If you are developing an application for Windows Phone 7 and are hoping to get your application published into the marketplace – then you need to read this post!
Straight from the WP7 Marketplace gurus, here are the top things to consider before submitting an application for certification to help increase the chances the application will pass testing the first time. This list is based on some of the experiences we’ve had working with some of our early adoption partners who are busy building the applications you’ve seen us talk about at some of our Bootcamps and Launch Events.
1) READ the docs!!! Understand the application policies that represent the requirements all applications need to meet in order to pass certification testing. Here are links for your convenience
2) Know your iconography.
3) Support Information – Test Case 5.6.
4) Toast Notification – Test Case 6.2
5) Applications Running Under a Locked Screen – Test Case 6.3
6) Back Button – Test Case 5.2.4
7) Themes – Test Case 5.1.1. Avoid controls and text washing-out by testing applications with the Theme Background set to “light”.
Languages. Be sure that the application description and the text the application displays to end users is localized appropriately in the target language.
9) Failures upon Upload to the Marketplace. There is a validation tool that assesses your application upon upload to the Marketplace. Some common failures are:
10) Windows Phone Developer Tools. Be sure to use the RTM version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools as applications built on previous tool versions will fail testing.