Configure Xamarin.Forms XAML intellisense in Visual Studio

There is a plugin available for Visual Studio to enable intellisense for Xamarin.Forms XAML.

Don’t believe me. Here is how I saw before the XAML intellisense is installed.

WithoutIntellisense

 

Let’s configure it in Visual Studio. 

Open Visual Studio. Go to Tools > Options.

Options

 

Choose Extensions and Updates from the dialog under Environment node. Click on Add. It will add a default item to the list. Set the item name and URL as http://gallery.mobileessentials.org/feed.atom. Click on Apply and OK.

SetLink

By this end of process, we are done in adding the extension link to the Visual Studio. Now time to download and install.

Let’s open Tools > Extensions and Updates. We can see the Xamarin.Forms Intellisense there. Click on Download and follow the dialog instruction to install it.

DownloadComponent

After successful installation, it will ask to restart the Visual Studio. So that the changes can be applied to the IDE. Once done we can see the difference.

WithIntellisense

 

 

Few points to keep in mind:

  •  This component is still not stable. But works great (for me).
  • Incase you found, it is not working after the VS restart. Please do a manual restart of VS.
  • Works with VS 2012 or later

 

Hope this helps  🙂

Categories: Cross Platform Mobile App, Visual Studio, Xamarin, XAML

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