Essential Windows Phone 7.5: Application Development with Silverlight Paperback – Dec 5 2011
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About the Author
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 (agilitrain.com).
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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.
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.
This book definitely met those needs. It has probably the best introduction that I have found where the author takes you through a quick introduction to Windows Phone. The chapter is a must read and covers the key areas for a developer so that by the time you begin the next chapters, you will you are ready.
The book gives good introduction to XAML, which I had not used before and a discussion of the appropriate tools. So you find Expression Blend and Visual Studio being used when it is the right tool for the task. The teaching experience of the author comes out throughout the book where necessary screenshots accompany the text.
The topics cover just about enough to determine if you need that functionality in your phone apps. Simple screen navigation, Phone Calls, Network Services, Background Tasks, Databases -- these topics are enough for anyone to begin writing serious Windows applications.
If you have to start with Windows Phone programming, give this book a shot.
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