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Windows 8 Apps - The 8 Must-Know Tricks: Ebook


Ebook: Windows 8 Apps - The 8 Must-Know Tricks
Author: Samidip Basu

Price: $2.99     Add to Cart

Formats: PDF, Word, EPUB, MOBI
Number of pages: 76
Release date: November 2012


This e-book collects the 8 parts of SilverlightShow article series 'Windows 8 Apps - The 8 Must-Know Tricks.

From the author: 

One of the promises of Windows 8 is to be the next iteration of the most popular computer OS. Be excited, as this is the biggest & boldest change in Windows since 95 and there is a lot in it for developers. If you are a .NET developer, the programming paradigms in Windows 8 Metro apps should be very interesting, with fragments of it boiling over to other .NET development. XAML devs should feel right at home, as should web folks with strong HTML/JS/CSS skills. Metro apps are fun to write, in my opinion, and there is a huge potential to make a name for yourself when the Windows Store opens with Windows 8.

I have had the superb pleasure of working on several Windows 8 Enterprise LOB Metro apps for proof-of-concept, along with some very talented internal developers/designers. Unfortunately, that also means NDA and not being able to talk about stuff yet. But what I can do is share some coding experiences, since there is a decent learning curve.  I will try to keep the articles short for readability & jump into what you need to make your first Windows 8 Metro app.

So, here is a series on common tips & tricks towards developing real-world Windows 8 Metro apps. We'll talk about some must-do things for Windows 8 Metro app developers. Simple, to the point, with some code examples on XAML/C# stack. 



Chapter 1 – Know the ecosystem; Start

Chapter 2 – Layout, Navigation & Visual States
App Layout
Page Layout
Control Layout
Visual States

Chapter 3 – Semantic Zoom
The Collections View
The Discoverability Problem
The Solution
Implementing Semantic Zoom

Chapter 4 – Controls & Styling
Container Controls
Collection Controls
Selection Controls
Filter/Navigation Controls
Transient UI Controls
Custom Styling

Chapter 5 – Search, Share & Settings Contracts
Chapter 6 – Data Persistence & Application Life-Cycle Management
Data Persistence
Application Lifecycle Management

Chapter 7 – Use of OData or Web Services
Connectivity to Services
Push Notifications
Tiles & Toasts

Chapter 8 – Live Services Integration
Single Sign-On
User Data
About the Author

About the author:


Samidip Basu (@samidip ) is a technologist & gadget-lover working as a Manager & Solutions Lead for Sogeti out of the Columbus OH Unit. Having worked on WP7 since CTP days, he now spends much of his time in spreading the word to discover the full potential of the Windows Phone platform & cloud-based mobile solutions in general. He passionately runs the Central Ohio Windows Phone User Group (http://cowpug.org/) and can be found with atleast a couple of hobbyist projects at any time. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com/