1) Documentation. I don't care if it's C# only, but the documentation needs to be brought up to C++ standards. I shouldn't have to know all about normal DirectX 9 to use Managed DirectX. When I have to keep jumping back and forth between the Managed and Unmanaged documentation to find the info I need, the docs have failed.
It also doesn't help when every other topic in the documentation reads like a discontinued product. If you take a look at the DirectX SDK/Namespaces topic, 4 of the 13 topics have the following warning:
Warning: Microsoft DirectDraw (or other item) has been deprecated. Deprecated components of DirectX 9.0 for Managed Code are considered obsolete. While these components are still supported in this release of DirectX 9.0 for Managed Code, they may be removed in the future. When writing new applications, you should avoid using these deprecated components. When modifying existing applications, you are strongly encouraged to remove any dependency on these components.You don't get that with the C++ documentation. If you don't want us using it, drop the docs.
2) A showcase. You need a Managed DirectX product that you can point to and make people say, "Wow!" Unfortunately, the "Tin Soldiers" series isn't going to cut it. You need a real showcase.
You may remember that Vertigo Software ported Quake II to the .NET Framework to show what could be done with just managed code. Why not take it a step farther, convert that codebase to C# and Managed DirectX, and release it? Give MDX a fast-moving action showcase.
3) Cutting edge. When I look through the DirectX Sample Browser for June 2005, I see tons of samples that don't have managed counterparts. People look to the samples to see what can be done, and if they don't see a managed sample for it, they'll assume that MDX doesn't support it.
Right now, the following are C++ only:
- DirectSound Amplitude Modulation
- Application Configuration Systems
- Custom Data Formats
- Direct3D Depth Of Field
- DirectX Diagnostic Report
- DirectX Install
- Effect Parameters
- Firewall API's
- DirectSound Full Duplex Filter
- HDR Lighting
- Local Deformable PRT
- Creating a Mesh from a Wavefront .OBJ
- Optimized Mesh
- PIX Plugins (understandable, though)
- Pixel Motion Blur
- Shadow Maps
- Shadow Volumes
- State Managers
- Voice Management
- HLSL Workshop
It adds up. Give us parity, or forget it.
Anyway, back to work.