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Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location Aware Applications

Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location Aware Applications

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Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location Aware Applications

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276 pages
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Lansat:
Jul 24, 2012
ISBN:
9781849687256
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Carte

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This is a practical, hands-on tutorial based on real-world applications, using real-world 3rd Party APIs, teaching the essential tricks to get started in building location aware apps for Windows Phone. With plenty of images and code wherever necessary, this book will take you just a few days to get up to speed, no long weekend classes, no bible to read, a few chapters and you are off. If you are a developer who wants to develop apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform, but do not know where to begin, then this book is for you. Developers working on the Android and iPhone platform wishing to port their apps on the Windows Phone ecosystem will also find this book useful. The bundled code and apps can also help a non-developer; a smart business or sales person to quickly analyze and build new applications. This book is also aimed at Managers and Architects in the News and Entertainment industry; since two giants of this industry (Eventful.com and Patch.com) are mentioned extensively within the book.
Lansat:
Jul 24, 2012
ISBN:
9781849687256
Format:
Carte

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Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications

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About the Author

About the Reviewers

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Preface

What this book covers

What you need for this book

Who this book is for

Conventions

Reader feedback

Customer support

Downloading the example code

Errata

Piracy

Questions

1. The Location-based World

Understanding location-based services

Buzzwords in the location-based industry

Applications of LBS and common use cases

How Microsoft uses LBS in Windows Phone 7.5

Microsoft Location Service

Behind location-based services — GPS

User segment

Space segment

Control segment

Push and pull methods of location services

Push service

Pull service

Life without GPS: Wi-Fi based location detection

Life without GPS: Cell-ID positioning and cell tower triangulation

Life without GPS: Bing Maps API

Understanding indoor and outdoor navigation

Summary

2. Using Location in Windows Phone 7.5

Introduction to Windows Phone 7.5

Live Tiles

Panorama control

Pivot control

App Connect

Tools for Windows Phone 7.5 developers

Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone

Microsoft Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone

XAML

Windows Phone Location Service

Starting and using the Location Service

Continuous monitoring of the Location Service

Working with the Windows Phone location simulator

Summary

3. Using Maps in your Windows Phone App

Understanding map geometry

Overview of the Windows Phone Bing Maps Silverlight Control

Using maps in your Windows Phone 7.5 app — Hello Maps

Using pushpins with maps

Custom map pushpins

Using an image as the pushpin

Using your own pushpin style

Handling pushpin events

Working with Bing Maps geocoding and reverse geocoding services

Launchers and Choosers — An Overview

Using directions with Bing Maps directions task

Performing local searches with BingMapsTask

Summary

4. Events App - PacktEvents

Exploring the Eventful.com API

Extending the Hello Location example for showing nearby events

Filtering events by categories

Plotting events on Bing Maps

Building the PacktEvents app using Panorama control

Summary

5. Location-aware News App — PacktNews

Understanding the Patch News API

Authentication

Taxonomy

Finding stories by location

Finding locations by name

Consuming the Patch News API — HelloNews

Building the PacktNews app using the Silverlight for Windows Phone 7.5 Pivot control

Summary

Index

Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications


Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications

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First published: July 2012

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Credits

Author

Zeeshan Chawdhary

Reviewers

John Baird

Feyaerts David

I.T. Lackey

Acquisition Editor

Dilip Venkatesh

Lead Technical Editor

Arun Nadar

Technical Editor

Manmeet Singh Vasir

Copy Editor

Alfida Paiva

Project Coordinators

Kushal Bhardwaj

Michelle Quadros

Proofreaders

Chris Brown

Christopher Smith

Indexer

Rekha Nair

Production Coordinator

Aparna Bhagat

Cover Work

Aparna Bhagat

About the Author

Zeeshan Chawdhary has over six years of experience in the Web and Mobile space. With a career spanning from developing 3D mobile games at Indiagames Ltd to leading the location-based space at Wcities, Inc. as the Chief Technology Officer, Zeeshan has been able to learn quite a lot in the Mobile and Web domain and in a short space of time.

Among his key achievements is the pioneering use of the right mix of open source and proprietary software to create a technology stack based on clients' needs. He has developed location-based solutions for Nokia (with 5 million hits per year!) on a scalable cloud platform using Rackspace Cloud. He enjoys working with PHP, PostGIS, and PhoneGap. He has immense experience in making startups use location data effectively for their growth, from startups such as Foursquare to hotel industry bigwigs such as Marriott, from mobile giant Nokia to airline king American Airlines; he has worked with them all.

Zeeshan Chawdhary currently serves as the CTO of Wcities, Inc. where he is working on connected-car technologies. He can be reached at <imzeeshanc@gmail.com>.

Firstly, I am grateful to God, for he made me what I am. Coming to Earth, I would like to thank my parents, who have always been supportive of my love of books and computers. I would also like to thank my wife Sundus, who has been a great support while I wrote this book in the wee hours. I would also like to thank my brother and sister, for enduring me all these years.

About the Reviewers

John Baird is the founder of Xamlware, a professional consulting firm specializing in Silverlight and Windows Phone 7 development. John has 30 years of experience in designing, coding, and implementing software solutions.

John co-founded the Northern Delaware .Net Users Group, is heavily involved in the local .NET communities, and travels extensively, presenting to user groups, code camps, and special interest groups. John is also a four-time recipient of Microsoft's MVP award for Windows Phone 7.

Feyaerts David has worked on .NET technologies for more than three years. After completing a Bachelor's degree in Informatique and System, he worked as a Software Engineer at BizzDev (Belgium).

David works predominantly on C# and .NET, and was quickly promoted to a project leader. He works on multiple projects such as desktop applications (ERP), mobile applications (Windows Mobile and Windows Phone), ASP.NET websites, and so on.

To validate his expertise on .NET technologies, David is both a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) and Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) on Silverlight 4.

As a mobile developer for his employer he participates in development of an e-Health application for

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