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Windows Phone 7 Application Development For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-02175-0
360 pages
August 2011
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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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: So, You Want to Develop a Windows Phone App 7

Chapter 1: Developing an App for Windows Phone 7: An Overview 9

Chapter 2: A Windows Phone 7 Primer 15

Chapter 3: Getting into the Mobile Apps Environment for Windows Phone 7 33

Chapter 4: Doing the Legwork Before You Put Your Fingers to the Keyboard 41

Part II: Assembling the Tools You Need as a Developer 53

Chapter 5: Downloading the Tools You Need 55

Chapter 6: Building Your Mojo by Accessing the Microsoft Developer Portal 63

Chapter 7: Finding Your Direction with Silverlight 75

Part III: Practicing with Simple Sample Apps 87

Chapter 8: Breaking the Ice with Your First Application 89

Chapter 9: Creating a Simple Calculation App 107

Chapter 10: Cloudy Computing: Creating a Simple App to Go to the Internet 121

Chapter 11: I Can Hear You Now: A Simple Multimedia App 135

Part IV: Getting Fancy with APIs 149

Chapter 12: Pushing on the Accelerometer 151

Chapter 13: Directions to Location Services 159

Chapter 14: Getting Oriented to the Phone’s Orientation 167

Chapter 15: Getting Updates with Push Notifi cation 177

Part V: Leveraging the Windows Phone Marketplace 187

Chapter 16: Working the Microsoft Approval Process 189

Chapter 17: Standing Out from the Crowd 209

Chapter 18: Going Global with Your App 215

Chapter 19: All This Fun and Getting Paid, Too! 223

Part VI: A Designer’s Work Is Never Done: Updates and Customer Service 227

Chapter 20: Updating Your App 229

Chapter 21: Supporting Your End-Users 235

Part VII: The Part of Tens 241

Chapter 22: Ten Features to Look for Down the Road 243

Chapter 23: Ten (Or So) Ways to Make Your App More Successful 247

Index 253

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Author Information

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.

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