Book Review – Windows Phone 7 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Apress)

Windows Phone 7 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach

  • Author: Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati, Emanuele Garofalo
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430233710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430233718

I was looking forward to reading this book since I learned about it. I find sometimes I encounter a problem when I am coding a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) app but I am unsure about how to find the answer. Sometimes the index helps or I just browse to a section of a book I think will help. But mostly you have to hunt around to find a complete answer to your problem.

Windows Phone 7 Recipes focuses on common problems faced by most developers and then proceeds to show what the solution is. Each chapter delves into these problems to demonstrate not only what the answer is but how it was derived, the code you need to implement it on your project and how to run the compiled code on your WP7 phone.

This book goes from introductory problems to things that can be pretty complex. So, it is nice to see that this book devotes full chapters to both gestures and sensors. There is also a chapter on working with the cloud to deal with feed readers and push notifications. Finally there is also a chapter on testing to ensure your apps can get into the Windows Marketplace on first pass through.

The only drawback with the book is that it could have covered some other topics that present problems for WP7 developers. Things like XNA are only mentioned in passing. As well, binding to external sources like XML files could have easily found a home in this book. My final quibble is that the book does not mention whether source code for the chapter examples are available for download on the cover or in the book. I had to browse to the book’s page on Apress.com to confirm that they are available.

Overall though this book is an excellent resource for helping to solve those common problems we all run into while creating WP7 apps.

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About Ken Cenerelli
I am a Programmer Writer, .NET Developer, Microsoft MVP - Visual Studio and Development Technologies, Public Speaker, Blogger, and Microsoft Azure Nerd. I blog regularly at kencenerelli.wordpress.com and can be found on Twitter via @KenCenerelli.

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