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Using the Visual Studio IDE for Windows Phone Projects

1/28/2011

This topic provides information about elements in the IDE that are unique to Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone and to the Visual Studio add-in that is included with Windows Phone Developer Tools. This topic also contains links to general information that is common to most versions of Visual Studio. The Visual Studio documentation provides information about common tasks such as managing solutions and projects, using the Code Editor, debugging applications, and deployment. For general information about using Visual Studio, see Application Development in Visual Studio.

For information about editing code, see Editing Code and Resource Files in the Visual Studio documentation.

For information about using Visual Studio to debug Windows Phone–based applications, see Debugging Windows Phone Applications. This topic includes information about debugging features in Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone and in the Visual Studio add-in that is included with Windows Phone Developer Tools.

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If you are using WCF on Windows Phone, see Networking in Silverlight for Windows Phone.

The deployment model for Silverlight-based applications for Windows Phone is different from that of Silverlight on other platforms because Windows Phone applications are not browser-based. For information about deploying applications, see the following topics:

The Visual Studio designer provides a Windows Phone skin with screen dimensions that correspond to a Windows Phone device. To change the screen orientation of a project, see How to: Change the Orientation of a Windows Phone Project.

You can use the Standard toolbar to quickly select a Windows Phone device for application deployment, and to start debugging. For additional information, see How to: Deploy a Windows Phone Application Using Visual Studio.

Most of the project settings for Windows Phone projects are the same as those of other Visual Studio projects. The Application pane of the Project Designer includes some options that are specific to Windows Phone. For information about setting the tile options, see How to: Create and Modify an Application Tile for Windows Phone.

For general information about project settings, see Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files in the Visual Studio documentation.

Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone and the Visual Studio add-in that is included with Windows Phone Developer Tools include project templates that are specific to Windows Phone. For additional information, see Using Application Project Templates for Windows Phone. For general information about managing solutions and projects, see Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files in the Visual Studio documentation.

The Toolbox provides the Windows Phone controls that you can drag onto the Designer. You can access the controls only when the designer is open.

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