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  1. 486 votes
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      70 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Blend for Xamarin

      Visual Studio integration is a great way to improve cross-platform development productivity using one of the best IDE.

      The goal is to imitate the tools (and their usage) on current Windows development (WPF / Windows 8 / Windows Phone).

      We have 2 independant tools working together to provide the best productivity management ever : Visual Studio and Blend for the design.

      What about Blend Integration with Xamarin ?

      456 votes
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        13 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow use of Remoted iOS Simulator from ALL editions of Visual Studio

        Until the latest release, where the iOS simulator on windows was renamed to Remoted iOS Simulator, it was possible to remote the iOS simulator to windows from any version of Visual Studio.

        With the current release this has changed. Now a Visual Studio Enterprise Edition licence is required.

        Clearly this is not a technical restriction as it was previously possible, so it must be a simple money grab, which goes completely against Microsoft's more open approach to feature availability from recent years.

        For those of us who develop with neither direct, sole access to a Mac build machine, nor the…

        441 votes
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          15 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          333 votes
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            8 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • XAML for Xamarin Forms to be consistent with WPF/UWP XAML so that we have one XAML standard

            When Xamarin started Xamarin Forms, I am sure they didn't want to confuse Xaml developers with similar syntax they use in WPF/Silverlight/UWP and started renaming controls like TextBox in WPF/Silverlight/UWP to Entry in Xamarin Forms.

            Now that Xamarin is part of Microsoft, we should stick to one standard XAML so that, we can use XAML designers like Blend or similar tools, to drag drop controls, attach behaviours and triggers visually.

            Ideally, we design UWP app, and we get iOS and Android apps with no code change.

            319 votes
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              4 comments  ·  Visual Studio Integration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • More advanced/complete support for WCF

              I seem to be having trouble with TransportWithMessageCredential security

              267 votes
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                8 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Team Foundation Server integration

                I do a lot of work where I build web service clients in VS 2010 so I can run service unit tests using F5 debugging. I end up copy and pasting client files into a shared folder that is visible from my Mac but I would rather just do a check out from TFS.

                262 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Unity3D Integration

                  The main idea is to integrate Unity3D in a MonoTouch projects. Unity3D is also using a customized subset of Mono. I know it needs close corporation between two companies but it worth having Unity3D to extract a MonoTouch project or at least somehow run and handle Unity exported packages. I think this is the easiest way of bringing 3D to MonoTouch.

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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • 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.

                    195 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 182 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  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

                          138 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Xamarin Build / iOS Cloud Build

                            So we could build our apps on the cloud. Similar to Adobe's PhoneGap Build.

                            This would allow us to code for iOS from a PC, using VS, with no need for a Mac.

                            133 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Xamarin.iOS Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Application Output Filtering

                              Like Android Logcat Filtering.

                              121 votes
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                                10 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  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

                                116 votes
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                                  2 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.

                                  105 votes
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                                    4 comments  ·  Xamarin Studio  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add TestCloud/Automation support for xUnit

                                    xUnit already supports Xamarin for all of its test execution and runner libraries. There's an xUnit for Devices project that enables unit tests to run on iOS/Android devices. The missing piece is Test Cloud support.

                                    96 votes
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                                    • Make AutomationId a BindableProperty in Xamarin.Forms.

                                      I ran into an issue with setting AutomationId in classes derived from ViewCell (e.g. MyViewCell). All the examples use data binding for visible properties like text, but I cannot bind to AutomationId. There might be a workaround, but I think this should be supported out of the box.

                                      96 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.

                                        92 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Xamarin.Android Suggestions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Buy out Mr.Gestures and include it in Xamarin so we can finally enjoy full-fledged gesture support

                                          TapGestureRecognizer...want the coordinates of the tap...sorry.
                                          PanGestureRecognizer...want the coordinates of the last pan point...sorry.
                                          With Mr.Gestures this and so much more is DONE and DONE well! Please add this capability to Xamarin, it'll help spur Xamarin Development :)

                                          Or...don't buy him out but provide first-class API that includes similar capabilities.

                                          I'm not affiliated with Mr.Gestures in anyway, but am a fan of the library, but can't sell any components that I make that leverage his library without forcing my users to buy his license.

                                          86 votes
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