Course 20484C: Essentials of Developing Windows® Store Apps Using C#
20 January 2014
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.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.
- Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows StoreAppsThis 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.Lessons
Module 2: Creating User Interfaces Using XAMLAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Introduction to the Windows 8.1 Platform
- Windows 8.1 UI Principles
- WinRT and Language Projections
- 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.
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.Lessons
- Explain the new API model, how it supports building Windows Store apps, and how it supports multiple language-specific projections.
Module 3: Presenting DataAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- XAML Basics
- XAML Code-Behind
- Advanced XAML
- Describe the basic principles behind XAML.
- Use XAML and the corresponding code-behind to create a responsive UI.
This module explains how to ensure that your app supports various devices and screen orientations.Lessons
- Understand how dynamic and complex UIs are developed by using advanced features of XAML.
Module 4: Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Built-In ControlsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Working with Data Presentation Controls
- The GridView Control
- Explain the different ways in which data can be displayed in Windows Store apps.
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.Lessons
- Use the GridView control to present groups of data in a dynamic and flexible view.
Module 5: Handling Files in Windows Store AppsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- WinRT Controls
- AppBar Control
- Windowing Modes
- Describe the WinRT library and controls.
- Describe the app bar and explain the app bar functionality.
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.Lessons
- Describe how to create views with an adaptive layout, and explain the best practices.
Module 6: Windows Store App Process Lifetime ManagementAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
- Working with File User Interface Components
- Work with files and streams by using WinRT.
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.Lessons
- Use WinRT pickers to display a UI that lets the user select an item, such as a file or a contract.
Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and TemplatesAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Process Lifetime Management
- Windows Store App Activation and Background Tasks
- Implementing a State Management Strategy
- Describe the various states of a Windows Store app.
- Describe app activation modes.
In this module you will learn how to use resources, styles and templates.Lessons
- Implement app state management.
Module 8: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store appAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Creating Shared Resources
- Creating Styles and Templates
- Create shared resources, which can be reused across multiple UI elements.
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.Lessons
- Create custom styles and templates, to provide a consistent look for your app.
Module 9: Implementing Windows 8.1 ContractsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Handling Navigation in Windows Store apps
- Semantic Zoom
- Implement navigation and pass data between pages in your apps.
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.Lessons
- Explain the purpose and functionality of Semantic Zoom in a Windows Store app.
Module 10: Implementing Tiles and User NotificationsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Designing for Charms and Contracts
- The Search Contract and the SearchBox Control
- The Share Contract
- Managing App Settings
- Design apps to use charms and contracts.
- Implement the Search contract.
- Implement the Share Target and Share Source contracts.
In this module you will learn how to implement tiles and user notifications.Lessons
- Describe the Settings pane and add settings commands.
Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access StrategyAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles, and Badge Notifications
- Implementing Toast Notifications
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.Lessons
- Implement tiles, live tiles, and secondary tiles that draw the user back to your app.
- Implement toast notifications to display important information.
Module 12: Responding to Mouse and TouchAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Evaluating Data Access Strategies
- Working with Remote Data
- Describe various data access strategies and when to apply them.
In this module, you will learn how to successfully include all the three interaction types in Windows Store appsLessons
- Describe common use cases that occur while working with remote data.
Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App DeploymentAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Working with Pointer Events
- Working with Gesture Events
- Describe mouse events and touch gestures in Windows 8.1.
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.Lessons
- Identify the best practices for handling gestures.
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- The Windows Store App Manifest
- Windows Store App Certification
- 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.
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
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