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Professional Windows Live Programming [Paperback]

Jon Arking

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Oct. 19 2007 Programmer to Programmer
  • Windows Live is the collective name for a group of Microsoft tools whose services and user data are available anywhere-without ever having to install an application
  • Windows Live currently consists of: Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Safety Center, Windows Live Favorites, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Search, and Windows Live Local
  • Certified Microsoft Software Developer Jon Arking shares his experience in developing for Windows Live, and teaches readers how to build applications that embrace the Windows Live platform
  • Packed with examples, this hands-on guide offers an insightful look at the tools and technologies behind Windows Live, using the MSN Activities APIs, building mapping applications with Virtual Earth APIs, and developing Gadgets for both online and Windows Vista
  • Also examines integrating MSN Search capabilities as well as Live services into existing sites with Live custom domains

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Professional Windows Live Programming

This step-by-step guide demystifies the next generation of Microsoft web programming—Windows Live. An exciting new set of tools and features, Windows Live can change the way you design, build, and market web sites. Experienced author Jon Arking presents you with a comprehensive road map to understanding the many hats of Windows Live: business model, online marketplace, development platform, and suite of consumer-oriented web sites.

After addressing the overall Live initiative, Arking breaks down the book into distinct sections: He first introduces you to a service or tool, then explains the mechanics of that service or tool, and finally relates it to the grander scheme of the Windows Live initiative. Plus, an array of real-world examples and code samples contributes to a clear understanding of exactly what Windows Live is, what it offers, who it will help, and the many different ways this powerful set of services can effectively work for you. The included showcase web site demonstrates how to integrate many of the major Live APIs.

What you will learn from this book

  • The generic platforms and languages prevalent among the Live services APIs

  • The purpose and potential of the major developer APIs

  • The advantages of combining multiple Live services

  • Ways to create Mashups with LiveExpo

  • Techniques for building mapping applications with the Virtual Earth APIs

  • Suggestions for integrating Live services into existing sites with Live Custom Domains

Who this book is for
This book is for web developers and programmers looking to incorporate Windows Live into their software. A working knowledge of HTML, DHTML, JavaScript, and Web Services is necessary.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Jon Arking is a Java certified and Microsoft certified software architect working in the greater Philadelphia region. He has been designing and developing multi - tiered enterprise systems for 10 years, specializing in system migrations and online web applications. Jon has spent much of his career designing systems, teaching classes, giving lectures, providing on - air interviews, and writing articles on various technical topics.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of date but still worth picking up Aug. 9 2008
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As far as I'm aware this is the only book currently on the market that covers Windows Live Programming and therefore in quite unique in that aspect. I was actually quite surprised to hear of this book as I am a Windows Live Microsoft MVP and so it was with great enthusiasm that I delved into it and read it cover to cover.

The book is split into 11 chapters, apart from the first few which gives overviews of windows live, each chapter basically covers a single technology, ranging from better known technologies like Virtual Earth, messenger and Live ID to lesser known ones like Custom Domains and Live Expo.

With each chapter/technology, Jon gives a brief introduction to what it actually is then dives straight into the available SDK and shows you how you can use that particular technology for yourself and how to integrate it in with your own web applications. He doesn't cover every single API call available for each technology but does cover what will be the most widely used situations.

As mentioned Windows Live technologies are mainly web based and the available API's and there to be used within your own web sites. In order to use this book Jon has assumed that you already know technologies and languages such as Javascript, HTML, CSS etc. If you don't or if you're just getting started in web programming then this book isn't for you, yet.

Microsoft has made available a great number of technologies through Windows Live including authentication, mapping and search. Each of these potentially has it's place in your web site. There is a terms of use for each technology however unless you're a very heavy hitter, essentially all these technologies are free for you to include in your applications.

Overall this is a great book for an introduction to programming using the various Windows Live technologies and one that I thoroughly recommend picking up and reading. If this is the case then why did I score it higher? This book was published in 2007 and Microsoft have been very aggressive in their releases and updates to these technologies. Unfortunately this book, as every other computer book will eventually become, is now out of date. Some of the technologies that Jon covers like Windows Live Expo, Microsoft is no longer supporting. Other technologies like Virtual Earth have been updated with new API's and features and Microsoft have also released other technologies not covered in this book for example the Windows Live Web Messenger API. The question therefore isn't why didn't I rate this book higher, but why did I rate it as high as I did? This book gives you an excellent grounding in various Microsoft Windows Live technologies and the things you learn in this book can be applied to the latest releases. So I would recommend picking up this book, reading through it, then visiting [...] to get the most up to date information regarding the API that you are interested in.

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