20484: Essentials of Developing Windows(r) Store Apps Using C#

Length: 5 days | Audience: IT Professionals | Level: 200

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.

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

Module 3: Presenting Data

This module explains how to ensure that your app supports various devices and screen orientations.

Lessons  

  • 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.

Lessons  

  • WinRT Controls
  • AppBar Control
  • Windowing Modes

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates

In this module you will learn how to use resources, styles and templates.

Lessons  

  • 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.

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

 

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.

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

 

Module 10: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications

In this module you will learn how to implement 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

 

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.

Lessons  

  • 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

Lessons   

  • 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.

Lessons  

  • The Windows Store App Manifest
  • Windows Store App Certification

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 20483: Programming in C# or equivalent knowledge