Windows Phone 8 Application Development Essentials
By Tomasz Szostak
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 118

In Detail

Windows Phone 8 replaces Windows Phone 7 devices with the Windows NT kernel found on many Windows 8 components. Windows 8 will give you more options to develop better and more visually appealing PC and Tablet applications.

A practical guide that will show you how you how to create testable MVVM applications keeping in mind the best UI practices. You will learn how to integrate peripheral sensors and social portals like Facebook and Twitter into your applications. This book shows the advantages of using modern patterns instead of the traditional way of programming.

Starting with a Windows Phone UI description, the guide then takes you through the world of fast and fluid design guidelines. After that, you will be shown the beauty of C# and MVVM advantages, finishing with clear descriptions of mobile-application integration with peripherals and social media. Clear and well-described examples throughout will help you become a WP8 developer.

You will also learn how to test your applications using Unit Test cut dependencies in your methods using Mocks, and use the newest features of C# such as asynchronous methods. If you are more of a designer than a developer, then there is also an explanation on how to create a consistent look and feel for Windows Phone applications.


A mini-tutorial full of code examples and strategies to give you plenty of options when building your own applications for Windows Phone 8.

Who this book is for

This book is ideal if you are a developers who wants to get into mobile development. Some C# background may be useful for a complete understanding.

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    Comments about oreilly Windows Phone 8 Application Development Essentials:

    If you are new to Windows Phone 8 developments, this book will give you a quick overview and facilitate your learning curve. Bring your understanding of C# and read this concise book that goes right to the point. No pages are wasted explaining the genesis of Windows Phone or detailing the C# language. Easy to understand and supported by a fully functional piece of code, this book clearly exposes good practices to use in your Windows Phone 8 developments.

    The associated code sample (downloaded from Packt Publishing) is well designed, allowing the readers to quickly grasp the concepts explained, like XAML, MVVM light, storage, settings, background agents, notifications, toasts, launchers and choosers. The last chapters also explain how to integrate with social media in your application, enabling Facebook and Twitter.

    Tomasz Szostak is a Software Engineer writing for Software Engineers. If you don't have time to waste and want to learn by doing, I highly recommend you read this book and start developing Windows Phone 8 apps today.

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