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Overview

In this Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# training class students will learn essential programming skills and techniques that are required to develop Windows Store apps. This includes a combination of both design and development skills, as well as ensuring that students are comfortable using and making the most of the Microsoft Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools.

This course maps to the 70-484 exam.

This course is intended for professional developers who have 1 to 2 years of experience creating client applications and who are comfortable programming in C# and have done some XAML-based programming.

Goals
  1. Describe review the Windows 8 platform and features, and explore the basics of a Windows app interface.
  2. Learn to create the User Interface layout and structure by using XAML.
  3. Learn to use data binding to present data in the UI.
  4. Learn to implement the AppBar and layout controls.
  5. Learn to handle files and streams.
  6. Learn to respond to application lifecycle events using Process Lifetime Management and the PLM extensibility points provided by the Visual Studio 2012 templates.
  7. Learn to use templates to create the UI.
  8. Learn to handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app.
  9. Learn to design and implement contracts such as Search, Share and Settings.
  10. Learn to implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app.
  11. Learn to respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures.
  12. Learn to deploy a Windows Store app to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.
Outline
  1. Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows StoreApps
    1. Introduction to the Windows 8.1 Platform
    2. Windows 8.1 UI Principles
    3. WinRT and Language Projections
    4. Lab: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows Store Apps
      1. Exploring the Windows 8.1 Platform
      2. Exploring a Windows Store App
  2. Creating User Interfaces Using XAML
    1. XAML Basics
    2. XAML Code-Behind
    3. Advanced XAML
    4. Lab: Creating User Interfaces by Using XAML
      1. Creating the User Interface by using Visual Studio 2013
      2. Enhancing the UI by using Visual Studio 2013
  3. Presenting Data
    1. Working with Data Presentation Controls
    2. The GridView Control
    3. Lab: Presenting Data
      1. Presenting the Note Data in the GridView Control
  4. Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Built-In Controls
    1. WinRT Controls
    2. AppBar Control
    3. Windowing Modes
    4. Lab: Implementing Layout by Using Built-In Controls in Windows 8.1
      1. Implementing an App Bar
  5. Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
    1. Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
    2. Working with File User Interface Components
    3. Lab: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
      1. Using the File API to Read and Write Data from the Notes Files
      2. Adding Photos to a Note by using File Picker
  6. Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
    1. Process Lifetime Management
    2. Windows Store App Activation and Background Tasks
    3. Implementing a State Management Strategy
    4. Lab: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
      1. Exploring the Different PLM States
      2. Implementing State Management
  7. Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates
    1. Creating Shared Resources
    2. Creating Styles and Templates
    3. Lab: Working with Styles and Templates
      1. Creating a Control Style and Template
  8. Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store app
    1. Handling Navigation in Windows Store apps
    2. Semantic Zoom
    3. Lab: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App
      1. Adding Navigation to the ILoveNotes App
      2. Implementing Semantic Zoom
  9. Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
    1. Designing for Charms and Contracts
    2. The Search Contract and the SearchBox Control
    3. The Share Contract
    4. Managing App Settings
    5. Lab: Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
      1. Implementing the Search Contract
      2. Implementing the Share Contract
      3. Adding a New Setting to the Settings Pane
      4. Optional: Implementing Search with the SearchBox Control
  10. Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
    1. Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles, and Badge Notifications
    2. Implementing Toast Notifications
    3. Lab: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
      1. Enabling Live Tile Functionality on the Main Tile
      2. Adding Secondary Tiles Functionality
      3. Adding Scheduled Toast Notifications for ToDo Notes
  11. Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
    1. Evaluating Data Access Strategies
    2. Working with Remote Data
    3. Lab: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
      1. Answer These Questions
  12. Responding to Mouse and Touch
    1. Working with Pointer Events
    2. Working with Gesture Events
    3. Lab: Responding to Mouse and Touch
      1. Implementing Mouse Events
      2. Implementing Gesture Events
  13. Planning for Windows Store App Deployment
    1. The Windows Store App Manifest
    2. Windows Store App Certification
Class Materials

Each student in our Live Online and our Onsite classes receives a comprehensive set of materials, including course notes and all the class examples.

Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Visual Studio class:

  • 1 or more years of experience creating applications.
  • 1 to 3 months experience creating Windows client applications.
  • 1 to 3 months experience using Visual Studio 2010 or 2012.
  • Attended Course 20483C: Programming in C#, or equivalent knowledge.
  • MOC 20483 - Programming in C# 5.0
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