Course OutlineModule 1: Windows Store App EssentialsIn this module, you will get an overview of the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, and will become acquainted with the Windows Store apps and the new user interface. You will review the process of developing apps by using XAML to create the user interface, and the WinRT API to interact with the platform.Lessons
- Review Windows Store App Essentials
- Review Windows Store App Essentials – Under the Hood
After completing this module, students will be able to:
- Describe the Windows 8.1 platform, architecture, and features.
- Describe the process of creating user interfaces with XAML.
- Explain the new WinRT API model.
- Describe the basics of working with files, implementing contracts, displaying notifications, and deploying your app to the Windows Store.
Module 2: Implementing Animations and TransitionsIn this module, you will learn how to add animations to your Windows Store apps, and how to take advantage of the functionality offered by the VisualStateManager class.Lessons
- Using Animations
- Working with Transitions and Transformations
Lab : Implementing Animations and TransitionsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Use both built-in and custom animations, and storyboards.
- Apply transformations to UI elements and use the VisualStateManager class to create fluid UI transitions.
Module 3: Implementing Globalization and LocalizationIn this module you will learn how globalization prepares an app for a global audience. This involves changing culture-specific elements of the user interface, such as dates, times, currencies, languages, and more. Localization takes globalization further by supporting specific languages, cultures, and regions.Lessons
- Working with Resource Files
- Implementing Culture-Specific Formatting
Lab : Implementing Globalization and LocalizationAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Create and use resource files for localization.
- Implement culture-specific formatting.
Module 4: Branding and a Seamless UIThis module explains how to brand your app and add a branded splash screen to improve user experience.Lessons
- Customizing the Splash Screen
- Branding Your App’s UI
Lab : Branding and Seamless UIAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Create a splash screen for a Windows Store app.
- Apply branding to a Windows Store app.
Module 5: Advanced Data Scenarios in a Windows Store AppIn this module, you will learn about the new file storage capabilities of Windows 8.1.In addition, you will learn how to use the file storage capabilities in your apps. You will also learn how to design and implement more useful data storage through caching and how to set up file extensions, associations, and compression. These features will help you to provide a better experience to the user by increasing the responsiveness of your app, and lowering its resource usage.Lessons
- Windows Store App Storage Options
- Implementing Data Caching
- Advanced File Functionality
Lab : Caching DataAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Use file storage in a Windows Store app.
- Explain what caching is, and how and when to use it in a Windows Store app.
- Set up file extensions and associations in an app.
- Compress files in your app.
- Working with Custom and Templated Controls
- Creating and Using WinRT Components
Lab : Creating Reusable Controls and ComponentsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Create and use custom XAML controls.
- Create and use custom WinRT components.
Module 7: Implementing Advanced Contract ScenariosThis module describes how to use two new contracts:• The Play To contract enables media sharing with other devices, such as television sets.• The Print contract enables interaction with printing devices. Windows Store apps can integrate with the contacts and calendar appointments managed by the operating system. You can create new contacts and calendar appointments, update and delete existing ones. Lastly, you will learn how to take advantage of several convenient Windows 8.1 application programming interface (APIs) to provide exciting, user friendly features in your apps. Windows RT has native APIs for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) files, creating screenshots of your app, and generating speech from text through speech synthesis.Lessons
- The Play To Contract
- The Print Contract
- Integrating Contacts and Calendars
- Support PDF files and screenshots
- Integrating Speech Synthesis
Lab : Integrating the Print Contract Into the AppAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implement the Play To contract.
- Implement the Print contract.
- Display PDF documents in your app.
- Create snapshots of your app.
Module 8: The Windows Push Notification ServiceThis module explains Windows Push Notifications.Lessons
- Introduction to The Push Notification Service
- Communicating with the WNS
Lab : The Windows Push Notification ServiceAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Explain how Windows push notifications work.
- Use Windows push notifications in a Windows Store app.
Module 9: Capturing MediaIn this module, you will learn how to include media capturing functionality in your app. Learning to leverage the Windows Runtime (WinRT) media capturing APIs can help you create an exciting and successful app.Lessons
- Using CameraCaptureUI to Capture Pictures, Videos or Audio
- Using MediaCapture to Capture Pictures, Video, or Audio
Lab : Capturing MediaAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Use the CameraCaptureUI API to capture pictures, videos and audio.
- Use the MediaCapture API to capture pictures, videos and audio.
Module 10: Background TasksThis module explains how to create, register, and use background tasks for Windows Store apps.Lessons
- Creating Background Tasks
- Using Background Tasks in a Windows Store App
Lab : Background TasksAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Create background tasks for your Windows Store app.
- Use background tasks in your Windows Store app.
Module 11: Working with Sensors and DevicesThis module describes some of the sensors and devices available to a Windows Store app and explains how to access them from your Windows Store app.Lessons
- Working with Sensors
- Working with Devices
Lab : Working with Sensors and DevicesAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Discover and access sensors and act upon sensor data from a Windows Store app.
- Discover and interact with devices from a Windows Store app.
Module 12: Generating Revenue with Your Windows Store AppThis module will introduce you to the options you have, as a developer, to make money with your Windows Store apps.Lessons
- Implementing Trial Functionality in a Windows Store App
- Implementing In-App Purchases
- Advertising in a Windows Store App
Lab : Generating Revenue with your AppAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Implement trial functionality in your Windows Store app.
- Implement in-app purchases in your Windows Store app.
- Incorporate advertising in your Windows Store app.
Module 13: Securing Windows Store App DataIn this module, you will learn how to create an application that is secure at the client and server side, and provides protection for your data. You will also learn how to implement a security protocol that lets you communicate with services such as Windows Azure and Microsoft SkyDrive.Lessons
- Managing Windows Authentication
- Managing Web Authentication
- Encryption in Windows Store Apps
Lab : Securing Windows Store App DataAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Manage Windows authentication.
- Manage Web authentication.
Module 14: Tracing and Profiling Windows Store AppsIn this module, you will learn the techniques that help you to analyze your code for potential issues, create run time logs efficiently, and diagnose various types of performance problems in your Windows Store app. Lessons
- Analyzing a Windows Store App
- Tracing a Windows Store App
- Profiling a Windows Store App
Lab : Tracing and Profiling Windows Store AppsAfter completing this module, students will be able to:
- Analyze the code of your Windows Store app to find potential problems.
- Trace the run time flow of your Windows Store app.
- Diagnose CPU and memory performance problems in your Windows Store app.