Alpha Channel (and VS 2017 Preview): 15.4 Feature Preview

BrendanZagaeskiBrendanZagaeski Brendan ZagaeskiUSForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai
edited September 11 in General

This thread has now been closed to direct all further updates about this release onto the latest announcement:

https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/103020/beta-channel-15-4-feature-preview/p1


Please see https://releases.xamarin.com/alpha-release-15-4-alpha-1/ on the Release Blog for the details about this release, including the steps to update or downgrade as needed.

Bug reports wanted!

  • Please file a quick bug report using the "15.4 Preview" new bug form if you see any suspicious behavior in these versions that you wish to report.

    • If you get any errors when using the form to submit, please select the All Products option and choose the desired product.
  • Comment in this forum thread if your question is not related to a suspicious behavior after download, but instead one of the following:

    • You notice an error in the Release Blog post.
    • You have trouble downloading one of the installer packages.

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  • Mohamed.AliMohamed.Ali Mohamed soliman EGMember

    where's 15.4?! the download link for 15.4?!!!
    Here's the latest release which is 15.3.1

  • BrendanZagaeskiBrendanZagaeski Brendan Zagaeski USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    Xamarin Alpha releases are not distributed directly within Visual Studio 2017 Preview. They are installable on top of Visual Studio 2017 Preview. As mentioned in the first post in the thread:

    Please see https://releases.xamarin.com/alpha-release-15-4-alpha-1/ on the Release Blog for the details about this release, including the steps to update or downgrade as needed.

    That post includes a section titled "Install steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview"

  • TomPeerTomPeer Tom Peer USMember ✭✭

    I think I found the problem with the Multidex problems, that many many people have since 15.3.

    https://forums.xamarin.com/search?Search=multidex

    Multidex works fine with 15.2, but since 15.3 the file multidex.keep does no longer contains line breaks after each class. You can install 15.3 or 15.4 - both have the same problem. With a downgrade to 15.2 the multidex.keep file looks fine and Multidex Apps run again on 4.x devices.

  • JamesJacobyJamesJacoby James Jacoby USMember

    Confirming this on VS Mac 7.1 (build 1297). multidex.keep is missing line breaks.

  • stonecompassstonecompass Daniel Bross USMember ✭✭

    Does the alpha release of VS Mac resolve this issue? Has anyone tried it?

  • RafaeldeAndradeRafaeldeAndrade Rafael de Andrade USMember ✭✭

    @TomPeer said:
    I think I found the problem with the Multidex problems, that many many people have since 15.3.

    https://forums.xamarin.com/search?Search=multidex

    Multidex works fine with 15.2, but since 15.3 the file multidex.keep does no longer contains line breaks after each class. You can install 15.3 or 15.4 - both have the same problem. With a downgrade to 15.2 the multidex.keep file looks fine and Multidex Apps run again on 4.x devices.

    Same problem here!

  • MichalDobrodenka.3459MichalDobrodenka.3459 Michal Dobrodenka USMember ✭✭
    edited September 2

    I want to test Xamarin.Android 7.5.0.13, but I can't download 15.4 Preview 2 release - VS2017 Preview installer does not offer it.

    Xamarin studio or VS2015 on windows neither.

    Only Xamarin Studio on Mac shows it in alpha channel.

  • BrendanZagaeskiBrendanZagaeski Brendan Zagaeski USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai
    edited September 6

    the file multidex.keep does no longer contains line breaks after each class

    Bugzilla cross-reference

    Here's the user-submitted bug report where the Xamarin team is tracking that issue:

    One way to work around that issue temporarily as described by the bug reporter is to copy the generated multidex.keep file into your project folder, add the missing newlines, and then add it to your project with a build action of MultiDexMainDexList.

    (This does also fall into the category of a "suspicious behavior" as mentioned in the first post in the thread, so do be sure to submit a bug report for investigation by the Xamarin team if you run across any similar situations in the future. Thanks!)

    Side note

    that many many people have since 15.3

    Out of curiosity, did you intend to post this comment on the discussion about the 15.4 Alpha versions? And for the other users who commented after Tom's comment, did you perhaps come across this discussion by searching for recent mentions of "multidex" on the forums?

  • BrendanZagaeskiBrendanZagaeski Brendan Zagaeski USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    I want to test Xamarin.Android 7.5.0.13 ... on windows

    The latest builds will be integrated into the Visual Studio Installer and Visual Studio 2015 at a future date that follows the upstream Visual Studio 2017 release schedule, likely before mid-September.

  • BrendanZagaeskiBrendanZagaeski Brendan Zagaeski USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    This thread has now been closed to direct all further updates about this release onto the latest announcement:

    https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/103020/beta-channel-15-4-feature-preview/p1

This discussion has been closed.