Windows Phone

  • Published:
    July 14, 2011
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  • Technology:
    Windows Phone 7
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Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications

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Design data access strategies (19%)
  • Send and receive data
    • Design connection mechanisms for communicating with external web services, plan how to consume and parse data from web services (for example, WCF and WS*), ensure a trusted transfer of data to and from a phone
  • Design a data storage strategy
    • Differentiate between persistent and transient data, determine when to use isolated storage, plan for size limitations of isolated storage, design cloud-based storage
  • Plan for bandwidth limitations, and implement network connectivity detection
    • Plan for disconnected scenarios, plan for low network bandwidth

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Design and implement notification strategies (17%)
  • Plan for and implement push notifications in the application
    • Choose method for notifying user of application’s state/status (tile, toast, RAW), respond to notifications, registration for notifications
  • Plan for and implement push notifications on the server
    • When to use toast, tile, and raw; plan for receiving the unique device URL
  • Create and update live tiles
    • Update background image, numbers, and text

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Work with platform APIs, tasks, and choosers (21%)
  • Design and implement sensor interaction
    • Choose which sensors are appropriate for your application, design location awareness (when to use different levels of GeopositionAccuracy), location awareness system setting
  • Plan for and implement the use of Tasks and Choosers
  • Plan for and implement multitouch and gestures
    • Manipulation events (ManipulationStarted, ManipulationCompleted, ManipulationDelta)
  • Design and implement application navigation
    • Pass parameters (NavigationContext API), manipulate the navigation stack (NavigationService API), use of the Back button, PhoneApplicationPage class and PhoneApplicationFrame class and the difference between these two classes

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Design the application architecture (21%)
  • Design for threading
    • Use of the composition thread
  • Monitor and tune performance
    • Frame rate counter, cache visualization, redraw regions, bitmap caching, memory usage limitations, plan for power consumption, tune bandwidth consumption, performance counters
  • Manage the application life cycle
    • Tombstoning, response to PhoneApplicationService events (launching, activated, deactivated, closing)
  • Prepare the application to meet Windows Phone marketplace requirements
    • Windows Phone Application Certification requirements, design for localization and globalization, plan for trial versions, work with WMAppManifest.xml, design for icon requirements for marketplace

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Design the user interface and user experience (22%)
  • Design for separation of concerns
    • Presentation patterns that use view models, Model View ViewModel (MVVM)
  • Design Windows Phone control usage
    • Design control usage as described in UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone, design proper use of PanoramaControl and PivotControl, choose when to use the Panorama Control and PivotControl, recommend when to use ApplicationBar
  • Recommend keyboard layout for a given situation
    • InputScope property
  • Design for system themes, accent color, and screen orientation
    • Built-in styles that use system themes and accent colors, ApplicationBar icons (size, transparency), landscape, portrait

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for Exam 70-599 are typically independent software vendors (ISVs) or developers who design and develop applications for the Windows Phone platform.

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