Windows 8 Development in C#

Windows 8 provides a radically different user interface experience, and Windows Store apps are designed to take advantage of these capabilities. In this course you will learn how to create Windows Store apps using C# and XAML. You will learn about the structure of Windows 8 apps, and how they integrate with other tools and apps in the Windows 8 platform. The course includes detailed coverage of the WinRT API.


5 days



  • Solid C# experience
  • Familiarity with XAML would be an advantage

What you'll learn

  • Understand Windows Store apps
  • Implementing user interfaces
  • Implementing navigation
  • Working with files and data
  • Process management
  • Interacting with the Windows 8 platform
  • Additional Windows Store techniques

Course details

Introduction to Windows 8 and Windows Store Apps

  • Getting around in Windows 8
  • Windows 8 architecture and technical features
  • Understanding the new API model

Architecture of a C# and XAML Windows Store App

  • Key architectural concepts
  • Understanding XAML
  • Implementing code-behind for XAML pages

Getting Started with the WinRT Library

  • What is WinRT
  • Organisation of the WinRT library
  • Key WinRT APIs

Implementing a Simple UI

  • Understanding WinRT
  • Layout controls
  • Viewing modes
  • AppBar and NavBar controls

Implementing Navigation

  • Overview of navigation in a Windows store app
  • Implementing navigation
  • Semantic zoom

Displaying Data

  • Overview of data presentation controls
  • Using the GridView control

Working with Files

  • Understanding the Windows.Storage namespace
  • How to interact with files and streams
  • File pickers and contact pickers

Managing Processes

  • Understanding process lifetime management
  • Implementing state management strategies

Templates and Resources

  • Defining a template in XAML
  • Creating reusable resources
  • Defining templates as resources

Implementing Windows 8 Contracts

  • The role of contracts in Windows 8
  • Implementing the Share and Search contracts
  • Additional contracts

Implementing Tiles and Toast

  • Implementing live tiles
  • Implementation options
  • Implementing notifications via toast

Integrating with Data Stores

  • Data access strategies
  • Integrating with remote data
  • The role of OData

Improving Responsiveness

  • UI design considerations
  • Responding to mouse input
  • Handling keyboard and touch events


  • Configuration options in the App Manifest file
  • Windows Store app certification
  • Enterprise app deployment