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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


As we have seen in Chapter 1, Microsoft has provided a rich set of tools for creating Windows Phone applications and this chapter will take us beyond simply laying out controls by adding animation. For many developers, animation is an afterthought, but it can be an important part of any application, especially a Windows Phone 7 application by conveying the status of the application and things like loading, waiting, and connection status. Because of the disconnected nature of a Windows Phone 7 application when building applications that connect to services on the Internet, these connections may be slower than usual where the user is located.

Also, as animations become a more important part of our applications, it is a necessity for both developers and designers to have an understanding of how animations work, specifically on the windows phone. In this chapter, we will work entirely in Expression Blend to create our animations. This is due to the fact that Visual Studio does not...