If you’re a .NET developer looking to build tablet apps, this practical book takes you step-by-step through the process of developing apps for the Windows Store. You’ll learn how to use Microsoft’s Modern UI design language with Windows 8.1 and WinRT 8.1.1 by building a line-of-business mobile app with C# through the course of the book.
To develop the app, you’ll work with the same system details and design specs that apply to retail apps, such as persistence, backend service, and Windows 8 features for sharing and search. You’ll learn how to develop the code, incorporate third-party open source products, and package your app for the Windows Store.
Build a UI with XAML and the Model/View/View-Model pattern
Understand asynchrony—and rediscover threads and parallelism
Store data and system settings locally with SQLite
Use app bars for commands and the settings charm for Help options
Present notifications as tile updates, badges, or toast popups
Help users visualize locations and tag activities to a map
Enable apps to share data and run side-by-side in the UI
Implement functionality for running tasks in the background
Iris Classon (@IrisClasson) is a C# MVP, Pluralsight author, and well-known speaker and blogger. She holds a dozen certificates in .NET development with a specialization in client app development and Windows Phone development.
The animal on the cover of Programming Windows Store Apps with C# is a pika (Ochotona princeps). The name pika can refer to any number of mammal in the Ochotonidae family, including rabbits and hares. This particular species also goes by the name “whistling hare” because of its characteristic high-pitched call that is used as an alarm when diving into its burrow.
Native to cold climates, pikas can be found mostly in Asia, North America, and areas of Eastern Europe. Many species inhabit areas with crevices that provide shelter—primarily rocky mountain sides. Still others live in crude burrows, while pikas in Eurasia sometimes share burrows with snowfinches. Pikas do not hibernate, and spend much of the warmer months hunting and gathering food to eat during the winter.
This small mammal is compact, with short limbs, round ears, and no external tail. They grow to between 15 to 23 cm (5.9 to 9.1 in) in length and can weigh up to 120 to 350 g (4.2 to 12.3 oz). These mammals are herbivores, feeding primarily on plant matter—forbs, grasses, sedges, shrub twigs, moss, and lichen. Pikas who live in rocks have small litters, with fewer than five young. Burrowing pikas tend to have larger litters and more frequently.
The cover image is from Shaw’s Zoology, Volume 2.1. The cover font is URW Typewriter and Guardian Sans. The text font is Adobe Minion Pro; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is Dalton Maag's Ubuntu Mono.