I greatly enjoyed the Codestock conference this year. The new venue is definitely a move in the right direction. Downtown Knoxville is a fantastic area – at least once I got oriented and discovered Market Street.
I mentioned several tools during my Advanced Windows Phone 7 development talk. Here are the links:
To replace the default Windows Phone image with unlocked WP7 image (build 6176), follow this link: http://www.multiupload.com/POF771XDFD . Drop the image into C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images and rename it wm70C1.bin .
For the application bar icons go here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=369B20F7-9D30-4CFF-8A1B-F80901B2DA93&displaylang=en
Stephane Crozatier’s implementation of the Pivot Control and Panorama Control (variations on the Hub concept) can be downloaded here: http://phone.codeplex.com/
Laurent Bugnion’s MVVM Lite framework, which includes templates for Windows Phone, is available here: http://mvvmlight.codeplex.com/
Be sure to review the Windows Phone UI Design and Interaction Guidelines: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9713252
I also want to point everyone to a fantastic resource for learning Windows Phone Silverlight development I recently discovered. It is Roberto Brunetti’s blog. It is in Italian but is nevertheless fairly easy to follow thanks to his excellent use of images and code samples: http://thinkmobile.it/blogs/rob/ .