Brand new to Xamarin forms here and trying to get started in cross platform app development using the package. However right out of the gate I seem to be running into an issue that has been asked a few times elsewhere but I haven't really seen an actual response on. Currently I'm trying to work on the UWP / Universal Windows / Windows 10 User Interface in a Portable Forms / PCL setup.
It's the Cannot create an instance of WindowsPage error message in the Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Xaml designer. I'm following the guide at https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/xamarin-forms/platform-features/windows/installation/universal/ so I added the line for "xmlns:forms="using:Xamarin.Forms.Platform.UWP" the xaml file before changing the page tag from Page to forms:WindowsPage thus referencing the xamarin forms package. I did update all the NuGet packages to the latest version. Xamarin forms is something like 2.2 at the moment.
I initially installed the defaults for the VS2015 Xamarin package and I just tried modifying that installation with every extra component included so I don't think I'm missing anything there. I believe Xamarin is installed properly since it shows up in the Help -> Xamarin menu and I can choose new solutions out of the Xamarin forms package but I'm not sure what could be causing the issue.
Here's the XAML code
<forms:WindowsPage x:Class="SoloPathfinderPCL.UWP.MainPage" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" xmlns:forms="using:Xamarin.Forms.Platform.UWP" xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" xmlns:local="using:SoloPathfinderPCL.UWP" xmlns:d="http://schemas.microsoft.com/expression/blend/2008" xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006" mc:Ignorable="d"> </forms:WindowsPage>
Here's my Stack Trace for Exception: Cannot create an instance of "WindowsPage".
at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.Platform.InstanceBuilders.InstanceBuilderOperations.InstantiateType(Type type, Boolean supportInternal) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.Platform.InstanceBuilders.ClrObjectInstanceBuilder.InstantiateTargetType(IInstanceBuilderContext context, ViewNode viewNode) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.Platform.InstanceBuilders.ClrObjectInstanceBuilder.Instantiate(IInstanceBuilderContext context, ViewNode viewNode) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.WindowsXamlDesigner.InstanceBuilders.FrameworkElementInstanceBuilder.Instantiate(IInstanceBuilderContext context, ViewNode viewNode) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.WindowsXamlDesigner.InstanceBuilders.UserControlInstanceBuilder.Instantiate(IInstanceBuilderContext context, ViewNode viewNode) at Microsoft.VisualStudio.DesignTools.Platform.InstanceBuilders.ViewNodeManager.CreateInstance(IInstanceBuilder builder, ViewNode viewNode)
Hope someone can point me and everyone else having this issue in the right direction. Thanks.