Saturday, 8 September 2012

Introduction to the Windows 8 platform

This is the first in a series of posts that accompany a series of video tutorials and demos that I am producing on Windows 8 development.

In this video, I look at three topics:
  •         The Windows 8 Start screen
  •         Activating Windows 8 apps using tiles
  •         The Charms bar
This first demo is taken from the course: Windows 8 Development using C# and XAML, JavaScript and HTML - First Look Clinic and Hands on Labs

You can find the transcript below.

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The Windows 8 Start screen
  • I show the layout of the Windows 8 Start screen.
  • Scrolling / flicking (if you have touch) left and right to see the Windows 8 apps.
  • I use the Magnify button in the lower right hand corner to zoom out.
  • Whilst zoomed out, I demonstrate rearranging the groups of tiles.
  • I right click the bottom edge of the screen to activate the App bar where I point out the Name group command.

Activating Windows 8 apps using tiles

  • I show that apps can be launched by clicking/tapping their tile. An app's tile can be wide or square (in fact it can have one of each).
  • I show the Music app as an example.
  • Right-clicking the bottom edge of the  screen activates the app's App bar which contains the commands such as Play and Pause that are relevant to that app.
  • Show that every level (other than the top-most) of a Windows 8 app has a Back button in the top left hand corner.

The Charms bar

  • Show that Windows 8 provides a Charms bar. This can be accessed by swiping / moving your mouse to the right-hand edge of the screen. The Charms bar contains a number of charms such as Search, Share and Settings.
  • Point out that apps can (recommended) be written to support some or all of these Charms bar contracts.
  • Whilst Music app is still active, I activate the Charms bar and click/tap the Search charm.
  • When  I type a value into the Search box, I point out that a list of apps (those that support the Search contract)  is displayed.
  • I then point out that the activated app (Music) actually makes some suggestions based upon the search string. Furthermore, should the user choose one of the suggestions, the app will be passed that selection by Windows 8.

And also

  • I also show that the classic Windows Desktop is still accessible from the Windows 8 Start Screen. by clicking/tapping the Desktop tile. Pointing out that the Start Screen actually sits on top of the Desktop.

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Interested in Windows 8 development training?

Windows 8 Development using C# and XAML, JavaScript and HTML - First Look Clinic and Hands on Labs

Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C#

Advanced Metro style App Development using C#

Essentials of developing windows metro style apps using html5 and javascript

Advanced metro style app development using html5 and javascript

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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