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ISBN-13: 978-0672335525 ISBN-10: 0672335522 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672335522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672335525
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,437,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adam Nathan is a principal software development engineer for Microsoft, a best-selling technical author, and arguably the most prolific developer for Windows Phone. Adam previously cofounded Popfly, Microsoft’s first product built on Silverlight, named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2007 by PCWorld magazine. He is also the founder of PINVOKE.NET, the online resource for .NET developers who need to access Win32.

 

Adam has created several top apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace that have been featured on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, ZDNet, ParentMap, and various Windows Phone enthusiast sites. Many of them are identical to or based on apps in this book. Chapter 36’s Sound Recorder app was featured on MSDN’s first Channel 9 “Hot Apps” show. With the purchase of this book, the same app is now yours to tweak and sell!

 

Adam’s books have been considered required reading by many inside Microsoft and throughout the industry. Adam is the author of Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (Sams, 2008), WPF Unleashed (Sams, 2006), WPF 4 Unleashed (Sams, 2010), and .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide (Sams, 2002); a coauthor of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams, 2001); and a contributor to books including .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Volume 2 (Addison-Wesley, 2005), and Windows Developer Power Tools (O’Reilly, 2006). You can find Adam online at www.adamnathan.net or @adamnathan on Twitter.


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Adam Nathan is a principal software architect for Microsoft in the Startup Business Group. Adam was prevously the founding developer and architect for Popfly, Microsoft's first product built on Silverlight, named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2007 by PCWorld Magazine. Having started his career on Microsoft's Common Language Runtime team, Adam has been at the core of .NET and XAML technologies since the very beginning.

Adam's books have been considered required reading by many inside Microsoft and throughout the industry. He is the author of the best-selling WPF 4 Unleashed (Sams, 2010) and WPF Unleashed (Sams, 2006) that was nominated for 2008 Jolt Award, 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps (Sams, 2011), Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (Sams, 2008), .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide (Sams, 2002), a coauthor of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams, 2001), and a contributor to books such as .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference, Vol. 2 (Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Windows Developer Power Tools (O'Reilly, 2006). Adam is also the creator of popular tools and websites for .NET developers, such as PINVOKE.NET and its Visual Studio add-in. You can find him online at www.adamnathan.net.

Customer Reviews

A job exceedingly well done by the author.
Bert
This is an outstanding book to have for learning how to develop Windows Phone 7 Apps.
Rolan
One of the best programming books I have read!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
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I was planning on waiting until Mango was released before I downloaded the Microsoft phone tools. Two things changed my mind, Mix 2011 and this book. When I saw this book coming out I pre-ordered it immediately.

The author calls his book "unconventional". The question I had was will this be unconventional in a good way, or a bad way. I am happy to report the book is unconventionally awesome!!!!

The book is broken down into 8 parts. 1- Getting Started, 2- Transforms & Animations, 3- Storing & Retrieving Local Data, 4- Pivot, Panorama, Charts, & Graphs, 5- Audio & Video, 6- Microphone, 7- Touch & Multi-Touch, 8- Accelerometer Tricks, and then 5 handy appendices that include a XAML Reference, Theme Resources Reference, Animation Easing Reference, and a Geometry Reference.

The book is designed to be read from front to back. The author builds on topics as he goes, but it also makes a great reference.

Each chapter is an application that teaches a topic. For example Chapter 1: Tally covers Application basics, Chapter 2: Flashlight covers Application Bar, Timers, Brushes, and Message Box, Chapter 3: In Case of Emergency covers Orientation, Keyboard, and Emulator-Specific Code, and Chapter 4: Stopwatch covers the Grid, StackPanel, User Controls, Alignment, and Progress Bar.

Appendix A, the Lessons index is arranged by topic and points to the chapters that cover it. For example Background Worker is listed as being covered in chapters 11, 24, and 25. Throughout the book there are also sidebars that answer FAQs, dig deeper, offer tips, and give warnings. There is no filler/fluff in this book which is not true of many books these days, especially 1130 page books!!!

Each chapter cover and lists the XAML and the code behind.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jesus Rodriguez on April 15, 2011
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A book that teaches you how to learn a language/platform/whatever is always a good book, but a book that teaches you how to learn those things with examples is a really good book.

The best way to learn is with examples, with practice. You can read a bunch of paragraphs on how to use something but you will forget what you've read if you don't put it into practice in that moment.
Adam knows that and he made a book where EVERYTHING is practice and you're learning as much as anybody else.

There is not much to say, you have to get this book, open it and enjoy. My aim was to start seriously with WP7 dev in the summer but... I bought the book and yay, I can't stop reading it.

So, if you want to learn WP7 development, THIS is the book, so go and buy it and wait for the next volume that will be awesome too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria B on May 12, 2011
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This book is a masterpiece. It teaches by example; it is much better than the usual cookbook-style technical reference, because it contains real-world, fully functional apps rather than just code snippets. The variety of the apps is impressive. And according to the book and the comments in the code, which you can download, you are licensed to use the code in your own apps if you buy the book. Totally worth it--the author has figured everything out so you don't have to. It's amazing how many times I would look at some of the sample code and think "Now why did he do it like that?" and then immediately afterward I would see an explanation of the very thing I was wondering about (it's a workaround, something non-intuitive, something I hadn't thought of to improve the user experience, or just a concept I wasn't familiar with). I cannot imagine how long it must have taken to write this book, because I get the feeling the author experimented with every possible detail and idiosyncrasy of WP7 any reader may be curious about, saving us a lot of time.

The book covers a huge amount of ground (and it is about two inches thick), including the basics of packaging an app and using Silverlight for Windows Phone, vector graphics, animations, storing and retrieving data on the phone (including some helper classes and an example of a 3rd party database library), pivot and panorama, charts and graphs, audio/video/microphone, touch/multitouch, accelerometer, and many others. There is an appendix listing topics of interest in alphabetical order with the corresponding apps/chapters that cover them. It does not cover synchronization with desktop or web, which I'm hoping will be in Volume 2--but the subjects that are covered are done so very comprehensively.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sam Jarawan on May 12, 2011
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I've been developing Windows Phone 7 apps for about a year now and was amazed at all the little tidbits the book gave me that I didn't know about. It's extremely thorough and methological as it slowly gives more and more info in each chapter. I'm not even finished it, but want to read each chapter and ensure I catch everything as I go.

I highly recommend this book to beginners and more advanced developers as well and don't skip the apps you don't care for, because each chapter gives more info the in and outs of Windows Phone development.

I wish I had this book a year ago. I've also never reviewed a book before but felt this book was really worth it.
Nice job Adam Nathan and anyone else involved!

thanks!
Sam
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