Building Native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Applications
It's true: you can build native apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone with C# and the .NET Framework - with help from MonoTouch and Mono for Android. This hands-on guide shows you how to reuse one codebase across all three platforms by combining the business logic layer of your C# app with separate, more » fully native UIs. It's an ideal marriage of platform-specific development and the "write once, run everywhere" philosophy.
By building a series of simple applications, you'll experience the advantages of using .NET in mobile development and learn how to write complete apps that access the unique features of today's three most important mobile platforms. « less
Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Without the Kludge
You've developed a killer app for one mobile device - now it's time to maximize your intellectual investment and develop for the full spectrum of mobile platforms and devices. With Cracking Windows Phone and BlackBerry Native Development, you'll learn how to quickly retool your application between the more » Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry platforms and broaden the interest and audience of your app.
Cracking Windows Phone and BlackBerry Native Development takes you through the same mobile software development project on each platform, learning the differences between and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each platform as you go. No magic intermediate layers of obfuscation - by the time you get to the end, you'll be an expert at developing for any of the major smartphone platforms using each vendor's preferred toolset and approach. « less
It focuses on the 75 percent of the material that you will need 95 percent of the time. We're not going to teach you object-oriented programming (OOP) all over again, but we are going to take the time to point out how .NET and C# differ in their execution of the standard OOP concepts from other languages' more » implementations in order to make your migration as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Migrating to Windows Phone will lead you through a tour of the key features of developing for Microsoft's devices. We'll consider everything from data handling to accelerometers, from mapping to WCF. We'll also walk you through monetizing your application through Microsoft's online Windows Phone store. « less
The Windows Phone 7 platform provides a remarkable opportunity for Windows developers to create state-of-the-art mobile applications using their existing skills and a familiar toolset. For iOS and Android developers, this book provides the right level of content to help developers rapidly come up to more » speed on Windows Phone. Pro Windows Phone 7 Development will help you unlock the potential of this platform and create dazzling, visually rich, and highly functional applications for the Windows Phone Marketplace.
For developers new to the Windows Phone 7 platform, whether .NET, iPhone, or Android developers, this book starts by introducing you to the features and specifications of the Windows Phone series, and then leads you through the complete application development process. You'll learn how to use Microsoft technologies like Silverlight, .NET, the XNA Framework, Visual Studio, and Expression Blend effectively, how to take advantage of the available sensors such as the location service, accelerometer, and touch, make your apps location-aware using GPS data, utilize the rich media capabilities of the Windows Phone series, and much more. Finally, you'll receive a full tutorial on how to publish and sell your application through the Windows Phone Marketplace. « less
In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you'll learn how to build high performance games for Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft's free XNA 4.0 toolset. Using this book's straightforward, step-by-step approach, you'll master all the skills you need to design, develop, test, and publish highly playable games more » for any WP7 device. You'll learn how to integrate game logic, touch screen user input, bitmaps, animations, audio, physics effects, GPS location services, and more. Each lesson builds on what you've already learned, culminating in the construction of a complete game - and giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success! « less
In order to create new applications for Windows Phone 7 (WP7), it is critical to have a strong understanding of the architecture of the new WP7 operating system. With a special focus placed on the WP7 design guidelines and technologies, and a look at the system architecture and basic development environment more » setup, this authoritative reference presents you with coverage of the core mobile application development concepts you need to know before you start developing apps. The team of authors covers the most important topics of WP7 from an Android/iOS developer's point of view, thereby providing you with a strong foundation so you can start programming for WP7 right away. « less
A Problem Solution Approach
Windows Phone marks a significant upgrade to Microsoft's smartphone products. Packed with sophisticated new features and functionality, the device is a .NET developer's dream, easily programmable using Silverlight, XNA and C#.
Windows Phone Recipes utilizes a proven problem-solution approach, providing more » a concise guide to all the phone's features in recipe book format. First, the problem you're facing is identified. Then, a clear explanation of the solution is given, supported by a fully-worked code sample that demonstrates the feature in action. « less
Game Development for the PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7
Want to develop games for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7? This hands-on book will get you started with Microsoft's XNA 4.0 development framework right away - even if you have no experience developing games. Although XNA includes several key concepts that can be difficult for beginning web developers to more » grasp, Learning XNA 4.0 shortens the learning curve by walking you through the framework in a clear and understandable step-by-step format.
Each chapter offers a self-contained lesson with illustrations and annotated examples, along with exercises and review questions to help you test your understanding and practice new skills as you go. Once you've finished this book, you'll know how to develop your own sophisticated games from start to finish. « less
Building games for the Windows Phone and other mobile devices
This book will provide you with a comprehensive guide to developing games for both the Windows Mobile platform and the Windows Phone using the industry standard programming languages C# and VB .NET.
You will be walked through every aspect of developing for the Windows Mobile platform-from setting more » up your development environment for the first time to creating advanced 3D graphics. Finally, youâll learn how you can make your applications available to others, whether distributing for free or selling online.
Using extensive code samples throughout, youâll gather all the information needed to create your own games and distribute them successfully for others to enjoy.
Aimed primarily at C# developers, almost everything in the book can be used in VB .NET too. For those areas where this is not the case, workarounds are suggested so that VB .NET developers are still able to use the techniques described. « less
Windows Phone 7 is a powerful mobile computing platform with huge potential for gaming. With "instant on" capabilities, the promise of gaming on the move is a reality with these devices. The platform is an ideal environment for .NET developers looking to create fun, sophisticated games.
Windows Phone more » 7 Game Development gives you everything you need to maximize your creativity and produce fantastic mobile games. With a gaming device always in your pocket, as a phone always is, this is too good an opportunity to miss! « less