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Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Cookbook

By : Robb Schiefer Jr., Jonathan Marbutt, Robb Schiefer
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Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Cookbook

By: Robb Schiefer Jr., Jonathan Marbutt, Robb Schiefer

Overview of this book

Silverlight has revolutionized development using Microsoft technologies. It is an excellent tool for mobile application development. The XAML-based markup and familiar C# code are the perfect combination for building apps efficiently and with minimum hassle.Packed full of recipes containing comprehensive instructions for the tasks required to build modern compelling smartphone apps using Silverlight.Starting with application design and architecture, you will quickly move on to more technical features and APIs you can implement to make your app stand out. You will use the Camera API to scan barcode, location services to pinpoint the user’s GPS coordinates and accelerometer to provide feedback based on movement of the phone. All of these features can be provided in a slick user interface through the power of Silverlight. Animations, behaviors and XAML provide all you need and more.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers


When Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7, they made a bold move to drop the legacy of Windows CE. By doing this, they decided to leverage Silverlight as the foundation of their mobile user interface. Many people relate Silverlight with applications that have been used for events such as the Olympics to deliver high definition videos. What most people don't realize is that the real power of Silverlight is to develop rich applications that go beyond the traditional Windows Forms type development. With Silverlight, they have built-in rich support for both designers and developers to build applications together in environments that they are both familiar with.

Microsoft also took another bold move in the tooling by providing both Expression Blend 4 and Visual Studio 2010 for Windows Phone for free. This choice was to give developers and designers the easiest way to begin developing for Windows Phone 7. Both of these tools provide a rich atmosphere to spark creativity among designers while giving developers the tools to get the job done.

In this chapter, we will familiarize ourselves with the basic tools of developing a Windows Phone 7 Silverlight Application. These skills will help you throughout the rest of the book by giving you the fundamentals for building any Silverlight Application on Windows Phone 7.