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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)


Launchers are a Windows Phone API feature that launch some native applications such as maps, e-mail, and phone call. Open applications (tasks) can be cancelled; then as they finish, the calling application is reactivated. There are many launchers implemented in SDK and we will describe a few of them:

  • E-mail composing: Using this launcher enables the user to send e-mails when using our application. It opens the email application, creates a new message, and focuses on message entry. While creating this launcher, we are able to specify the message text, topic, and recipients.

  • SMS composing: This launcher opens the messaging application and optionally sets the text and recipients, but SMS messages will be sent only if the user clicks on send.

  • Phone call: This task opens the phone call application and sets number. The call will be made only if the user presses the call button.

  • Maps task: This task launches with the maps application. We can specify whether it should center the map to...