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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

    1,980 votes
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      15 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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.

      1,500 votes
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        47 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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

        1,185 votes
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          4 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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

          397 votes
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            1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / 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

            270 votes
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              7 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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

              205 votes
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                5 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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 -->

                159 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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  ·  UWP / WPF / 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.

                    73 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for your feedback!

                      This is an idea that we have been actively considering on our team as well. We would love to hear more thoughts from the community around exactly how they would like to see this experience work. For example, should Blend always have a mode where you are running the designer under a Debug mode, or should you be prompted when a particular crash or issue happens, etc.

                      Thanks!
                      Unni

                      Program Manager,
                      Visual Studio

                    • 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

                      45 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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  ·  UWP / WPF / 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).

                          35 votes
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                            under review  ·  0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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.

                            29 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / 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.

                              29 votes
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                                3 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Ensure Xaml compilation through the Roslyn compiler platform

                                Currently, there are many requests for Xaml'y features which the community could help introduce if Xaml APIs were available as Roslyn expression trees, etc.

                                This would mean the community could create Plugins which could:
                                1. Create conditional compilation comments in Xaml
                                2. Create or inject hooks to allow for Debugging Xaml
                                3. Likely any other idea people can think up.

                                Please add support for Xaml to Roslyn, if not already, and provide documentation so we can help introduce our requests as plugins.

                                23 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Collapse to definitions on XAML with CTRL+M+O like happen on C# code.

                                  To collapse nodes in XAML we have to do CTRL+M+M or use the mouse to collapsed eash node.
                                  Will be nice to have a shortcut like in the C# editor that collapse all the nodes.

                                  17 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Ideal Microsoft Solution for future of Client side app development

                                    Now that Microsoft has acquired Xamarin, which used XAML as base for Xamarin Forms, it is high time, we have one design language across all possible platforms. Despite Xamarin telling all that Xamarin Forms is for prototypes, many have built numerous applications using Xamarin Forms for both consumer and enterprise apps, for simple reason of sharing UI and Code across platforms. Only thing XAML hasn't touched so far is HTML generation. There was iFactr which was doing it, but I think after acquisition by Zebra, they stopped that. Doing that won't be much of an issue. Having mobile web app…

                                    15 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Error and Stack Trace for XAML Designer errors

                                      If the XAML designer ever experiences a problem with the data context (such as being unable to instantiate the viewmodel), please make that entire exception and stack trace available to me!

                                      I don't want another instance of VS. I don't want to constantly attach and kill xdesproc. I want the tool to say "Hey, exception over here"... log the message, and a stack trace.

                                      Ideally, I'd like to see a full drilldown of the exception, such as the Watch window allows. But the MINIMUM I need is an exception and stack trace.

                                      13 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Lock XAML Visual Designer from editing

                                        When I am working on a XAML view, I prefer to edit through the text editor, not the visual designer. This causes some grief if I accidentally click and move and element in the designer and mess up all my hand-coded layouts. However, I still want to see the live updates in the visual designer.
                                        Please add a way for me to lock down the edit capability of the XAML visual designer so that accidental mouse clicks don't mess up hand-coded layouts. Continue to allow clicking in the visual designer to move to an element in the xaml text editor.

                                        13 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  UWP / WPF / XAML Tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Enable design-time bindings to work with Compiled Bindings

                                          Compiled bindings are great, but they aren't compatible (so it seems) with the Blend design-time syntax ({d:DataContext...).

                                          This makes it impossible to combine the performance benefits with compiled bindings with the ease of having design-time data. You have to either choose the older binding syntax or no design-time data.

                                          12 votes
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