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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Microsoft Announces New iOS to WP7 API Mapping Tool



Microsoft announced on the Windows Phone Developer blog yesterday that they’ve released a new iOS to Windows Phone 7 mapping tool that makes it easier for iOS developers to port their code over to WP7.

The tool basically allows iOS developers who want to develop for WP7 to load their code into Visual Studio and find the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. According to the blog:

“A developer can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms. The code samples allow developers to quickly migrate short blobs of iOS code to the equivalent C# code. All WP7 API documentations are pulled in from the Silverlight, C# and XNA sources on MSDN.”

Microsoft hopes to attract more iOS developers with this new tool, but it’s probably going to take a lot more than what they have now before developers start seriously thinking about dedicating time and effort into porting their code. Not to mention the fact that WP7 has no where near the install base of iOS yet.

The good news however is that they see this as a work in progress and intend to add a lot more functionality in the future.

Source: Windows Team Blog

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