Building Windows 8 Apps with JavaScript

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Pearson Education, Dec 28, 2012 - Computers - 624 pages
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Building Windows 8 Apps with JavaScript is the definitive guide for every experienced developer who wants to create, ship, and profit from Windows 8 apps built with HTML5 and JavaScript. Authored by Chris Sells, the former Visual Studio principal program manager who built Microsoft’s official Win8 JavaScript application templates, and Brandon Satrom, expert web/mobile developer, this book covers every facet of development with Microsoft’s new JS framework and WinRT.


The authors guide you through building full-featured Windows Store apps that merge the best aspects of desktop, web, and mobile apps into a single user and developer experience. You’ll learn how to leverage the full power of the Windows 8 platform and integrate services ranging from client-side state to offline storage. Leveraging these techniques, you can deliver information to users faster, more clearly, and more concisely, on whatever devices they prefer.


Through complete example projects, Building Windows 8 Apps with JavaScript covers  

  • Understanding powerful new improvements in Windows 8 developer experience
  • Using Windows 8’s more flexible binding to update the UI as underlying data changes
  • Creating layouts and typography that fit Windows 8 style and leverage its advantages
  • Working with audio, video, captured media, animation, and HTML5 graphics
  • Making your app “connectable” with PlayTo
  • Integrating WinJS navigation services to improve UI control
  • Maintaining app states built up over time, and sharing them across devices
  • Writing highly responsive async apps
  • Supporting true-touch metaphors and interactions, location data, and sensors
  • Designing apps for the Immersive Shell
  • Extending JavaScript code to integrate existing C/C++ code or access Windows capabilities that WinRT doesn’t expose
  • Discovering best practices for monetizing Windows Store apps 

All of the downloadable examples can be created and run with Microsoft’s free Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8, which includes all you need to build, package, and deploy your Windows Store apps.

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About the author (2012)

Chris Sells is the VP of the Developer Tools Division at Telerik. He's written several books, including Programming WPF, Windows Forms 2.0 Programming, and ATL Internals. In his free time, Chris makes a pest of himself on Microsoft forums and mailing lists. More information about Chris and his various projects is available at


Brandon Satrom (@BrandonSatrom) is Program Manager for Kendo UI at Telerik and is based in Austin, Texas. A long-time web developer, Brandon loves to talk about HTML, JavaScript, CSS, open source, and whatever new shiny tool or technology has distracted him from that other thing he was working on. Brandon speaks at events all around the world, and he loves hanging out with and learning from other passionate developers, both online and in person. He also loves writing and has had several articles featured in publications like MSDN MagazineThe Architecture Journal, and .net Magazine. Brandon can be reached online at his blog


Don Box is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Don has worked on platform and developer technologies for .NET, SQL, and most recently, Xbox. Prior to Microsoft, Don roamed the earth helping developers come to terms with COM, Including writing Essential COM for Addison Wesley.

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