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  1. More code examples in API documentation

    Provide more code examples/snippets in the API documentation

    133 votes
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      under review  ·  8 comments  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Visual Basic

      Provide VB parity in the documentation

      49 votes
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        under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • More Videos

        Provide more videos for learning how to develop on Windows Phone 7

        41 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Documentation update alerts

          Alert me when documentation articles I’ve marked are updated

          32 votes
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          • Code sample update alerts

            Alert me when code samples I’ve marked are updated

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              2 comments  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • How to: Implement the Trial Experience in Your Application for Windows Phone - sample code

              The sample code on page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff967559(v=VS.92).aspx where the page is titled How to: Implement the Trial Experience in Your Application for Windows Phone - the sample code is shown as using Microsoft.Phone.Tasks;
              public MarketplaceDetailTask detailTask = new MarketplaceDetailTask();
              private void buy_now_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e){
              detailTask.Show();
              }

              leads a new developer to misinterpret this as the exact code that should be in the click event, which isn't the case. Please use greyed-out, ellipsed text (or something like that) to indicate that text is missing and what the text is for and what it does.

              All three snippets of sample code should…

              22 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Code Samples  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Provide knowledgebase articles for end users with admissions/information about known bugs.

                At the moment (and particularly with the initial release of WP7 o/s and handsets) - there's a number of known 'bugs' in the platform - which is of course expected, understandable and 'forgivable' given it's a 1.0 release.

                Unfortunately - developers quite often get blamed for these problems by end users (and in worst case are given a bad reviews such as '1 star') - as there is no education or information available to end users about any of these problems.

                The big problem however is that Microsoft are simply not admitting to any of these problems - so developers…

                21 votes
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                • Mass storage mode

                  Mass storage mode

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                  • h.264 encoder

                    Describe a way to use encoded data from the camera device to create a live streaming application.

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                    • Code samples available in the WPDT

                      When I install the tools, I want to see all the code samples available to me

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                        0 comments  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Better MSDN documentation like we have for Win32 APIs

                        Can we have better quality documentation on MSDN? (Especially context help from Visual Studio)? I am coming from Win32 background, and I am used to having very detailed better documentation. In WP7 world, I have below problems
                        1. The default context passed from Visual Studio. When I have a WP7 project open why can't the context documentation default to Silverlight? Every time it opens in "NET Framework 4" context, and I need to change to Silverlight to get WP7 specific version
                        2. Utter lack of documentation of few controls. E.g. Pivot Item SelectionChanged event
                        http://msdn.microsoft.com/query/dev10.query?appId=Dev10IDEF1&l=EN-US&k=k(MICROSOFT.PHONE.CONTROLS.PIVOT.SELECTIONCHANGED);
                        Only valuable line in…

                        8 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Discoverability

                          Discovering what I need is difficult and Microsoft needs to make it easier

                          6 votes
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                          • Tag/keyword cloud

                            Provide a tag/keyword cloud of the documentation to allow for fast scoping

                            6 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Correct LicenseInformation.IsActive documentation

                              LicenseInformation.IsActive always returns false in WP8 even after app is fully published and not under beta.
                              Please, refer to these links for more information about an issue:
                              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/wpapps/en-US/f1357371-6374-4d41-ba16-0bc446b5af1a/why-licenseinformationisactive-property-always-false-for-wp8-app?forum=wpdevelop&prof=required
                              http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/wpapps/en-US/a7ea9cc1-ff2e-46fb-848a-c27ae80a24cf/windows-phone-8-app-license-information-not-updating-after-app-purchase-from-store?forum=wpdevelop
                              I believe according to above MS should add a note to LicenseInformation.IsActive documentation that this property for Windows Phone 8 always returns false or either under certain circumstances.

                              6 votes
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                              • How to: Implement multiple level licences?

                                In current isTrial() method, there is only two levels ( Trial and full version )
                                How to implement a multiple level feature for user to decide which level he/she want to unlock?

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Code Samples  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • You must provide proper usage

                                  You must provide proper usage of the methods properties and class.. for example see this link.. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.phone.shell.activatedeventargs.isapplicationinstancepreserved%28v=VS.92%29.aspx
                                  There is nothing mentioned in that how can i know what is usage of IsApplicationInstancePreserved property. So please add proper example and its usage..

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                                    1 comment  ·  Code Samples  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    Thanks for yuur feedback. We have received other feedback similar to yours and are looking at ways to add more usage examples and instruction in the next release.
                                    Regards,
                                    The Windows Phone Developer Content Team

                                  • Community Content

                                    Provide me a way to contribute to the Windows Phone 7 documentation

                                    4 votes
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                                    • fix IMFMediaEngine crash

                                      This example
                                      http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wpapp...ample-0bd96b86
                                      from microsoft directly exibits functionality of a crash when numerous resume attempts are made.

                                      NOTE: you may have to press start and back several times to get it to crash. it is not 100% consistant the first time will exhibit the bug.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • PhotoCamera.

                                        PhotoCamera.IsCameraTypeSupported method is not listed

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                                          1 comment  ·  Doc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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