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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)

Twitter integration

Just as we saw with Facebook integration, we should start with registering our application in Twitter for developers. If you have a Twitter account, just go to and provide the necessary information about the new Twitter application.

When you are done with configuring the Twitter application, get the consumer key and consumer secret key that you should put in your application to get the access token from Twitter.

Once we have the consumer key and consumer secret key, we can create static variables that will keep these values in the application—we are going to use that in our Twitter communication. The Twitter API uses the OAUTH standard ( The next thing to do is to download and reference TweetSharp in our project; for this, we have to execute the following Nuget console line:

PM> Install-Package TweetSharp

Once we reference the TweetSharp project, we can proceed with creating functionality for logging in and getting...