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101 Windows Phone 7 Apps, Volume I: Developing Apps 1-50
     

101 Windows Phone 7 Apps, Volume I: Developing Apps 1-50

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by Adam Nathan
 

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INCLUDES COMPLETE CODE AND ASSETS FOR EACH APP IN THIS VOLUME!

Got a great idea for an app? There’s a chapter for that!

Calling all developers: Windows Phone 7 is starting to gain traction, and the opportunity is yours to sell the next killer app! 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps is a book series like no

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Full Color

INCLUDES COMPLETE CODE AND ASSETS FOR EACH APP IN THIS VOLUME!

Got a great idea for an app? There’s a chapter for that!

Calling all developers: Windows Phone 7 is starting to gain traction, and the opportunity is yours to sell the next killer app! 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps is a book series like no other–best-selling author and Microsoft developer Adam Nathan walks you through the process of building 101 real, robust, diverse, and marketplace-certified Silverlight applications. You not only get online access to the full source code and related assets, but the book is chock full of tips, warnings, and advice that can only come from Adam’s experience of writing so many complete applications and selling them in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Imagine how long it would take you to develop and test 50 apps and how much you would learn from the experience. Rather than spending all that time starting from scratch, use this book to hit the ground running! Whether you simply make cosmetic changes to apps in this book (for example, creating kid-themed versions), repurpose apps (such as building a mortgage calculator based on Chapter 10’s tip calculator), or build something completely unique, this book can greatly accelerate your development time and help you create high-quality apps. Sell your apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace and make this book pay for itself!

Volume I contains the first 50 apps and covers the following:

  • Everything you need to know about Silverlight
  • Fully exploiting phone features such as the application bar, hardware/software keyboards, multi-touch, accelerometer, microphone, and more
  • Using rich controls such as pivots, panoramas, and controls in free toolkits, such as date/time pickers, toggle switches, charts, and graphs
  • Building your own custom controls, including popular ones missing from the platform, such as a checkable list box, multi-select picker box, and color picker
  • Broadly applicable pages, such as a photo-cropping page and accelerometer-calibration page
  • How to make your app look and feel like a first-party app
  • Practical tips on a wide range of topics, even acquiring and creating sound effects, using custom fonts, and creating icons

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780672335525
Publisher:
Sams
Publication date:
04/22/2011
Pages:
1152
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.40(d)

Meet 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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101 Windows Phone 7 Apps, Volume I: Developing Apps 1-50 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book looks good at first glance, however, if you try to create some of the apps in the book they don't work. Some of the code is wrong, leaving you to look on the Internet to find the right way to it. There are errors in some of the code that can't be resolved. The book left my husband scratching his head, and he is a software engineer. Don't even bother with it, not worth the money!
George_A More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Windows Phone 7 book. This book is all about build WP7 applications. Although it can be used as a reference, it really should be read from front to back. This book is for people to like to see how to build applications, from start to finish. The code is color highlighted just like the reader would see in Visual Studio. Making the code easy and a pleasure to read. Fifty chapters with fifty applications. Each chapter is an application that teaches a topic. Everything from a simple Flashlight application to storing / retrieving local data, audio / video, working with the microphone, animations, multi-touch and accelerometer tricks. Throughout the book there is color boxes with a wealth of information, from tidbits to questions that the reader might be asking themselves, to warnings, to important information the reader should know when developing WP7 applications. This book was recommended to me by one of members in my programming group, and he was right it's a very good book. One thing, this is not a beginner's book, the author states so at the beginning of the book. To get the most out of this book the more C#, Silverlight the reader knows the better. Still knowing just the basics of C# and Silverlight, the reader should not have any problem.
MitigationElf More than 1 year ago
This book is available as a Nook book. However, B&N refuses to even comment on the possibility of a Nook app for Windows Phone 7. The irony of this is not lost on me. Maybe the author, Adam Nathan, can create a boot-leg Nook app so we can actually read his book on our Windows Phones!