Eight Reasons C# is the Best Language for Mobile Development

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The statisticians behind the Popularity of Programming Languages (PYPL) index have named C# the language of the year for 2012. Their data shows that C# popularity grew by 2.3 percent in 2012, more than any other programming language during the same period.

What accounts for the growth of C# in 2012? Well, the launch of Windows 8 has probably played a role — C# remains the dominant language of third-party application development on Windows devices.

But we think there’s more to it than that. Here are eight reasons why C# is increasingly the programming language of choice for mobile development:

Read the entire post here: http://blog.xamarin.com/eight-reasons-c-sharp-is-the-best-language-for-mobile-development/

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Just Released: Windows Phone 7 Guidance – patterns & practices

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Microsoft patterns & practices is excited to announce the release of:

  • A case study for Building Advanced Windows Phone Applications
  • Building Testable Windows Phone Applications
  • Developing a Windows Phone Application using the MVVM Pattern
Resources:
>> Go to Patterns & Practices: Windows Phone Guidance Home on MSDN
>> On Codeplex:
http://wp7guide.codeplex.com

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

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A new toolkit helps you join Windows Phone applications with Windows Azure.Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 helps ease the building Windows Phone 7 applications that use services running on Windows Azure.

The Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 is designed to make it easier for you to build mobile applications that leverage cloud services running in Windows Azure. The toolkit includes Visual Studio project templates for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Azure, class libraries optimized for use on the phone, sample applications, and documentation.

The toolkit provides you with:

  • Binaries for your Windows Phone 7 applications
  • Project templates to optimize new phone application creation
  • Sample applications in both C# and VB.NET
  • A dependency checker that checks the prerequisites required by the toolkit
  • Setup and configuration documentation, toolkit content review, a getting started walkthrough, and troubleshooting tips

For more information, see NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7.

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