Bug 28699 - can we get a recent files list please?
Summary: can we get a recent files list please?
Alias: None
Product: Xamarin Studio
Classification: Desktop
Component: Project Management ()
Version: 5.8
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: Normal enhancement
Target Milestone: master
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-04-02 13:29 UTC by George Cook
Modified: 2015-11-18 14:01 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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

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Description George Cook 2015-04-02 13:29:29 UTC
it's a very handy adddition to code browsing. Jetbrains have this.

you press a hotkey (i.e. apple shift e on my setup) and it brings up the 25 recently opened files in order of when they were opened.

you can use up down arrows to select, and enter to navigate to that file.
you can also filter by typing.

makes it super handy to get to files which you're working on, as in forms projects especially we work on lots of similary named classes (page this, viewmodel that, view this, service that, etc). so when I do browse files I'm oftentimes seeing a list of hundreds of file I'm not interested in.

It's most likely while developing that in addition to navigating all files in my app, that I want to be able to filter only the most recently opened files.

Please add this hotkey. please. please. I'm typing way more characters for file name navigation than I do in jetbrains. I wish you guys had a "pay for features with beer" option. I would pay 2 crates for this.
Comment 1 Jatin 2015-04-03 04:29:22 UTC
I have checked this at my end and have observed, that there is an option under the File menu item, i.e. Recent Files and on clicking that option it displays the 10 most recently opened files along with clear button. 

Below is the screencast for the same:

However, there is no shortkut key in order to open the most recently opened files in the separate window.

Please let me know if with the help of screencast, it solves your purpose w.r.t recently opened files.

Or else we will assign this suggestion to the developer and he could be able to figure out whether this could be implemented.

As of now I am marking it as needinfo.

Below is the build used for the same:

=== Xamarin Studio ===

Version 5.9 (build 388)
Installation UUID: 522f0c5e-80a3-4414-aec7-1f3b9c1768d1
	Microsoft .NET 4.0.30319.18408
	GTK+ 2.24.22 (MS-Windows theme)
	GTK# 2.12.26

=== Xamarin.Android ===

Version: 5.1.0 (Enterprise Edition)
Android SDK: C:\Users\Admin\Desktop\android-sdk
	Supported Android versions:
		2.3    (API level 10)
		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)
		4.4.87 (API level 20)
		5.0    (API level 21)
Java SDK: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_71
java version "1.7.0_71"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_71-b14)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.71-b01, mixed mode, sharing)

=== Xamarin Android Player ===

Not Installed

=== Build Information ===

Release ID: 509000388
Git revision: 027c5efa6f92249fd2e614535965159c0a7c0fe6
Build date: 2015-04-01 19:13:22-04
Xamarin addins: a6779639267bbe31df3fd6958be4ecae82665b7e

=== Operating System ===

Windows 6.1.7601.65536
Comment 2 George Cook 2015-04-03 19:10:36 UTC
Yes, I know about that; but that's useless for active coding.
1. it needs a mouse to do it,
2. you can't filter it by typing.

This is what I'm talking about, from jetbrains:


When one is coding hard, one does not want to be distracted with file menus, or lists of files, one only wants a quick way to move between the files that actively being edited.
Comment 3 Lluis Sanchez 2015-04-06 05:47:02 UTC
You can press control+tab to quickly switch between the most recently used files. It only works for files that are currently open though.
Comment 4 George Cook 2015-04-06 09:27:14 UTC
yet : I know I can.

but does that look remotely like the feature I showed you?

do you guys have anyone who acts as a developer liason, or someone who speaks to people who actually do hardcore development with your tools day in, day out?

I think Xamarin lacks a few pivotal features that serious software engineers NEED to be productive, and you guys seem so have no interest in implementing them.

You can't expect us to get fired up about your product and try and get our companies to adopt your technology if you're not fired up about our coding comfort and productivity.
Comment 5 Lluis Sanchez 2015-04-06 11:17:18 UTC
I was not trying to imply that control+tab was like the feature you demonstrated, sorry if it sounded like that, it was just a tip about a feature that already exists.

I (as Xamarin Studio team lead) certainly have interest in making the IDE more productive. You should be aware that we use Xamarin Studio as main development tool to develop Xamarin Studio itself, so everyone in the XS team is really a hardcore XS user.

The problem is that every user has different expectations about how the IDE should work, and has a different opinion about what features are important. Every user has a favorite feature he can't live without, and we can't implement all of them. What we do is to collect feedback from users (like yours) and then we focus on the features that most people demand.
Comment 6 George Cook 2015-04-06 12:31:22 UTC
that's fair enough, and thanks for the clarificaiton. I'm sure you guys would definitely appreciate this feature too. In working on a feature in a large codebase we usually work wiht between 3 main files, and then "touch" perhaps a further 5-10 files during active work, so, when i use my jetbrains IDE's I really appreicate being able to quickly filter on the 8-13 files I'm actively working on, instead of potentially 1,000's.

Even on mobile projects with ~800 code files, it's tedious to have to filter my entire project.

I think in all cases, I'll have a pop at making a plugin which adds my favourite IDE features, as there are a few that lacking.

However, bigger things, such as improved method refactoring (i.e. edit method siganture) are things that I feel you guys should undertake, not the community.

I't'd be great to see more out-reach from you guys, actively looking for features people need/want. I didn't see any kind of feature request/voting mechanism, and as it is I suspect bugzilla is under-utilised as many Xamarin users don't seem to understand that bugzilla is for bugs, and the forum is for advice/support.
Comment 7 George Cook 2015-05-14 18:53:32 UTC
I've actually gone ahead and implemented it myself in an addin:

Comment 8 George Cook 2015-06-10 08:04:19 UTC
not sure why this is still needinfo..