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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)

Branding in the Windows Phone application

Let's talk about creativity. All of these design patterns, guidelines, and good practices can make you think that there is no place for creativity. Wrong! Even if the application is well-planned and the developer has used all the design patterns, still his or her application cannot be popular or even seen. The real value of each application is in its uniqueness and recognizability. The main elements that we have to provide are unique logotypes that will be associated with our application. Our goal is to make the users think about our application when they see similar shapes or colors in their environment.

How to do that? Our brand can be expressed by several visual elements as follows:

  • Colors: This visual element is the key of each brand. For example, look at the Facebook logo, it is very simple but the Facebook blue color is highly recognizable.

  • Logo: This is the visual element that we are going to use to identify our application and make it recognizable...