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Windows 8 Apps with Xaml and C# Unleashed (Unleashed)

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Windows 8 enables you to build stunning applications that integrate with each other, services, and Windows itself like never before. And you can sell them in the Windows Store for tablets such as Surface, laptops, and traditional desktop PCs! Now, world-renowned Microsoft programming guru Adam Nathan shows you exactly how to write first-class apps for this radically new version of Windows.

Clear, accessible, and intensely practical, this guide teaches through concise code examples, fully color-coded to match their appearance in Visual Studio--the same approach that made Nathan’s WPF 4 Unleashed so popular. Writing with unprecedented depth and insight, Nathan guides you through creating advanced user interfaces with XAML and exploiting key Windows 8 features such as touch, sensors, charms, and live tiles. Whether you’re already comfortable with Microsoft programming or relatively new to it, Windows 8 Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed will take you to the cutting edge of Windows 8 development.

Detailed information on how to...

  • Use XAML to represent state-of-the-art user interfaces
  • Ensure app usability on multiple devices and form factors
  • Handle touch, mouse, pen, and keyboard input
  • Manage the high-performance, low-power Windows 8 app lifecycle
  • Use Windows 8 controls for managing lists, rich text, images, multimedia, and more
  • Encode, decode, and transcode multimedia content
  • Leverage rich XAML vector graphics and animation
  • Make the most of styles and templates
  • Interact with built-in functionality such as the Camera app, file picker, contact picker, the lock screen, and more
  • Exploit the Windows 8 charms bar with contracts and extensions
  • Work with the rich set of available sensors: accelerometer, compass, light sensor, location, proximity, and more

Synopsis:

With Metro and Windows 8, Microsoft is enabling developers to build applications with unparalleled richness and interactivity: applications that are extraordinarily useful and beautiful, and can serve users no matter where they are or what kind of device they prefer to use. In Windows 8 Metro Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed, legendary Microsoft programming guru Adam Nathan shows experienced Microsoft developers exactly how to write world-class apps with Metro. As in Nathan's previous best-seller WPF 4 Unleashed, this approachable, intensely practical book teaches through realistic code examples — all of them fully color-coded to match the way they appear in Visual Studio. Nathan examines Metro's feature areas in unparalleled depth, delving into topics that most Metro books ignore. He covers everything developers need to know now about Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), showing how to use it to create state-of-the-art Metro user interfaces. Developers will discover how to exploit Windows 8's most important new innovations from Metro, including touch and sensor support. For sophisticated developers comfortable with the Microsoft programming stack, this book offers unparalleled value.

About the Author

Adam Nathan is a principal software architect for Microsoft, a best-selling technical author, and arguably the world’s most prolific developer for Windows Phone. He introduced XAML to countless developers through his books on a variety of Microsoft technologies. Currently a part of Microsoft’s Startup Business Group, Adam has previously worked on Visual Studio and the Common Language Runtime. He was the founding developer and architect of Popfly, Microsoft’s first Silverlight-based product, named by PCWorld as one of its year’s most innovative products. He is also the founder of PINVOKE.NET, the online resource for .NET developers who need to access Win32. His apps have been featured on Lifehacker, Gizmodo, ZDNet, ParentMap, and other enthusiast sites.

Adam’s books are considered required reading by many inside Microsoft and throughout the industry. Adam is the author of 101 Windows Phone 7 Apps (Sams, 2011), Silverlight 1.0 Unleashed (Sams, 2008), WPF Unleashed (Sams, 2006), WPF 4 Unleashed (Sams, 2010), and .NET and COM: The Complete Interoperability Guide (Sams, 2002); a coauthor of ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams, 2001); and a contributor to books including .NET Framework Standard Library Annotated Reference , Volume 2 (Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Windows Developer Power Tools (O’Reilly, 2006). You can find Adam online at www.adamnathan.net, or @adamnathan on Twitter.

