Bug 38109 - Calling View for a view controller created from a xib causes its constructor to be called twice
Summary: Calling View for a view controller created from a xib causes its constructor ...
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Xamarin.iOS.dll ()
Version: XI 9.4 (iOS 9.2)
Hardware: PC Mac OS
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Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT]
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-01-27 20:36 UTC by Dimitar Dobrev
Modified: 2016-01-29 15:33 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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

Code to reproduce the bug (12.92 KB, application/zip)
2016-01-27 20:36 UTC, Dimitar Dobrev

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Description Dimitar Dobrev 2016-01-27 20:36:40 UTC
Created attachment 14759 [details]
Code to reproduce the bug

Open the attached project, you'll find the following code:

	public override bool FinishedLaunching (UIApplication application, NSDictionary launchOptions)
		// Override point for customization after application launch.
		// If not required for your application you can safely delete this method

		var p = new PlayerViewController ();
		var v = p.View;
		v.GetHashCode ();

		return true;


	public PlayerViewController () : base ("PlayerViewController", null)
		Console.WriteLine ("PlayerViewController () called.");

Run the project and check the log, you'll see this last line twice.
Comment 1 Dimitar Dobrev 2016-01-27 20:37:30 UTC
The first call is correct, the second call is invoked by the line calling View.
Comment 2 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT] 2016-01-29 11:51:39 UTC
It seems that when iOS detects a class with the same name as a xib, in some cases it tries to do some magic, which causes a new instance of the class to be created.

The same thing happens in Xcode with a Objective-C sample: https://github.com/rolfbjarne/bug38109, so this is not a bug in Xamarin.iOS.
Comment 3 Dimitar Dobrev 2016-01-29 13:14:37 UTC
I see. Please report it to Apple then. Also, do you think there's a workaround short of not using a xib at all?
Comment 4 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT] 2016-01-29 13:26:11 UTC
You can add a dummy argument to the default ctor:

    public PlayerViewController (bool dummy = false)

and it won't be called by iOS.
Comment 5 Dimitar Dobrev 2016-01-29 15:33:17 UTC
It works, thank you.