Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

 

Course 20484: 5 Day; Instructor-led

 

About this Course
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.

 

Audience Profile
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.

 

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

      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.

Prerequisites

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 OutlineModule 1: Overview of the Windows 8 Platform and Windows Store Apps

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.

Lessons

      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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe the Windows 8 platform, architecture, and features.

      Explain the basics of the Windows 8 UI and Windows Store app experience and how it differs from Windows desktop apps.

      Explain the new API model, how it supports building Windows Store apps, and how it enables multiple language-specific projections.

Module 2: 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

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe the basic principles behind XAML.

      Use XAML and its code-behind collaboratively.

      Understand advanced XAML topics.

Module 3: Presenting DataThis module explains how to present data in the user interface using data binding.Lessons

      Working with Data Presentation Controls

      The GridView Control

Lab : Presenting Data

      Create the Data for Consumption

      Implement the GridView Control

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Explain the different ways in which data can be displayed in Windows Store apps.

      Use the GridView control.

Module 4: Implementing Layout using Windows 8 Built-In ControlsThis module explains how to implement the AppBar and layout controls.Lessons

      WinRT Controls

      AppBar Control

      Snapped and Fill

Lab : Implementing Layout using Windows 8 Built-In Controls

      Implement an AppBar Control

      Create Adaptive Views

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe the WinRT library and controls.

      Describe the app bar and explain the app bar functionality.

      Describe Snapped and Scale views and explain best practices.

Module 5: 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

Lab : Handling Files in Windows Store Apps

      Read Data from the Notes File

      Write Data to the Notes File

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Work with files and streams using WinRT.

      Use WinRT pickers to display a selection UI.

Module 6: 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 a State Management Strategy

Lab : Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management

      Explore the Different PLM States

      Implement State Management

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe app states.

      Describe what happens to an app when it is sent to the background.

      Implement PLM event handlers.

Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and TemplatesThis module explains how to use templates when creating the user interface.Lessons

      Creating Shared Resources

      Creating Styles and Templates

Lab : Working with Styles and Templates

      Create a Control Style and Template

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Create shared resources.

      Create custom styles and templates.

Module 8: 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

Lab : Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App

      Add Navigation to the App

      Implement Semantic Zoom

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Implement navigation in your apps.

      Explain what Semantic Zoom is, and how to use it in a Windows Store app.

Module 9: 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

Lab : Implementing Windows 8 Contracts

      Implement the Search Contract

      Implement the Share Contract

      Adding a New Setting to the Settings Pane

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Design apps to use charms and contracts.

      Implement the Search contract.

      Implement the Share Target and Share Source contracts.

      Describe the settings pane and add settings commands.

Module 10: 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

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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Implement tiles, live tiles, and secondary tiles.

      Implement toast notifications.

Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy

This module explains how to implement various data access scenarios for Windows Store apps.

Lessons

      Evaluating Data Access Strategies

      Working with Remote Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe various data access strategies.

      Describe common use cases that occur while working with remote data.

Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch

This module explains how to respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures.

Lessons

      Working with Mouse Events

      Working with Gesture Events

Lab : Responding to Mouse and Touch

      Implement Mouse Events

      Implement Gesture Events

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Describe mouse events and touch gestures in Windows 8.

      Explain gestures handling best practices.

Module 13: 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:

      Change an app's package manifest to meet the requirements of deploying to the Windows Store.

      Deploy an app to the Windows Store.

      Prepare an app for enterprise deployment.