Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#
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In this course 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 Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools.
This course is intended for professional developers who have 1-2 years of experience creating client applications and who are comfortable programming in C# and have done some XAML-based programming. Those intending to take the 70-484 Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C# exam will also benefit from attendance at this course.
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Module 1: Overview of the Windows 8 Platform and Windows Store Apps (10 topics)
- This module describes the Windows 8 platform and features and the basics of a Windows Store app interface. It also explains how to create and style a simple Windows Store app by using Visual Studio and Blend.
- Introduction to the Windows 8 Platform
- Windows 8 User Interface Principles
- WinRT and Language Projections
- Lab : Overview of the Windows 8 Platform and Windows Store Apps
- Explore the Windows 8 Platform
- Explore a Windows Store App
Module 2: Creating User Interfaces using XAML (10 topics)
- This module explains how to create the User Interface by using XAML, and how to style a simple Windows Store app by using Visual Studio and Blend.
- XAML Basics
- XAML Code-Behind
- Advanced XAML
- Lab : Creating User Interfaces using XAML
- Create the User Interface using Visual Studio 2012
- Enhance the User Interface using Visual Studio 2012 and Blend Development Tools
Module 3: Presenting Data (9 topics)
- This module explains how to present data in the user interface using data binding.
- Working with Data Presentation Controls
- The GridView Control
- Lab : Presenting Data
- Create the Data for Consumption
- Implement the GridView Control
Module 4: Implementing Layout using Windows 8 Built-In Controls (10 topics)
- This module explains how to implement the AppBar and layout controls.
- WinRT Controls
- AppBar Control
- Snapped and Fill
- Lab : Implementing Layout using Windows 8 Built-In Controls
- Implement an AppBar Control
- Create Adaptive Views
Module 5: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps (9 topics)
- This module explains how to handle files and streams.
- Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
- Working with File User Interface Components
- Lab : Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
- Read Data from the Notes File
- Write Data to the Notes File
Module 6: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management (10 topics)
- This module describes how to respond to application lifecycle events using Process Lifetime Management and the PLM extensibility points provided by the Visual Studio 2012 templates.
- Process Lifetime Management
- Launching Windows Store Apps
- Implementing a State Management Strategy
- Lab : Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
- Explore the Different PLM States
- Implement State Management
Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates (9 topics)
- This module explains how to use templates when creating the user interface.
- Creating Shared Resources
- Creating Styles and Templates
- Lab : Working with Styles and Templates
- Create a Control Style and Template
Module 8: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App (10 topics)
- This module explains how to handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app and implement Semantic Zoom.
- Handling Navigation in Windows Store Apps
- Semantic Zoom
- Lab : Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App
- Add Navigation to the App
- Implement Semantic Zoom
- Explain what Semantic Zoom is, and how to use it in a Windows Store app.
Module 9: Implementing Windows 8 Contracts (12 topics)
- This module explains how to design and implement Windows 8 contracts such as Search, Share and Settings.
- Designing for Charms and Contracts
- The Search Contract
- The Share Contract
- Managing App Settings and Preferences
- Lab : Implementing Windows 8 Contracts
- Implement the Search Contract
- Implement the Share Contract
- Adding a New Setting to the Settings Pane
Module 10: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications (10 topics)
- This module explains how to implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app.
- Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles and Badge Notifications
- Implementing Toast Notifications
- Lab : Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
- Enable Live Tile Functionality on the Main Tile
- Add Secondary Tiles Functionality
- Add Scheduled Toast Notifications for ToDo Notes
Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy (5 topics)
- This module explains how to implement various data access scenarios for Windows Store apps.
- Evaluating Data Access Strategies
- Working with Remote Data
Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch (9 topics)
- This module explains how to respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures.
- Working with Mouse Events
- Working with Gesture Events
- Lab : Responding to Mouse and Touch
- Implement Mouse Events
- Implement Gesture Events
Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App Deployment (6 topics)
- This module explains how to deploy their Windows Store apps to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.
- The Windows Store App Manifest
- Windows Store App Certification
- Enterprise App Deployment
1 or more years of experience creating applications. 1 - 3 months experience creating Windows client applications. 1 - 3 months experience using Visual Studio 2010 or 2012.