Here’s a cheat sheet quick guide to a bunch of great MSDN resources on Windows Phone 7 development.
Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
Windows Phone Emulator
Fundamental Concepts for Windows Phone
Common Application Development Tasks for Windows Phone
Globalization and Localization for Windows Phone
Application Features for Windows Phone
WebBrowser Control for Windows Phone
Media for Windows Phone
Photos for Windows Phone
Push Notifications for Windows Phone
Windows Phone Developer Tools
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- The Silverlight Toolkit for all those extra nifty controls;
- Unity 2 for Silverlight as my preferred IoC container;
- The official application themes for Silverlight;
- Caliburn Micro to ease developing using the Model-View-ViewModel pattern and to handle the complexities of asynchronous programming.
- Rhino Mocks for Silverlight for, well, mocking.
- Fluent Assertions for improving the readability of my unit tests.
- Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.
- Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.
- Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bing™ Maps Silverlight® Control.
When using the Silverlight Tree View Control, you will discover that it is not easy to expand a Tree Node programmatically without using code behind. This article shows how to do that using a Behavior.
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One very common task for many mobile applications is the ability to capture the audio from your microphone and use it inside your application. Doing this on your WP7 device could not be easier. To do this you really need like 20 lines of code .
News Framework is an offline news reading framework on which any RSS based news website can have its own Windows Phone 7 application in just minutes. The configuration, content and styles can be managed from outside of the framework itself to fit the needs.
- Offline news reading experience
- Text size adjustment
- Save for later
- Share with friends via SMS/Email
- News by category
- Rotation support
- Search within the news
- Theme support
- Open Source: to be released very soon. Only a demo app is currently available.
- Full functioning demo included: An unofficial Mashable fan app. See below images.
- Layout the Environment
- Learn a Few Keyboard Shortcuts
- Watch Your Margins
- Get Your Grids Sorted
- Paths Are Your Friend (1)
- Paths Are Your Friend (2)
- Be Resourceful
- Trigger Fires Action
- Being More Resourceful
- States, Groups, Transitions
- Fluid Layout and the Popup Panel
- Fluid Movement
- The Data Store
Sterling is a lightweight object-oriented database implementation for Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 that works with your existing class structures. Sterling supports full LINQ to Object queries over keys and indexes for fast retrieval of information from large data sets.
The goal behind Sterling is to keep it:
- Non-intrusive. You shouldn’t have to change your classes just to persist them.
- Lightweight. As of this writing, the DLL for Sterling is under 70 Kb. No one needs to bloat their project for something as simple as persisting data.
- Flexible. While the core is light, Sterling is designed to handle any serialization task and make it ultra-easy to query databases using LINQ-to-Objects.
- Portable. Sterling is designed to run on both Silverlight 4.0 and the Windows Phone 7.