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Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati , Emanuele Garofalo

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Book Description

March 31 2011 1430233710 978-1430233718

Developers are racing to discover how to develop for Windows Phone 7—and there is no quicker, more expansive resource on the topic than Windows Phone 7 Recipes. It covers virtually all aspects of development, configuration, testing, and distribution of the platform with detailed code samples and rapid walkthroughs. You'll find recipes that unlock advanced user interface development, data storage and retrieval, integration with Cloud services, adding media and location based services, and working with Silverlight and Expression Blend.  Developers with experience working with Windows Mobile and the .NET Compact Framework will find discussion tailored to rapidly learning the new Windows Phone 7 development platform.  

Put a professional polish on your Windows Phone 7 development with Windows Phone 7 Recipes!

What you’ll learn

  • Get full exposure to designing, developing, testing, and distributing your Windows Phone 7 applications
  • Create compelling user interfaces using Silverlight and Expression Blend
  • Understand how to work with device data using isolated storage, LINQ, and XML serialization
  • Extend your application to the Cloud using Push Notifications and web based services
  • How to distribute your application via the Zune Marketplace

Who this book is for

Before Windows Phone 7, Microsoft mobile device developers have used the .NET Compact Framework. With Windows Phone 7, a new paradigm for application development comes into play which uses Silverlight and a variety of other technologies. Readers new to Windows Phone 7 development will be able to make immediate inroads into professional application development and distribution.  Readers with a background in .NET and Windows Mobile development will find this book especially useful with discussions focused on how Windows Phone 7 differs from the .NET Compact Framework development of the past.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (March 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430233710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430233718
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,305,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A prolific writer on cutting-edge technologies, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati has contributed to over a dozen books on .NET, C#, Visual Basic, and ASP.NET. He is a .NET MCSD and lives in Milan, Italy. You can read his blog at

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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is an excellent resource but... Aug. 15 2011
By Ken - Published on
I was looking forward to reading this book since I learned about it. I find sometimes I encounter a problem when I am coding a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) app but I am unsure about how to find the answer. Sometimes the index helps or I just browse to a section of a book I think will help. But mostly you have to hunt around to find a complete answer to your problem.

Windows Phone 7 Recipes focuses on common problems faced by most developers and then proceeds to show what the solution is. Each chapter delves into these problems to demonstrate not only what the answer is but how it was derived, the code you need to implement it on your project and how to run the compiled code on your WP7 phone.

This book goes from introductory problems to things that can be pretty complex. So, it is nice to see that this book devotes full chapters to both gestures and sensors. There is also a chapter on working with the cloud to deal with feed readers and push notifications. Finally there is also a chapter on testing to ensure your apps can get into the Windows Marketplace on first pass through.

The only drawback with the book is that it could have covered some other topics that present problems for WP7 developers. Things like XNA are only mentioned in passing. As well, binding to external sources like XML files could have easily found a home in this book. My final quibble is that the book does not mention whether source code for the chapter examples are available for download on the cover or in the book. I had to browse to the book's page on to confirm that they are available.

Overall though this book is an excellent resource for helping to solve those common problems we all run into while creating WP7 apps.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spend your money wisely - don't buy this book Dec 28 2011
By Tom19 - Published on
I purchased this book for Christmas. Money wasted. Hopefully this review will help you avoid making the same mistake.
I have previously purchased and read "Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development", "101 Windows Phone 7 Apps", and "Programming Windows Phone 7". I've read dozens of online tutorials and blogs on windows phone 7 development and have an app available in the marketplace. The thing that drew me to purchase this book was the appealing idea of presenting a series of micro-chapters each in the form of a problem and answer. This is a great idea almost completely unrealized due to extremely poor execution and content.
Perhaps it is the case that English is not the native language for all the writers AND the reviewers? Having read through most portions of the book - I found the switching verb tenses, run on sentences, subject verb disagreement, and other basic English writing skills so poorly executed as to make the book irritating to read. The layout is also poorly done. Sometimes there are screen shots that fill an entire screen even though they convey next to no information, other times a screen shot before a very long winded description would have really helped. The font used for code is very similar to that used for prose making it difficult to read. Contrast this with "101 Windows Phone 7 Apps" which is a delight on the eyes, making great use of fonts, color, and inserts to make the pages flow and make them easier to understand. I wish I had passed on this one.

Grade summary: Prose: D-, Layout/Presentation: D, Content: C-.

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