Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# (20484C)

In this course students will learn essential programming skills and techniques that are required to develop Windows Store apps. This includes a combination of both design and development skills, as well as ensuring that students are comfortable using and making the most of the Microsoft Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools.

Target Audience
This course is intended for professional developers who have 1 to 2 years of experience creating client applications and who are comfortable programming in C# and have done some XAML-based programming.

This course maps to the 70-484 exam.

  • 1 or more years of experience creating applications 
  • 1 to 3 months experience creating Windows client applications 
  • 1 to 3 months experience using Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 
  • Attended Course 20483C: Programming in C#, or equivalent knowledge

  • Describe the Windows 8.1 platform and features, and explore the basics of a Windows app interface. 
  • Create the User Interface layout and structure by using XAML. 
  • Use data binding to present data in the UI. 
  • Implement the AppBar and layout controls. 
  • Handle files and streams. 
  • Respond to application lifecycle events using Process Lifetime Management and the PLM extensibility points provided by the Visual Studio 2013 templates. 
  • Use templates to create the UI. 
  • Handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app. 
  • Design and implement contracts such as Search, Share and Settings. 
  • Implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app. 
  • Respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures. 
  • Deploy a Windows Store app to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.
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Course Outline

Module 1: Overview of the Windows 8.1 Platform and Windows StoreApps

This module introduces you to the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, Windows Store apps, and the new user interface. Understanding how Windows Store apps look and operate is key to understanding the principles you will use to develop your own Windows Store apps, and thus making your apps more intuitive, compelling, and useful.
  • Introduction to the Windows 8.1 Platform
  • Windows 8.1 UI Principles
  • WinRT and Language Projections

Module 2: Creating User Interfaces Using XAML
In this module you will learn about the basic principles behind XAML, you will learn how to use XAML and the corresponding code-behind to create a responsive UI. you will also learn how dynamic and complex user interfaces are developed by using advanced features of XAML.
  • XAML Basics
  • XAML Code-Behind
  • Advanced XAML

Module 3: Presenting Data
This module explains how to ensure that your app supports various devices and screen orientations.
  • Working with Data Presentation Controls
  • The GridView Control

Module 4: Implementing Layout Using Windows 8.1 Built-In Controls
In this module, you will learn how by using the built-in controls and recommended methods, you can create intuitive apps that employ the common Windows 8.1 UI patterns across a variety of devices, with different form factors, and different input methods.
  • WinRT Controls
  • AppBar Control
  • Windowing Modes

Module 5: Handling Files in Windows Store Apps
In this module you will learn how to use files, streams, and pickers so that the user can store and retrieve information managed by your app.
  • Handling Files and Streams in Windows Store Apps
  • Working with File User Interface Components

Module 6: Windows Store App Process Lifetime Management
This module covers the app life cycle, app state management, and various app activation states. Understanding PLM is important for properly persisting data across suspensions, recovering from termination, and sharing settings between app installations on multiple devices.
  • Process Lifetime Management
  • Windows Store App Activation and Background Tasks
  • Implementing a State Management Strategy

Module 7: Working with Resources, Styles, and Templates
In this module you will learn how to use resources, styles and templates.
  • Creating Shared Resources
  • Creating Styles and Templates

Module 8: Designing and Implementing Navigation in a Windows Store app
In this module you will learn how to design and implement navigation in a Windows Store app. you will also learn how to implement semantic zoom in a Windows Store app.
  • Handling Navigation in Windows Store apps
  • Semantic Zoom

Module 9: Implementing Windows 8.1 Contracts
This module introduces contracts and charms. These are two new Windows 8.1 features you can use to create a consistent and unified experience across Windows Store apps. By using contracts, you can make it easier for users to search for the content of your app, to discover and modify common settings, and to share data with other apps.
  • Designing for Charms and Contracts
  • The Search Contract and the SearchBox Control
  • The Share Contract
  • Managing App Settings

Module 10: Implementing Tiles and User Notifications
In this module you will learn how to implement tiles and user notifications.
  • Implementing Tiles, Live Tiles, Secondary Tiles, and Badge Notifications
  • Implementing Toast Notifications

Module 11: Designing and Implementing a Data Access Strategy
This module describes the various data access strategies that you can use in app development, and it specifically focuses on the best practices for remote storage.
  • Evaluating Data Access Strategies
  • Working with Remote Data

Module 12: Responding to Mouse and Touch
In this module, you will learn how to successfully include all the three interaction types in Windows Store apps
  • Working with Pointer Events
  • Working with Gesture Events

Module 13: Planning for Windows Store App Deployment
In this module, you will learn about the process of preparing and submitting a Windows Store app to the Windows Store. This includes changes to the app manifest, passing app certification, meeting Windows Store app certification requirements, and using Windows Store-related tools in Visual Studio 2013. Finally, you will learn how to submit apps to the Windows Store and a private enterprise store.
  • The Windows Store App Manifest
  • Windows Store App Certification