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Pro Windows Phone App Development

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Pro Windows Phone App Development, 9781430247821 (1430247827), Apress, 2013

The Windows Phone 8 platform provides a remarkable opportunity for Windows developers to create state-of-the-art mobile applications using their existing skills and a familiar toolset. Pro Windows Phone App Development, Third Edition, helps you unlock the potential of this platform and create dazzling, visually rich, and highly functional applications for the Windows Phone Store and bring you up to speed on the new features the Windows Phone 8 API provides.

For developers new to the Windows Phone platform—whether with .NET, iOS, or Android experience—this book starts by introducing the requirements, specifications, and basics of Windows Phone development, and then leads you through the complete application development process, using an array of complementary technologies and Microsoft’s modern-style app design.

Along the way, you'll learn how to

  • Use Microsoft technologies like XAML, .NET, Visual Studio 2012, and Expression Blend effectively to develop modern-style Windows Phone apps
  • Take advantage of the device's sensors with the location service, accelerometer, and touch
  • Make your apps location-aware using GPS data
  • Develop rich media applications that harness the graphics capabilities of Windows Phone models
  • Design and develop Windows Phone applications using the Model-View-ViewModel architecture
  • Publish and sell your application through the Windows Phone Store

Whether you're a Microsoft developer, an iOS or Android developer, or someone with prior Windows Phone experience, Pro Windows Phone App Development, Third Edition, is an ideal guide for mastering the Windows Phone 8 platform and compelling Windows Phone app development.

What you’ll learn

  • How to use Microsoft technologies like XAML, .NET, Visual Studio 2012, and Expression Blend effectively to develop modern-style Windows Phone apps
  • Techniques for taking advantage of the device's sensors with the location service, accelerometer, and touch
  • How to make your apps location-aware using GPS data
  • How to develop rich media applications that harness the graphics capabilities of Windows Phone models
  • The way to design and develop Windows Phone applications using the Model-View-ViewModel architecture
  • The process for publishing and selling your application through the Windows Phone Store

Who this book is for

If you're a Microsoft developer, this book is primarily for you—you're eager to learn how to use your existing skills to develop for the new Windows Phone platform. If you're an iOS or Android developer, this is an ideal guide for you to learn how to expand the market for your existing applications. This does assume some knowledge of C#, managed code in general, and a basic level of familiarity with Visual Studio. And if you're a proficient Windows Phone developer, get up to speed quickly with the new API endpoints and HTML5 browser support in the Tango update. Software developers proficient in other languages will also find this book helpful to get up to speed with developing Windows Phone applications.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction 
  2. Getting Started
  3. WinRT and XAML
  4. Phone Controls
  5. Navigation
  6. Application Life Cycling
  7. Gestures
  8. Device Support
  9. Mapping
  10. Live Tiles & Notifications
  11. Data Sources
  12. Using Data in the Cloud
  13. Designing in Expression Blend
  14. Marketing Your Applications
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