- 12-03-2012, 02:50 AM #3
As an old school programmer I can't help but recommend C++. It is natively supported in many SDK's and eases porting. It is also a very developed language that is much more powerful. There is also an unlimited wealth of information for c++. It is however as said a little more difficult to learn.
I suggest that whatever you choose, the first thing you do is learn the SDK interface and then open up several sample applications and copy/paste the code to a project of your own that is in itself unique to learn stuff quick. Then after you get familiar with what you've been doing say to a point where you can create a simple app without copying all the time you should open up some books.
Don't forget to thank and like anyone who deserves it!
12-06-2012, 01:08 AM #4
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Cheers for the thread. I'm new to developing period! Never written an app. Closes thing to programming I've done is writing .bat files lmao. Want to get into developing apps, especially for the WP. I've already downloaded the SDK and have no idea where to start with that.
12-06-2012, 10:04 AM #5
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I'm in the same boat too. Dabbled in a tiny bit of programming in the past, found I was good at it but never followed up and learned more. Big regret of mine. Currently trying to wrap my head around OOP - and I think I'm going to stick with C# for now to avoid dealing with memory management etc. I definitely plan on transitioning to cpp in the future.
A good place to start would be to just go to dev.windowsphone.com and take a look at the samples. Download a few, load 'em up, build 'em, then pick something you wanna change and go ahead and change it. Then rebuild and see what happens! You need to be patient - you're not going to make the next Metrotube overnight - but you'll be surprised how quickly you'll make progress.
12-11-2012, 01:43 AM #6
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Anyhoo, now after taking that course, and when looking at sample code, even though I know it wasn't developed in JavaScrips, the code, at least looks a lot less foreign. I can now identify certain data types and such used.
Ok we'll see how this goes. Expect LOTS of questions from yours truly.
- 12-15-2012, 06:13 AM #7
Contributor M, I'm in the same boat as you. I'm already planning my app but I need to make sure I can get the proper API pieces to use in the app. As everything he has done is custom coded, I'm curious how easy it would be for him to create a set of API files that I could then integrate into the app?
12-16-2012, 10:27 AM #8
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In regards to C# to C++..use whatever is less foreign to you. Yes, C++ is more powerful in some ways, but as a beginner you won't even need to dive into that sort of power.
Note you should use C# if you want to make something fast. C++ takes a lot longer to make stuff, at least with my usage :P
12-29-2012, 11:42 AM #9
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Hi, following on from the OP's question (also a beginner in wp7 & wp8 here), i would like to know if it is possible for an app to change wp8 setting? i have looked through all of the code samples and have not seen anything at all tha indicates it is possible. for example, can an app switch wifi on/off or change theme colour ?? good advice about c# vs cpp btw, totally agree with sticking to c# if you want to keep it simple. cp and cpp are much more complex.
01-05-2013, 05:00 PM #10
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I'm in the beginning stages of learning C# and Windows Phone development (does it ever end? lol).
I HIGHLY recommend watching/following some tutorial videos to help you get started. My favorite so far is "Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners" by Bob Tabor.
Yes, I realize it's for WP7 and not WP8, but this doesn't really matter if you are just beginning. It will give you a great starting or jumping off point for learning C# and XAML specific to Windows Phone development.
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