projects

                I would like the ability to target and deploy to Microsoft Azure from XS. This makes even more sense when XS supports shared projects. It would make Xamarin a genuine tool for "mobile first, cloud first" projects.

                I often have a matching Azure Web API for my mobile project. Right now I develop this part of the solution in Visual Studio. It would be nice to be able to develop and publish this type of projects from XS. That way a XS solution could host all of the logically connected projects and support these with a shared project.

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                • Improve Template/Snippet Support

                  MonoDevelop only has very limited support for templates. Please include a fully robust template feature set & editor. Most of the ideas for doing this are already recognized here:

                  http://monodevelop.com/Developers/Tasks/Source_Editing/Code_Templates

                  The one feature I would add, is the ability to specify the path to the template folder so I could sync it across computers (using Dropbox or something similar).

                  40 votes
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                  • Run Console Application in iTerm2

                    By default, Xamarin Studio on Mac runs Console Applications with the system Terminal app even when default is iTerm2.
                    Add the option to choose the default terminal.

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                    • Ability to share Xamarin Studio settings across devices

                      Hello,

                      I'd like to see an option where I can share my Xamarin.Studio configuration/settings across all of my systems, and even support for a team share. If we could have settings save to a folder then we could use Dropbox for example. It would also be nice to set policies etc. and share those across a team so we all have the same formatting policies, etc.

                      An even cooler idea would be if they were saved to the cloud aka my Xamarin account. Teams could setup a team Xamarin account where admins could set permissions for our team members to…

                      32 votes
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                      • ..implement an Icon Maker in Xamarin Studio.

                        Developers like me are not Graphic Designers and nice Logos and Startscreens are a must have these days. For me it's hard to build Icons/Screens in Photoshop.

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                        • Support for MacBook pro touch bar in Xamarin studio

                          Would be very neat to have contextual actions right from the touch bar - e.g. quick fix, find references, etc.

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                          • Support "exclude" attribute in csproj items

                            When combined with the supported wildcards, being able to specify the optional exclude attribute (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ms164283(v=vs.80).aspx) would make managing projects for multiple platforms easier. I currently leverage this to great effect in visual studio for my non-Xamarin platforms.

                            For example, my iOS csproj might have:
                            <Compile Include="**\*.cs" Exclude="**\*.*.cs;bin\**;obj\**" />
                            <Compile Include="**\*.ios.cs" />

                            And my Android csproj might have:
                            <Compile Include="**\*.cs" Exclude="**\*.*.cs;bin\**;obj\**" />
                            <Compile Include="**\*.android.cs" />

                            This would include all source files in a project, but exclude generated files in obj and bin, and limit platform-specific files to their respective projects based on convention.

                            26 votes
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                            • Add Indie support for Xamarin Profiler

                              The profiler is a key piece of the Xamarin Development toolset. Right now, I can only afford an indie license, and if my product ideas take off I will certainly be upgrading to business because Xamarin is a huge part of that.

                              However, if I can't fine tune the performance of my application, then I'm not going to get the success I need to be able to upgrade so it seems to be a fairly short sighted decision to exclude the indie license.

                              25 votes
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                              • Resx editor / designer

                                Visual Studio has a visual designer for resx, and auto generates a designer.cs file with all the string constants. Would be nice to have this feature in Xamarin Studio.

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                                • Change Icons next to Projects to Differentiate by Project Type

                                  Hey All,

                                  Got a papercut here we've heard about that has an elegant and fairly easy solution- any chance XS can be enhanced to show different icons for different project types like Visual Studio does?

                                  VS visually differentiates between a pure .NET project, a shared project, an iOS xamarin project, a xamarin Android project and even PCL projects say (Portable) on the.

                                  See Visual Studio Differentiation:
                                  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ilHt194EWHenQwOTQ2SnlmQnktbTFkdWV5bTBtcEdEREh3/view?usp=sharing

                                  Without a naming convention it's difficult to navigate easily, especially when sharing with others team, etc:

                                  Current Xamarin Studio:
                                  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4ilHt194EWHNllZck93bGRPT0VZbnhYWVBjRlB0UklCUnE0/view?usp=sharing

                                  It's minor but it does affect learning the layout of code, adding references…

                                  23 votes
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                                  • Don't write project changes out when files are read only

                                    Right now, Xamarin Studio ignores the writable bit on csproj and sln and write out changes anyway. This interacts badly with some version control software like TFS.

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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.

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                                      • Develop & deploy asp.net projects in Xamarin Studio on Mac

                                        Develop & deploy asp.net projects in Xamarin Studio on Mac, so we can make iOS, Android or Windows Phone projects AND their backends all in the same IDE (maybe also same solution) on Mac. EF support, Publish to web support, etc.

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                                        • 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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