23 January 2014
About this course
This course will teach you advanced programming practices and techniques that will help you develop Windows Store apps. In this course, you will learn how design and develop Windows Store apps, as well as implement advanced features, such as using location information, streaming media to external devices, and integrating with online services. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Expression Blend tools.This course maps to the 70-482 exam.
- Add animations and transitions in a Windows Store app to improve the user experience.
- Localize the Windows Store app UI.
- Brand the Windows Store app and improve the loading experience with a splash screen.
- Use various storage mechanisms, choose a suitable caching strategy for their Windows Store app, and use advanced file access methods.
- Create custom controls, extend templated controls, and create and consume WinMD components.
- Implement the Print and Settings contracts and the Play To API.
- Work with the Push Notification Service (WNS).
- Capture media with the camera and microphone.
- Create and consume background tasks.
- Discover device capabilities, interact with devices, and act upon sensor data.
- Implement Windows Store trial licensing and in-app purchasing and advertising.
- Understand how to manage Windows authentication and web authentication in Windows Store apps.
- Diagnose problems and monitor application behavior by using tracing and profiling tools and APIs.
- Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: Windows Store App EssentialsThis module provides an overview of the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, Windows Store apps, and the new user interface. You will review the process of developing apps using HTML to create the user interface, and the WinRT API to interact with the platform.Lessons
Module 2: Implementing Animations and TransitionsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Review Windows Store App Essentials
- Review Windows Store App Essentials – Under the Hood
- Describe the Windows 8.1 platform, architecture, and features.
- Outline the process of creating user interfaces with HTML.
- Explain the new WinRT API model.
This module covers the following techniques for creating animations in Windows Store apps:• The built-in WinJS.UI.Animation namespace• CSS3 @keyframes• CSS3 transitions and transformationsIn this module, you will learn about the WinJS.UI.Animation namespace and CSS3 animations. By using animations in Windows Store apps, you can improve the user experience. This module also introduces the limitations of animations, and explains best practices for using them.Lessons
- Describe the basics of working with files, implementing contracts, showing notifications, and deploying your app to the Windows Store.
Module 3: Implementing Globalization and LocalizationAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implementing Animations
- Working with Transitions and Transformations
- Implement animations by using the WinJS.UI.Animation namespace and CSS3 @keyframes.
Windows 8.1 supports over 100 languages, with a potential reach of 4.5 billion people. You can sell Windows Store apps in over 200 markets. When you design an app for globalization and localization, it can reach a wide audience. Globalization prepares an app for a global audience. This involves changing culture-specific elements of the user interface, such as dates, times, currencies, languages, and more. Localization takes globalization further by supporting specific languages, cultures, and regions. You should always globalize an app before you localize it.Lessons
- Implement animations by using transitions and transformations.
Module 4: Implementing Branding and a Seamless UI for Windows Store AppsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Working with Resource File
- Implementing Culture-Specific Formatting
- Create and use resource files for localization.
This module explains how you can add branding to your app, and how to add a branded splash screen to it, which improves the user experience when they load the app.Lessons
- Implement culture-specific formatting.
Module 5: Advanced Data Scenarios in a Windows Store AppAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Introduction to Branding
- Customizing the Splash Screen
- Branding the UI of Your App
- Describe the purpose and functionality of branding.
- Customize a splash screen for a Windows Store app.
In this module, you will explore the new file storage capabilities of Windows 8.1 and learn how to use them in the apps that you build. You will also see how to design and implement more efficient data storage through caching and how to set up file extensions, associations, and compression.Lessons
- Brand a Windows Store app.
Module 6: Creating Reusable Controls and ComponentsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implementing Storage Options for a Windows Store App
- Implementing Data Caching
- Advanced File Functionality
- Use file storage in a Windows Store app.
- Explain what data caching is, and how to use it in a Windows Store app.
- Implement advanced file functionality by setting up file extensions and associations and compressing files in an app.
Module 7: Implementing Advanced Contract ScenariosAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Working with Custom Controls
- Creating and Using WinRT Components
- Create and use custom controls.
This module describes how to use two new contracts:• The Print contract enables interaction with printing devices.• The Play To contract enables media sharing with other devices, such as television sets.This module also describes how to integrate the contacts and calendar appointments managed by the operating system with a Windows Store app, creating new contacts and calendar appointments, updating and deleting existing ones.Lastly, you will learn how to take advantage of several convenient Windows 8.1 APIs to provide exciting, user-friendly features in your apps. Windows RT has native APIs for working with PDF files, creating screenshots of your app, and generating speech from text through speech synthesis.Lessons
- Use custom WinRT components.
Module 8: The Windows Push Notification ServiceAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implementing the Print Contract
- The Play To Contract
- Integrating Contacts and Calendars
- Integrating speech synthesis
- Support PDF files and screenshots
- Implement the Print contract.
- Implement the Play To contract.
- Display PDF documents in your app.
This module describes and explains Windows Push Notifications design concepts.Lessons
- Create snapshots of your app.
Module 9: Capturing MediaAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Introduction to the Push Notification Service
- Communicating with the WNS
- Explain how Windows Push Notifications work.
In this module, you will learn how to include media capturing functionality in your app. Learning to use the media capturing APIs of Windows 8.1 can be a key element in creating an exciting and successful app.Lessons
- Use Windows Push Notifications in a Windows Store app.
Module 10: Background TasksAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Using CameraCaptureUI to Capture Pictures, Video and Audio
- Using MediaCapture to Capture Pictures, Video, or Audio
- Use the CameraCaptureUI API to capture pictures, videos and audio.
This module explains how to create, register, and use background tasks for Windows Store apps.Lessons
- Use the MediaCapture API to capture pictures, videos and audio.
Module 11: Working with Sensors and DevicesAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Creating Background Tasks
- Using Background Tasks in a Windows Store App
- Create background tasks for your Windows Store app.
This module describes some of the sensors and devices available to a Windows Store app and explains how to access them from your Windows Store app.Lessons
- Use background tasks in your Windows Store app.
Module 12: Generating Revenue with Your AppAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Working with Sensors
- Working with Devices
- Discover and access sensors and act upon sensor data from a Windows Store app.
LessonsThis module will introduce you to the options you have, as a developer, to increase revenue with your Windows Store apps.
- Discover and interact with devices from a Windows Store app.
Module 13: Securing Windows Store App DataAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implementing Trial Functionality in a Windows Store App
- Implementing In-App Purchases
- Advertising in a Windows Store App
- Implement trial functionality in your Windows Store app.
- Implement in-app purchases in your Windows Store app.
In this module, you will learn how to create a secure application that is secure at the client and server side, and how to protect data.Lessons
- Incorporate advertising in your Windows Store app.
Module 14: Tracing and Profiling Windows Store AppsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Managing Windows Authentication
- Managing Web Authentication
- Encryption in a Windows Store App
- Manage Windows authentication.
- Manage web authentication.
In this module, you will learn the techniques that will help you analyze your code for potential issues, create run time logs efficiently, and diagnose various types of performance problems in your Windows Store app.Lessons
- Encrypt data.
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Tracing and Profiling a Windows Store App
- Trace the run time flow of your Windows Store app.
- Diagnose CPU and memory performance problems in your Windows Store app.
Before attending this course, students must have:
- 6 to 12 months experience programming in HTML5.
- 3 to 6 months experience using Visual Studio 2013 (including experience in using preview builds).
This course is intended for professional developers who have 1 or more years of experience creating applications for a production environment.
- Minimum one month of experience working on Windows Store apps.
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