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After working with a customer experiencing issues with iOS unit tests, we noticed the template for iOS unit test projects in Visual Studio is not behaving as expected.
If a Unit Test project for iOS is created in Xamarin Studio and then brought into Visual Studio, everything works correctly and as expected. However, creating a new “Visual C# -> iOS -> Unit Test App (iOS)” project in Visual Studio results in the inability to add PCL projects to said project.
Additionally, if a test  is added to the current Visual Studio template, the test runner app crashes on startup with the following exception:
System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object
at MonoTouch.NUnit.UI.TouchViewController.GetAwesomeIcon (System.Action`1 render) [0x00029] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchViewController.cs:263
at MonoTouch.NUnit.UI.TouchViewController.get_ArrowDown () [0x0000a] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchViewController.cs:217
at MonoTouch.NUnit.UI.TouchViewController..ctor (MonoTouch.Dialog.RootElement root) [0x00020] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchViewController.cs:51
at MonoTouch.NUnit.UI.TouchRunner.Setup (NUnit.Framework.Internal.TestSuite suite) [0x0012a] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchRunner.cs:377
at MonoTouch.NUnit.UI.TouchRunner.Setup (NUnit.Framework.Internal.TestSuite suite) [0x0007f] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchRunner.cs:351
TouchRunner+<GetViewController>c__AnonStorey0.<>m__2 () [0x00027] in /Developer/MonoTouch/Source/Touch.Unit/NUnitLite/TouchRunner/TouchRunner.cs:129
at Foundation.NSActionDispatcher.Apply () [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at (wrapper managed-to-native) UIKit.UIApplication:UIApplicationMain (int,string,intptr,intptr)
at UIKit.UIApplication.Main (System.String args, IntPtr principal, IntPtr delegate) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at UIKit.UIApplication.Main (System.String args, System.String principalClassName, System.String delegateClassName) [0x00000] in <filename unknown>:0
at MyUnitTestApp1.Application.Main (System.String args) [0x00001] in c:\Users\Windows User\Desktop\MyUnitTestApp1\MyUnitTestApp1\Main.cs:17
public void MyTest()
## Steps to Reproduce:
1. Creating a new “Visual C# -> iOS -> Unit Test App (iOS)” project in Visual Studio
2. Attempt to add a PCL project to this Unit Test App
## Actual Results
Can not add PCL project to Unit Test App.
## Expected Results
Can add PCL project to Unit Test App.
## Version Information
Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.6.245
I have checked this issue and able to reproduce . To reproduce this issue I have followed the steps mentioned in above bug description.
Steps I have followed:
1. Create a "Unit Test App (iOS)” project in Visual Studio
2. Add a PCL project to this Unit Test App
3. Observed that user is not able to add PCL project
Please let me know if you are facing the same experience ? If no, Could you please let me know what steps I am missing to reproduce this.
Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012
Version 11.0.50727.1 RTMREL
Microsoft .NET Framework
Xamarin 188.8.131.52 (49abddaaec0a8be4cb890b8cddefed81727bbe6c)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.Android 184.108.40.206 (2a7b68212b17c903160fbd8e0106babb299d1be3)
Visual Studio plugin to enable development for Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.iOS 220.127.116.11 (b38baf1c655f9fe816fee25cbd7ac78225def3e9)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS.
Moving to Confirmed, as per Comment 2
We need to check if it's still an issue currently.
This is no longer reproducible in the current stable release.