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Brent Schooley is a software developer who has been working with Microsoft technologies since 2004. His interests include client and mobile application development and user experience design with a recent emphasis on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and iOS. He is a Technical Evangelist working for Infragistics with a focus on mobile platforms. He has a passion for making people's experiences with software the best that they can possibly be.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert S Voice in Windows 8
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430249595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430249597
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,552,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Hazard on March 6, 2013
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I've been a developer for many years and was looking for a way to get a handle on the new design elements of the Windows 8 UI -- "The UI Formerly Known as Metro." This book provides a great introduction to Win 8 Design fundamentals. The first 3 chapters cover general UI design principals and how they apply to Windows 8. The remaining chapters provide more details on each of the Win 8 UI elements and include information on everything from layout to use of the app bar. I was looking to understand the gestalt of what makes a great win 8 application and this book was a big help.

Note that this is NOT a book about programming, it is about design so don't expect a lot of code.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Kraemer on June 26, 2013
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No matter what your technical background is: when you start to write your first Windows 8 app, you are facing two problems:
1. you have to learn a new API and maybe even a new programming language
2. you have to make yourself familiar with the Microsoft Design Style so that your app looks like a Windows Store App should look like.

While developers don't tend to have a problem with issue no 1: learning a new API / language, learning about the design stuff seems to be more difficult.

And that's where this book really helps! On 120 pages you learn everything you need to know to write great Windows 8 Apps. Of course you could read the official 300 pages pdf documentation from Microsoft instead, or spend countless hours on MSDN, but this book is a huge time saver! It's well written and has a great structure and content. Even though the book probably targets somebody who hasn't had a look at the design guidelines before, there's a great value for more experienced readers in it, too.

In fact I've bought the book when I was already developing Windows 8 Apps for more then a year (I started during the beta period) and still found a lot of things in the book which I weren't aware of.

So when somebody asks me what he (or she) should read to get started with Windows 8 development, my best advice is to get a copy of "Designing for Windows 8".

One thing that I would wish for a future edition of the book would be a discussion and some guidance on Line Of Business Applications for Windows 8.
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I based my purchase decision, in part, on the color illustrations present in the "Look Inside" pages available as part of Amazon's listing. On arrival, I was disappointed to discover that this edition has only poor quality blank and white illustrations. As a focus of the book is UI design, color plays an important role in the presentation.

NB: The 1 star rating isn't a reflection on the quality of the author's work. I returned the book before reading it and assume someone else in the publication chain made a $hortsighted decision.
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By Joseph C. Dickerson on November 24, 2013
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It's got a lot of good content, but the images used are hard to read and the prose is a little dry and uninteresting. Start with the Microsoft official Win8 design guidelines first (311 pages and a free download), then consider this if you need more detail and info.
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