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  1. Windows 8 for Silverlight/WPF Coderz Jeremy Likness (@JeremyLikness) Principal Consultant Copyright © 2012 consulting training design debugging
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  3. Building Windows 8 Apps • Everything you need to build and deploy Windows 8 Apps • Full source code online • Leverage your C# and XAML skills • Learn about new concepts, like: – Roaming storage – Live Tiles and Notifications – The Windows Store consulting training design debugging
  4. Agenda • Introduction • XAML and Blend • Animations • Styles – Parts and States • New Controls – Grouping and Sorting • Visual State Manager (Orientations, Snapped, Resolutions) • WinRT • Charms and Contracts • Application Bar • Portable Class Library • Strategies for Managing the Gap • Recap consulting training design debugging
  5. Introduction: Windows 8 Apps • Brand new look and feel • Run on a variety of devices • Sold through the Windows Store • Language choice (we’ll focus on C#/XAML, but C++/XAML and HTML5/JavaScript are available) • Single, chromeless window that fills the entire screen • Multiple layouts – orientation, snapped, form-factors, etc. • Touch-first but pen, mouse, and keyboard friendly • Apps “talk to each other” through contracts • New controls and UI surfaces • Tiles instead of icons consulting training design debugging
  6. demo Windows 8 Apps consulting training design debugging
  7. XAML and Blend • XAML very similar to Silverlight/WPF – Namespaces change – No markup extensions • Still design-time friendly • MVVM built-in to the templates • You still have a friend in Blend! consulting training design debugging
  8. demo XAML and Blend consulting training design debugging
  9. Animations • Same old story(board) • Plus a whole lot more • Animations Library makes life easy consulting training design debugging
  10. demo Animations consulting training design debugging
  11. Styles • Same concept, can use styles “as is” in many cases • Resource keys allow for theme-aware styles (ex: high contrast) • Same parts and states for controls • StyleSelector to return styles consulting training design debugging
  12. Theme Dictionaries <ResourceDictionary> <ResourceDictionary.ThemeDictionaries> <ResourceDictionary x:Key="Default"> <SolidColorBrush x:Key="AppBarBackgroundThemeBrush“ Color="#E5000000" /> <SolidColorBrush x:Key="AppBarBorderThemeBrush“ Color="#E5000000" /> </ResourceDictionary> <ResourceDictionary x:Key="HighContrast"> <SolidColorBrush x:Key="AppBarBackgroundThemeBrush“ Color="{StaticResource SystemColorButtonFaceColor}" /> <SolidColorBrush x:Key="AppBarBorderThemeBrush“ Color="{StaticResource SystemColorHighlightColor}" /> </ResourceDictionary> </ResourceDictionary.ThemeDictionaries> </ResourceDictionary> consulting training design debugging
  13. StyleSelector public class MyStyleSelector: StyleSelector { protected override Style SelectStyleCore( object item, DependencyObject container) { Style style = new Style(typeof(ListViewItem)); style.Setters.Add(new Setter( ListViewItem.ForegroundProperty, new SolidColorBrush(Colors.Red))); return style; } } <ListView ItemsSource="{Binding Widgets}" ItemContainerStyleSelector="{StaticResource MyStyleSelector}" /> consulting training design debugging
  14. New Controls • Progress ring • Spell-check support • GridView • ListView • FlipView • SemanticZoom • Touch-first consulting training design debugging
  15. demo Controls consulting training design debugging
  16. Visual State Manager • Behaves the same as Silverlight • Used in the fundamental templates • Helpful for orientation and display mode changes • Full Blend support consulting training design debugging
  17. demo VSM consulting training design debugging
  18. WinRT • The new API for Windows 8 apps • Has it’s own type system • Provides language projections for support in JavaScript, C#, C++, etc. • Automatic mapping between types • You can create WinRT using managed code for consumption by non-managed Windows Store apps • See the built-in WinRT types: c:windowssystem32WinMetadata • Uses ECMA-335 for type definitions – use ILDASM.exe consulting training design debugging
  19. demo WinRT consulting training design debugging
  20. Charms, Contracts, Extensions • Use Charms (Windows Key + C) to invoke certain contracts • Contracts are agreements between Windows Store apps • Extensions are agreements between Windows Store apps and the Windows 8 operating system • Contracts: Cached file updater, file picker, play to, search, settings, share • Extensions: account picture provider, AutoPlay, background tasks, camera settings, contact picker, file activation, game explorer, print task settings, protocol activation, SSL/certificates consulting training design debugging
  21. demo Contracts and Extensions consulting training design debugging
  22. Application Bar • Similar to Windows Phone concept • Drop-in control • Automatically handles show/hide • Advanced scenarios like IE10 • Commands live at the edge: – Right-edge = Charms and “system level” commands – Bottom, top edges = Application commands consulting training design debugging
  23. Portable Class Library • Built into Visual Studio 2012 • Dozens of profiles based on various combinations • Finds the common API surface area between target platforms • Supported targets: – .NET Framework 4.0 – 4.5 – Silverlight 4 – 5 – Windows Phone 7 – 7.5 – .NET for Windows Store apps – Xbox 360 • More targets = less surface area consulting training design debugging
  24. Strategies for Managing the Gap • Only target the specific frameworks you know you will use (i.e. don’t target Windows Phone if that’s not on your radar) • Build as much functionality into the API surface area you can • Use interfaces (IoC/DI) and delegates for functionality that must be platform specific • Don’t try to share XAML. The various targets all have different design considerations. consulting training design debugging
  25. demo Wintellog (MVVM + WPF and Windows Store) consulting training design debugging
  26. Recap • XAML and Blend • Animations • Styles – Parts and States • New Controls – Grouping and Sorting • Visual State Manager (Orientations, Snapped, Resolutions) • WinRT • Charms and Contracts • Application Bar • Portable Class Library • Strategies for Managing the Gap consulting training design debugging
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Editor's Notes

  1. Show IE10 and app bar, weather, then go into photos, take a picture, send to puzzle touch to show contracts
  2. Create grid app, show XAML and point out differences, then open in Blend and show the new Device tab on the GroupedItemsView
  3. Personality animations
  4. Show tip for the SDK/Design C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Windows Kits\\8.0\\Include\\WinRT\\Xaml\\Design
  5. Show controls, then layout, and panels, then touch – use simulator and don’t forget semantic zoom
  6. Show Windows8Application2 in the simulator – semantic zoom
  7. Navigate and show the ildasm of the metadata. Then show the Thumbnail library.
  8. Reinforce thumbnail extensions, show search and settings
  9. Reinforce thumbnail extensions, show search and settings