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Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development: Building Applications and Games Using Visual Studio, Silverlight, and XNA 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470891661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470891667
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick currently runs Built to Roam which focuses on building rich mobile applications. Previously Nick was co-founder and Development Manager for nsquared solutions where he lead a team of developers to build inspirational software using next wave technology. Prior to nsquared, Nick was the lead developer at Intilecta Corporation where he was integrally involved in designing and building their application framework.

After graduating from a combined Engineering (Information Technology)/Commerce degree, Nick went on to be nominated as a Microsoft MVP in recognition of his work with the Perth .NET user group and his focus on mobile devices. He is still an active contributor in the device application development space via his blog at http://nicksnettravels.builttoroam.com/ and via the Professional Visual Studio website, http://www.professionalvisualstudio.com/.

Nick has been invited to present at a variety of events including Tech Ed Australia, MEDC and Code camp. He has also authored articles for MSDN Magazine (ANZ edition), three editions of the Professional Visual Studio title for Wrox as well as the Professional Windows Phone 7 title, and helped judge the 2004, 05, 07, 08, 2010 and 2011 world finals for the Imagine Cup.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gilbert on March 30, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By veresman on June 28, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vbguru613 on April 9, 2011
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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.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kasper Jeppe Jeppesen on November 18, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Montgomery on June 20, 2011
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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.
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By anon on September 4, 2011
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I purchased this because I plan to build applications for WP7 and in the last months I have been working with WPF and XAML so I thought that it would be easy to learn it. The book is not for beginners if you want to learn silverlight and xaml while learning to build apps for WP7 might be hard to get it at the beginning. The book covers a lot of topics like the metro aproach, input, orientation, tiles, notification, audio, media playback, navigation,etc .

The chapters 15 and 16 are very good these chapters are about data and how to use the data binding, designing taking into account the data, the isolated storage, data caching, and other things related.

What is pretty short is the coverage about XNA...you will need another book for that.

If you are looking to build applcations using Silverlight this is a good book.
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By Oscar Azmitia on November 8, 2011
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Excellent companion for Windows Phone 7 developers. It covers all topics necessary to create a successful application in the marketplace. I specifically like the approach in which you don't have to go through every chapter but you can just jump ahead to the specific topics you are actually interested in for your app.
It is great for Metro application development but if you are interested in XNA only you are better off getting a dedicated book for XNA. Although it covers topics it doesn't expand broadly on it.
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