Table of Contents

Introduction     1

Who Should Read This Book?      3

Software Requirements     3

Code Examples     3

How This Book Is Organized     3

Conventions Used in This Book     5

Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Anatomy of a Windows Store App     7

Launching a New App     8

The Package Manifest     9

The Main Page     19

The Application Definition     21

Summary     25

Chapter 2: Mastering XAML     27

Elements and Attributes     28

Namespaces     29

Property Elements     31

Type Converters     33

Markup Extensions     34

Children of Object Elements     36

Mixing XAML with Procedural Code     40

XAML Keywords     44

Summary     45

Part II: Building an App

Chapter 3: Sizing, Positioning, and Transforming Elements     47

Controlling Size     48

Controlling Position     52

Applying 2D Transforms     55

Applying 3D Transforms     62

Summary     64

Chapter 4: Layout     65

Discovering the Current Dimensions     66

Discovering the Current View State     67

Discovering the Current Orientation     70

Panels     71

Handling Content Overflow     87

Summary     99

Chapter 5: Interactivity     101

Dependency Properties     101

Routed Events     108

Commands     113

Summary     114

Chapter 6: Handling Input: Touch, Mouse, Pen, and Keyboard     115

Touch Input     116

Mouse Input     138

Pen Input     140

Keyboard Input     142

Summary     147

Chapter 7: App Model     149

Understanding the App Lifecycle     150

Programmatically Launching Apps     163

Interacting with the Windows Store     166

Leveraging Navigation     174

Summary     182

Part III: Understanding Controls

Chapter 8: Content Controls     185

Button     188

HyperlinkButton     189

RepeatButton     191

ToggleButton     191

CheckBox     192

RadioButton     192

ToolTip     194

AppBar     196

Summary     205

Chapter 9: Items Controls     207

Items in the Control     208

Items Panels     210

ComboBox     213

ListBox     214

ListView     216

GridView     219

FlipView     221

SemanticZoom     223

Summary     226

Chapter 10: Text     227

TextBlock     227

RichTextBlock     235

TextBox     240

RichEditBox     248

PasswordBox     251

Summary     252

Chapter 11: Images     253

The Image Element     253

Multiple Files for Multiple Environments     263

Decoding Images     267

Encoding Images     276

Summary     284

Chapter 12: Audio and Video     285

Playback     286

Capture     294

Transcoding     305

Summary     311

Chapter 13: Other Controls     313

Range Controls     313

Popup Controls     316

A Few More Controls     325

Summary     330

Part IV: Leveraging the Richness of XAML

Chapter 14: Vector Graphics     333

Shapes     334

Geometries     340

Brushes     348

Summary     363

Chapter 15: Animation     365

Theme Transitions     366

Theme Animations     376

Custom Animations     382

Custom Keyframe Animations     395

Easing Functions     400

Manual Animations     404

Summary     406

Chapter 16: Styles, Templates, and Visual States     409

Styles     410

Templates     418

Visual States     428

Summary     438

Part V: Exploiting Windows 8

Chapter 17: Data Binding     439

Introducing Binding     439

Controlling Rendering     447

Customizing the View of a Collection     455

Summary     459

Chapter 18: Data     461

App Data     461

User Data     466

Networking     469

Summary     474

Chapter 19: Charms     477

Search     477

Share     486

Devices     492

Settings     503

Summary     508

Chapter 20: Extensions     509

Account Picture Provider     509

AutoPlay Content and AutoPlay Device     512

Contact Picker     514

File Type Associations     516

Protocol     518

Background Tasks     519

Summary     527

Chapter 21: Sensors and Other Devices     529

Accelerometer     529

Gyrometer     532

Inclinometer     532

Compass     533

Light Sensor     533

Orientation     533

Location     534

Proximity     535

Summary     538

Part VI: Advanced Topics

Chapter 22: Thinking Outside the App: Live Tiles, Toast Notifications, and the Lock Screen     539

Live Tiles     539

Toast Notifications     552

The Lock Screen     556

Summary     557

Index     559

Product Details

ISBN:
9780672336010
Author:
Nathan, Adam
Publisher:
Sams
Subject:
Computer Languages-C++
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Unleashed
Publication Date:
20120928
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.125 x 6.875 x 1.196 in 1129 gr

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"Synopsis" by , With Metro and Windows 8, Microsoft is enabling developers to build applications with unparalleled richness and interactivity: applications that are extraordinarily useful and beautiful, and can serve users no matter where they are or what kind of device they prefer to use. In Windows 8 Metro Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed, legendary Microsoft programming guru Adam Nathan shows experienced Microsoft developers exactly how to write world-class apps with Metro. As in Nathan's previous best-seller WPF 4 Unleashed, this approachable, intensely practical book teaches through realistic code examples — all of them fully color-coded to match the way they appear in Visual Studio. Nathan examines Metro's feature areas in unparalleled depth, delving into topics that most Metro books ignore. He covers everything developers need to know now about Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), showing how to use it to create state-of-the-art Metro user interfaces. Developers will discover how to exploit Windows 8's most important new innovations from Metro, including touch and sensor support. For sophisticated developers comfortable with the Microsoft programming stack, this book offers unparalleled value.
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