Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development

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Apress, Nov 30, 2010 - Computers - 480 pages

Microsoft is injecting new energy into the smart phone marketplace with the sophisticated Windows Phone 7. This new energy equates to new opportunities for you, the mobile developer. Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development has been written specifically to help you seize these opportunities and begin creating applications for this exciting new mobile device platform.

Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development starts with the basics, walking you through the process of downloading and setting up the right development tools, including Visual Studio, Expression Blend, Silverlight SDK, and Windows Phone SDK. The book then takes you step-by-step though the development process as you build and deploy a complete application with a highly sophisticated user interface. Finally, you'll receive step-by-step instructions on selling your applications through the Microsoft Phone Marketplace.

What you’ll learn Create effective networked applications Leverage your phone’s GPS capabilities from within your application Interact with the phone’s built-in functionality (camera, contacts, maps, accelerometer, video and web browser to name but a few) Construct highly graphical and responsive user interfaces quickly and easily using the features that Microsoft has provided for you How to package and distribute your applications both for personal distribution and through the Windows Phone Marketplace Who this book is for

This book is for anyone interested in developing applications for the Windows Phone 7. You might be an existing .NET developer looking for a new creative angle or perhaps an iPhone or Android developer looking for a new opportunity.

If you have an understanding of basic .NET coding practices then this book if for you.

Table of Contents Introducing Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone Platform Building Windows Phone 7 Applications Using Cloud Services As Data Stores Catching and Debugging Errors Packaging, Publishing, and Managing Applications Working with the Accelerometer Application Bar WebBrowser Control Working with Controls and Themes Integrating Applications with the Windows Phone OS Creating Trial Applications Internationalization Isolated Storage Using Location Services Media Working with the Camera and Photos Push Notifications Reactive Extensions for .NET Security

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This book is good only if you know windows phone application development. This is in no way beginning windows phone 7 development. The first chap is introduction, 2nd chap is Hello World, 3rd Azure, 4th errors and debugging, 5th packaging? Its nicely explained though but the book could have been designed properly. It could have covered simple things first and then taken complex things.
This is not the book to start with, having said that I would recommend to give it a read after knowing windows phone application development a bit. Read simple things from some other book or from online resources and then give this a read.
I personally have to still complete this book but will do it after learning some basic stuff. I could do only 6 chapters, will for sure read this book

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BEWARE!! I'm not discouraging you (yet) from purchasing this text, but you should be aware of something before proceeding. I am 26 pages into this book thus far, and have encountered between 5 and 10 typos/incomplete sentences/mistakes. This was apparently, an extreme rush job, and not thoroughly reviewed.
I've had to stop my progress/practice several times already to figure out what the author(s) either meant to say, or figure out what they've left out. So, depending on your personality type, this may cause anything from a mild nuisance to a "show stopper".


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Henry Lee, founder of and, is passionate about technology. He works with various Fortune 500 companies, delivering mobile applications and rich Internet applications. He is focusing his energy on delivering mobile applications on Windows Phone 7, Android, and iPhone. In his spare time, he dedicates his efforts to helping his communities by delivering sessions at technology events. He enjoys speaking with other technologists about current trends in technology and sharing business insights with fellow colleagues. Often, you'll find Henry at a local cigar bar, enjoying a cigar and a drink, trying to come up with the next big mobile application.

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