Getting started with Windows Phone 7

The Autumn release of Windows Phone 7 is nearly upon us, and Microsoft has just unleashed a range of sample code, demos and tutorials to help developers make the most of building applications on the new platform.

First of all, a 12-part video series of "Jump Start" sessions have been released which serve as a great guide to getting started quickly with the platform.

Additionally, the XNA Creators Club has stepped up its resources available, starting a 3-part series designed to help creators optimize and polish their applications leading up to October and the release.

One of the more interesting resources released is the Java to C# and Objective-C to C# guides. They are designed to help Android (Java) and iOS (Objective-C) developers to get started creating apps on Windows Phone 7 by comparing and contrasting the features and syntax of the language they are used to with C#, the language used to program for Windows Phone 7. Other guides are listed in this blog post.

The Windows Phone 7 platform is shaping up to be excellent for gaming with the ability to program games using the XNA Framework, and Engadget's release last week of the 60+ games that the platform will have available at launch.

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