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Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development: Building Applications and Games Using Visual Studio, Silverlight, and XNA Paperback – Nov 9 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Nov. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470891661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470891667
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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From the Back Cover

Test and deploy rich mobile applications for Windows Phone 7

The inclusion of Silverlight and XNA on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 offers you the opportunity to create unique applications for this smart phone. Using tools such as Visual Studio, Expression Blend, and the device emulator, this book shows you how to take your Windows Phone 7 applications from the drawing board to the marketplace. Helpful examples throughout the book and on the website demonstrate how to design and lay out a Windows Phone 7 application, interact with the device, and even sell your applications.

Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development:

  • Provides an overview of Windows Phone 7 tools and user interface basics

  • Explains how to use the panorama, pivot and map controls, navigate between pages, and work with application settings

  • Shares techniques for working with multiview applications, autorotating, and autosizing

  • Offers advice for understanding application lifecycle management and XNA game development

  • Uncovers tips for utilizing taps, touches, and gestures, and working the camera

  • Includes downloadable examples from the website and discusses best practices for building mobile applications

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About the Author

Nick Randolph is a Microsoft MVP in Device Application Development, and a solutions architect at Built To Roam, where he builds rich mobile applications. He is also the author of Professional Visual Studio 2008 and Professional Visual Studio 2010.

Christopher Fairbairn is a Microsoft MVP in Device Application Development and has developed custom solutions and commercial products for platforms including Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iPhone, and J2ME.

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HASH(0x9da1ba2c) out of 5 stars Good info on how to do it right March 30 2011
By Chris Gilbert - Published on
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This book has been an invaluable reference as I've worked on my own WP7 applications, particularly when I want to make sure that I'm doing something the best and most appropriate way. In particular this includes the explanation of the patterns that should be used when using Silverlight's databinding model, and how you can take advantage of that with Expression Blends design time views. A lot of things through this book has taken a lot of the pain out of WP7 development for me by explaining why things should be done certain ways to avoid particular issues further down the track. High recommended for anyone who wants to do things properly.
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HASH(0x9da1bc78) out of 5 stars This is one of the Key books in my library. June 28 2011
By veresman - Published on
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I have found the book to be a really good overview of the whole Windows Phone 7. I continually refer to it during development. It touches all areas of the phone and gives you enough background to be able to search specific areas on the net. Having said that you can use a lot of the examples as they appear in the book. I have found learning Silverlight/Expression Blend/WCF etc to be fairly hard going. The knowledge I have learn't from other books certainly helped me understand the details of this book. This is not a beginners book which was exactly what I was looking for. What I found was that after searching around the net for the best professional techniques that this book has already documented a lot of the best practices for you. In re-reading the book I have found many fine/important details that I can now use. I particularily found the Data Chaching (Chapter 16) to be helpful. This enables database apps to run off-line and then sync when the network connection comes back. I have not found any other data caching as good so far. There is not a lot on XNA but it covers the basics and I just use another specialized book for XNA. Overall this has made my professional phone development a lot easier.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9da1bc3c) out of 5 stars WP7 Dev made easy!!! April 9 2011
By vbguru613 - Published on
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Well written and easy to understand. Learned many things even though I have previous wp dev knowledge. I recommend this book to all people who want to learn wp7 dev.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dc23150) out of 5 stars Good but not great Nov. 18 2010
By Kasper Jeppe Jeppesen - Published on
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Overall I'm satisfied with this book. It does give a good, although somewhat superficial, look at the key areas you need to know to develop windows phone 7 applications. However, having XNA as part of the title seems rather misleading for something that only gets one short 25 page chapter in a book that's really about silverlight development.
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HASH(0x9da1bfcc) out of 5 stars Good intro for experienced SL developers June 20 2011
By Gerald Montgomery - Published on
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Although many basic Silverlight concepts are touched on, I don't believe this is a book for those new to Silverlight. A basic understanding of WCF, MEF and some other topics will also be helpful, but not absolutely necessary, in some sections. XNA is only covered in one short chapter but it does touch on the basic concepts. Think of this "Professional" title as meaning this is an "Introduction" for professional Silverlight developers. From that perspective this is a very good intro to Windows Phone 7 development that includes platform and design principles. All the basics you need to know in order to communicate with Phone 7 hardware, software, security and data features are covered.