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Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#

By : Lohith G N
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Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#

By: Lohith G N

Overview of this book

Windows Phone is an OS which is also a platform in itself and provides an opportunity for application developers to build their apps and sell them on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone is slowly catching up in the race with iOS and Android. Although well suited for scientific and mathematical calculations, the Windows Phone Platform provides an opportunity to program in F#. "Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#"  focuses on making the user aware of Windows Phone App Development with the F# programming language in as short a time as possible. The book teaches you about the development environment, helps you understand the project structure, understand the controls, and ends with some of the cool features of the platform like sensors, launchers, and choosers. The book starts off with enabling the user with the right tools required to start developing. It focuses on getting the IDE ready, and project and item templates. By the end of the book the user will be familiarized with the different aspects of the platform itself. The transition from one chapter to another is short and focused so that you can get to the meat of the topic quickly.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Windows Phone Screen Orientations
Windows Phone Gesture Events
Windows Phone and Data Access

What is F#?

F# is a .NET programming language. F# was initially started as a research project at Microsoft Research Lab by Don Syme. Later, it became a mainstream .NET programming language and is distributed as a fully supported language in the .NET Framework as part of Visual Studio.

According to Microsoft Research, F# is:

A succinct, expressive, and efficient functional and object-oriented language for .NET that helps you write simple code to solve complex problems.

F# is a strongly typed language; it uses the type inference. Since it uses the type inference, programmers need not declare the data types explicitly. The compiler will deduce the data type during compilation. F# will also allow explicit declaration of data types.