Bug 60703 - Can't resolve name on Element is a useless error message
Summary: Can't resolve name on Element is a useless error message
Status: RESOLVED ANSWERED
Alias: None
Product: Forms
Classification: Xamarin
Component: Android ()
Version: 2.4.0
Hardware: PC Windows
: Normal enhancement
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Reported: 2017-11-15 17:50 UTC by Frank Schwieterman
Modified: 2017-11-15 18:05 UTC (History)
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Description Frank Schwieterman 2017-11-15 17:50:04 UTC
Xamarin Forms does a pretty poor job of indicating to the developer where they've made a mistake in the binding expressions.  One example of this is the exception message "Can't resolve name on Element".  This exception message would be far more useful if it told use the actual name it was unable to resolve.  It could go further by indicating the element on which it was trying to resolve the name, or the binding expression that caused the error, but just giving the name that it couldn't resolve would make this exception message 1000x times more useful.
Comment 1 Paul DiPietro [MSFT] 2017-11-15 18:05:05 UTC
As this is not specifically a bug, I would suggest possibly starting a discussion on the X.F Evolution forum regarding potential enhancements to error messages such as this one. We also greatly welcome PRs from our community.

https://forums.xamarin.com/categories/xamarin-forms-evolution