Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript

Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Learn about the powerful new features in HTML5 and CSS3
  • Quick start a JavaScript app from scratch
  • Get your app into the store and learn how to add authentication

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 184 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : August 2013
ISBN : 1849687102
ISBN 13 : 9781849687102
Author(s) : Rami Sarieddine
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Application Development, Enterprise, Microsoft, Web Development

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: HTML5 Structure
Chapter 2: Styling with CSS3
Chapter 3: JavaScript for Windows Apps
Chapter 4: Developing Apps with JavaScript
Chapter 5: Binding Data to the App
Chapter 6: Making the App Responsive
Chapter 7: Making the App Live with Tiles and Notifications
Chapter 8: Signing Users in
Chapter 9: Adding Menus and Commands
Chapter 10: Packaging and Publishing
Chapter 11: Developing Apps with XAML
  • Chapter 1: HTML5 Structure
    • Understanding semantic elements
    • Introducing built-in media elements
      • Advanced media with JavaScript
    • Introducing feature-rich form elements
      • An enriched <input> tag
      • Easy validation
    • Assigning custom data attributes
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Styling with CSS3
      • The power of CSS3 selectors
        • Attribute selectors
        • Combinator selectors
        • Pseudo-class selectors
        • Pseudo-element selectors
      • Creating fluid layouts with Grid and Flexbox
        • The Grid layout
        • The Flexbox layout
      • CSS-powered animations
        • CSS3 animations
        • CSS3 transforms
      • Introducing media queries
      • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Developing Apps with JavaScript
          • Introducing the tools
            • Getting a free developer license
          • Using Visual Studio and its templates
            • Project item templates
          • Getting started with Blank App
          • Understanding the ListView control
          • Summary

                        Rami Sarieddine

                        Rami Sarieddine is a Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure and Windows 8 with Microsoft Gulf. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was working as a Software Engineer and Analyst at the American University of Beirut. He has a cumulative 7 years of experience in web development. In the span of these 7 years, he started with an independent venture for around 2 years. After that he directly embarked on an employment journey that was rich with experience, during which he had led numerous projects and held several positions from Web Developer to Information Systems Analyst and Lead Web Developer. He was Microsoft Valued Professional awardee in 2013 and 2012 for his contributions in the technical communities of Visual C# and ASP.NET/IIS respectively. The MVP award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real-world expertise with users and Microsoft. With fewer than 5,000 awardees worldwide, Microsoft MVPs represent a highly select group of experts. He was selected speaker at the first Tech.Days Beirut event by Microsoft Lebanon. Soon after, he had become a regular speaker on training sessions at their main events including Open Door and Tech Days. He has been heavily involved with Microsoft Lebanon's developer communities and activities, delivering hands-on workshops on Windows 8, HTML5, Azure, and Visual Studio. His passion for pursuing knowledge and experience, and consequently sharing it with fellow web developers and enthusiasts drove him into starting his own technical blog. When not working, he enjoys running and spending time with his loved ones. And when on vacations, he enjoys traveling and visiting new places around the world. He can be reached at and you can follow his articles and blog posts on
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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Using HTML5 elements
                        • Styling with CSS3
                        • Using Windows Library for JavaScript controls
                        • Getting data via web URLs and binding it to controls
                        • Creating a blank Windows Store JavaScript app
                        • Understanding view states and making the app responsive
                        • Adding live tiles and notifications for the app
                        • Creating a basic app using XAML
                        • Adding user sign-in features via email accounts
                        • Understanding the Windows Store and publishing the app

                        In Detail

                        Windows 8 has already been launched and been installed on millions of devices while the store is getting populated with apps, and soon enough everyone will want a Windows Store app. So start now and learn how to develop apps for Windows 8 using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and you will be killing two birds with one stone by getting introduced to important features in HTML5 and CSS3 at the same time. You will gain the advantage of utilizing your web development skills to transform your website into an app or the other way round.

                        Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript is a practical, hands-on guide that covers the basic and important features of a Windows Store App along with code examples which will show you how to develop these features, all the while learning some of the new features in HTML5 and CSS3 which you can utilize in other areas of development.

                        This book starts with the new features in HTML5 and CSS3 that are incorporated with Windows 8 development, and then moves on to creating a blank Windows Store app and add features to it as we move through the chapters till we package the app and make it ready for publishing. Finally, we will have a look at how similar it is to develop the same app with XAML.

                        You will also learn how to add and use new controls dedicated for Windows 8 and then see how to fetch data for the app and bind it to the controls. We will also take a look at making the app adapt to change in screen sizes and rotation as well as how to make the app live with tiles and allow users to sign in using their email accounts. Also you will learn how to add an app bar, and lastly you learn how to finalize the app and publish it. If you want to leverage your web development skills and utilize it in developing for Windows 8, then you came to the right place. Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript is packed with examples and screenshots which will make it easy for you to implement all the things you learned throughout the book.


                        This book is a hands-on guide that follows a step-by-step tutorial approach which discusses Windows 8 application development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

                        Who this book is for

                        This book is great for developers who want to start developing for Windows 8 and it also targets developers who want to get introduced to powerful advancements in standards-based web technology, while using it to build Windows Store apps, as well as leveraging their existing skills and code assets in web development.

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