Xamarin: how to use OneDrive and TFS or Visual Studio Online on a Mac

For Xamarin projects on a Mac, you can share source files with cloud based file sharing systems like OneDrive, or use source versioning systems like TFS or Visual Studio Online.

If you want to use OneDrive, you need to download it from the Mac AppStore. Here there is the direct link.
Once you setup OneDrive, as usual you can choose what folder to sync. Maybe for a Mac you don't want to sync everything, but only a folder used to share files with the PC for the Xamarin projects.
In case you want to change the synced folders, you can access the OneDrive preferences menu from the top right of your screen.
Important is not to forget in the OneDrive preferences to check "Open at login".
The advantage of this solution is that it is simple and doesn't require any additional software (apart from the OneDrive client itself), but impractical in enterprise scenarios, because you don't keep your TFS folders synced in in OneDrive.

In the second case, using TFS or Visual Studio Online, how do you do it? I recap here the updated steps to use TFS or Visual Studio Online on a Mac:
  • download Eclipse from www.eclipse.org/downloads (I have chosen the version "Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers"), then after opening the zip file, move it to the Applications folder in Finder;
  • start the application
  • then it will ask for the workspace, accept the default path and check "Use this as the default and do not ask again"
  • go to the Team Explorer Everywhere 2015 plugin and select TFSEclipsePlugin-UpdateSiteArchive-14.0.1.zip; if the download doesn't start automatically, the direct link is here);
  • after the download, right click on the file, Open, to uncompress it;
  • from the Help menu (on Mac, it is on top of the screen...), Install New Software, Add button, Local button, select the folder named "TFSEclicsePlugin..." created at the previous step, then Next, Next, accept the licence terms, Finish
  • in Eclipse, Window | Show View | Other, select Team Foundation Server | Team Explorer
  • now click on "Connect to Team Foundation Server" or "Sign up for Visual Studio Online", based on your case; then provide the connection information, and select the project you want to connect
  • finally create a workspace in the workspace folder created previously (when you have installed Eclipse, anyway it should be in the user documents folder), then get all the files

From Xamarin Studio on Mac, it's now possible to open the solution from the workspace folder whose files have just been retrieved.

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