Windows Phone 7.5 Unleashed 1st Edition
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Otherwise this book is OK if you are just starting. It was good reference when some of the online guides are over complicated or jump to a quick conclusion without explaining anything.
Since the architectures are similar enough to one another, this book will also useful for those developing for Windows Phone 8
Although the chapter names usually highlight the main topic covered in the chapter, some chapters like chapter 2 cover a ton of topics. It covers XAP files, the capabilities model, threading model for graphics and animation, the frame rate counter, performance tools, how to determine device status, MVVM, and commands.
This book is 1095 pages huge and includes 29 in-depth chapters. It is broken into five parts. I have listed each part and the chapters below.
Part I. Windows Phone App Development Fundamentals
Chapter 1. Introduction to Windows Phone App Development
Chapter 2. Fundamental Concepts in Silverlight Development for Windows Phone
Chapter 3. Application Execution Model
Chapter 4. Page Orientation
Part II. Essential Elements
Chapter 5. Content Controls, Items Controls, and Range Controls
Chapter 6. Text Elements
Chapter 7. Media and Web Elements
Chapter 8. Taming the Application Bar
Chapter 9. Silverlight Toolkit Controls
Chapter 10. Pivot and Panorama
Part III. Windows Phone App Development
Chapter 11. Touch
Chapter 12. Launchers and Choosers
Chapter 13. Push Notification
Chapter 14. Sensors
Chapter 15. Geographic Location
Chapter 16. Bing Maps
Chapter 17. Internationalization
Chapter 18. Extending the Windows Phone Picture Viewer
Chapter 19. Camera
Chapter 20. Incorporating XNA Graphics in Silverlight
Chapter 21. Microphone and FM Radio
Chapter 22. Unit Testing
Part IV. Building Windows Phone Data Driven Applications
Chapter 23. Input Validation
Chapter 24. Network Services
Chapter 25. Isolated Storage and State Preservation
Chapter 26. Local Databases
Part V. Multitasking
Chapter 27. Scheduled Actions
Chapter 28. Background File Transfers
Chapter 29. Background Audio
One of the things I really like that the author did was introduce the Windows Phone Performance Analysis Tool right off the bat in chapter 2. Knowing how to make use of the performance tools may really help developers without an actual device.
Another thing I really liked was that the author made use of MVVM throughout the book. He did not just introduce it and then continue with the rest of the book without it, like I have seen done with some other Silverlight books, he made extensive use of it.
The author does a great job covering the Silverlight Toolkit. He covers the ListPicker, AutoCompleteBox, ContextMenu, DatePicker and TimePicker, LoopingSelector, LongListSelector, PerformanceProgressBar, TiltEffect, ToggleSwitch, and the WrapPanel. He does not just list them, he provides in-depth examples of each.
The chapter on Bing Maps is not only a great introduction to Bing Maps, it also contains a practical example of using Reactive Extensions (Rx). The chapter on Geographic Location also contains a nice example of Rx.
The chapter named Touch is all about gestures. It gives a great overview with some really good visual aids. It covers all the gestures and their associated events.
The chapter on Launchers and Choosers is awesome. The author does a great job of covering a ton of them. He covered so many of them, that I am not sure that he missed any. He provides a nice code sample for using each one.
The downloadable code is very well organized and usable. I did not run into any trouble with the samples, which is amazing because there are a ton of them.
Every chapter of this book is rock solid and they all go in-depth. The last thing I will say I liked about this book is that it took advantage of tools like LINQ to SQL, Odata, the Unit Testing Framework, and Reactive Extensions in practical real world examples. The author doesn't skimp on implementation examples.
All in all if you are considering getting into Windows Phone development, or are already involved with it, this book is an absolute must!!!
Most of the code samples are done with the MVVM pattern. Nowadays, this pattern is the most popular one used when creating Windows Phone applications. The author even shares his known Calcium SDK that includes the MVVM philosophy. For a beginner who wants to start Windows Phone programming, starting off with the best pattern is a great idea, and this book will help you do that.
There is a lot of free code given. There are a lot of utility classes that can be used in many types of Windows Phone applications. Honestly, the book is worth buying for the free code alone, and it will save you a lot of time.
If you are new to use the SQL Compact Server database, this book will help you to learn the technology; the author has a large helpful section on this topic.
The author introduced the usage of Reactive Extensions. This technology is not for beginners, but I'm pretty sure it will intrigue you, as it did me. The author presents the benefits of Reactive Extensions. The Reactive Extensions (Rx) is a library for composing asynchronous and event-based programs using observable sequences and LINQ-style query operators. You can find the rest of the definition at the official website.
The author knows the platform well and describes many useful hints and caveats in Windows Phone programming.
In conclusion, this excellent book is one that I recommend right now if you want to dive into Windows Phone programming or to learn more about the recent features added with Mango.
Top international reviews
Por desgracia han cambiado la versión a Windows Phone 8 y se ha quedado un poco obsoleto.