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  1. btbam91's Avatar
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    Complete newbie here. If I am interested in developing applications for WP7, where do I start in terms of learning how to code? The only coding background I have is MATLAB which I enjoy a lot.

    Thanks for the help.
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    C# or VB.NET is your first step. Either can be used to code WP apps. There are already a couple other threads in this forum that provide good, first-step resources. Good luck.

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    Thank you, I will do my research.
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    And if you are hopelessly outmatched, XAML/Silverlight... they are the interface layer. Underneath is powered by C#, which is mostly a play of logic (after getting the syntax down).

    XAML is *almost* drag and drop. You can create basic info applications using almost pure XAML (map, directory, etc). It's a markup language with a WYSIWYG editor built in. Almost like building websites with Frontpage or Dreamweaver.

    All this, and the above[edit:above+above] post, are included in the WP7 SDK, avalible free. Have fun!


    Oh.... and it's good practice to document/comment what you are doing when making an application. That way, if you need to edit it a year or so later, you don't have to relearn some of the intrinsities of what you were doing last year :P
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    Thanks Jeremy. Commenting is probably the most useful thing I took out of my MATLAB course.
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    I did not know this about XAML/Silverlight. Cool.
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    Definitely learn C# over VB.NET if you want to get into it.

    FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS go to App Hub - windows phone and xbox live indie games development and register there, then go through all of their resources and examples, then get the book 101 Windows Phone Apps, it's the best development book I've ever read.

    I switched to WP7 development from iOS as my mainstay about 6 months ago and now work as a full time WP7 developer and it's insane how quick you can pick it up.
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    The nice thing is that MS gives you everything you need for free.
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    Don't forget about XNA too. Its mainly used for developing games, but since Mango Silverlight and XNA can be combined to create some rather sweet applications.

    Once you've got the basics down, you might find taking a look at XNA is worth your time too. Again, this all comes with the WP7 SDK.
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    Hey check out this book. This is what i started out with. This is a book by Charles petzold. Its really good for starting. "Programming Windows Phone 7" by Charles Petzold

    Check out .NET Tutorials and sample projects for the basics as you are new to the .net framework. I am also familiar with MATLAB so i can very well say that these would be the best resources to start with. I would suggest start with the
    dotnetspider then goto the book.

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    If you are a beginner , it is very difficult to stuy languages like c, c++ etc.. So start with vb.net is veary easy and then you can change to C# and then to next step. If you start in vb.net VB.NET Tutorial , VB.NET Help , VB.NET Source Code , it is giving step by step tutorial from very basics to advanced. The same lessons and tutorial in c# you can find in C# Tutorial , C# Help , C# Source Code . In both chapters the lessons and content same but one is vb.net and other is c#. So just go through the website and study step by step . Afyet you familer with c# then you can change to Java , C++ etc..

    zaaki.
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    Is there a Book?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shobiz View Post
    Is there a Book?
    Here is a link to a free one you can DL...

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_pr...s-petzold.aspx

    I have downloaded it, but have yet to get started with coding a WP app.
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    Continuing on, which language that will allow easy porting from WP, to Metro? Or vise-verse?

    I dabbled in Pascal, Fortan, C, and VB long, long ago, but found being a Sys Admin was easier. But now I'm burnt out on being a Sys Admin and I am thinking trying programming.
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    I would suggest Programming in the Key of C#: A Primer for Aspiring Programmers (Pro-Developer) also by Charles Petzold. Its a book for the very beginner. Then a book like c# Unleashed as a good follow up/reference after you get those two down you can jump into Programming Windows Phone 7 (available for free in pdf, epub and mobi formats) and making a few basic apps
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    Danke!

    I will check them out. It's been awhile writing code, so a beginners guide would be nice.
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