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Windows Phone 8 Application Development Essentials

By : Tomasz Szostak
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Windows Phone 8 Application Development Essentials

By: Tomasz Szostak

Overview of this book

<p>Windows Phone 8 replaces Windows Phone 7 devices with the Windows NT kernel found on many Windows 8 components. Windows 8 will give you more options to develop better and more visually appealing PC and Tablet applications.</p> <p>A practical guide that will show you how you how to create testable MVVM applications keeping in mind the best UI practices. You will learn how to integrate peripheral sensors and social portals like Facebook and Twitter into your applications. This book shows the advantages of using modern patterns instead of the traditional way of programming.</p> <p>Starting with a Windows Phone UI description, the guide then takes you through the world of fast and fluid design guidelines. After that, you will be shown the beauty of C# and MVVM advantages, finishing with clear descriptions of mobile-application integration with peripherals and social media. Clear and well-described examples throughout will help you become a WP8 developer.</p> <p>You will also learn how to test your applications using Unit Test cut dependencies in your methods using Mocks, and use the newest features of C# such as asynchronous methods. If you are more of a designer than a developer, then there is also an explanation on how to create a consistent look and feel for Windows Phone applications.</p>
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

The golden circle – people don't buy what you do, people buy why you do it


Simon Sinek had a great talk on TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) about how to build our products and how to make them better. He invented this concept called the Golden circle, which illustrates the phrase: "People don't buy what you do, people buy why you do it."

We know what we want to do, we know how do it, but do we know why we do it? Why do we build an application and what is the goal? For sure, the answer is not revenue; it is only the result. Look at the circle and how it relates to what a producer usually thinks: "I've got software, it works great, is well designed, buy it". However, great leaders think: "I believe my software will change your life for the better with its great interface, simplicity, and beauty" (Simon Sinek, "How great leaders inspire action", TED, 17 September 2009). The goal is to create something that people feel they want to use; we need to talk to their feelings.