Uno Platform VS Code Extension Adds Mobile Debugging
Uno Platform, which offers a framework for building cross-platform applications with .NET, announced a new version of its Visual Studio Code extension that adds mobile targeting.
That means VS Code devs can now use the tool to debug both Uno Platform and .NET MAUI applications for iOS and Android.
"The mobile debugging has been a highly requested item from the community," the company's Sasha Krsmanovic told Visual Studio Magazine. "This is a game changer as VS Code, with all the extensions it has in the marketplace, is starting to rival Visual Studio itself."
Uno Platform/.NET applications are based on the same foundation as .NET MAUI, Microsoft's cross-platform UI framework that is part of .NET 8. Uno Platform extends .NET MAUI to WebAssembly and Linux, as well as other platforms such as macOS and Windows. Uno Platform also enables Blazor WebAssembly applications to run on desktop and mobile platforms with native controls and features.
A May 2 blog post expanded on Krsmanovic's IDE comparison: "Just like in a fully fledged IDE like Visual Studio, you can now set breakpoints, exceptions, conditional breakpoints, logpoints and variables in your code or 3rd party code using SourceLink and sources embedded inside PDB."
Supporting features such as hot reload and IntelliSense-like code autocompletion, the extension now helps developers use VS Code to create, run and debug web, desktop and mobile applications using C# and XAML, working across Windows, Web/WebAssembly, iOS, macOS, Android and Linux.
The extension's marketplace description now indicates the tool provides:
- XAML hot reload for mobile targets
- XAML code completion for mobile targets
- Debugging on mobile targets
- XAML code completion on web targets
- C# hot reload
- Code-behind navigation from a XAML file
Here's a matrix that summarizes the features available to .NET developers for desktop, web and mobile targets:
The new version of the Uno Platform VS Code extension is available for download from the VS Code Marketplace. Along with working on Windows, macOS and Linux, it can also connect to remote instances of VS Code for debugging iOS applications on a macOS computer.
The tool has been installed more than 9,000 times, earning a perfect score of 5.0 from three developers who reviewed it.
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