Final Windows Phone 7 developer tools shipping on September 16th

Microsoft has just announced that the final version of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools will ship on September 16th and that the current tools have already been downloaded more than 300,000 times (CTP and Beta). Many developer are waiting for the final tools mainly because of the current lack of crucial controls like Panorama, Pivot, List, Bing Maps etc ( Developers have to currently build their own controls or use open-source versions available on the web) and the presence of several bugs that make development a little bit tricky.

Of course, it’s not just the big names in development who are going to bring great titles to Windows Phone 7 customers. There are many multiples more of lesser known developers who are looking to be in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Large or small, all developers will have equal opportunity to capitalize on the first mover advantage of having their apps or games ready at launch. In order to do that, there are a few things developers will need to do:

1.Register at the marketplace today
2.Finish you application or game using the Beta tools
3.Download the final Windows Phone Developer Tools when they are released on September 16th
4.Recompile your app or game using the final tools5.Have your XAP ready for ingestion into the marketplace in early October when it opens

The final tools will likely have some minor breaking changes from the Beta tools, so developers may have to fix some bugs that arise. The final tools will also include several highly requested Silverlight controls which will make it even easier for developers to deliver high quality Windows Phone 7 experiences. Also in the September 16th final release, the panorama, pivot and Bing maps controls will all be available to drop into applications.

 

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Windows Phone 7 development chat

Microsoft’s Channel 9 has just be update with a new episode of The Knowledge Chamber dedicated to Windows Phone 7. The 20 minutes long video is a chat with Mike Harsh who is Program Manager of the Silverlight application platform on Windows Phone 7. The main topic discussed is the the use of the development tools to code silverlight and XNA applications and you will also get to see a in-house MSDN WP7 application that aggregates all of Microsoft’s developer site and features video playback of the video keynotes directly on the phone (with the use of IIS Smooth Streaming on the server side):

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Developing for Windows Phone 7 vs Android

Mishkin from the Dirty Developer blog has posted a nice article comparing the main differences and similarity between the Windows Phone 7 and Android development platforms. He build a simple unit converter for WP7 and Android 2.2 to show you exactly how things look like on the inside:

The Android Platform and Windows Phone 7 share a lot of commonalities. It will take a while to get used to migrating from Android + Eclipse to Windows Phone 7 + Microsoft Visual Studio + Expression Blend but in the end it is a much smoother development experience. The tools which Microsoft provide add a wealth of ease to the lives of us developers.

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Developing your first Windows Phone 7 application in a few minutes

Microsoft MVP Shawn Wildermuth has just wrapped up a short video tutorial on how to develop a simple Silverlight Windows Phone 7 application in a few minutes with the use of Visual Studio 2010 Express and Expression Blend 4. Just hit the break link and watch the video and download the source code:

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Coding for the iPhone vs Windows Phone 7

Microsoft MVP Don Burnette has wrapped a  presentation comparing the iPhone coding experience versus the Windows Phone 7 development environment.

My thoughts on iPhone coding a master-detail set of two views on iPhone versus Windows Phone 7 and why the designer-developer story is better with the Microsoft toolset thanks to Expression Blend and the C# language.. This is just an opinion piece, but realize I am not a newbie at either platform. I was using Interface Builder on NeXT boxes in 1993-1994 and unfortunately in my opinion not enough has changed, to put real design into the hands of the iPhone coder..

Check out the full presentation below:

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Windows Phone 7 Value Keynote video

If you have some free time and wish to see some Windows Phone 7 action then check out the Windows Phone 7 Key Value keynote done by Andy Lees and Brad Brooks today at WPC10. You’ll get to see the usual walkthrough and a couple of coding and development scenarios. Check it out after the break:
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Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools BETA SDK released

 

This came out faster than I expected. Just a few hours ago I was giving you the scoop on the upcoming release of the Beta version of the Windows Phone 7 SDK / Developer tools and they are not available for download. Similar to what I said earlier Microsoft is also announcing that they will start shipping developer handsets to select ISVs starting Monday 19th and provide local Microsoft DPE/teams a couple of devices so developers can use them directly at Microsoft’s offices. The next batch of devices is expected to ship later this August. Here are the new features and improvements included in the Beta version of the SDK:

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Renault Rent Windows Phone 7 application and prototyping applications with Sketchflow

The french team at Tequilarapido has just posted a nice article detailing the use of Microsoft’s Sketchflow (part of Experssion Studio 4) to prototype the development of a Windows Phone 7 application. The project being worked on is a vehicle renting (Renault cars) application which gives the user the ability to select the car model, the number of days, location etc…check out the quick Sketchflow video showcase followed by a short demo of the actual Renault Rent WP7 application after the break:

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