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  1. 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.

    986 votes
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      22 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • XAML Debugger

      I would really like xaml debugger! I think that this caution is necessary! very difficult to find errors in the xaml.

      489 votes
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        12 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Separate WPF designer from xaml text editor

        Separating designer from xaml text editor will allow use them on multiple monitors. Also it takes times to open a xaml file because the designer loads. Even if only xaml text editor is visible. I prefer to edit xaml manualy and don't need the designer. If i need it some day, i will open it explicitly

        263 votes
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          3 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

          240 votes
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            1 comment  ·  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

            194 votes
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              5 comments  ·  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

              183 votes
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                3 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).

                180 votes
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                  2 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 -->

                  113 votes
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                    2 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.

                    78 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

                      65 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.

                        64 votes
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                          0 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

                          37 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"/> …

                            32 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make it possible for us to name areas of our XAML code

                              My idea is a kind of meta-tag with a name and a description. You'd use it by placing an opening meta-tag somewhere in your XAML and a closing meta-tag somewhere below. Whenever your mouse pointer hovered over a clear area of the XAML window that's inside the region defined by your meta-tag (somewhere without any XAML, like a white line, or the blank area before or after any XAML tag), the tooltip would show the name and description given in your meta-tag.

                              In another related subject, the #region and #endregion directives could also have the same behaviour, but in the…

                              31 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Open Source Behaviors SDK (XAML) for Visual Studio 2013

                                In all XAML Based technologies we use Behaviors all the time, on of the most important behavior we use is the InvokeCommandAction behavior, so we can link an event to a command when working in MVVM for example, the fact that EventTriggerBehavior supports only specific events as shown here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn469361.aspx , prevent us from using our own made events, open sourcing this SDK will help extending it to be used in better ways

                                23 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  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…

                                  23 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).

                                    23 votes
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                                      under review  ·  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 →
                                      • replace xaml with freindlier language

                                        As a long time user in xaml language on different platforms (WPF, windows store and a bit windows phone), I came to a conclusion that xaml is not the right language for these technologies since their capabilities are vast and that create a lot of overhead when expressing that in xaml

                                        Clearly xaml creators wanted to harness the extensibility of the XML type language but neglected other difficulties

                                        I've discovered 4 main difficulties:

                                        1. For each control there are many properties that are being defined and many of these properties are constantly being extended. In a medium size window/page, it’s…

                                        15 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • XAML databinding needs better tools/apis for debugging

                                          Even with the introduction of the "diag:PresentationTraceSources.TraceLevel=High" attached property it's very difficult to debug what is happening to a determined binding, the tracing print info to the output window of VS IDE but in a large application that prints a large amount of tracing its very difficult to isolate the databinding tracing info. Even more if you have multiple databindings with tracing on.
                                          Other problem is the databindings that for some reason are just dropped and are not logged so it's impossible to know the under the hood reason that triggered it.
                                          I'll give some suggestions that where discussed in…

                                          13 votes
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