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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


Launchers and Choosers allow developers to interface with the phone's functions through a very simple API. Microsoft has not yet given lower level access to the phone operating system or hardware. Microsoft recently announced that 1500 new APIs will be included in their new Mango update. This will open up many more opportunities for developers. Until then, Launchers and Choosers provide access to many of the common tasks you might need, such as:

  • Sending an e-mail

  • Launching the media player

  • Making a call

  • Sending a text

  • Opening the web browser

  • Opening the marketplace hub to your application for purchasing

  • Taking a picture

  • Saving a phone number

These are just a few of the capabilities that Launchers and Choosers make available to us.

In this chapter, we will use some of these to develop real-world applications.