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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)

Commands and navigation

Organization of the application's content is very important, especially when the available space is very limited. Using proper navigation patterns will cause our application to contain fewer controls and be more intuitive. Users have to focus on the content and not think about navigating from one point to another within our application. Another thing to discuss is consistency. Our navigation must be consistent to prevent the users from getting confused. If we plan to use a navigation system (even if it is completely customized), we should apply it to all places in our application.

Here are a few patterns that describe how the Modern UI application should navigate:

Flat navigation

The flat navigation system is the simplest one that can be used to navigate with simple data content. If our application does not require data with complex structures, then the flat navigation system can be a good solution. This type of navigation system is very simple; it contains an application...