Bug 18684 - [iOS] Custom components are not immediately getting rendered in Toolbox on building the project
Summary: [iOS] Custom components are not immediately getting rendered in Toolbox on bu...
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: iOS Designer ()
Version: 1.12.x
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: High normal
Target Milestone: watchkit
Assignee: Alan McGovern
: 19996 25624 ()
Depends on: 26956
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Reported: 2014-03-31 19:15 UTC by GouriKumari
Modified: 2015-03-05 10:08 UTC (History)
12 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

Log files (876.79 KB, application/zip)
2014-09-02 17:39 UTC, Jon Goldberger [MSFT]

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Description GouriKumari 2014-03-31 19:15:44 UTC
Steps to Reproduce:

Open Build demo project in VS iOS designer
Build Piechart project

Expected Result:
Piechart component must immediately get rendered in Custom component section of Toolbox

Actual Result:
Piechart custom component does not get rendered consistently. User has to wait or restart VS to render components. Sometimes it fails to render at all.

XS 4.3.4 alpha immediately renders custom component on building  custom library projects. 

Test Env:
VS 2013
Xamarin.iOS 1.99.637
XS 4.3.4 alpha
Comment 1 Alan McGovern 2014-04-07 13:21:36 UTC
This is a bug in our NRefactory integration. It is not reloading all dependent assemblies correctly.
Comment 2 Alex Corrado [MSFT] 2014-04-07 15:01:57 UTC
This was due to the VisualStudioIdeServiceProvider implementation being incomplete and not raising the correct event when a build finishes or assembly references are added.

Fixed in XamarinVS master 4f9f9621215357e03a7cc320977a3b2517631cb5
Comment 3 Jon Goldberger [MSFT] 2014-09-02 17:35:06 UTC
It seems this may be happening again. 

I am unable to get any custom components in the toolbox for the designer. Following the guides here:

and here:

using Xamarin for VS version 3.3.47. I also tested on 3.0.547 and 3.1.205 with their respective versions on the build host. Same results.

ScratchTicket test project, http://developer.xamarin.com/guides/ios/user_interface/designer/ios_designable_controls_walkthrough/Resources/ScratchTicket.zip

Steps to reproduce:

1. Download and open the ScratchTicket sample app from the link above into Visual Studio 2013. 
2. Open the project properties and add an Application name and ID if necessary.
3. Verify that ScratchTicketView class satisfies the requirements in they guide:
which it should already.  
4. Build the project for the iOS Simulator.
5. Open the MainStoryboard.storyboard file in iOS Designer
6. Open the Toolbox pane

Expected Results: I will see a Custom Components section in the Toolbox with a ScratchTicketView custom component
Actual Result: I do not see a Custom Components section or a ScratchTicketView custom control.

 Screencast: http://screencast.com/t/4wRihlNh6VG

Visual Studio Version info:

Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013
Version 12.0.30723.00 Update 3
Microsoft .NET Framework
Version 4.5.51641

Installed Version: Ultimate

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Xamarin (0b2a123923812a88ed3091909478dbe9e0111f00)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android

Xamarin Studio (Mac) version info:

=== Xamarin Studio ===

Version 5.2.1 (build 1)
Installation UUID: 2dc9022f-f9a8-424f-8284-bf224cbbfde0
	Mono 3.6.0 ((no/f540f8a)
	GTK+ 2.24.23 (Raleigh theme)

	Package version: 306000039

=== Apple Developer Tools ===

Xcode 5.1.1 (5085)
Build 5B1008

=== Xamarin.Mac ===


=== Xamarin.Android ===

Version: 4.14.0 (Business Edition)
Android SDK: /Users/apple/Library/Developer/Xamarin/android-sdk-mac_x86
	Supported Android versions:
		2.2   (API level 8)
		2.3   (API level 10)
		3.1   (API level 12)
		3.2   (API level 13)
		4.0   (API level 14)
		4.0.3 (API level 15)
		4.1   (API level 16)
		4.2   (API level 17)
		4.3   (API level 18)
		4.4   (API level 19)
Java SDK: /usr
java version "1.6.0_65"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_65-b14-462-11M4609)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.65-b04-462, mixed mode)

=== Xamarin.iOS ===

Version: (Business Edition)
Hash: 606f31a
Build date: 2014-08-01 15:27:48-0400

=== Build Information ===

Release ID: 502010001
Git revision: d06832ce9807d6be24aca225457e8b37c7669f6f
Build date: 2014-08-07 12:10:47-04
Xamarin addins: 1de032531be4cecf2f39dbee3b87aac78204058c

=== Operating System ===

Mac OS X 10.9.4
Darwin Jonathans-MacBook-Pro.local 13.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 13.3.0
    Tue Jun  3 21:27:35 PDT 2014
    root:xnu-2422.110.17~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

Comment 4 Jon Goldberger [MSFT] 2014-09-02 17:39:32 UTC
Created attachment 7890 [details]
Log files

Log files for above comment.
Comment 5 John Miller [MSFT] 2014-11-07 12:12:58 UTC
I have a customer using 3.7.248 and VS 2013 and not seeing their controls in the Toolbox.
Comment 9 Kent Green [MSFT] 2014-12-19 12:25:41 UTC
The customer in this desk case reported an extremely similar sounding bug:

However, it seems they hit this bug in Xamarin Studio 5.7, rather than Visual Studio. As such, I've filed the report for that issue here:

[iOS Designer] Custom control is not displaying in ToolBox in Xamarin Studio

And I'm adding it as a "See Also" link in case there is any possible relationship between the two bugs.
Comment 10 Udham Singh 2014-12-29 09:49:52 UTC
*** Bug 25624 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Corrado Cavalli 2014-12-29 10:00:28 UTC
I am having the same issue with Visual Studio 2013 update 4 with all latest Xamarin update installed (stable only)
Comment 12 Corrado Cavalli 2015-01-07 03:13:23 UTC
To reproduce it just create a single view iPhone app and add this code:

[Register("MyProgressView"), DesignTimeVisible(true)]
    public class MyProgress:UIProgressView
        public MyProgress(IntPtr p)
            : base(p)

        public MyProgress()


on Xamarin Studio the control is listed in toolbox, on Visual Studio it is not
available and this is really annoying since iOS relies heavily on subclassing.
Feel free to contact me if you need more info.
Comment 13 Alan McGovern 2015-02-11 14:21:57 UTC
*** Bug 19996 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Alan McGovern 2015-02-11 14:22:33 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 26956 ***
Comment 15 Yuri 2015-02-11 15:06:43 UTC
I cannot access  bug 26956 to subscribe for emials
Comment 16 Alan McGovern 2015-02-11 15:14:17 UTC
This bug is public, so i'll re-open it so people can be notified when the bug is actually fixed.
Comment 17 Alan McGovern 2015-03-05 09:34:24 UTC
The full fix will ship with the builds with WatchKit support. I am unsure exactly what version number will be associated with those builds though.