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Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications

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Zeeshan Chawdhary

Build your first Windows Phone application with Location and Maps with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849687249
Paperback148 pages

About This Book

  • Understand Location Based Services.
  • Work with Windows Phone Location Service.
  • Understand how Maps work.
  • Create a simple Map application and learn to use Geocoding, Pushpins.
  • Discover Directions with Bing Maps Directions.
  • Build two real-world windows phone applications – using Eventful.com and AOL Patch.com API

Who This Book Is For

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 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
Behind location-based services — GPS
Push and pull methods of location services
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
Chapter 2: Using Location in Windows Phone 7.5
Introduction to Windows Phone 7.5
Windows Phone Location Service
Summary
Chapter 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
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
Chapter 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
Chapter 5: Location-aware News App — PacktNews
Understanding the Patch News API
Consuming the Patch News API — HelloNews
Building the PacktNews app using the Silverlight for Windows Phone 7.5 Pivot control
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Understand all about Location Based Services and know how they are used in the Windows Phone ecosystem.
  • Work with Location Services and location simulation for Windows Phone.
  • Get to grips with Maps - Behind the scenes: How maps work.
  • Understand and work with Bing Maps and the Bing Maps Silverlight control.
  • Work with Launchers & Choosers for Windows Phone.
  • Explore BingMapsTask for Local Search and BingMapsDirections for Directions.
  • Understand Eventful.com API and build an Events App for Windows Phone.
  • Work with AOL Patch.com API and build an App using the same.

In Detail

Windows Phone 7.5 has met with some great initial reviews from all mobile critics. It is poised to be the ‘3rd’ eco-system for mobile, joining Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform. With Microsoft and Nokia working on multiple devices based on Windows Phone, the platform is a no-brainer enterprise success. Microsoft Office, Email, Skype and a fresh new mobile operating system has been a great champion of a cause for both Microsoft and Nokia.

"Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications" will teach you to divein to the new Windows Phone Experience. No more 600 page bibles - just the right mix of text and lots of code to get you started!

"Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications" covers location based services and maps, and focuses on methods of location detection and maps. Powered with this information, two real-world applications are covered. In short, this is a concise book on building location aware apps for Windows Phone.

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