Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps
A Guide to the Windows Runtime
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2012
Pages: 110

Get a head start on building apps for Windows 8. With a series of examples, this hands-on guide takes you through the process of creating complete touch-enabled apps that respond to native sensors. Through the course of the book, you’ll learn how to work with the Windows Runtime application model while building a Bing Image Search app.

If you’re an experienced .NET developer who wants to get up to speed with Windows 8, this book provides the expertise and C# code samples you need.

  • Get a high-level overview of Windows 8 features—from the Start Screen to in-app features such as the Application Bar
  • Begin by building a simple app to retrieve Bing image search results from a web service
  • Learn about the components needed to complete the app, including UI design, the MVVM architectural pattern, and “tombstoning”
  • Take advantage of native OS features such as tiles, file pickers, and sharing requests
  • Examine the steps necessary to publish an app to the Windows Store
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2.0

A beginner book for WinRT/C#

By Sridhar Poduri

from Hyderabad, India

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Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

The book is primarily targeted at existing .NET developers who want to jumpstart their sojourn with building Windows 8 apps. The author walks through creating an application from scratch using C# and Visual Studio 2012 and walks through the paces of explaining how to integrate the app with the various OS integration points: Share, Search, Live Tiles etc.

The application design itself is geared towards using the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern and how such a pattern can best be used while writing Windows 8 Apps using XAML and C#. I personally do not like technical books preaching the "one true way" of designing applications as I strongly believe that good, competent developers come up with designs and patterns that are applicable for their scenarios. A good technical book explains the concepts and gives enough flexibility for its readers to come up with innovative ways to incorporating the concepts in their daily work. But maybe it is just me who looks at things this way!

The book also does not explain the finer nuances of this new API, the WinRT. It looks at WinRT purely from the prism of a .NET layer. Maybe this is deliberate as the target audience for the book is existing .NET developers but I feel that explaining the WinRT from a more detailed perspective would benefit folks who are writing apps for this modern platform. After all, we just don't want folks to move their existing code and feel happy, we also want to them to understand the platform and build truly shining apps that delight their users.

All in all, a good starting point if you are an existing C# developer who wants to jump into the world of WinRT.

 
4.0

Windows 8 for experienced devs

By Tim

from Chicago, IL

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  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

Hits the key concepts and doesn't use the traditional "Hello World" example.

Uses good pattern based design.

Needs an update to the release version of the tools.

Could use more content around common controls.

Good coverage of deployment and marketing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Errata Updates Needed

By Gary

from CA

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  • Concise

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  • Too many errors

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Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps walks the reader through the Windows 8 user interface and then digs into creating Windows 8 apps. The problem comes in with writing a book about something that hasn't yet shipped its first release.

The author seems to be well versed in the topic but due to Windows 8 continuing to evolve after the book was finished there are some issues with the accuracy of the content in the book with respect to current verions of Windows 8.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Samples break Visual Design in VS 2012

By shawnc

from NJ

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      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

      The author's use of MetroIoc and the pattern of use, doesn't accomodate fully in situations that you still want the visual designers to work in VS2012. While it seems partially accomodating to design time situations, there are spots that it is not setup correctly.

      It's unfortunate.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice document

      By kkir

      from Athens, Greece

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      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

        Terse text, good work.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really useful

        By Sylvans

        from Quebec

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        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Too basic

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        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps:

        So far I really find this book useful.

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