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When I add an Android class library to a solution with an Android app project, and then reference the Android class library from the app project, there is not intellisense/auto-complete. Sometimes building the solution will enable the intellisense / auto-complete but not always. But one should not have to build the library project or the solution before getting intellisense. You don't have to with iOS app and iOS class library in Visual Studio (Windows), or if you use Visual Studio for Mac.
Also this occurs in VS 2015 Enterprise Version 14.0.25431.01 Update 3 (and same Xamarin version 184.108.40.2066).
## steps to reproduce
1. Open VS 2017 or VS 2015 and create a new Android project (tested with Single View template)
2. Add a Android class library to the solution
3. Add a reference to the class library from the android app project.
4. Open MainActivity.cs and add a using statement to reference the new class library namespace.
Expected result: Auto-complete will offer the name of the class library namespace.
Actual result: Auto-complete does not offer the namespace for class library added in step 2.
## Additional notes.
Build and deploy work fine. If I add a method to the default class in the class library, and call that method from OnCreate, it does run and return as expected, so this is just an intellisense/auto-complete issue.
Once, and only once, I was able to resolve this issue by closing and re-opening the solution, and intermittently by building the solution. Otherwise I was able to resolve this issue by adding a second Android app project to the solution and referencing the class library from that app project. Then intellisense/auto-complete also worked in the first app project.
Also might be worth noting that with an iOS app project and an iOS class library, all works as expected. Auto-complete and intellisense work as soon as the reference to the iOS lass library is add to the iSO app project, no build or any other actions are necessary.
I tried to get the Design time build output using the steps outlined in https://github.com/dotnet/project-system/blob/master/docs/design-time-builds.md#visual-studio-2017
but I did not get the Build - Design Time option in the output window even though the command ran successfully according to the console output.
## Possible workarounds
1. Build the solution
2. Add a new Android app project to the solution and reference the relevant class library from that new app project. Once everything resolves and intellisense is working in the original app project, you can remove the newly added template app project.
Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2017
Version 15.2 (26430.15) Release
Microsoft .NET Framework
Installed Version: Enterprise
Architecture Diagrams and Analysis Tools 00369-60000-00001-AA405
Microsoft Architecture Diagrams and Analysis Tools
Visual Basic 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA405
Microsoft Visual Basic 2017
Visual C# 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA405
Microsoft Visual C# 2017
Visual C++ 2017 00369-60000-00001-AA405
Microsoft Visual C++ 2017
Visual F# 4.1 00369-60000-00001-AA405
Microsoft Visual F# 4.1
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio Package 8.6.00404.2
Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2017 15.0.30503.0
ASP.NET and Web Tools 2017
ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2012 4.0.11203.0
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ASP.NET Web Frameworks and Tools 2017 5.2.50303.0
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Azure App Service Tools v3.0.0 15.0.30209.0
Azure App Service Tools v3.0.0
Azure Data Lake Node 1.0
This package contains the Data Lake integration nodes for Server Explorer.
Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio 2.2.5000.0
Microsoft Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio
Common Azure Tools 1.9
Provides common services for use by Azure Mobile Services and Microsoft Azure Tools.
Fabric Diagnostic Events
KofePackagePackage Extension 1.0
KofePackagePackage Visual Studio Extension Detailed Info
Merq 1.1.17-rc (cba4571)
Command Bus, Event Stream and Async Manager for Visual Studio extensions.
Microsoft Azure Hive Query Language Service 2.2.5000.0
Language service for Hive query
Microsoft Azure Tools 2.9
Microsoft Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 - v2.9.50131.1
Microsoft MI-Based Debugger 1.0
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Microsoft Visual Studio VC Package 1.0
Microsoft Visual Studio VC Package
Mono Debugging for Visual Studio Mono.Debugging.VisualStudio
Support for debugging Mono processes with Visual Studio.
NuGet Package Manager 4.2.0
NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio. For more information about NuGet, visit http://docs.nuget.org/.
SQL Server Data Tools 15.1.61702.140
Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools
Hosting json editor into a tool window
TypeScript tools for Visual Studio
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (Android) 15.0.26228.00
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (Android)
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (iOS) 15.0.26228.00
Visual C++ for Cross Platform Mobile Development (iOS)
Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps 15.0.26430.06
The Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows apps allow you to build a single universal app experience that can reach every device running Windows 10: phone, tablet, PC, and more. It includes the Microsoft Windows 10 Software Development Kit.
Xamarin 220.127.116.116 (fec6f88)
Visual Studio extension to enable development for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android.
Xamarin.Android SDK 18.104.22.168 (9dbc4c5)
Xamarin.Android Reference Assemblies and MSBuild support.
Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac SDK 10.10.0.37 (ad35de4)
Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac Reference Assemblies and MSBuild support.
CONFIRMING this behavior based on the reproduction in https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=57991#c0
The behavior for Class Library and Binding Library references are quite finicky and typically do not provide intellisense.
I'm getting this on the errors window:
Severity Code Description Project File Line Suppression State
Warning The "ResolveLibraryProjectImports" task failed unexpectedly.
System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load assembly 'ClassLibrary1, Version=0.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken='. Perhaps it doesn't exist in the Mono for Android profile?
File name: 'ClassLibrary1.dll'
at Java.Interop.Tools.Cecil.DirectoryAssemblyResolver.Resolve(AssemblyNameReference reference, ReaderParameters parameters)
at Java.Interop.Tools.Cecil.DirectoryAssemblyResolver.Resolve(String fullName)
at Xamarin.Android.Tasks.ResolveLibraryProjectImports.Extract(DirectoryAssemblyResolver res, ICollection`1 jars, ICollection`1 resolvedResourceDirectories, ICollection`1 resolvedAssetDirectories, ICollection`1 resolvedEnvironments)
at Microsoft.Build.BackEnd.TaskBuilder.<ExecuteInstantiatedTask>d__26.MoveNext() App27 C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\Preview\Enterprise\MSBuild\Xamarin\Android\Xamarin.Android.Common.targets 1062
Moving to Android so Dean can provide some insight.
This should be fixed on master