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Windows 8 and the Future of XAML: Ebook


Windows 8 and the Future of XAML

Author: Gill Cleeren 

Price: $2.99     Add to Cart

Number of pages: 70
Release date: August 2012

From the author: It’s my goal in this series to introduce you to what we know at this point about Windows 8 and how we as (XAML) developers will need to adapt to the new platform.

Since you’re probably a XAML developer like I am, we are going to see things from a XAML point-of-view. In some of the upcoming articles, I’m going to describe you how you can leverage what you already know in XAML when Windows 8 will be ready. I’m also going to spend time looking at how you can convert existing Silverlight applications to Windows 8 Metro apps, so that they follow the rules of the OS. We will also be spending time of course on digging into the developer framework making the development on Windows 8 easy: Windows Runtime or shorter, WinRT. 


Chapter 1: An overview of the Windows 8 platform

Part 1: An overview of the Windows 8 platform
Let’s BUILD… and all the panic
BUILD hardware and software announcements
Exploring Windows 8 and Metro-style apps

Chapter 2: The Windows Runtime (WinRT)

Hello World… sorry, WinRT
WinRT architecture
Windows Metadata
Language projections
The runtime broker
Being async
What’s in WinRT

Chapter 3: Using WinRT

Hello World… This time for real
Hello Visual Studio
Hello C++
And why not… Hello JavaScript and HTML
More WinRT
Selecting files on the local file system using the FileOpenPicker
Accessing the picture library and Capabilities

Chapter 4: Contracts in WinRT/Windows 8

Contracts: what are they
The Search contract from the developer perspective
Adding the declaration for search
React to search activation
Reacting to submitting queries

Chapter 5: More contracts in WinRT/Windows 8

We love sharing
The share contract
Making your application a share source

Chapter 6: Tiles, toasts and badges

The concepts of tiles
Tiles: basic ones and live ones
Basic tiles
Live tiles
Secondary tiles

Chapter 7: The application lifecycle of Windows 8 applications

Breaking with a tradition
The process lifetime in detail
Launching an app in Windows 8
Launching the app through searching
Launching the app through sharing
Running code in the background
Ebook summary

About the author:

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director (www.theregion.com), Silverlight MVP (former ASP.NET MVP) and Telerik MVP. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina (http://www.ordina.be/). Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF at conferences including TechEd Berlin 2010, TechDays Belgium – Switzerland - Sweden, DevDays NL, NDC Oslo Norway, SQL Server Saturday Switzerland, Spring Conference UK, Silverlight Roadshow in Sweden, Telerik RoadShow UK… He’s also the author of many articles in various developer magazines and for SilverlightShow.net and he organizes the yearly Community Day event in Belgium. He also leads Visug (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. Gill is the author of “Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook”. In 2012, the second edition, “Silverlight 5 Data and Services Cookbook” was released.

You can find his blog at www.snowball.be. Twitter: @gillcleeren