In this course the students will learn the more advanced programming skills and techniques that they can use to optimize their Windows Store app and differentiate their app from other apps in the Windows Store. These advanced skills and techniques include a combination of both design and development skills. The students will also learn about supporting the apps that they have published to the Windows Store.
Module 1: Windows Store App Essentials
This module provides an overview of the Windows 8.1 user experience and features, Windows Store apps, and the new user interface. You will review the process of developing apps using HTML to create the user interface, and the WinRT API to interact with the platform.
Module 2: Implementing Animations and Transitions
This module covers the following techniques for creating animations in Windows Store apps:
• The built-in WinJS.UI.Animation namespace
• CSS3 @keyframes
• CSS3 transitions and transformations
In this module, you will learn about the WinJS.UI.Animation namespace and CSS3 animations. By using animations in Windows Store apps, you can improve the user experience. This module also introduces the limitations of animations, and explains best practices for using them.
Module 3: Implementing Globalization and Localization
Windows 8.1 supports over 100 languages, with a potential reach of 4.5 billion people. You can sell Windows Store apps in over 200 markets. When you design an app for globalization and localization, it can reach a wide audience. 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. You should always globalize an app before you localize it.
Module 4: Implementing Branding and a Seamless UI for Windows Store Apps
This module explains how you can add branding to your app, and how to add a branded splash screen to it, which improves the user experience when they load the app.
Module 5: Advanced Data Scenarios in a Windows Store App
In this module, you will explore the new file storage capabilities of Windows 8.1 and learn how to use them in the apps that you build. You will also see how to design and implement more efficient data storage through caching and how to set up file extensions, associations, and compression.
Module 6: Creating Reusable Controls and Components
Module 7: Implementing Advanced Contract Scenarios
This module describes how to use two new contracts:
• The Print contract enables interaction with printing devices.
• The Play To contract enables media sharing with other devices, such as television sets.
This module also describes how to integrate the contacts and calendar appointments managed by the operating system with a Windows Store app, creating new contacts and calendar appointments, updating and deleting existing ones.
Lastly, you will learn how to take advantage of several convenient Windows 8.1 APIs to provide exciting, user-friendly features in your apps. Windows RT has native APIs for working with PDF files, creating screenshots of your app, and generating speech from text through speech synthesis.
Module 8: The Windows Push Notification Service
This module describes and explains Windows Push Notifications design concepts.
Module 9: Capturing Media
In this module, you will learn how to include media capturing functionality in your app. Learning to use the media capturing APIs of Windows 8.1 can be a key element in creating 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 App
This module will introduce you to the options you have, as a developer, to increase revenue with your Windows Store apps.
Module 13: Securing Windows Store App Data
In this module, you will learn how to create a secure application that is secure at the client and server side, and how to protect data.
Module 14: Tracing and Profiling Windows Store Apps
In this module, you will learn the techniques that will help you 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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