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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)

Why? how? what? – planning

Many people usually omit this topic, but we want to be professional so we plan our work on our application. The first thing that we have to think of is how the user will feel using our application and why he needs it. Spend a few hours thinking about who will use our application and why will he/she do that?

For example, let's think about an application that will help you to keep fit, lose weight, and track progress.

Who will use it?

  • Sportsmen

  • Plus-size people

  • People who want to lose some weight

Why will they use it? Because they believe that our application will help them to:

  • Lose weight

  • Record their progress

  • Highlight the weak and strong points of their training

  • Create goals that they can achieve

Now decide what our application will be great at. Prepare many user scenarios and focus on the users' activities; what are the things that they will do most often? At this stage, we should not think about features that our application offers but about what the users will be able...