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"PWP7" Font Issues Fixed

November 3, 2010
New York, N.Y.

Some readers noticed that the Programming Windows Phone 7 ebook posted last Thursday didn't display correctly on Mac's and iPad's as a result of an embedded font problem. My publisher informs me that the font issue has been fixed, and the new version is available at the same link as the previous version:

Programming Windows Phone 7

Also, you might encounter problems when unzipping the sample code due to limits on total directory name lengths. Shortening the name of the ZIP file — or removing that name from the default unzipping directory — will help.


Thanks to you and your publishers for fixing this.

— Stephen K. Borders, Wed, 3 Nov 2010 15:10:05 -0400

The embedded font issue also caused issues on PCs in terms of there being no anti-aliasing of the font, making it very difficult to read.

This version has fixed that and the PDF has shrunk from 38MB to 12MB.

— Sean McLeod, Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:51:12 -0400

Brilliant! Thank you for the quick fix!

— Marcus, Wed, 3 Nov 2010 16:59:08 -0400

iPad ?

this book is for windows developers...not mac users


well done charles :-)))

— ThomasG, Thu, 4 Nov 2010 03:44:26 -0400


Thank you for providing an excellent resource for Windows Phone developers!

I noticed at and that there are NO Microsoft Press books on Windows Phone 7 programming. (Outside publishers like Wrox, Apress, O'Reilly, and Sams are represented.) Considering the importance Microsoft has placed on Windows Phone 7, it seems there should be several books available (ranging from Step-by-Step intros to advanced topics). Is this a shift away from book publishing for Microsoft, to on-line videos, MSDN tutorials, and web walkthroughs?

After Bob Muglia's awkward statements at PDC 2010 regarding Silverlight, Microsoft's developer story on XAML-based technologies is confusing, just as we are creating apps for their platform. Could you provide some insight on what's happening?

— Paul S., Thu, 4 Nov 2010 23:40:01 -0400

Analyzing Microsoft Press book releases is probably one of the worst ways to take a barometer reading of Microsoft's long-term strategy, whatever that may be. Regardless, you apparently missed the following Microsoft Press books listed on Amazon:

I also have excellent intelligence that long-time Windows Mobile guru Doug Boling is working on a book about Windows Phone 7 programming that promises to be his masterpiece. — Charles

Thanks for this great work Mr. Petzold.

It would be a good idea .mobi download, for ereaders.

s_48k, Wed, 1 Dec 2010 19:44:34 -0500

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