Bug 58082 - Allow the user to navigate to the Source tab while the Android Designer loads
Summary: Allow the user to navigate to the Source tab while the Android Designer loads
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 57722
Alias: None
Product: Visual Studio Extensions
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android Designer ()
Version: 4.6.0 (15.3)
Hardware: PC Windows
: --- enhancement
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-07-11 16:57 UTC by Jon Douglas [MSFT]
Modified: 2017-07-11 17:40 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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

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Description Jon Douglas [MSFT] 2017-07-11 16:57:11 UTC

In Visual Studio, the designer typically hangs for a good 2-5 seconds while loading. This locks up the UI to change between Designer/Source. This timing can increase with further complex layouts and the 2-5 seconds is a bit much for developers to quickly make changes to their layout code.

In Visual Studio for Mac, the designer allows the user to instantly navigate to the "Source" tab and make the changes while the designer is loading.

There's two ways to workaround this issue in Visual Studio:

1) Change the .axml extension to .xml thus forcing the .xml editor to appear

This however prevents the user from seeing what their layout looks like as the VS android designer does not work with the .xml extension. Visual Studio for Mac however allows for .xml files

2) Right click the .axml file and use "Open With..." then you can choose a XML editor

This however is a couple of clicks which is also detrimental to productivity.


The Designer when preparing/loading should not lock the UI which allows the user to switch to the Source tab, it should allow the designer to load in the background while making changes to the XML directly. This way developers do not have to change their layout extensions nor use a workaround above. 

Otherwise there should be a project/IDE setting in which the developer can indicate if they want the designer or source tab to appear first when loading a layout file.
Comment 1 Pierce Boggan [MSFT] 2017-07-11 17:40:22 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 57722 ***