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Professional Windows 8 Programming: Application Development with C# and XAML 1st Edition

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Discover exciting ways to create Windows-based applications

The arrival of Windows 8 is a complete game changer. The operating system and its development platform offer you an entirely new way to create rich, full-featured Windows-based applications. This team of authors takes you on a journey through all the new development features of the Windows 8 platform, specifically how to utilize Visual Studio 2012 and the XAML/C# languages to produce robust apps that are ready for deployment in the new Windows Store.

Professional Windows 8 Programming:

  • Shows you how to utilize XAML to produce rich, content-driven user interfaces
  • Makes use of the new App Bar to create a chrome-less menu system
  • Shows you how to support sensors and geolocation on Windows 8 devices
  • Demonstrates how to integrate your app into the Windows 8 ecosystem with Contracts and Extensions
  • Walks you through the new Windows 8 navigation system for multipage apps
  • Details how to minimize code with Data Binding and MVVM design patterns
  • Features tips on getting your app ready for the Windows Store
  • Shows how to maximize revenue for your app using available monetization strategies


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About the Author

Nick Lecrenski is the founder/lead developer of MyFitnessJournal.com, a fitness tracking website that utilizes JQuery, HTML 5, and CSS.

Doug Holland is an architect with Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism team and works with Microsoft's strategic ISV partners to help bring new and exciting experiences to consumers on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Allen Sanders is an architect at Teksouth Corporation and co-owner of LiquidKey, LLC. He provides expertise from the user experience to the database for line of business, Windows 8, and Windows Phone solutions.

Kevin Ashley is an architect at Microsoft and the author of top apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118205707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118205709
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a high school student who has been programming in C# for about half of a year, I am also a iT technician. I would highly recommend this book if you are familiar with C# and are interested in programming for windows 8. If you love coding and ever wondered "Can I do that?" this book will teach you how to. If you don't have a XAML background that is fine, it covers what you will need to know about it.

If you have no C# or programming experience I wouldn't recommend getting this yet as it does go in depth about some topics which you would need to know before programming. If you have had a little experience and are willing to do research outside of the book then this book is for you.

Overall 5/5 it will teach you how to program for windows 8.
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Disclaimer: I work for Microsoft and part of my job is to teach people how to build Windows 8 apps.

When a friend gave me a copy of this book I figured I'd thumb through it and generally not find anything I didn't already know. It turns out I was wrong, and even for as much as I already knew about the platform I learned several new tidbits of information that were incredibly valuable to learn. For example, I didn't understand why the CivicAddress property of a GeoPosition object wasn't always filled in, I didn't know how to request high fidelity routing directions (which can be more accurate by 10's of miles on long journeys) and I'd honestly never even heard of the Game Explorer Extension though I'm working on a game myself. This book does a great job covering those topics and many more. It even includes a fairly in-depth overview of the MVVM pattern, which is a topic that a whole book could be written on itself.

Not only COULD I recommend this book, but I do. I think it's a great resource that can help anyone with a little programming experience start writing powerful apps on Windows 8.
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It's good for reference but kind of hard to follow some of the tougher programs if you're trying to program along with the book. It doesn't go terribly in depth about anything in particular but gives you a very good idea of a lot of the features you can put into a Windows 8 app. I feel better at programming Windows 8 having read it.
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This book is a decent introduction to Windows 8 programming. Considering there aren't tons of resources on creating apps for the new Windows Store, this book is one of the main ones. The beginning of the book started out fantastic, but faded out over several chapters. Apparently, with Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013, lots of the code samples don't really work great. Lots of the things that "should be there" aren't. For example, when working with the AppBar example, the style that should be added is no longer accessible in Windows 8.1, and is replaced with a totally different paradigm (a XAML element called AppBar instead of applying a style to a button). I ran into similar problems when working with the live tiles and toast notifications examples.

Also, data binding, which is one of the best aspects of Windows Store programming, was not covered too great. I come from an Android and iOS background, and the paradigm wasn't really explained too clearly even for me. In conclusion, if you are looking to get into Windows 8.1 programming, you may want to look elsewhere. If you are already familiar with programming on Windows, you may still want to buy it as reference material, but it was confusing as a beginner to work through.
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