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Build Windows 8 Apps with Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic Step by Step

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Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to building Windows 8 apps with .NET

Teach yourself how to build Windows 8 applications using Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with Microsoft Visual C# 2012 or Visual Basic 2012—one step at a time. Ideal for those with intermediate to advanced .NET development skills, this tutorial provides practical, learn-by-doing exercises for creating apps that easily adapt to different screen sizes—including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and slates. C#...

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Overview

Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to building Windows 8 apps with .NET

Teach yourself how to build Windows 8 applications using Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 with Microsoft Visual C# 2012 or Visual Basic 2012—one step at a time. Ideal for those with intermediate to advanced .NET development skills, this tutorial provides practical, learn-by-doing exercises for creating apps that easily adapt to different screen sizes—including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and slates. C# examples are presented in the text; Visual Basic code examples are available online only.

Discover how to:

  • Build apps using Windows 8 design guidelines
  • Explore the Windows 8 application architecture
  • Apply tools and libraries from Visual Studio and the Windows 8 SDK
  • Use XAML to create touch-optimized user interfaces
  • Create apps that make use of device sensors
  • Manage the Windows 8 application lifecycle
  • Prepare your app for the Windows Store
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735666955
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,463,213
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Luca Regnicoli is a consultant, trainer, and author who has specialized in user interface technologies for .NET applications since 2003. He has developed the presentation tier for many enterprise applications using Windows Presentation Foundation, Silverlight, and Windows Phone. Luca is a co-founder of DevLeap, a company focused on providing high-value content and consulting services to professional developers. He is the author of a book in Italian about ASP.NET. He has been a regular speaker at major conferences since 2001.

Paolo Pialorsi is a consultant, trainer, and author who specializes in developing distributed applications architectures and Microsoft SharePoint enterprise solutions. He is a founder of DevLeap, a company focused on providing content and consulting to professional developers. Paolo wrote ""Programming Microsoft LINQ"" and ""Introducing Microsoft LINQ"" both published by Microsoft Press, and is the author of three books in Italian language about XML and Web Services. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Roberto Brunetti is an experienced consultant, trainer, and author. He is a co-founder of DevLeap, a company focused on providing high-value content and consulting services to professional developers, and the founder of ThinkMobile, the largest Italian community for mobile development. He is a regular speaker at major conferences, and works closely with Microsoft Italy to put on events and build training courses."

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Table of Contents

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Introduction;
Who should read this book;
Who should not read this book;
Organization of this book;
Conventions and features in this book;
System requirements;
Code samples;
Acknowledgments;
Errata and book support;
We want to hear from you;
Stay in touch;
Chapter 1: Introduction to Windows Store apps;
1.1 The Windows 8 experience;
1.2 Charms and App Bars;
1.3 The Windows Runtime;
1.4 Badges, Live Tiles, Toasts, and Lock Screen;
1.5 Background tasks;
1.6 Contracts and extensions;
1.7 Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Simulator;
1.8 Summary;
1.9 Quick reference;
Chapter 2: Windows 8 UI style;
2.1 Influences;
2.2 Enhance the functionality and the content, not the container;
2.3 Characteristics of a Windows 8 app;
2.4 Summary;
2.5 Quick reference;
Chapter 3: My first Windows 8 app;
3.1 Software installation;
3.2 Windows Store project templates;
3.3 Adding UI elements;
3.4 Adding search functionality;
3.5 Summary;
3.6 Quick reference;
Chapter 4: Application lifecycle management;
4.1 Application manifest;
4.2 Application package;
4.3 The Windows Store;
4.4 Launching;
4.5 Activation;
4.6 Suspension;
4.7 Resume;
4.8 Summary;
4.9 Quick reference;
Chapter 5: Introduction to the Windows Runtime;
5.1 Overview of the Windows Runtime;
5.2 Windows Runtime under the covers;
5.3 Windows Runtime design requirements;
5.4 Creating a WinMD library;
5.5 Windows Runtime app registration;
5.6 Summary;
5.7 Quick reference;
Chapter 6: Windows Runtime APIs;
6.1 Pickers;
6.2 Webcam;
6.3 Sharing contracts;
6.4 Summary;
6.5 Quick reference;
Chapter 7: Enhance the user experience;
7.1 Draw an application using Visual Studio 2012;
7.2 Create the layout of a Windows 8 application;
7.3 Customize the appearance of controls;
7.4 Summary;
7.5 Quick reference;
Chapter 8: Asynchronous patterns;
8.1 await and async keywords for asynchronous patterns;
8.2 Writing asynchronous methods;
8.3 Wait for an event asynchronously;
8.4 Handling exceptions in asynchronous code;
8.5 Cancel asynchronous operations;
8.6 Track operation progress;
8.7 Synchronization with multiple asynchronous calls;
8.8 Choose SynchronizationContext in libraries;
8.9 Summary;
8.10 Quick reference;
Chapter 9: Rethinking the UI for Windows 8 apps;
9.1 Use Windows 8 UI-specific controls;
9.2 Designing flexible layouts;
9.3 Using tiles and toasts;
9.4 Summary;
9.5 Quick reference;
Chapter 10: Architecting a Windows 8 app;
10.1 Application architecture in general;
10.2 Architectures for Windows 8 apps;
10.3 Implementing the data layer;
10.4 Implementing the communication layer using a SOAP service;
10.5 Implementing the communication layer using an OData service;
10.6 Consuming data from a Windows 8 app;
10.7 Implementing an app storage/cache;
10.8 SOAP security infrastructure;
10.9 OData security infrastructure;
10.10 Summary;
10.11 Quick reference;
About the Authors;

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