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Building Windows 8 Apps with JavaScript 1st Edition

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“This is going to be the Windows 8 app book YOU MUST have in your library! It’s well written and expertly covers every aspect of how to build an HTML/JS app for Windows 8!”

—Jonathan Antoine, Infinite Square and Microsoft MVP


“Great introduction to app development for Windows 8. After so many years in the XAML space, this book made me want to consider the JavaScript/HTML route.”

—Shawn Wildermuth, Microsoft MVP (Data), author, trainer, and speaker,


“What you hold in your hands right now is an excellent walkthrough of how to build, ship, and profit from building apps using HTML and JavaScript for Windows 8. While I’ve been working on Windows 8 for the last two years, I can honestly say that I have learned about new parts of the platform from this book and can’t wait to build an app that uses them.”

—From the Foreword by Chris Anderson, Distinguished Engineer, Windows Libraries for JavaScript, Microsoft Corp.


“Chris and Brandon have gone to the heart of Windows 8 programming and produced a clear, concise, and easily understood tutorial that should be on every Windows 8 programmer’s bookshelf. If you are programming Windows 8 with HTML and JavaScript, this is the book you need.”

—Jesse Liberty, Windows 8 technical evangelist, Telerik


“I feel that this book will be the must-read reference for anyone who is dedicated to building a great Windows 8 app, and will be the book by which all others are compared. Yes, that’s a pretty bold statement, but considering that both of the authors have been deeply involved in Windows 8 app development for a LONG time, especially while they were at Microsoft, I feel confident in that statement.”

—From the Foreword by Rey Bango, Developer Relations, Microsoft Corp.


“This is easily the most well-written book on building Windows 8 apps with JavaScript that I have read. It has been an invaluable resource for helping me to transfer my experience with building large JavaScript applications and thick-client applications into a Windows 8 environment. Chris and Brandon do a masterful job of explaining that this is just HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, while at the same time distilling all of the intricate details and subtleties of running web technologies in a native Windows application environment, with the full power of WinRT and the JavaScript extensions for it.”

—Derick Bailey, independent consultant, screencaster, speaker, and author, and


“Chris and Brandon do a truly excellent job explaining how to create great Windows 8 applications. While reading this book I learned things about the platform.”

—Josh Williams, Principal Development Lead for WinJS, Microsoft Corp.

About the Author

Chris Sells is the VP of the Developer Tools Division at Telerik. He's written several books, including Programming WPF, Windows Forms 2.0 Programming, and ATL Internals. In his free time, Chris makes a pest of himself on Microsoft forums and mailing lists. More information about Chris and his various projects is available at


Brandon Satrom (@BrandonSatrom) is Program Manager for Kendo UI at Telerik and is based in Austin, Texas. A longtime web developer, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source, and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon speaks at events all around the world, and he loves hanging out with and learning from other passionate developers, both online and in person. He also loves writing and has had several articles featured in publications like MSDN MagazineThe Architecture Journal, and .net magazine. Brandon can be reached online at his blog


Don Box is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Don has worked on platform and developer technologies for .NET, SQL, and most recently, Xbox. Prior to Microsoft, Don roamed the earth helping developers come to terms with COM, Including writing Essential COM for Addison-Wesley.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321861280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321861283
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tad Anderson VINE VOICE on February 24, 2013
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Although I started with Cold Fusion for application development, I did plenty brochureware sites with HTML. I believe the version was HTML 2.0 for IE 2.0. I lived in the browser world for years doing Cold Fusion, ASP, and HTML sites. When winforms and Smart Client with web services emerged I changed my religion. Since then I have been avoiding the browser whenever possible since.

For the past couple of years my extent of using simple HTML has been limited to writing blogs and book reviews. Simple HTML means no ASP.NET or ASP.NET MVC. I have used HTML/JavaScript/CSS a lot as a byproduct of building ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC applications for public consumption. Internal enterprise applications I will still push for using WPF and web services over ASP.NET or ASP.NET MVC, but I lose that battle a lot, especially when the developers have never learned WPF (XAML) and have no interest in learning anything new.

When it comes to Windows Store Apps my first choice will always be XAML with C# or C++. The problem is I am going to end up fighting the same battle with the web developers that don't like learning anything new. They are going to turn to HTML/JavaScript/CSS to build their Windows Store Apps.

Microsoft has recreated the same type of migration path as they did for the VB6 developers to move to VB.NET. The problem with that migration was tons of really bad VB.NET being written. After running into a lot of VB.NET projects that performed very badly and were very buggy I refused to allow VB.NET on my projects whenever I could.

The problem was VB6 programmers would not learn OOP and continued to code like they were still in the VB6 world. When I made them switch to C# that seemed to force them to learn more about .NET and that really helped improve their OOP skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Liberty VINE VOICE on July 3, 2013
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There are a number of very good books on creating Windows 8 apps with XAML, but this is the definitive work for WiinJS.. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rahul Ravikumar on January 25, 2013
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This book is probably your best best at writing a Windows 8 Metro app, "properly".

I had previously found the MSDN documentation on this subject lacking at best, but this book is impeccable. This book was instrumental for explaining fundamental concepts and the big picture when it comes to writing these applications.
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Although I am not through it, after learning JavaScript, this is my best read for the new Windows platform. Not too much history and build up - just nuts and bolts and from that I feel the direction this platform is going.
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By Agha Khan on October 15, 2013
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Prompt mail. No problem. There is nothing I can add, but I can only say I am a happy customer.
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