Would you like to write about Windows Phone 7 Development?

Perhaps inspired by my recent acquisition of a Kindle and subsequent interest in all things eBooky, I’m hatching a plan to pull together an eBook on Windows Phone 7 development topics and I’ll need your help.

KindleI know what you’re thinking, we’re already spoilt for choice with titles like:

but I have something slightly different in mind. Something based on real-world problems, solutions and examples. A book that talks through specific tasks, backs them up with solutions and illustrates with practical examples of best practices in applications.


That means we’re not constrained to a “Introduction to” format but have free rein to tackle the problems that WP7 developers face every day and (hopefully) back that up with great examples of applications using similar techniques in production.

Originally, I had in my mind an outline something like this:

  1. Intro / Welcome to Windows Phone
  2. The Platform (Chassis)
  3. The Windows Phone Developer Tools (Fx choice, tools and emulator)
  4. Silverlight on Windows Phone (If I'm a SL dev, what differences do I need to be aware of)
  5. XNA on Windows Phone (ditto for XNA)
  6. Design for Windows Phone (design guidelines, Metro etc)
  7. Application Lifecycle (Tombstoning etc)
  8. Accessing Phone Features (launchers and choosers, input features)
  9. Pivot and Panorama Controls
  10. Touch, Accelerometer and Orientation
  11. Location Aware Applications and Mapping
  12. Networking on Windows Phone
  13. Push Notifications & Live Tiles
  14. Browser Applications
  15. Optimising Performance (Memory usage, startup time, transitions etc)
  16. Marketplace (designing for 1st time approval)

though these are just suggestions and no exhaustive by any means. At the end of the day it should be driven by what Windows Phone 7 developers believe is important information to impart, not by a list that I’ve drawn up in my head.

My ask of you

If you’ve got detailed experience of Windows Phone 7 design / development in either Silverlight or XNA and you feel you could spare a few hours to turn that experience into a written article (nothing too onerous, let’s say perhaps 700-1000 words) then I’d like to hear from you.

Similarly if you’ve got a great app that demonstrates some Windows Phone 7 development principle(s) in action that you think would make a great “case study” alongside a technical article, I’d like to hear from you too.

So what do I need to do?

To get things moving, all I need from you is some detail about the topic(s) you’d like to cover (don’t feel constrained by the outline above – suggest anything you think’s important / interesting to others) and a link to an example of your writing (eg blog post or document).

Either use the Email Blog Author link or simply send me an email at Mike (dot) Ormond (at) microsoft (dot) com.

Oh, and please spread this around – tell anyone you know might have an interest in contributing – the more the merrier!

Comments (2)

  1. Haddicus@Twitter says:

    Sounds pretty cool, great opportunity for some. I will RT as well as share with my Linked-In peeps. I want to put something similar together for ASP.net MVC & Entity Framework development, but not really sure where to start.

  2. Ian Walker says:

    Sounds good.  

    Will give it some thought and get back to you, should be able to contribute something from the last year or so's WP7 Dev.

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