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Essential Windows Phone 7.5

Essential Windows Phone 7.5 is the definitive guide to creating powerful, visually compelling mobile applications that take full advantage of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 platform. Nine-time Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth draws on his extensive experience teaching Silverlight and Windows Phone development, helping you to get started fast and master techniques that lead to truly outstanding apps. After introducing the latest version of Windows Phone, Shawn Wildermuth dives directly into the essentials, emphasizing best-practice examples and illustrating with code. You'll build a complete application from start to finish, then build on your skills with increasingly sophisticated techniques. From planning and design through application delivery, Shawn Wildermuth guides you through the entire mobile development lifecycle, showing how to make the most of Windows Phone 7.5's most important new capabilities. Whether you're a .NET or Silverlight developer going mobile, or an experienced mobile developer moving to Windows Phone, Essential Windows Phone 7.5 delivers all the skills you'll need. Coverage includesLeveraging Microsoft's breakthrough Metro design language Using phone features such as email, calling, search, Web browsing, and the camera Designing the look and feel of your user interface with XAML Interacting with users via Panorama, Pivot, and other controls Mastering the new Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.5 Choosing the right application paradigm and functionality for your specific app Incorporating touch, vibration, motion, and sound into your interfaces Working with Windows Phone 7.5's unique hubs and tiles Building location-based services that work with the phone's GPS Storing data in Isolated Storage or Windows Phone 7.5's database support Multitasking reliably, without compromising performance Integrating external data via REST, conventional Web services, and push notifications Preparing your application for the Windows Phone Marketplace
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Table of Contents

Figures xviiTables xxvForeword xxviiPreface xxixAcknowledgments xxxiAbout the Author xxxiii Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone 1A Different Kind of Phone 1Integrated Experiences 6Phone Specifications 7Input Patterns 9Application Lifecycle 14Driving Your Development with Services 15Live Tiles 16The Marketplace 18Where Are We? 24 Chapter 2: Writing Your First Phone Application 25Preparing Your Machine 25Creating a New Project 27Designing with Blend 36Adding Code 43Working with the Phone 55Where Are We? 59 Chapter 3: XAML Overview 61What Is XAML? 61Visual Containers 66Visual Grammar 70Images 75Transformations and Animations 77XAML Styling 82Where Are We? 87 Chapter 4: Controls 89Controls in Silverlight 89Phone-Specific Controls 99Data Binding 105Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit 119Where Are We? 138 Chapter 5: Designing for the Phone 139The Third Screen 139Deciding on an Application Paradigm 144Microsoft Expression Blend 150Blend Basics 159Phone-Specific Design 176Previewing Applications 185Where Are We? 185 Chapter 6: Developing for the Phone 187Application Lifecycle 187The Phone Experience 200Where Are We? 218 Chapter 7: Phone Integration 219Using Vibration 219Using Motion 220Using Sound 226Contacts and Appointments 233Alarms and Reminders 240Using Tasks 246Media and Picture Hubs 266Working with the Camera 280The Clipboard API 287Live Tiles 288Location APIs 293Where Are We? 303 Chapter 8: Databases and Storage 305Storing Data 305Isolated Storage 306Local Databases 314Where Are We? 335 Chapter 9: Multitasking 337Multitasking 337Background Agents 338Background Transfer Service 360Where Are We? 368 Chapter 10: Services 369The Network Stack 370Consuming JSON 376Web Services 383Consuming OData 387Using Push Notifications 403Where Are We? 429 Chapter 11: The Marketplace 431What Is the Marketplace? 431Submitting Your App 439Modifying Your Application 453Dealing with Failed Submissions 454Using Ads in Your Apps 457Where Are We? 458 Index 459

About the Author

Shawn Wildermuth, a nine-time Microsoft MVP, has been named by Microsoft as a Silverlight Insider and a Data Insider. He speaks regularly at leading development conferences including TechEd, MIX, VSLive, OreDev, SDC, WinDev, DevTeach, DevConnections, and DevReach. A 25-year veteran of the software development industry, Wildermuth has authored several books on .NET, including Pragmatic ADO.NET. He currently teaches Windows Phone 7.5 development workshops through his training company, AgiliTrain (

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