Book: Essential Windows Phone 7.5: Application Development with Silverlight (Microsoft Windows Development Series)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
I have never owned a PalmPilot. But I have owned palmtops and smartphones.
I dived into writing software for a plethora of different devices but
never got very far. My problem was that the story of getting software onto
the phones was chaotic and I didn’t see how the marketing of software
for phones would lead to a successful product. In the intervening years, I
got distracted by Silverlight and Web development. I didn’t pay attention
as the smartphone revolution happened. I was happily neck-deep in data
binding, business application development, and teaching XAML.
The smartphone revolution clearly started with the iPhone. What I find
interesting is that the iPhone is really about the App Store, not the phone.
It’s a great device, but the App Store is what changed everything, providing
a simple way to publish, market, and monetize applications for these
handheld powerhouses that everyone wanted. Of course, Apple didn’t
mean to do it. When the original iPhone shipped, Apple clearly said that
Safari (its Web browser) was the development environment. With the pressure
of its OS X developer community, Apple relented and somewhat accidentally
created the app revolution.