Free WP7 Programming Book

This was posted in the Developer Resources section yesterday, but I think it deserves to be highlighted here. You can get the second excerpt of Charles Petzold’s Programming Windows Phone 7 book, for free. There are 11 chapters currently available for you to read through, so head over to this site and learn how to develop for WP7 :).

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Developer Resources

As promised, I’ve created a section to share developer resources regarding Windows Phone 7 development.This post will be updated every so often. I will tweet whenever a new batch of links are added. Of course, there are many more links available out there, but everything has to start somewhere :). The latest links will be at the top of each section (latest = when I come across them, not necessarily date of them being published ;)). If you would like to send me any links you come across, that would be much appreciated. You can either comment on the post or message me on Twitter (@keyboardP). You can see when this section was last updated in the right hand column, under the aptly named “Developer Resource Last Update” section.

Last Update – 09/08 – links added since the last updated will be displayed in green.

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How to watch the WP7 Jump Start Sessions

If you missed the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions, you can now catch up. From what I can gather, there are two formats available at the moment. One is to watch all the sessions, including video of the presenters, from within Live Meeting. The other is to download the videos which contains slides and audio. I believe that full videos will be available in August. So how to watch the sessions? If you want to watch the sessions, with slides and presenter videos, then I recommend you use Internet Explorer. You will be asked to install a few plugins from MS. This method takes a bit longer to download, but it’s of a much higher quality.

Firstly, choose which session you want to watch from here.

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First Two WP7 Jump Start Session Materials

Thanks to Rob Miles and Andy Wigley for the first two sessions of  the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start course. If you missed them, you can download all the relevant files from here. Each session is recorded and will be available for download in August. For those who have registered, don’t forget to tune into Thursday’s sessions, which include more in-depth details on Silverlight (including Application Lifecycle), how to monetise your applications and how the Marketplace will work. You can also visit the Jump Start forums. Questions can be asked to Andy and Rob tomorrow (Wed 20th) at 1pm PST. If you haven’t already, you should download the hands-on Training Kit for the beta release of the SDK as it has great sample codes and explanations on developing for WP7.

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Square Away Game for WP7 (with code)

Rishi from Orktane has uploaded a video of Square Away, which is a game based on the nRoute framework. What’s more, the source code is available from the official Orktane site, so you can see how to use the nRoute framework to create applications and games. You can also follow Rishi on Twitter (@orktane). Check out the video below and  grab the source code.

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WP7 MSDN Resources you may have (Dis)missed

MSDN is an awesome resource, but often I forget how I got to a certain page with certain samples, or simply dismissed an interesting page. Therefore, I decided to compile a short list of pages you may have missed (even though they’re all accessible from the Main WP7 MSDN page), or ones that you should probably look at even if the title isn’t interesting ;). If you’d recommend a page here, feel free to comment and I’ll update the post.

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AT&T’s Development Program WP7 Webcasts

AT&T Developer Program are having a series of webcasts regarding development  starting with XNA Game Development for Windows Phone 7. The XNA webcast is tomorrow (Thursday 15th), so if you’re interested in joining in, then register for free over at AT&T’s site.

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Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh

For those developers who’ve missed the tweets, or still have the April version, you can now get the “Windows Phone Developer Training Kit – Beta Refresh” which is a set of tutorials and sample code designed to help you get started with certain topics of WP7 development. This release contains the labs from the April refresh (updated for beta refresh) as well as two new ones:

  • Using Windows Phone Launcher and Choosers In Your Applications
  • Understanding the Windows Phone Application Lifecycle (handling Tombstone

Click here to read more about the WPDTK or get started straight away (download a local copy / go through online version)

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You Want Gestures API in XNA 4.0?

Here you go!  Thanks to Nick Gravelyn, a member of the XNA team, for the heads up!

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Quick WP7 Beta Emulator Keyboard Tip

I’m sure most of you WP7 developers have gone ahead and downloaded the new beta development tools and you’ve probably noticed how blistering fast the emulator actually runs. It’s awesome! However I did notice that, by default, you can’t actually use your physical keyboard to enter data into the emulator. In the beta version, there is now a switch you can toggle to swap between your physical keyboard and the emulator’s SIP. Simply press the Pause/Break key on your keyboard and you can toggle between the two types of input.

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