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Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript

Rami Sarieddine

The Windows store is growing in popularity and with this step-by-step guide it’s easy to join the bandwagon using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. From basic development techniques to publishing on the store, it’s the complete primer.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849687102
Paperback184 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: HTML5 Structure
Understanding semantic elements
Introducing built-in media elements
Introducing feature-rich form elements
Assigning custom data attributes
Chapter 2: Styling with CSS3
The power of CSS3 selectors
Creating fluid layouts with Grid and Flexbox
CSS-powered animations
Introducing media queries
Chapter 3: JavaScript for Windows Apps
Asynchronous programming with Promise objects
Querying the DOM with WinJS.Utilities
Understanding WinJS.xhr
Introducing a new set of controls
Chapter 4: Developing Apps with JavaScript
Introducing the tools
Using Visual Studio and its templates
Getting started with Blank App
Understanding the ListView control
Chapter 5: Binding Data to the App
Getting the data
Displaying the data
Sorting and filtering the data
Chapter 6: Making the App Responsive
Introducing app view states
Handling a view state
Understanding semantic zoom
Chapter 7: Making the App Live with Tiles and Notifications
Introducing tiles, badges, and notifications
Sending notifications
Chapter 8: Signing Users in
Introducing Live Connect
Signing in users to the app
Chapter 9: Adding Menus and Commands
Understanding the app bar
Chapter 10: Packaging and Publishing
Introducing the Windows Store
The Store within Visual Studio
Chapter 11: Developing Apps with XAML
Creating apps with different platforms
Introducing XAML apps

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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