Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# - 20484 Course Outline
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 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.
Before attending this course, students must have:
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
At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the Windows 8.1 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 2013 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.
Module 1: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows StoreApps
This module introduces you to the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, Windows Store apps, and the new user interface. Understanding how Windows Store apps look and operate is key to understanding the principles you will use to develop your own Windows Store apps, and thus making your apps more intuitive, compelling, and useful.
Introduction to the Windows 8.1 Platform
Windows 8.1 UI Principles
WinRT and Language Projections
Lab : Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows Store Apps
Exploring the Windows 8.1 Platform
Exploring a Windows Store App
Module 2: Creating User Interfaces Using XAML
In this module you will learn about the basic principles behind XAML, you will learn how to use XAML and the corresponding code-behind to create a responsive UI. you will also learn how dynamic and complex user interfaces are developed by using advanced features of XAML.
Lab : Creating User Interfaces by Using XAML
Creating the User Interface by using Visual Studio 2013
Enhancing the UI by using Visual Studio 2013
Module 3: Presenting Data
This module explains how to ensure that your app supports various devices and screen orientations.
Working with Data Presentation Controls
The GridView Control
Lab : Presenting Data
Presenting the Note Data in the GridView Control
Module 4: Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Built-In Controls
In this module, you will learn how by using the built-in controls and recommended methods, you can create intuitive apps that employ the common Windows 8.1 UI patterns across a variety of devices, with different form factors, and different input methods.
Lab : Implementing Layout by Using Built-In Controls in Windows 8.1
Implementing an App Bar
Module 5: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
In this module you will learn how to use files, streams, and pickers so that the user can store and retrieve information managed by your app.
Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
Working with File User Interface Components
Lab : Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
Using the File API to Read and Write Data from the Notes Files
Adding Photos to a Note by using File Picker
Module 6: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
This module covers the app life cycle, app state management, and various app activation states. Understanding PLM is important for properly persisting data across suspensions, recovering from termination, and sharing settings between app installations on multiple devices.
Process Lifetime Management
Windows Store App Activation and Background Tasks
Implementing a State Management Strategy
Lab : Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
Exploring the Different PLM States
Implementing State Management
Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates
In this module you will learn how to use resources, styles and templates.
Creating Shared Resources
Creating Styles and Templates
Lab : Working with Styles and Templates
Creating a Control Style and Template
Module 8: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store app
In this module you will learn how to design and implement navigation in a Windows Store app. you will also learn how to implement semantic zoom in a Windows Store app.
Handling Navigation in Windows Store apps
Lab : Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App
Adding Navigation to the ILoveNotes App
Implementing Semantic Zoom
Module 9: Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
This module introduces contracts and charms. These are two new Windows 8.1 features you can use to create a consistent and unified experience across Windows Store apps. By using contracts, you can make it easier for users to search for the content of your app, to discover and modify common settings, and to share data with other apps.
Designing for Charms and Contracts
The Search Contract and the SearchBox Control
The Share Contract
Managing App Settings
Lab : Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
Implementing the Search Contract
Implementing the Share Contract
Adding a New Setting to the Settings Pane
Optional: Implementing Search with the SearchBox Control
Module 10: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
In this module you will learn how to implement tiles and user notifications.
Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles, and Badge Notifications
Implementing Toast Notifications
Lab : Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
Enabling Live Tile Functionality on the Main Tile
Adding Secondary Tiles Functionality
Adding Scheduled Toast Notifications for ToDo Notes
Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
This module describes the various data access strategies that you can use in app development, and it specifically focuses on the best practices for remote storage.
Evaluating Data Access Strategies
Working with Remote Data
Lab : Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
Answer These Questions
Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch
In this module, you will learn how to successfully include all the three interaction types in Windows Store apps
Working with Pointer Events
Working with Gesture Events
Lab : Responding to Mouse and Touch
Implementing Mouse Events
Implementing Gesture Events
Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App Deployment
In this module, you will learn about the process of preparing and submitting a Windows Store app to the Windows Store. This includes changes to the app manifest, passing app certification, meeting Windows Store app certification requirements, and using Windows Store-related tools in Visual Studio 2013. Finally, you will learn how to submit apps to the Windows Store and a private enterprise store.
The Windows Store App Manifest
Windows Store App Certification
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