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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Windows 8 Application Development with HTML5 For Dummies - Free Sample Chapters

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Welcome to a new world of Windows. A lot has changed since Windows 3.1 gained general popularity in 1991, both in terms of devices available to host an operating system and the bandwidth necessary to connect them. Sometimes Microsoft has blazed a trail, sometimes they have fallen behind, but Windows has always managed to more or less stay abreast of the world of computing. Tablets are a story of both greatness and woe.

Windows XP was tablet-ready, but the hardware world wasn’t. We ended up with five-pound tablets that had a three-hour battery life and required a stylus. Apple and Google surged ahead as soon as the hardware was truly ready for the form factor. Microsoft has an ace in the hole, though. Windows is present on 250,000,000 devices worldwide, and some of them are even legally licensed. Windows runs the majority of businesses on the planet. It is everywhere.
Windows 8 is not just a tablet operating system (OS). Microsoft has not chosen to make a separate OS for devices and phones like Apple has. They are upgrading the core OS to handle tablets natively. This means that the most popular OS on the planet, with the best developer tools on the planet, will soon work on tablets and have an app store like Google and Apple. That, in a word, is huge. You see, rather than writing an app that works on one version of, say, six million Android phones out there, or that works on the iPhone 4S and nothing else, you can write something that works on nearly everyone’s laptop. Then you can test it, market it, and sell it online with automagic installation, just like on those phones and tablets.

It’s a much, much bigger pond to fish in. But wait, there’s more! In order to do this, you probably need to learn Windows Presentation Foundation and C# and a bunch of other junk that you have never needed before and won’t ever need again, right? No. You can build native Windows applications with HTML and JavaScript, just like you build web pages. That is worth saying again. You can build native Windows applications for Windows 8 using HTML and JavaScript. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In this chapter, I cover what Windows 8 is, how you code for it, and how it fits into the grand scheme of your overall software development practice.

Table of of content:
  1. Introducing Windows 8
  2. Embracing Windows 8 Style
  3. Working with external
  4. Digging into internal
  5. Getting ready to publish
  6. The parts of tens

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