Getting started with the Live Documenter

The Live Documenter is a .NET documentation viewer. It opens up the information stored in all of those XML tags and makes them available, quickly. Here is a little introduction to help get your documentation displayed in the Live Documenter. Solutions, projects and libraries To start you just simply need to point the application at a Visual Studio solution or project file. Or if you want to only view the documentation associated with a single library you can do that too. After a couple of fleeting seconds the application will show you all of the compiled libraries you have selected. The colour of the names of the assemblies let you know if there is documentation linked to them; black text means the comments have been found and loaded, grey means that no documentation has been found. This is generally because the XML comment file has not been output by the compiler. Make Visual Studio output your code comments Visual Studio has a property setting that informs the compiler it should output the XML code documentation as part of the build process. If you do not have this set you will find that there are no comments for any of your libraries. You will need to set the property for each of the projects in your solution. For each project, right click the project and select properties. In the properties window select build and at the bottom (seen below) is the check box. Check it, save, recompile and you have output your comments. .NET XML comments The Live Documenter supports all of the .NET XML documentation comments here is a...