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  1. XAML Debugging

    Serious WPF/Silverlight development really demands that there's the ability to debug XAML, i.e. set breakpoints, step over/into XAML, examine triggers and the likes

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      15 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Make XAML a first class citizen of Visual Studio

      Make XAML participate in compile time syntax checking, in code refactoring (e.g. property renames), and in code navigation. Add refactoring (e.g. "Create Style from Element") and other performance features to the XAML code editor (e.g. allow in-place editing of xaml tags so that the end tag changes when you change the begin tag).

      1,394 votes
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        1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Improve the XAML Designer performance

        It often takes several seconds for a XAML Window to fully display. The editor is constantly pausing as I type, sometimes for as long as a second, before catching up with keystrokes.

        1,229 votes
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          29 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Provide native support in the IDE for MVVM

          Something like where VS has a "code mode" for code behind or MVVM or other pattern.

          If MVVM is selected then the IDE helps us fall into the pit of MVVM success.

          Even better would be a coding mode provider model, so other patterns could be plugged in over time

          1,067 votes
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            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Make Design View available for x64 target platforms with custom elements

            Design view is unavailable for x64 and ARM target platforms when the document contains custom elements (XAML with a user control, for example).

            412 votes
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              13 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow conditional compile statements in XAML markup

              Allow the XAML markup editor to allow conditional compile statements so that a developer could have #ifdef statements in their markup

              382 votes
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                1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Support XAML 2009 in Visual Studio Editor and WPF markup-compiler

                Finally add support for XAML 2009 and its great features to the VS Editor and the WPF markup-compiler

                http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/ee792007.aspx

                255 votes
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                  6 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support MVVM in VS.NET Metro templates

                  MVVM is widely recognized as the best pattern for xaml-based projects.
                  Please change the vs.net templates so that they generate a basic skeleton of an MVVM project (adding subfolders for Views, Viewmodels, Behaviors, Converters)
                  Add also basic classes like the DelegateCommand and other tools commonly used for MVVM implementation.

                  This is a short description for:
                  http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithcsharp/thread/30254e92-5133-45de-b3c9-f52a72515821

                  204 votes
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                    5 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • XAML refactoring, especially for Rename of properties for Databinding

                    Currently renaming a property that is databound does NOT rename the binding in the XAML, or the string in the notify property change.

                    Ex: Currently, When you change MyInt to be something else

                    Backing ViewModel.cs:

                    int _myInt;

                    public int MyInt // Changes
                    {
                    get { return _myInt; }
                    set
                    {
                    if (_myInt != value)
                    {
                    _myInt = value;
                    if(PropertyChanged != null)
                    {
                    PropertyChanged(this, new PropertyChangedEventArgs("MyInt")); /this String does not change
                    }
                    }
                    }
                    }

                    SomeXaml.xaml:
                    <TextBlock Text={Binding MyInt}/> <!-- This MyInt also does not currently update -->

                    <!-- Other references in Xaml to MyInt also do not change -->

                    143 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Surface [Obsolete] APIs in the XAML designer

                      When a type (or it's properties) are marked [obsolete] the designer should surface those as designer compile warnings as well.

                      77 votes
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                        under review  ·  4 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Bake in MVVM support (i.e. let us replace the current automatic code behind IDE pattern used today)

                        Allow us to pick a pattern of choice, and then have the IDE help us fall into the pit of success by supporting that pattern. So something like replacing the current code behind model with a plug-in'able/replaceable model, with MVVM being just one such model. If "code behind" is bad, then let the IDE help us by implementing a given pattern and not force use to jump through hoops to implement them. WPF/Silverlight/xaml's awesome databinding is the first step, now let's improve that by making the IDE "understand" a pattern of choice, like MVVM

                        71 votes
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                          3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add ability to debug xaml design mode issues

                          If you develop an app with blendability in mind (support of designer mode and designer data) it is sometimes very hard to find issues that occur in your code.
                          It will be very useful to be able to run debug against "design mode" with breakpoints and so on.

                          70 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Disable XAML layout property alteration in Blend and Visual Studio when using the designer

                            The designer in Blend and Visual Studio adds, and alters, a lot of properties when you do very basic tasks, such as adding controls and visual tree changes, such as 'group controls into' a panel.

                            Example 1: Adding a TextBlock in Blend;
                            <TextBlock
                            HorizontalAlignment="Left"
                            TextWrapping="Wrap"
                            Text="TextBlock"
                            VerticalAlignment="Top"/>

                            What I'd like to see was, when ever you add a control Blend should just add the Text / Content and don't touch anything else.

                            Example two, adding 3 TextBlocks and grouping into a StackPanel;
                            <StackPanel Margin="0,0,397,134" Orientation="Vertical">
                            <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
                            <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/>
                            <TextBlock HorizontalAlignment="Left" TextWrapping="Wrap" Text="TextBlock" VerticalAlignment="Top"/> …

                            39 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Automated add xml namespaces(xmlns)

                              Automated add xml namespaces(xmlns) for importing different types, in xaml like in ReSharper.
                              It will be great feature that allow to save many time for SL/WPF developers

                              38 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Show tooltips in XAML and HTML intellisense

                                In VB and C# tooltips (form XML comments) are shown for classes, properties and enum values. It's very helpful. Shown them alson in XAML and ASP.NET editors for elements, attributes and enumerated attribute values (also for extensions in XAML).

                                32 votes
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                                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow NuGet packages containing XAML controls to add entries to the toolbox

                                  It should be possible to add entries to the toolbox for XAML controls that are contained within a nuget package.

                                  26 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Make designing WPF applications against objects smoother

                                    While WPF provides robust support for binding, the presence of hand-coded member names within XAML is still a bit stifling.

                                    What would make things easier would be:

                                    1. A stupid easy means of declaring a design-time data context. Yes, I can import the Blend designer namespace to do this, but doing this requires adding yet another namespace to already incredibly verbose XAML files, marking that namespace as ignorable, importing the namespace of the design-time object (even if that namespace is never used in the XAML), and instantiating the object. In many cases, the designer-mocked class won't compile, so I'm forced…

                                    26 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Support XAML refactoring to UserControl / DataTemplate / ResourceDictionary

                                      It would be grand if you could highlight a block of XAML and refactor it to a User Control, Control Template or Data Template. Alternatively you could promote all attributes in a selected block into a Style in a ResourceDictionary. Isnt XAML a 1st class citizen? Windows 8 team thinks so.

                                      22 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Detect a maximum XAML errors at compile time

                                        Currently, some XAML syntax errors are caught at compile time. But most errors are only caught at design time or worse, at run-time.

                                        Some examples :
                                        - Wrong StaticResource key
                                        - A non numeric value in a numeric property like Width or Height. If I write <Grid Width="ruru" />, the compiler detects nothing !!!

                                        It would be great too to provide strongly typed bindings with something like lambda expressions in ASP.NET MVC. With this syntax, you could also add support for refactoring in XAML, find all references, etc.

                                        18 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Xaml Cross-platform

                                          make this happen :)
                                          xaml+objective c/swift for iOS
                                          xaml+java for Android
                                          with the same xaml when we use c#+xaml for windows
                                          with blend of course

                                          14 votes
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