1. TheAsbo's Avatar
    I've tried a couple of other forums but I can't get a straight answer. I know that an understanding of C# and .NET is needed, I found this book that goes over those.
    Amazon.com: Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform (9781430225492): Andrew Troelsen: Books
    BUT, it's for experienced programmers. What programming skills are needed before going into C#?

    P.S. I know nothing about programming.
    09-29-2011 12:42 PM
  2. Vector555's Avatar
    You could look more specifically at windows phone 7 development books to get started. Just a thought. I program very minimaly on the PC, but that's it.

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    09-30-2011 12:45 PM
  3. Coffee's Avatar
    use Jesse Liberty's books on learning C#. You don't really need much else to program for Windows Phone.

    Programming is programming - you can learn the basics of looping, error handling, etc in almost any language and it will apply, but if you want to write apps, just start in C#, it's as easy as any other language to learn.

    Learning C# 3.0 - O'Reilly Media (don't pay full price, lots of coupons floating around for oreilly, or buy used on Amazon or somewhere)
    09-30-2011 03:15 PM
  4. mweinand's Avatar
    Learning XAML will also go a long way. Getting a book specific to Windows Phone or Silverlight 4 would be a big help. The easiest thing to do is download all the tools (free) and just start making some simple apps and get the hang of things.
    10-03-2011 10:38 PM
  5. Coffee's Avatar
    watch all the videos, too. there's SO much info out there. take it slow and follow the steps.

    Updated! Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 1 of 19): Introduction | Emily Gibson | Channel 9
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    10-03-2011 10:40 PM
  6. ccrraaiigg007's Avatar
    try CSharpCourse.com . Do the yellow book then move to the blue book. Also if you have any questions i will be happy to answer them.
    10-10-2011 04:38 PM
  7. GMJeff's Avatar
    Apress makes a book titled Beginning Windows Phone 7 Development - ISBN 978-1-4302-3217-9.

    There is a eBook that was released by Charles Petzold that was free to anyone that wanted to develop, and I believe you can still find it on the Windows Phone website, not for sure.
    11-14-2011 01:37 AM
  8. jeremyshaw's Avatar
    If there is a Windows Phone camp for 2days nearby.... go to it. It's extremely helpful for beginners who may know little of actual languages (and much more of scripting, ie. PHP), though that may depend on the quality of the presenters (at the Sunnyvale one, one was very capable and helpful [thankfully, he had the most sessions with us], one was hard to listen to, one was not technically versed, but extremely helpful nevertheless (suprise, he's marketing). Others were forgetable).
    11-14-2011 02:01 AM
  9. jim_h's Avatar
    If you're new to this I suggest starting out with C# on the PC, creating simple Windows apps, before trying to do a phone app.
    11-14-2011 08:42 PM
  10. jeremyshaw's Avatar
    With XAML, IMO, it's a LOT easier to start out making a WP7 app than a PC application.

    Though I admittedly, I haven't made an application for the PC since VC++2003 (which didn't have win/.net forms).
    11-14-2011 08:49 PM
  11. SJamG's Avatar
    watch all the videos, too. there's SO much info out there. take it slow and follow the steps.

    Updated! Windows Phone 7 Jump Start (Session 1 of 19): Introduction | Emily Gibson | Channel 9
    Thanks for the link....will be starting my development course when my phone arrives tomorrow.

    As a software engineer who has done a little silverlight dev, can't help but tinkering with a little WP s/ware dev. :)
    11-15-2011 05:30 AM
  12. selfcreation's Avatar
    Thanks for the link....will be starting my development course when my phone arrives tomorrow.

    As a software engineer who has done a little silverlight dev, can't help but tinkering with a little WP s/ware dev. :)

    you can try this as well:


    1.(getting started and all you need) Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide
    2.(Developer Forum for WP ) Forums - App Hub Forums
    3.(article) Microsoft Bringing WebOS Developers To Windows Phone 7 Platform
    4.(article) Windows Phone Developer Blog
    11-15-2011 08:09 AM
  13. SJamG's Avatar
    you can try this as well:


    1.(getting started and all you need) Windows Phone 7 Developer Guide
    2.(Developer Forum for WP ) Forums - App Hub Forums
    3.(article) Microsoft Bringing WebOS Developers To Windows Phone 7 Platform
    4.(article) Windows Phone Developer Blog
    Thank you very much - this will come in very handy I feel!!

    Just doing the c# tutorials at the moment and have got my unlock code ready for tonight :)
    11-16-2011 01:48 AM
  14. pseudoware's Avatar
    Free ebook "Programming Windows Phone 7" by Charles Petzold

    IDE, SDK, emulator, etc. Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone | Microsoft Visual Studio

    You're not limited to C#. Apps can also be developed with Visual Basic (which some find easier to learn).
    11-16-2011 01:55 AM
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