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"Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript" - a Review

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"Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript" - a Review

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Today, I received the second book (after JavaScriptMVC) for which I had participated in the technical review process: “Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript."

Doing the technical review was, again, a pleasant experience. It is interesting to see the book develop and it is motivating to see your (hopefully) valuable comments and remarks being added to its contents. I’m looking forward to possibly publishing my own book in the near future. :)

Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript is really for someone who wants to get started with Win8 app development. You don’t know any HTML5? CSS3? Shouldn’t be an issue. The book gets you up to speed by starting with basic HTML5 structure, introducing semantic elements, and continues with an extensive outline of styling concepts with CSS3. I found this quite useful, as I often encounter web developers not knowing enough or even not caring about CSS, although I personally find it to be an important part of a fully-fledged web developer.

So, What Am I Going to Learn from the Book?

You’ll learn most of what you’d need to successfully create and deploy your first Windows 8 application:

  • The basics in HTML5, CSS3 and the Win8 JavaScript programming model (chapters 1 to 3)
  • The necessary toolings and predefined project templates (chapter 4)
  • The most important UI controls, data binding strategies and UI design patterns (chapter 5 to 7)
  • How to authenticate your users by using Windows Live Connect (chapter 8)
  • How to add menus and commands (chapter 9)
  • Publishing and deployment on the Windows App Store (chapter 10)

And as a bonus, chapter 11 quickly introduces how XAML can be used as an alternative to HTML5 and JavaScript.

If you’re interested, then you might want to consult the website of the book.


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