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Essential Windows Phone 7.5: Application Development with Silverlight [Paperback]

Shawn Wildermuth

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Dec 5 2011 9780321752130 978-0321752130 1
Essential Windows Phone 7.5 is the definitive guide to creating powerful, visually compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 platform. Nine-time Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth draws on his extensive experience teaching Silverlight and Windows Phone development, helping you to get started fast and master techniques that lead to truly outstanding apps.


After introducing the latest version of Windows Phone, Shawn Wildermuth dives directly into the essentials, emphasizing best-practice examples and illustrating with code. You’ll build a complete application from start to finish, then build on your skills with increasingly sophisticated techniques.


From planning and design through application delivery, Shawn Wildermuth guides you through the entire mobile development lifecycle, showing how to make the most of Windows Phone 7.5’s most important new capabilities. Whether you’re a .NET or Silverlight developer going mobile, or an experienced mobile developer moving to Windows Phone, Essential Windows Phone 7.5 delivers all the skills you’ll need.


Coverage includes

  • Leveraging Microsoft’s breakthrough Metro design language
  • Using phone features such as email, calling, search, Web browsing, and the camera
  • Designing the look and feel of your user interface with XAML
  • Interacting with users via Panorama, Pivot, and other controls
  • Mastering the new Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.5
  • Choosing the right application paradigm and functionality for your specific app
  • Incorporating touch, vibration, motion, and sound into your interfaces
  • Working with Windows Phone 7.5’s unique hubs and tiles
  • Building location-based services that work with the phone’s GPS
  • Storing data in Isolated Storage or Windows Phone 7.5’s database support
  • Multitasking reliably, without compromising performance
  • Integrating external data via REST, conventional Web services, and push notifications
  • Preparing your application for the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Shawn Wildermuth, a nine-time Microsoft MVP, has been named by Microsoft as a Silverlight Insider and a Data Insider. He speaks regularly at leading development conferences including TechEd, MIX, VSLive, OreDev, SDC, WinDev, DevTeach, DevConnections, and DevReach. A 25-year veteran of the software development industry, Wildermuth has authored several books on .NET, including Pragmatic ADO.NET. He currently teaches Windows Phone 7.5 development workshops through his training company, AgiliTrain (

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the Windows Phone 7.5 Developer Dec 14 2011
By T. Anderson - Published on
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This book this book starts with a great introduction to the windows phones. It introduces Metro design language, hardware specifications, input patterns, the application lifecycle, out of the box services, live tiles, and the marketplace. By the time you are done with the introduction you have a solid understanding of the windows phone context.

The book continues with ten more chapters. They include Writing Your First Phone Application, XAML Overview, Controls, Designing for the Phone, Developing for the Phone, Phone Integration, Databases and Storage, Multitasking, Services, and The Marketplace.

The author has a really nice writing style which makes the book an easy cover to cover read. It will also make a nice reference.

There are a bunch of tables, screenshots, and diagrams that really help explain the topic at hand. The author does not go overboard with them like some books I have seen that use them for filler.

One of the things I like about the book is that the author does a great job of switching between Visual Studio and Expression Blend at appropriate time. Not too many authors do that and I wish it was done more often. If you are developing with XAML, Blend needs to be part of the toolkit you master.

Another thing I like is the author shows you us how to take advantage of built in features like the camera, email, making a call, media player, and search.

The book also covers the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit controls including AutoCompleteBox, ContextMenu, DatePicker, TimePicker, ListPicker, LongListSelector, PerformanceProgressBar, ToggleSwitch, ExpanderView, PhoneTextBox, and WrapPanel.

In chapter 7 the book covers all the integration tasks that are included with Windows Phone 7.1. It covers all the Launchers and all the Choosers.

The downloadable code is very well organized and usable.

All in all if you are considering Windows 7.5 development you owe it to yourself to get this book, digest it, and then keep it by your side.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WP7 dev book Jan. 14 2012
By Heuy Louis - Published on
This book is wonderful. It is to the author's credit that this book is such an easy read, yet so full of useful information on the various aspects of Windows Phone programming. Anytime I had a question about something, I found the author addressed it shorty after. Reading the book in it's entirety gave me a good grasp on the scope of Windows Phone development and I will return to the book as a reference during my development because it mentions a lot of tips, caveats, & other details you need to know when developing for the phone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Foundation Dec 28 2011
By Maximus T. Williams - Published on
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I'm a web developer by trade, so Windows Phone 7 development is new to me.

I wanted a book that met the following criteria:
1) Provide a solid foundation of the core concepts
2) Focused on Silverlight, not XNA
3) Covers that latest version of the OS (7.5 as of this writing)

Overall, the author provided just what I was looking for. The core concepts were covered thoroughly and Silverlight received top billing. Occasionally, the author uses a term or description that I feel is beyond the introductory context of the book. I'm certainly not opposed to this approach as long as the explanation is equal to the topic.

Setting aside my small gripes, the easy going, conversational style of writing should appeal to many.

A recommended read for individuals wanting a comprehensive introduction to Windows Phone 7 development.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written Book May 7 2012
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I was looking for a book that spoke Geek-English so that I may grasp how to program the Windows Phone. This book does just that. It explains things in very well written terms. I have had several programming textbooks through school, Visual Basic was one, that was just horrible. For an intro class the boke was wrote geared for a person that had been programming for a few years.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 14 2014
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