Bug 13140 - MediaPlayer.PrepareAsync "Cannot await 'void' expression"
Summary: MediaPlayer.PrepareAsync "Cannot await 'void' expression"
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: BCL Class Libraries ()
Version: 4.7.x
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jonathan Pryor
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-07-09 20:29 UTC by Timothy Risi
Modified: 2013-07-09 22:57 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Timothy Risi 2013-07-09 20:29:56 UTC
Receive the title error when building on the line:

    await player.PrepareAsync ();

Code is in an async method.  In this case, turning the strtPlayer () method in the Example_WorkingWithAudio sample to async and changing 'player.Prepare ()' to 'await player.PrepareAsync ()'.  The project builds successfully without the await keyword.

/Users/Tim/Projects/Xamarin/monodroid-samples/Example_WorkingWithAudio/Example_WorkingWithAudio/PlayAudio.cs(18,18): Error CS4001: Cannot await `void' expression (CS4001) (Example_WorkingWithAudio)

Xamarin Studio
Xamarin.Android 4.7.11
OS X 10.8.4
Comment 1 Jonathan Pryor 2013-07-09 22:57:18 UTC
Just because a method has an "Async" suffix doesn't mean that it follows the C#5 async method pattern, especially when nothing prevents Java from having "Async"-suffixed methods.

Case in point, MediaPlayer.prepareAsync() is a Java method, and it returns `void`:


Our "asyncification" effort adds "Async overloads" for non-async methods. It does NOT change Java-defined methods which happen to match the C#5 async naming convention so that they conform to the C#5 async pattern.