Last year somewhere around May/June time frame one of my good friend Senthil Kumar passed on an opportunity that came to him. He was approached by Packt Publication to write a book on Windows Phone with F#. He couldn’t take it up and passed on the opportunity to me. June was a period of transition for me and I was leaving my previous job and moving on to a new role at Telerik. I had asked Telerik that I will join from July 1. So I had some time between June 8 to July 1. I took the book writing assignment from Packt and everything was settled and only thing left was to start writing. I have written many blogs but book writing is a completely new experience. So I wanted to experience that and I jumped on.
So my journey on “Windows Phone 7.5 Application Development with F#”. Had to learn a little bit of F# to start writing the book. It was a great experience for me while writing this book. I had to do my first drafts and that went through a technical review by 2 people. After those reviews I had to provide my second drafts. Once that passed the technical editorial team at Packt Publishing was performing digitization and they would come up with questions which I had to take care. So with almost close to 10 months of hard work I could see my words getting closer to be printed as a book.
On April 17, 2013 I was overjoyed to learn from Packt Publication that my book has been printed. I just couldn’t believe that the hard work of 10 months has finally paid off. So here is pic of the printed book:
Here is the link to the book online: http://gnl.me/WPFsharp
In this book you will find the basics of developing Windows Phone 7.5 Application development using F# language. In the book, I walk you through in setting up the environment, using the templates to create apps, controls usage, orientation handling, choosers and launchers and end with a look at the device sensors. At the time I started writing the book the version of Windows Phone available was 7.5 so it focuses completely on 7.5 SDK. But by the time the book was out Microsoft has already released a new version called Windows Phone 8.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my friend Senthil Kumar for passing on the opportunity to me, Packt Publication for the working very patiently with me right from day one to getting printed. Last but not the least my lovely wife Rashmi and my son Adithya – they have been very supportive and patient through out this journey of 10 months.
As of now I can call myself an author and in my slide decks I can start adding a slide with the pic of my book :). Hope, you will read the book and let me know where I can improve. This is my first attempt and I have tried my level best to do justice to the book. There is always a scope for improvement and better myself. So do let me know of any feedback you may have.
Till next time, Happy Coding. Code with Passion, Decode with Patience.