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 Microsoft Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools.
Technology: Cross-Platform Development
This Revision: C
Delivery method: Instructor-led (classroom)
Length: 5 days
First published: 23 March 2014
About this course
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the Windows 8 platform and features, and explore the basics of a Windows app interface.
- Create the User Interface layout and structure.
- Apply the MVVM pattern to application design.
- Implement the AppBar and layout controls.
- Use templates to create the UI.
- Use data binding to present data in the UI.
- Handle files and streams.
- Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM).
- Handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app.
- Implement Semantic Zoom.
- 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.
Module 1: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows Store Apps
- Introduction to the Windows 8.1 Platform
- Windows 8 UI Principles
- WinRT and Language Projections
Lab : Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows Store Apps
Describe the Windows 8.1 platform, architecture, and features.
Explain the basics of the Windows 8.1 user interface (UI) and Windows Store app experience, and how the experience differs from Windows desktop apps.
Explain the new API model, how it supports building Windows Store apps, and how it supports multiple language-specific projections.
Module 2: Single-Page Apps and the MVVM Design Pattern
- Single-Page Applications
- The MVVM Design Pattern
Lab : Single-Page Apps and the MVVM Design Pattern
Describe SPA-based Windows Store apps.
Design and implement Windows Store apps by using MVVM.
Module 3: Using WinJS
- The WinJS Library
- WinJS APIs
Lab : Using WinJS
Describe the WinJS library and its purpose.
Describe commonly used WinJS APIs.
Module 4: Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Controls
- Windows 8.1 Layout Controls
- Implementing WinJS Controls and Templates
- The AppBar Control
- Windowing Modes
Lab : Implementing a Layout by Using Windows 8.1 Controls
Describe layout controls available for Windows Store apps.
Implement a control template for use with built-in controls.
Describe the app bar and its functionality.
Support side-by-side views in your app.
Module 5: Presenting Data
- Working with Data Presentation Controls
- The ListView Control
Lab : Presenting Data
Describe the different ways data can be displayed in Windows Store apps.
Explain how to use a ListView control to render lists and grids in Windows Store apps.
Module 6: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
- Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles, and Badge Notifications
- Implementing Toast Notifications
Lab : Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
Implement tiles, live tiles, and secondary tiles that help users to obtain information quickly.
Implement toast notifications to display important information.
Module 7: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
- Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
- Working with File User Interface Components
Lab : Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
Work with files and streams by using WinRT.
Use WinRT pickers to display a selection UI.
Module 8: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
- Process Lifetime Management
- Windows Store App Activation and Background Tasks
- Implementing a State Management Strategy
Lab : Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
Describe the various states of a Windows Store app.
Describe app activation modes.
Implement app state management.
Module 9: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows StoreApp
- How do you implement navigation in Windows Store apps?
- How can you give the user a set of rich pages that they can use in a way that captures the essence of fast and fluid?
- Handling Navigation in Windows Store Apps
- Semantic Zoom
Lab : Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App
Implement navigation in your apps.
Explain what Semantic Zoom is, how to use it, and how to implement it in a Windows Store app.
Module 10: Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
- Designing for Charms and Contracts
- The Search Contract
- The Share Contract
- Managing App Settings and Preferences
Lab : Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
Design apps to use charms and contracts.
Implement the Search contract.
Implement the Share Target and Share Source contracts.
Describe the Settings pane and implement settings commands.
Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
- Evaluating Data Access Strategies
- Working with Remote Data
Lab : Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy – Quiz
Describe various data access strategies.
Describe common use cases that occur while you work with remote data.
Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch
- Working with Mouse Events
- Working with Gesture Events
Lab : Responding to Mouse Events and Touch Gestures
Describe mouse events and touch gestures in Windows 8.1.
Explain the best practices for handling gestures.
Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App Deployment
- The Windows Store App Manifest
- Windows Store App Certification
Change an app’s package manifest to meet the requirements for deploying to the Windows Store.
Deploy an app to the Windows Store and prepare an app for enterprise deployment.
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