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István Novák , Zoltan Arvai , György Balássy , David Fulop

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Oct. 2 2012 Wrox Programmer to Programmer

Learn to use exciting new development tools and create applications for Windows 8

If you're a beginning developer, there's no better place to get up to speed on the Windows 8 SDK than this Wrox guide. A team of Microsoft experts provides a complete course in Windows 8 programming, helping you take full advantage of the innovative new SDK. Written in an easy-to-read style, this book is packed with reusable examples that showcase the endless possibilities of the Windows SDK and also introduces the new Windows 8 app store.

It explains how to set up the development environment and covers user interface design, using special effects and graphics, working with C# and C++, and much more.

  • Provides a complete introduction to the Windows SDK and Windows 8, starting with setting up the development environment and building your first application
  • Covers user interface design, touch- and event-driven design elements, leveraging windows-based services, and offline application development with HTML 5
  • Explores creating C# applications for the Windows 8 system, XNA 4 and Silverlight 5 considerations, and the role of C++
  • Shows how to debug, certify and deploy your applications
  • Introduces the new Windows 8 app store and offers advice on marketing your apps

Beginning Windows 8 Application Development is perfect for anyone who's ready to get started developing apps for the exciting new Windows 8 OS.

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Start developing and selling the coolest apps using the latest Windows SDK

If you're a beginning developer, there's no better place to get up to speed on the Windows 8 SDK than this guide. A team of Microsoft experts walks you through the new, easy-to-understand, and inexpensive process for creating, deploying, marketing, and selling your own applications. They detail the ways in which the new Microsoft operating system now caters to Windows 8 style applications, and they highlight the exciting possibilities that Windows 8 style apps provide for traditional PCs, as well as a variety of newer devices. You'll quickly discover how to build your app from start to finish with the help of comprehensive samples and expert tips so that, in no time, you'll be taking full advantage of the SDK.

Beginning Windows 8 Application Development:

  • Introduces you to the tools required to develop Windows 8 style applications
  • Familiarizes you with standards, templates, and developer tools
  • Discusses how HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript can be used to develop desktop applications with Windows Runtime
  • Explains how to leverage the tablet form factor and build location-aware apps
  • Explores deploying applications to the Windows Store, while providing an overview of the app certification and publishing processs

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About the Author

István Novák is a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director who is an associate of SoftwArt Ltd., a Hungarian IT services company.

György Balássy is a Microsoft MVP, Regional Director, and ASPInsider who is a founding member of the local MSDN Competence Center.

Zoltán Arvai is a Microsoft MVP who is a front-end architect and a user experience designer of NextGenSolutions Ltd.

Dávid Fülöp is a professional developer and software development trainer contracted by multiple companies and universities.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Easy to Follow March 24 2013
By Mark J. Moeykens - Published on
This is a great book to help teach you about Windows 8 development. If you're starting from scratch I highly recommend this book. This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading when learning a new technology because it's very hands-on. You will read a little, then try it out for yourself with a coding exercise and then the book explains to you why it works and so on. It was very easy to read and follow and builds up your knowledge in a little-by-little fashion.

I highly recommend this book for learning how to do Windows 8 application development.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Content Feb. 7 2013
By circuitx - Published on
I found this book to be very useful. I am coming to Windows 8 from non-windows background, so the progression from basic to more advanced was very good for me. The hands-on tutorials were quite good at illustrating the concepts with real GUI and coding steps.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, cover things not covered on others Feb. 2 2013
By Marcus Fenix - Published on
The book starts very slow, really slow, like the first 1/3 is just history and blah blah, but then it goes right to the target, one of the best explanations of how the Windows 8 apps work, especially almost at the end explains, how to do a TRIAL version and how to switch from TRIAL to FULL Purchased version. You do not have to create two versions of your app, just one, but knows if it has been purchased, if it needs to run on trial or if it has expired. This is really invaluable and awesome material and it helped me create apps that can be sold at the store. Very very nice ending!! Giving 4 stars, for all the space wasted at the beginning of the book (it is really not wasted, but if you want to jump in to start coding, then the first 1/3 is mostly a history lesson). Then I recommend to get as a following book the Adam Nathan book. So I recommend buying both and you are good to go :)
3.0 out of 5 stars this book gives good examples and they samples work Oct. 19 2014
By J. Sheffield - Published on
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this book gives good examples and they samples work, I was able to complete my app because of this book. I struggled with other books that didn't have good working examples.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Very useful! Dec 28 2012
By Cezar Pinheiro Schroeder - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's really for beginners on Windows 8 Development!! It starts teaching you how to use the new version of Windows, and then it goes through all the steps and requisites necessary to develop great Windows Store Apps!! Very good, indeed!!

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