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Windows Phone 7 Application Development For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

Bill Hughes , Indrajit Chakrabarty
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Learn to build great applications for the new Windows Phone 7 platform!

Whether you're a budding developer or a professional programmer, this four-color reference covers all the details for developing applications specifically for the Windows Phone 7 platform. The straightforward-but-fun approach tackles not only building an application that is sellable and fulfills user demands, but also shows you how to navigate getting your apps into the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

  • Guides both novice and professional developers through building amazing applications for the new Windows Phone 7 platform
  • Covers working with graphics, designing games, selling apps, and more
  • Provides a helpful introduction to Windows Phone 7 to set a foundation for the app development process
  • Addresses architectural options for your Windows Phone 7application
  • Takes a look at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and helps guide you through the submission process

If you're ready to get started developing your own apps for the new Windows Phone 7 platform, then open up Windows Phone 7 Application Development For Dummies and see how it sparkles!


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From the Back Cover

The market for Windows Phone 7 apps is wide open! Here's how to get in on the fun

Windows Phone 7 is a revolutionary mobile operating system that just begs for more creative ways to use its power. If you have an idea for a great mobile app or you've been considering getting into app development, this book is for you! Learn how to use Windows Phone developer tools to create your app, make it sparkle, and unveil it the world.

  • The right tools for the job — get to know Windows Phone 7, explore Visual Studio Express 2010, access the Microsoft Developer Portal, and play with Silverlight

  • Learn by doing — practice with some simple sample apps that help you learn the tools and see what goes into a great user experience

  • When it starts to be fun — learn to integrate motion and location information into your app

  • To market, to market — see that your app is correctly priced and categorized for best visibility

  • Remember the users — discover how regular updates and good customer support can boost sales

Open the book and find:

  • What the built-in Zune and GPS applications can offer

  • Tips on working with the single-threading OS

  • Where to find and download Windows Phone 7 developer tools

  • Steps for optimizing and improving the performance of your applications

  • Impressive things you can do with the accelerometer

  • Ways to make your app stand out from the crowd

  • How to take your app global

  • Ten ways to make your apps successful

Learn to:

  • Choose a development environment and use Windows Phone 7 developer tools

  • Create your own cool and interactive Windows Phone 7 apps

  • Submit and sell your app in the Windows Phone Marketplace

About the Author

Bill Hughes is a former professor of marketing at Kellogg School of Management. The author of Windows Phone 7 For Dummies, Bill has worked with major corporations including IBM, Motorola, and Nextel.

Indrajit Chakrabarty is a leading software architect working with multinational clients on Microsoft .NET and VoIP projects.


Product Details

  • File Size: 15650 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1118021754
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CDYQPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow February 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I rented this book from the library, to start learning Windows Phone 7 development.
The first 5 chapters covered a lot of basics on Windows phone (Some of it non relevant), but was overall OK.

When the book started getting into developing the first app for Windows Phone, I lost them. Right in the middle of the sample, they add 100 lines of code, giving a 1 line explanation on why they did it. Once you read through the sample code, you can figure out why. But still, if they are explaining every step in detail, why add such a large block of code without any background.

Right after that step, I put the book down, and started searching for alternatives

Disclaimer: I am a software deveoper, but new to Windows Phone programming.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fluff but not enough to get one to write WP7 apps December 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished reading this book (the Kindle edition) in one sitting. First of all, as the product description says, you should read this on a large screen! Reading it on my new Kindle Touch was a pain in the you-know-what, so I quickly switched to reading it on my PC. The problem with the book is it totally did not meet my very modest expectations. I consider myself part of its intended audience of "nonprofessional developers." Heck, I'm not even a technie but I have some ideas for WinPhone apps that I want to develop and make myself useful as a human being. I wanted to get started quickly. I read a couple other books in the last week but they were too hard for me to get down to writing apps, so I bought this book, but it did not help me, either. Half of the book is about getting ready, and there isn't enough about how the different development pieces fit together! It doesn't even explain what Silverlight or XAML is! And it contains lots of obvious errors, such as "built-in apps" that don't exist (except on a pre-release version??). I own a few HTC WinPhones and the book talks about stuff that's only applicable to another brand (and not to WinPhone in general), which is really annoying! The book was apparently rushed to press and didn't undergo rigorous checking and editing. They don't even have a technical reviewer. Stay away from this poor book if you want to get started developing WinPhone apps. I just started watching the free tutorial vidoes on MSDN Channel 9, app development for absolute beginners, which is much easier to follow and has more relevant materials! I want my money back on this book!
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