In about 2 weeks, I get a break for about 2 and half weeks with nothing productive on my agenda. I thought why not learn the basics of app development for windows phone 8 and windows 8? However, I am not sure where to start and this is where I need your help! I don’t have any previous app development experience but I am willing to learn and I can usually pick up things pretty fast. I plan on spending about 8-10 hours a day on this project (I need to keep my brain on my regular medical school schedule or else I will struggle to get back in the groove once classes start again) So I am willing to spend about 50 hours a week on studying app development which is less than what I spend normally studying during the semester but it will keep my brain engaged instead of just being a lazy a$$.

So where do I start? What books, tools, online resources or anything else should I start gathering? Any advice or links to resources would be great. I know I can’t learn complete app development in 2 weeks but at least I can start and build on it. So let me know where I should start.


  1. I’m doing a bit of windows phone prototyping for work, and whilst I know most of the general stuff from earlier exposure, things that I don’t use commonly like Isolated Storage, I go straight there and dig through it and in 5 minutes I have what I need. It is definitely well thought out about how you can build an app from scratch.

    Though it does assume you have a little programming knowledge. But aye, they provide examples so a bit of copy/paste, and actually reading the code you copy/paste, will actually get you across the line.

  2. Sorry, our email comment notification system was down and I did not get your comment til now. Hmm thats good do know that it is pretty good explaining stuff. I lied when I said i dont have any programming experience. Back in high school I finished 2nd at a national competition in calculator programming. :) i know i was a nerd. So hopefully I can pick up on this stuff easily too.

    • @Vikram: how did you go with it? i’m delayed at responding too cause i don’t like the notify by email and i just check back every once in a while. have you found it helpful so far?

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