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Christian Schormann

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series for Designers and Developers

Yes, I know, there have been sooooo many rumors everywhere. But this evening Charlie Kindel, evangelist-in-chief for all things Windows Phone 7 Series, shared a little more about the strategy of the new platform, just in time to set the stage for Mix…

The story is simple: New Phone, new platform. Among other things that means that Windows Phone applications are created in Silverlight and XNA.

I’d like to add that the design and development experience will be a lot of fun, elegant and productive :-) And yes, there will be tools, but you have to be patient with regards to that for just a little bit longer. Did I mention that Mix 2010 is right around the corner?

If you already know Silverlight and XNA, all the skills you already might have will shortly find another gainful opportunity on Windows Phone – and an opportunity to write for a very cool device at that :-)

Of course, even if you have not touched Silverlight or XNA, but are one of the millions of seasoned .NET professionals, you already know a lot.

And if you never have touched .NET, C#, Silverlight, or any of them? I think you will find the same that I have found when I started writing my first lines of C# code: It is a simple, straightforward language and a wonderful library of stuff already made and ready to use, and an environment that takes care of many low-level programming issues (like memory management) that I really rather don’t want to deal with.

Programming .NET is fun, and designing UIs with Silverlight is even “funner”. Silverlight is amazingly creative, productive and cost-effective, which of course matters as much as the fun in it.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to get your first Windows Phone app designed and up and running…

If you want to get started, there is an amazing ecosystem of support and information out there – books and blog posts and tools…

I am looking forward to seeing you at Mix 2010!

posted by cs at 17:52  

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