New Book: Pro Windows 8.1 Development with XAML and C#

Between releases of my other book (Professional ASP.NET MVC, next release due out soon!) Jesse Liberty somehow talked me into collaborating with him on writing a book on Windows 8.1 development. Actually, it wasn't a hard sell, because I've done a good amount of XAML dev, love C#, and Windows 8 / 8.1 development is a lot of fun. We co-wrote the table of contents, I wrote code samples and very rough drafts (sometimes just bullet points), and Jesse turned it into prose. That worked pretty well, but was a little too slow - especially once my work on Professional ASP.NET MVC 5 ramped up. Fortunately, Phil Japiske agreed to join us and finish the book off. Phil really nailed it - he polished off the remaining chapters, reviewed and greatly improved the existing chapters, and made sure everything was up to date for Windows 8.1.

Pro Windows 8.1 Development with XAML and C# is focused on teaching you how to use your C# skills to build Windows Store applications. It teaches you the necessary XAML skills, the controls, the application model, and takes you from File / New to publishing an application to the Windows Store.

Here's the table of contents:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Building Your First Windows 8 App
  3. Themes, Panels, and Controls
  4. Binding
  6. Local Data
  7. Remote Data and Services
  8. Search and Share Contracts
  9. Notifications
  10. Application Life Cycle
  11. Making Money
  12. Publishing Your App

I'm especially happy with my contributions to the local and remote data chapters. Any non-trivial application needs to tackle these concerns, and it's important to get right. I went through a few iterations on the pattern for data access and settled on a Task based repository pattern that worked pretty well. For the remote data, I showed how to set up Web API services both as JSON/XML endpoints and leveraging OData.

I also wrote a lot of the Notifications chapter, since the primary example demonstrates using Azure Mobile Services to send client notifications.

The book is a little over 300 pages, so it hopefully strikes a pretty good balance on the thorough vs. longwinded scale. I hope you like it!

Today (Friday June 13, 2014) there's a 40% discount code on the Apress site: FRDY13.

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