Don of the Day

Don of the Day

Adventures in software development with Xamarin and the Web

Software developer, building things with code in sunny Scottsdale, AZ.



Speed Up Xamarin Studio

Don FitzsimmonsDon Fitzsimmons

Here's something weird. It's a quick tip, really. Something I don't like about Xamarin Studio is that it feels sort of muddy. Typing does. I feel like I'm typing in mud. It's sluggish but I found a way to make it feel much more fluid: change the font.

Typically, I like to use the Consolas font for writing code. I'm quite picky about my environment. Gotta have the right color scheme (dark) and the right font. So of course, when I first started using Xamarin Studio, I installed Consolas and made it my default font.

Today I felt adventurous and decided to try out some different fonts. I tried Menlo, the default monospace font that Apple uses in Xcode, which I think Xamarin Studio uses by default. I noticed once I changed to Menlo, Xamarin Studio was really slow. When typing, it felt like there was a huge delay from key stroke to characters appearing on screen and the intellisense was painfully sluggish.

I realized there's an effect on performance depending on the font. So I decided to try out some others and came to conclusion that Courier New was the best choice for performance. Once I switched to this font, Xamarin Studio felt way faster. Typing felt much more natural and intellisense was quicker too.

Courier New isn't my favorite font, but I think the compromise is worth it because now Xamarin Studio feels much more responsive. So there you have it. If you want to make Xamarin Studio feel a bit faster, change your font to Courier New. Every bit helps.

Software developer, building things with code in sunny Scottsdale, AZ.