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Windows Phone 7 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach Paperback – May 27 2011
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About the Author
A prolific writer on cutting-edge technologies, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati has contributed to more than a dozen books on .NET, C#, Visual Basic, and ASP.NET. He is a .NET Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and lives in Milan, Italy. You can read his blog at www.ferracchiati.com.
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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 Apress.com 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.
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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