There’s a lot going on with Windows Phone development these days and the great news is that you’re not out in the cold on your own here. There are a ton of of great Windows Phone resources that will give you thoughts, ideas, code, sample images and much much more. This blog post is going to be a growing repository of resources that I have that are available to Windows Phone developers specifically in Ireland but many of these resources are available to anyone.
Windows Phone Ireland LinkedIn Group – this is the best way to stay informed about all of the events and promotions in Ireland!!! For example, we’ve got a number of testing sessions coming up as well as tons of training events.
Windows Phone Developer Users Group in Ireland – coming soon…
Windows Phone YouTube Channel (Watch Social, App and Web videos)
WP Central – Independent Source on everything Windows Phone
Believe it or not, the tools are free.
Now, there are more complete versions of the tools (that do more than just phone stuff but everything that you need is free).
If you are in BizSpark or have MSDN – you get these more complete versions of the tools for free already as well. If you are a startup, sign up for BizSpark at http://www.bizspark.ie.
If you are a web consultant in a shop that’s less than 10 people, you can get these tools for free as well through WebsiteSpark at http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/support.aspx?tab=ProgramDetails.
Twitter Accounts you should follow
Windows Phone Design Team
Arturo Toledo – UX Designer Developer Experience
Corrina Black – Windows Phone Design Lead for Developer Experience
Josh Holmes – yes, shameless plug
Jeff Blankenburg – Developer Evangelist in the US
Susan Todd – Design Research Developer Experience
Windows Phone Design Twitter List
Jeff Blankenburg has a fantastic couple of series on Windows Phone development.
31 Days of Windows Phone
31 Days of Mango
Design Templates for Windows Phone 7
Silverlight Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Toolkit
Microsoft Design .toolbox Tutorials
Microsoft Design .toolbox Courses
Windows Phone Geek – UX Resources
Jeff Wilcox’s “Metro” design guide for developers, v1.00
Full Day Event Windows Phone Design Sessions
Windows Phone User Experience Design
All Thumbs: Redesigning an Existing UI to Suit Windows Phone 7
Analyzing and Improving Windows Phone Application Performance
Application Design for Windows Phone
Windows Phone UI and Design Language (MIX10)
Mike Kruzeniski: Personal, Relevant. Connected: Designing Integrated Mobile Experiences for Apps and Web
How was CocktailFlow Designed? Creating a Beautiful Windows Phone 7 Application
Albert Shum Talking about Windows Phone
ReMIX South 2011 Keynote with Albert Shum and Arturo Toledo
Silverlight TV 81: Four Great Windows Phone UX Tips
Silverlight TV 69: UX and Perceived Performance of WP7 Apps
Silverlight TV 83: Using Wireframes to Visually Communicate a Windows Phone Experience
Silverlight TV 75: Quick and Dirty UX Testing (Design Tips Mini Series)
Silverlight TV 78: Designing Tiles and Splash Screens for Windows Phone (Design Tips Mini Series)
Inside Windows Phone #24 – User Experience for Windows Phone Apps
Windows Phone Design Studios Tour Decks
Windows Phone Design Deck
Metro Design Deck
Refine Design Deck
Think Design Deck