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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; 2011 edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430233710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430233718
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,436,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A prolific writer on cutting-edge technologies, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati has contributed to more than a dozen books on .NET, C#, Visual Basic, and ASP.NET. He is a .NET Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and lives in Milan, Italy. You can read his blog at Ferracchiati.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaio TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is good at providing WP7 programming solutions to those how-to questions with additional explanation of underlying concepts. The presentation may be a bit monotonous but what matters is obviously the substance which is in good supply. For both style and content, I like Adam Nathan's book - 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps, Volume I: Volume 1: Developing Apps 1-50 - which covers the same subject but with better depth and breadth and excellent presentational style (and part 2 of this book to be released soon and on pre-order on Amazon).

I am the first reviewer of this book and you will be surprised to know that this book is already being replaced by its second edition due to the fact that Windows Phone 7 development platform has undergone a significant upgrade from WP7 SDK 7.0 (on which this book is based) to WP7 SDK 7.1 (aka ver 7.5 code name Mango) and books covering this new technology have a catching up to do. The second edition - Windows Phone Recipes A Problem Solution Approach 2nd Edition - is currently on pre-order on Amazon.

Unless you're tempted by good price reduction for this first edition, get the second edition instead. The coverage will almost be identical except that the new features included with Windows Phone Toolkit (August 2011, Sep 2011) are missing from this book. On the plus side, the Windows Phone Toolkit up-to-date full documentation and accompanying comprehensive code samples are available on MSDN for download (and free of course).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is an excellent resource but... 16 Aug 2011
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Spend your money wisely - don't buy this book 29 Dec 2011
By Tom19 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book for Christmas. Money wasted. Hopefully this review will help you avoid making the same mistake.
I have previously purchased and read "Professional Windows Phone 7 Application Development", "101 Windows Phone 7 Apps", and "Programming Windows Phone 7". I've read dozens of online tutorials and blogs on windows phone 7 development and have an app available in the marketplace. The thing that drew me to purchase this book was the appealing idea of presenting a series of micro-chapters each in the form of a problem and answer. This is a great idea almost completely unrealized due to extremely poor execution and content.
Perhaps it is the case that English is not the native language for all the writers AND the reviewers? Having read through most portions of the book - I found the switching verb tenses, run on sentences, subject verb disagreement, and other basic English writing skills so poorly executed as to make the book irritating to read. The layout is also poorly done. Sometimes there are screen shots that fill an entire screen even though they convey next to no information, other times a screen shot before a very long winded description would have really helped. The font used for code is very similar to that used for prose making it difficult to read. Contrast this with "101 Windows Phone 7 Apps" which is a delight on the eyes, making great use of fonts, color, and inserts to make the pages flow and make them easier to understand. I wish I had passed on this one.

Grade summary: Prose: D-, Layout/Presentation: D, Content: C-.
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