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Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# Training

Course ID: MSL-20484
Duration: 5 Days

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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.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe review the Windows 8 platform and features, and explore the basics of a Windows app interface.
  • Create the User Interface layout and structure by using XAML.
  • Use data binding to present data in the UI.
  • Implement the AppBar and layout controls.
  • Handle files and streams.
  • Respond to application lifecycle events using Process Lifetime Management and the PLM extensibility points provided by the Visual Studio 2012 templates.
  • Use templates to create the UI.
  • Handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app.
  • Design and implement contracts such as Search, Share and Settings.
  • Implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app.
  • Respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures.
  • Deploy a Windows Store app to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.



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.


Before attending this course, students must have:
  • 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.

Course Outline

Overview of the Windows 8 Platform and Windows Store Apps

  • Introduction to the Windows 8 Platform
  • Windows 8 User Interface Principles
  • WinRT and Language Projections

Creating User Interfaces using XAMLThis 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.Lessons

  • XAML Basics
  • XAML Code-Behind
  • Advanced XAML

Presenting DataThis module explains how to present data in the user interface using data binding.Lessons

  • Working with Data Presentation Controls
  • The GridView Control

Implementing Layout using Windows 8 Built-In ControlsThis module explains how to implement the AppBar and layout controls.Lessons

  • WinRT
  • Windows 8 Layout Controls
  • The AppBar Control
  • Snap and Scale

Handling Files in Windows Store AppsThis module explains how to handle files and streams.Lessons

  • Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
  • Working with File User Interface Components

Windows Store App Process Lifetime ManagementThis 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.Lessons

  • Process Lifetime Management
  • Launching Windows Store Apps
  • Implementing State Management Strategy

Working with Templates and ResourcesThis module explains how to use templates when creating the user interface.Lessons

  • Implementing Templates
  • Creating Shared Resources

Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store AppThis module explains how to handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app and implement Semantic Zoom.Lessons

  • Handling Navigation in Windows Store Apps
  • Semantic Zoom

Implementing Windows 8 ContractsThis module explains how to design and implement Windows 8 contracts such as Search, Share and Settings.Lessons

  • Designing for Charms and Contracts
  • The Search Contract
  • The Share Contract
  • Managing App Settings and Preferences

Implementing Tiles and User NotificationsThis module explains how to implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app.Lessons

  • Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles and Badge Notifications
  • Implementing Toast Notifications

Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy

  • Evaluating Data Access Strategies
  • Working with Remote Data

Responding to Mouse, Keyboard and Touch

  • Working with Mouse Events
  • Working with Gesture Events

Planning for Windows Store App DeploymentThis module explains how to deploy their Windows Store apps to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.Lessons

  • The Windows Store App Manifest
  • Windows Store App Certification
  • Enterprise App Deployment

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