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  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition

    Greetings! To help celebrate the Xamarin Evolve conference, we’re happy to release a free ebook today: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition : Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone , by Charles Petzold. This ebook was created jointly by Xamarin and...
  • Blog Post: Programming books and ebooks lineup

    Here is the lineup of programming titles from Microsoft Press. We offer reference and training for core skills. Check out all programming titles or view them by topic below. C# C++ HTML, JavaScript and web development SQL Server Visual Basic Visual Studio and .NET Windows C#        ...
  • Blog Post: Handling file/folder pickers and the web authentication broker in universal Windows apps

    Hi, this is Jeffrey Richter. I was very excited when Microsoft announced universal apps for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps. One reason is that I can now use my existing C#/CLR/WinRT skill set to build phone apps. Another reason is because it means my Windows Runtime via C# book now has a new audience...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone updates for Windows Runtime via C#

    In November 2013, Microsoft Press published Windows Runtime via C# (320 pages; ISBN: 9780735679276), by Jeffrey Richter and Maarten Van De Bospoort. The book offers expert guidance on leveraging the Windows Runtime (WinRT) API to produce Windows Store apps. Since then, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: New book: Windows Phone 8 Development Internals

    Greetings. We’re happy to share that Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (1044 pages, ISBN: 9780735676237), by Andrew Whitechapel and Sean McKenna, is now available! You can find sample content, including the book’s full TOC, Introduction, and Chapter 1 here . Chapter 1, “Vision...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Three recorded Jump Starts available on demand

    The Microsoft Virtual Academy has announced the availability of three Jump Starts. If you missed the live events, you can watch the recorded sessions on demand. Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman and Technical Evangelist Jon Galloway provide an...
  • Blog Post: Available now: Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start webcast on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site

    If you missed the live Jump Start, you can view the recorded version for free on the Microsoft Virtual Academy site here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/building-apps-for-windows-phone-8-jump-start Description: This course is tailored for developers looking to leverage C#/XAML to build...
  • Blog Post: From the MVPs: Shared code for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

    Here’s the 20th post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). (Click the “MVPs” tag in the right column to see the rest.) Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their knowledge, real...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Building an app for both Windows Phone and iOS

    Check out the MSDN Magazine article by Microsoft Press author, Andrew Whitechapel, on building an app for Windows Phone and iOS. MSDN Magazine article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/jj658972.aspx There’s also an interesting follow up to his article here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 Development Internals (Preview 1) available now

    To celebrate Windows Phone 8 and //build/ , Microsoft Press is making Windows Phone 8 Development Internals available in two preview digital editions—plus the final ebook, when ready—at special promotional pricing. Purchase between October 30 and November 5, 2012, and your cost is just $10...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Windows Phone 8 Development Internals!

    Perhaps you're familiar with our unique approach to publishing Charles Petzold's Programming Windows, Sixth Edition . Via this approach you're able to purchase two preview ebooks and the final ebook at one time at special pricing. This is a quick post to tell you that we're using a similar approach for...
  • Blog Post: New book: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals

    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows Phone 8. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. We’re pleased to announce the availability of the new book Windows Phone 7 Development Internals , by Andrew Whitechapel, a senior member of the core Windows Phone Application Platform team...
  • Blog Post: Free ebooks: What’s new in our list of great resources

    Updated We just released the RTM version of our Introducing Windows Server 2012 ebook. Check it out! PDF - Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition - PDF ebook EPUB – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format MOBI – Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM...
  • Blog Post: New book: Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise

    We’re happy to announce the availability of Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise , by the well-known and prolific author Dino Esposito. This book is an architectural guide to a paradigm shift. Paradigm shifts just happen—and mobile represents a big one. Mobile enables both...
  • Blog Post: RTM’d today: Windows Phone 7 Development Internals

    NOTE: This book has been updated for Windows Phone 8. You can buy it here from The Microsoft Press Store. Each chapter covers a set of related features. For each feature, the book provides one or more sample applications, and walks you through the significant code (C# and XAML), so you can understand...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Download stats for Programming Windows Phone 7

    Greetings. This month the number of downloads of Charles Petzold’s free ebook Programming Windows Phone 7 (including the two earlier draft versions of the ebook we also released) surpassed 600,000. This is the number of actual downloads, folks, not the number of views of the blog posts sharing the ebooks...
  • Blog Post: From the MVPs: The path to my first Microsoft MVP award

    Here’s the sixth post in our series of guest posts by Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs). Since the early 1990s, Microsoft has recognized technology champions around the world with the MVP Award . MVPs freely share their deep knowledge, real-world experience, and impartial and objective feedback...
  • Blog Post: Author news: Andrew Whitechapel article on “Mango” apps

    Hello. Andrew Whitechapel, who is working on a book titled Windows Phone 7 Development Internals (Microsoft Press, 2012), has an article in the November 2011 issue of MSDN Magazine called “Building a ‘Mango’ App.” The article describes use of some of the new features in the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 release...
  • Blog Post: “Mango” Jump Start videos just released

    Remember the “Mango” Jump Start online training event that took place in August ? The videos of this training are now available. Who is the target audience for this training and what’s the high-level overview? Targets mobile application developers, technical product managers, etc. The 14-hour course...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: Windows Azure Toolkits for devices

    Microsoft has released updates to the Windows Azure toolkits for Windows Phone and iOS (i.e., iPhone & iPad) this week, as well as offered a new toolkit: the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android . You can find much more information in the following posts: The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Releases...
  • Blog Post: Quick news: App Hub ready for Mango apps

    In case you missed it, check out Todd Brix’s “ Marketplace & Tools Open for Mango App Submission ” post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. Here’s the opening of the post: We promised in late July that August would bring another round of developer news. That day has come! Today we will begin accepting...
  • Blog Post: Author news: Sign up for Mango Jump Start August 23-24

    Register Now https://www.eventbuilder.com/microsoft/event_desc.asp?p_event=m58m12c5 Dates: August 23-24, 2011 Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm PST Duration: 8 hours/day, including hour lunch break Join the Mango Momentum in the App Hub | Mango is an important leap forward in Microsoft’s overall...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: “Mango” Jump Start! Aug. 23-24! Pass it on…

    That's right, Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! Microsoft Learning hosted a Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (plus an update course) last year and it was an absolute smash. Mobile application developers raved about the fast-paced, demo-rich approach, the timeliness of real-world content on...
  • Blog Post: New formats for free Microsoft Press eBooks

    From time to time Microsoft Press has been pleased to offer free downloadable eBooks available as either PDF or XPS files. We are now very happy to announce that five of these same eBooks can be downloaded in two additional formats, DRM-free EPUB and MOBI. These new formats enable you to read these eBooks...
  • Blog Post: Project: Simple Game Creation for Windows Phone 7

    Looking for a way to get into mobile development? Build a game with a little help from this open source project on CodePlex. ScriptTD is an open source project that allows anyone to easily create a new Tower Defense game for the Windows Phone 7 platform, without any prior programming knowledge. The...
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