Viewing Windows Forms in the designer

Hello All,

Basically I've created a Windows form in VS, and I'm editing is in Xamarin on Mac. Is there a way to view the Windows form in the designer in Xamarin?

Can Xamarin be used to create Windows Forms or Windows Presentation Forms?

Thanks for the Help.

PS. I can get is to Run with no issues on VS, VS Mac, and Xamarin. But I can only see it in the designer in VS.

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  • ClintStLaurentClintStLaurent US ✭✭✭✭✭
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    There is no visual designer for Xamain.Forms.
    Xamain cannot be used for WPF development.

    TIP: Don't rely on designers. I've said it many times here but the long and short of it is: Most companies don't want people that need them. If you hope to be employed doing XAML/MVVM be it WPF or Xamarin you need to code your markup and not use designers.

  • ClintStLaurentClintStLaurent US ✭✭✭✭✭
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    There is LOTS of tutorials on Xamarin.com - lots of official videos on YouTube: Stick with the official ones and not the ones that every whacker out there tries to put out: Many are just painful to watch..
    I did a bit of a "getting started on the right foot" series if you want to check it out. http://www.RedPillXamarin.com
    Charles Petzold's free ebook is basically the de-facto text book on Xamarin.
    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/03/31/free-ebook-creating-mobile-apps-with-xamarin-forms/

    And of course there is Xamarin University. Its not free but it is a great value for the money. Learning 5 times faster than banging on the keyboard trying to figure it out as you go along has real dollar value to it. And now that you pay for XamU monthly there is very little reason not to do it.

    Avatar - Thanks. Since I am Klingon it just sort of made sense.

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  • ClintStLaurentClintStLaurent USUniversity ✭✭✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer

    There is no visual designer for Xamain.Forms.
    Xamain cannot be used for WPF development.

    TIP: Don't rely on designers. I've said it many times here but the long and short of it is: Most companies don't want people that need them. If you hope to be employed doing XAML/MVVM be it WPF or Xamarin you need to code your markup and not use designers.

  • CalbyCalby USMember
    edited May 2017

    @ClintStLaurent said:
    There is no visual designer for Xamain.Forms.
    Xamain cannot be used for WPF development.

    TIP: Don't rely on designers. I've said it many times here but the long and short of it is: Most companies don't want people that need them. If you hope to be employed doing XAML/MVVM be it WPF or Xamarin you need to code your markup and not use designers

    Thank you Clint,

    I'm new to coding (Only know C#) does Xamarin have some tutorials about this? Coding and not using visuals.

    I understand what you saying. Make sense.

    Thank you fro the help Clint. Awesome Avatar LMBO.

  • ClintStLaurentClintStLaurent USUniversity ✭✭✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer

    There is LOTS of tutorials on Xamarin.com - lots of official videos on YouTube: Stick with the official ones and not the ones that every whacker out there tries to put out: Many are just painful to watch..
    I did a bit of a "getting started on the right foot" series if you want to check it out. http://www.RedPillXamarin.com
    Charles Petzold's free ebook is basically the de-facto text book on Xamarin.
    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/03/31/free-ebook-creating-mobile-apps-with-xamarin-forms/

    And of course there is Xamarin University. Its not free but it is a great value for the money. Learning 5 times faster than banging on the keyboard trying to figure it out as you go along has real dollar value to it. And now that you pay for XamU monthly there is very little reason not to do it.

    Avatar - Thanks. Since I am Klingon it just sort of made sense.

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