Windows 8.1 apps are revolutionizing development on the Windows platform. Fast, fluid, tactile and chrome-free, they provide a brand-new look and feel for Windows users.These apps rely on Microsofts Windows 8 modern UI to provide their rich andMoreWindows 8.1 apps are revolutionizing development on the Windows platform. Fast, fluid, tactile and chrome-free, they provide a brand-new look and feel for Windows users.These apps rely on Microsofts Windows 8 modern UI to provide their rich and engaging user experiences for both desktop and tablet users.
The new UI in turn relies upon the Windows Runtime (WinRT) to give its apps unparalleled flexibility and power. Understanding this stack of new technologies and how they tie in to the proven C# language and the XAML standard is the subject of this book. Experienced writers Jesse Liberty, Phil Japikse, and Jon Galloway explain how you can get the most from Windows 8.1 by focusing on the features that you need for your project and bringing your existing C# coding knowledge to bear.They begin with a nuts-and-bolts examination of how the technologies fit together and show you everything you need to get up and running with the new platform.
Once you have a good understanding on the basics, you progress to more advanced topics steadily increasing your understanding as a whole. This holistic knowledge is essential to truly master Windows 8.1 development.Each topic is covered clearly and concisely and is packed with the details you need to code effectively. The most important features are given a no-nonsense, in-depth treatment and chapters contain examples that demonstrate both the power and the subtlety of Windows 8.1.What youll learn What Metro and WinRT are capable of and why they are special Ways to use advanced features to create immersive and engaging Windows 8.1 applications How to create applications that work seamlessly on tablets and desktops How to prepare and deploy your Windows 8.1 applications Who this book is forThis book is suitable for anyone wanting to get to grips with Windows 8.1 development using the cross-platform standards of XAML and C#.
Table of Contents1 Getting Started2 Building Your First Windows 8 App3 Themes, Panels, and Controls4 Binding5 Views6 Local Data7 Remote Data and Services8 Search and Share Contracts9 Notifications10 Application Life Cycle11 Making Money12 Publishing Your App