Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# Training Course
This course you will learn advanced programming practices and techniques that will help you develop Windows Store apps. In this course, you will learn how design and develop Windows Store apps, as well as implement advanced features, such as using location information, streaming media to external devices, and integrating with online services. You will also learn how to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Expression Blend tools.
This course maps to the 70-485 exam.
Windows Azure is required or used as part of the lab for this course, which may not be available in all countries. Please check with your Microsoft training provider that this cloud service is available in your area. Training Providers please reference the course setup guide for more details.
Course 20485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# is intended for professional developers who have one or more years of experience creating applications for a production environment and who are comfortable programming in C# and XAML to create Windows Store apps.
Module 1: Windows Store App Essentials
In this module, you will get an overview of the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, and will become acquainted with the Windows Store apps and the new user interface. You will review the process of developing apps by using XAML to create the user interface, and the WinRT API to interact with the platform.
Module 2: Implementing Animations and Transitions
In this module, you will learn how to add animations to your Windows Store apps, and how to take advantage of the functionality offered by the VisualStateManager class.
Module 3: Implementing Globalization and Localization
In this module you will learn how globalization prepares an app for a global audience. This involves changing culture-specific elements of the user interface, such as dates, times, currencies, languages, and more. Localization takes globalization further by supporting specific languages, cultures, and regions.
Module 4: Branding and a Seamless UI
This module explains how to brand your app and add a branded splash screen to improve user experience.
Module 5: Advanced Data Scenarios in a Windows Store App
In this module, you will learn about the new file storage capabilities of Windows 8.1.In addition, you will learn how to use the file storage capabilities in your apps. You will also learn how to design and implement more useful data storage through caching and how to set up file extensions, associations, and compression. These features will help you to provide a better experience to the user by increasing the responsiveness of your app, and lowering its resource usage.
Module 6: Creating Reusable Controls and Components
In this module, you will learn how the Windows Runtime (WinRT) contains a rich set of XAML controls, such as GridView, ListView, FlipView, and AppBar. In many cases, you can use these controls to create fully functional apps. However, if the built-in controls do not contain the functionality that you need, you can create your own custom controls. You will be able to reuse these custom controls in other apps, like any other built-in control.
Module 7: Implementing Advanced Contract Scenarios
This module describes how to use two new contracts:
• The Play To contract enables media sharing with other devices, such as television sets.
• The Print contract enables interaction with printing devices.
Windows Store apps can integrate with the contacts and calendar appointments managed by the operating system. You can create new contacts and calendar appointments, update and delete existing ones.
Lastly, you will learn how to take advantage of several convenient Windows 8.1 application programming interface (APIs) to provide exciting, user friendly features in your apps. Windows RT has native APIs for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) files, creating screenshots of your app, and generating speech from text through speech synthesis.
Module 8: The Windows Push Notification Service
This module explains Windows Push Notifications.
Module 9: Capturing Media
In this module, you will learn how to include media capturing functionality in your app. Learning to leverage the Windows Runtime (WinRT) media capturing APIs can help you create an exciting and successful app.
Module 10: Background Tasks
This module explains how to create, register, and use background tasks for Windows Store apps.
Module 11: Working with Sensors and Devices
This module describes some of the sensors and devices available to a Windows Store app and explains how to access them from your Windows Store app.
Module 12: Generating Revenue with Your Windows Store App
This module will introduce you to the options you have, as a developer, to make money with your Windows Store apps.
Module 13: Securing Windows Store App Data
In this module, you will learn how to create an application that is secure at the client and server side, and provides protection for your data. You will also learn how to implement a security protocol that lets you communicate with services such as Windows Azure and Microsoft SkyDrive.
Module 14: Tracing and Profiling Windows Store Apps
In this module, you will learn the techniques that help you to analyze your code for potential issues, create run time logs efficiently, and diagnose various types of performance problems in your Windows Store app.
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