Beginning Windows 8 Application Development by Istvan Novak, Zoltan Arvai, Gyorgy Balassy, David Fulop

By Istvan Novak, Zoltan Arvai, Gyorgy Balassy, David Fulop

In case you are a starting developer, there is no higher position to wake up to hurry at the home windows eight SDK than this Wrox consultant. A group of Microsoft specialists offers an entire direction in home windows eight programming, aiding you're taking complete benefit of the cutting edge new SDK. Written in an easy-to-read sort, this e-book is choked with reusable examples that show off the unending probabilities of the home windows SDK and in addition introduces the hot home windows eight app shop. It explains easy methods to organize the advance atmosphere and covers consumer interface layout, utilizing lighting tricks and pictures, operating with C# and C++, and masses extra.

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When launching an application that was created for any of the previous Windows versions (or one that simply does not use the Windows 8 style UI), the application will run in the well-known desktop environment. For example, when a user starts Excel, it opens in desktop mode, as shown in Figure 1-4. FIGURE 1-4: Excel running in the desktop mode of Windows 8 This is the second face of Windows 8 — familiar to everyone who used Windows before. If you did not see the Start menu and the status indicator displaying the current date and time, you might think you were using Windows 7.

Using a graphical Integrated Development Environment (IDE), this way of application development is still the most preferred and most productive approach. Programmers graphically design the dialog box windows (or forms, in Visual Basic terminology) of the application by dragging UI elements History of APIs and Tools ❘ 15 (controls) from the toolbox of the IDE, and dropping them to the form’s surface. Each control has several event handlers that respond to the events arriving from the environment — such as when the user clicks a button or changes the selection in a combo box.

A gyroscope tells you the rotation speed of the device. ➤➤ A magnetometer or compass tells you the angle of the north direction. ➤➤ An ambient light sensor informs you about the lighting conditions of the device’s surroundings. You can incorporate the sensory input into your app easily by using the APIs provided by Microsoft, and this gives you the opportunity to create more engaging or easy-to-use applications. LOGGING IN Logging in to the operating system is not really an important thing from a Windows 8 app developer’s standpoint — apart from the fact that you can’t write apps if you don’t log in.

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