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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 MVVM Light Toolkit


MVVM Light Toolkit is known as one of the best (if not the best) light toolkits for the MVVM pattern. It significantly improves working with MVVM but still gives the user the freedom to customize and design the project. Toolkit supports many project types such as WinRT, WPF, and of course Siverlight.

Getting the MVVM Light Toolkit

MVVM Light Toolkit is available in the nugget package manager in Visual Studio or using the following nugget command:

PM> Install-Package MvvmLight

If you don't like automation and would like to manually add all references and required tools, you should go to http://mvvmlight.codeplex.com/ and download the package with all the stuff. After downloading and unzipping the package, we can find several extras as listed here:

  • Project templates for Visual Studio: This includes templates that allow creating MVVM Light-enabled projects from Visual Studio's New Project window

  • Item templates for Visual Studio: This includes templates for New Item in...