Bug 53409 - REQUEST: Add a property to ContentPage or FormsApplication that indicates if the page is being rendered for the Previewer or runtime
Summary: REQUEST: Add a property to ContentPage or FormsApplication that indicates if ...
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Forms ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Mac OS
: Normal enhancement
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-03-16 18:18 UTC by Rob DeRosa
Modified: 2017-06-21 14:05 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Tags: xamexttriage, previewer
Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Rob DeRosa 2017-03-16 18:18:25 UTC
It would be super helpful to be able to determine if the ContentPage/ContentView is being rendered at runtime or for the Previewer.

Use cases for this would be:

- When animations manipulate your views/controls but you want to see the after-animation in the Previewer. Example here: https://github.com/xamarin/Sport/blob/master/Sport.Mobile.Shared/Pages/WelcomeAuthentication/EnablePushPage.xaml.cs#L23

- If you are setting your BindingContext in C#, you may want to set a mock VM instead of the runtime VM.

- Properties getters don't play nice in Preview mode but work fine at runtime
Comment 1 Rob DeRosa 2017-03-16 18:19:24 UTC
Ideally, something like the Windows Forms .IsDesignMode property.... like FormsApplication.Current.IsPreviewMode
Comment 3 David Ortinau [MSFT] 2017-06-01 17:36:35 UTC
I've added this to the team backlog. 

There is also a proposal from John Miller in Evolution, though we need to decide on the actual naming and implementation. 

Comment 4 Alan McGovern 2017-06-01 17:42:18 UTC
I would hope we replicate one of the existing mechanisms exposed by WPF/UWP. Converging the feature set seems like the right approach!