Windows Phone Guidelines for Symbian Qt Developers.

Symbian 3, Symbian Anna or Symbian Belle developers are now ready for Windows phone 7 programming. By joint collaboration of Microsoft & Nokia , Nokia Symbian applications are adjoined with Windows phone 7 apps. The preliminary building apps  of WP7 are quite common for Visual Studio Symbian Qt plugins:

  • Expression Blend 4 for WP7
  • XNA Game studio
  • Windows Phone Emulator 7.1 RC
  • Silverlight toolkit for Windows Phone.
In WP, Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone provides a full-featured IDE for WP application development. Visual Studio 2010 facilitates designing, developing and debugging of Windows Phone applications. It’s worth noticing that Visual Studio and Qt Visual Studio Add-in can also be used for Qt application development.

Visual Studio and the other above-mentioned WP application development tools offer similar functionality that is provided by Qt Creator and the Symbian Qt application development tools. The following table gives an overview of the functionality of the most important development tools on both Qt and WP platforms.

Functionality Audience Qt tools Windows Phone tools
Primary UI design: Colors, gradients and animation UI designers Qt Quick Designer, Qt Designer Expression Blend
UI design UI designers and programmers Qt Quick Designer and Qt Designer integrated to Qt Creator IDE Visual Studio 2010 Express and Expression Blend for Windows Phone
Application development (coding) Programmers Qt SDK including Qt Creator IDE Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit
Game development (coding) Programmers Qt SDK including Qt Creator IDE XNA Game Studio
Testing / Emulation Testers Qt Simulator in Qt SDK, QML Viewer Windows Phone Emulator in Visual Studio 2010 Express
Documentation Development team and stakeholders Doxygen, Qt Assistant NDoc, Sandcastle, Doxygen, Microsoft Help System

                  Qt and Windows Phone application development tools


The Guidelines are published in the following topics:

  • Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform to Symbian^3 Qt Application Developers
  • Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
  • Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
  • Chapter 4: C# programming
  • Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
  • Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
  • Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
  • Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool
    • use the Qt to Windows Phone API mapping tool to find your way around when you discover the Windows Phone platform.

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About Anindita
Anindita Basak is working as Big Data Cloud Consultant in Microsoft. Worked in multiple MNCs as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

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