This third update to the first draft version of Paul Thurrott’s Windows Phone 8 includes a number of copy edits, with about 50 percent of the book now proofread. This will be the final pre-release version of the book before the 1.0 release.
With this version of the document, I’ve copy edited (or “proofread”) about 50 percent of the book, or up through Chapter 9 (Email). This involves me reading the book, often out loud (for whatever reasons, this helps) and fixing any spelling and grammar issues as well as making other small changes. I also had to fix or add a number of new cross-references. That first pass I made for First Draft + 2 did not include some intra-chapter references, for example, and some of the inter-chapter references were mislabeled (for example, “.3 Store” instead of “Chapter 3: Store”).
I made a few small technical corrections, but I’m not actually checking every single procedure against running hardware since Windows Phone doesn’t change that quickly. That said, a number of times a passage caused me to double-check something on the phone, so I suppose a minimum level of technical editing is occurring as well.
Feedback is always appreciated. With the next release the book is “done” for now. Then a 1.1 release will follow within 30 days to cover Nokia HERE location apps.
Download Paul Thurrott's Windows Phone 8 First Draft + 3 (648 page PDF, 39.7 MB)