Programming Windows Phone 7 series

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To use this book properly you’ll need to download and install the Windows Phone Developer Tools, which includes Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone and an on-screen Windows Phone Emulator to test your programs in the absence of an actual device.

You’ll want to check the release notes for the Windows Phone Developer Tools, but it is my experience that Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone can be installed on top of an existing installation of the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate.

When finalizing these six chapters, I’ve been working with a Windows Phone Developer Tools package dating from March 5, 2010. Although I pleaded, threatened, whined, and even threw a tantrum, I have not yet held an actual Windows Phone in my hands.

The Windows Phone 7 Series supports multitouch, and working with multitouch is an important part of developing programs for the phone. When using the Windows Phone Emulator, mouse clicks and mouse movement on the PC are used to mimic touch on the emulator.

You can run the Windows Phone Emulator on a PC with a multitouch display under Windows 7, but in my experience, this configuration doesn’t offer any real benefits over the mouse. Apparently touch events on the PC screen are translated to mouse events for the emulator, which are then translated back to touch events for your phone program.

If you’re writing an XNA program for the phone, and getting multitouch working well is critical, and you don’t have an actual phone quite yet, you might want to consider adapting your program for the Zune HD and testing it there.

Programming Windows Phone 7 series

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