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Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

5days
Training code
ms20484

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24 Sep 2018
26 Nov 2018
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Module 1: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows StoreApps

Lessons

  • 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Describe the Windows 8.1 platform, architecture, and features.
  • Explain the basics of the Windows 8.1 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: Creating User Interfaces Using XAML

Lessons

  • XAML Basics
  • XAML Code-Behind
  • Advanced 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Describe the basic principles behind XAML.
  • Use XAML and the corresponding code-behind to create a responsive UI.
  • Understand how dynamic and complex UIs are developed by using advanced features of XAML.

Module 3: Presenting Data

Lessons

  • Working with Data Presentation Controls
  • The GridView Control

Lab : Presenting Data

  • Presenting the Note Data in 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.
  • GridView

Module 4: Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Built-In Controls

Lessons

  • WinRT Controls
  • AppBar Control
  • Windowing Modes

Lab : Implementing Layout by Using Built-In Controls in Windows 8.1

  • Implementing an App Bar

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 how to create views with an adaptive layout, and explain the best practices.

Module 5: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps

Lessons

  • 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Work with files and streams by using WinRT.
  • Use WinRT pickers to display a UI that lets the user select an item, such as a file or a contract.

Module 6: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management

Lessons

  • 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Describe the various states of a Windows Store app.
  • Describe app activation modes.
  • Implement app state management.

Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates

Lessons

  • Creating Shared Resources
  • Creating Styles and Templates

Lab : Working with Styles and Templates

  • Creating a Control Style and Template

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Create shared resources, which can be reused across multiple UI elements.
  • Create custom styles and templates, to provide a consistent look for your app.

Module 8: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store app

Lessons

  • Handling Navigation in Windows Store apps
  • Semantic Zoom

Lab : Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store App

  • Adding Navigation to the ILoveNotes App
  • Implementing Semantic Zoom

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Implement navigation and pass data between pages in your apps.
  • Explain the purpose and functionality of Semantic Zoom in a Windows Store app.

Module 9: Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts

Lessons

  • 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

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 Notifications

Lessons

  • 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

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Implement tiles, live tiles, and secondary tiles that draw the user back to your app.
  • Implement toast notifications to display important information.

Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy

Lessons

  • Evaluating Data Access Strategies
  • Working with Remote Data

Lab : Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy

  • Answer These Questions

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Describe various data access strategies and when to apply them.
  • Describe common use cases that occur while working with remote data.

Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch

Lessons

  • Working with Pointer Events
  • Working with Gesture Events

Lab : Responding to Mouse and Touch

  • Implementing Mouse Events
  • Implementing Gesture Events

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Describe mouse events and touch gestures in Windows 8.1.
  • Identify the best practices for handling gestures.

Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App Deployment

Lessons

  • The Windows Store App Manifest
  • Windows Store App Certification

After completing this module, students will be able to:


  • Change the package manifest of an app to meet the requirements for deploying to the Windows Store.
  • Deploy an app to the Windows Store and prepare an app for enterprise deployment.

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 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.


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