If you follow my blog you will hopefully be well aware of my involvement with the Windows Phone 7 development community in the UK. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch party of the phone in London as well as present demo’s of apps I’m developing to London’s Windows Phone User Group.
‘The short’ of the post is if you want to be compliant with Microsoft’s stying guidlines watch this video about some templates they have developed and made available for free download for Windows Phone Development. Please read to the end of the article for ‘'the long’ of my thoughts!
One of the things which is a building block of Microsoft’s vision of Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is a consistent feel to applications that are developed and put into Marketplace. This is why the developed Metro as well as spending a lot of time and energy into creating detailed design guidelines for developers to follow. The problem is the majority of developers are more interested in writing code that reading design documents, are more interested in getting async callbacks to work than making sure the pixel spacing is correct between their labels and textboxes. Unfortunately for techies spacing and nice looking UI is as important to you app as the technical solution (developers are just a cog) To help us coding slaves Microsoft have kindly developed some Blend templates that implement the UI design templates, these can be copy and pasted into your solution for free.