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Topic # 111441 3-Nov-2012 14:26
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How does one go about developing for a WP8 phone?

Or rather, what tools does one need?

I have an idea for an App, but no real idea how one would actually go about creating installing testing etc

Maybe I need to find a "Smartphone App Development for Dummies" - any suggestions?

advTHANKXance

Jim


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  Reply # 711387 3-Nov-2012 14:33
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http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us

Join the Developer center in next 4 days as for a limited time only, the developer portal fees has been dropped from USD$99 to USD$8. They will charge you $99 and return the different in 30 days.

Download the SDK which includes the tools to start coding. Its free. Plenty of coding samples and resources available on the above developer website.




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  Reply # 711390 3-Nov-2012 14:44
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Thankx for the quick reply

Hmm...

"Developer Portal Fee" Dont like the sound of that at all, so M$FT += -1 ;

However I am exploring the API's in SDK

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  Reply # 711394 3-Nov-2012 14:49
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Microsoft, Apple and Google. They all charge $$ for a developer account if you wish to submit apps in their app stores. Developing is free. You can download the tools and make an app. But if you wish to sell it or have it made available to be download for free via the app store, you need that developer account.

If you are a student at one of the leading NZ institutions, then you can sign up to Microsoft DreamSpark program for free which will give you a free developer account as well.




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  Reply # 711397 3-Nov-2012 15:15
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I'm only thinking of developing for my own personal use - no intention of making it available or selling it.

Do you have a Developer Account just to get the app to the phone for testing?

Also just found that you need Win8 x64 - which in my case will require a whole new hardware setup. Thats going to rule out 'just playing around' :(


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  Reply # 711405 3-Nov-2012 15:49
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You can download Windows 8 90 day trial and load it in a Virtual machine and do your app development on that? I have a developer account to side load apps from sites like xda-developer but mostly download and use apps from the official app store. You can create the app in the development tool on your PC and it will run it in a emulator so you can see how it behaves. Google's Android is the only development platform I know of, which will let you side load apps on to your device without signing up for a developer account.

Like I said, If you are studying in a known NZ institution, then you should sign up for free DreamSpark account. You get a free developer account and access to software like Visual Stdio 2012 Professional for free.

https://www.dreamspark.com/




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  Reply # 711407 3-Nov-2012 15:56
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another possible stumbling block for cheap phone development is that to run the windows phone 8 emulator you need a pc with a chipset that handles hardware assisted virtualization.

see http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8-emulator%E2%80%99s-hardware-requirements



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  Reply # 711411 3-Nov-2012 16:05
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I've done a bit more digging - and it appears that the camera API doesnt support what I want to do anyway.

Nevermind, I wasnt committed to that hardware platform, and I've learned someting this afternoon.

Android is looking better and better

Thankx for everyone's input

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