Wednesday
May012013

First Draft of People + Me Chapter is Complete

The People + Me chapter for Windows Phone Book is now complete in first draft form. This version of the chapter adds the section about Me, finally, finishing up one of the longer chapters in the book.

Frankly, I consider this chapter something of a setback. I started working on it weeks ago and was sidetracked for a variety of reasons (Boston terrorist attack, work travel), and it’s evolved into one of the longest chapters in the book, certainly the longest of the chapters I’ve written since the switchover to a task-based approach. I had hoped that this new approach would result in shorter chapters that could be written more quickly, and while that was true of the previous few chapters, it wasn’t for this one.

Perhaps not surprisingly, I blew through some of the content in the Me section (and dropped a perhaps-not-superfluous section about the Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter apps.) I’ll be revisiting that later, but at this point I just want to move on.

Likewise, there is a weirdness with the headings in the chapter where the complexity/breadth of the content required H4 headings; I’d like to keep to just H1, H2, and H3 headings, and have a plan to do that, so there will be at least one more post-first draft chapter version. I may just roll that into the wider book document, but we’ll see.

For now, it’s time to look at other chapters and getting to the finish line. I’ve started a bit of Chapter 2, The Windows Phone User Experience, and will likely peck away at that over time, but I think I’m going to write Chapter 6, Phone, next.

Feedback is always appreciated. More soon.

Download People + Me 0.7 (59 page PDF, 5.09 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.037 (395 page PDF, 24.1 MB)

Monday
Apr292013

People + Me 0.6

This is a fairly major update to the People + Me chapter for Windows Phone Book. This update completes the big part of the chapter, which is about contacts management.

This update includes the complete, first draft sections about Groups and Rooms, and significantly ups the page count of the chapter, partially because of screenshots, but also because Rooms, in particular, required a lot of text to explain. Part of the goal of the task-based approach is to have shorter chapters, but this one is spinning out of control. I’m not sure what I can do to change that, so I may have to just accept that this is a big topic.

Next up, I’ll fill out the section about “Me,” which is the special feature of the People hub that lets you post to and check up on your social networking accounts.

More soon. As always, any feedback is appreciated.

Download People + Me 0.6 (53 page PDF, 4.41 MB)

Download Windows Phone Book 0.036 (389 page PDF, 23.4 MB)

Sunday
Apr212013

People + Me 0.4

Here’s another update to the People + Me chapter for Windows Phone Book. Like the previous updates, this one focuses on the section about the People hub, the Windows Phone contact management system.

There are a number of changes in this update.

I had to move some sections around so that the “flow” made more sense. Previously the “Interact with a contact” section was before the coverage of the global What’s New functionality, but those were reversed.

I wrote sections such as See what’s new with all of your contacts (including filtering the What’s New list, read and comment on posts, and “like” a post), Share a contact, See what’s new with a contact, See a contact’s photos, and View your communications history with a contact.

I also blocked out, but did not write, partial sections for the Groups and Rooms features, which I had previously left out by mistake.

Download People + Me 0.4

Download Windows Phone Book 0.034

Wednesday
Apr172013

People + Me 0.3

Here's a quick and dirty update to the People + Me chapter in Windows Phone Book. This one adds three sections and expands a previously written section. I've also added a note to add content about the Rooms and Groups features.

This is a smaller update than usual, but I've been in a bit of a funk for a few days and wanted to get something out there. This one adds the sections Add a new contact, Edit a contact, and Customize People. I also filled out the View a contact card section, renaming it  to View a contact card and reach out to that person, and added  links to relevant chapters.

I also realized belatedly that I didn't really have a place to cover the Rooms and Groups feature. I added a note to myself about that and will layout the relevant section(s) this week.

More soon. Feedback, as always, is appreciated.

Download People + Me 0.3

Download Windows Phone Book 0.033

Sunday
Apr142013

Updated Chapter Files

I’ve had a chance to update the chapter numbers and references in all of the existing chapters and in the main Windows Phone Book document. Here’s a dump of the updated chapter files and book, along with a few short notes for each.

Chapter 4: Search

Status: First draft complete

I updated this chapter a little earlier today. This chapter was previously about half of a bigger chapter and has been updated to the task-based approach, so it’s good to go.

Download Search 1.0 (30 page PDF, 2.04 MB)

Update: Thanks to some reader feedback, I updated this chapter again with a few minor changes.

Download Search 1.1 (30 page PDF, 2.05 MB)

Chapter 5: People + Me

Status: In-progress

This is the chapter I’m currently writing. I had posted the first (incomplete) version of it Saturday, and this update includes only a single, minor change: The chapter number has changed from 4 to 5. There were no chapter references in the text.

Download People + Me 0.2 (12 page PDF, 1.73 MB)

Chapter 7: Messaging

Status: Awaiting conversion to task-based layout

This is one of the early chapters that predates the task-based approach, so it still needs to be converted. This update includes the new chapter number, and I’ve fixed the chapter references in the text.

Download Messaging 0.7 (37 page PDF, 2.44 MB)

Chapter 8: Maps + Location

Status: Incomplete

This chapter includes the second half of what used to be a “Bing Search and Maps” chapter. It needs to be updated to the task-based approach and I need to write major new sections about the Nokia HERE apps.

Download Maps + Location 1.0 (16 page PDF, 1.54 MB)

Chapter 9: Email

Status: First draft complete

This chapter only needed to be checked for chapter references.

Download Email 0.5 (35 page PDF, 1.88 MB)

Chapter 10: Calendar

Status: Awaiting conversion to task-based layout

This is another early chapter that was completed but now needs to be converted to a task-based design. This version includes corrected chapter references.

Download Calendar 1.0 (45 page PDF, 1.55 MB)

Chapter 11: Internet Explorer

Status: First draft complete

This chapter only needed to be checked for chapter references.

Download Internet Explorer 0.4 (31 page PDF, 3.56 MB)

Chapter 13: Music, Videos + Podcasts

Status: First draft complete

A chapter renumber and a few chapter references, nothing major.

Download Music, Videos + Podcasts 0.6 (48 page PDF, 3.35 MB)

Chapter 14: Photos

Status: First draft complete

Another quick fix with chapter renumbering/reference fixing only.

Download Photos 0.5 (29 page PDF, 3.29 MB)

Chapter 15: Games

Status: First draft complete

No major changes.

Download Games 0.4 (32 page PDF, 3 MB)

Chapter 16: PC Integration

Status: Incomplete

This chapter predates the change to the task-based approach. But it is also missing some PC desktop sync content that was pulled from the Music, Videos + Podcast chapter and will need to be further updated. This update includes chapter numbering/referencing fixes.

Download PC Integration 0.6 (20 page PDF, 1.38 MB)

Windows Phone Book

This is the full book document, aggregating all of the content from the existing (complete and partially complete) chapters listed above, with placeholders for the chapters and sections that are yet to be written. The goal is for this to end up at about 500 pages in PDF form when the book is “complete.”

Download Windows Phone Book 0.031 (348 page PDF, 20.7 MB)

Update: Thanks to some reader feedback, I updated this document again with a few minor changes.

Download Windows Phone Book 0.032 (348 page PDF, 20.7 MB)

OK, back to actual writing…