Useful links for Windows 8 Store App developers

Hello developers!

In this blog post, I have collected links that are useful for Windows 8 Store application developers and also for those who are new to it. Under each link a brief explanation of the link’s content is provided.

Designing UX for appsclip_image002

Design guidelines for windows 8 store apps. It is better to read this before starting to develop any windows 8 application.

Create your first Windows Store app using C# or Visual Basicclip_image004

Best tutorial to start with as a beginner. (From my opinion) It is very easy and it will get you excited to continue with other more advanced tutorial when you are done with this one and you see the result of your work.


Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) Explainedclip_image006

One of the easiest and simplest explanations of the Model-View-ViewModel concept. This concept is constantly used when developing applications. It is very important to understand this concept in order to start developing and also to understand tutorials because most tutorials online use this concept. As a beginner, you may find that understanding MVVM is not easy, but don’t worry and don’t lose hope, you will understand it as soon as you start developing with hands-on-lab exercises.

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 (Windows Store apps)clip_image008

Blend is a tool used for developing Windows 8 applications and other applications. Blend is a great designing tool that enables you to add story boards and animations to your application. Here you will find information about Blend for Visual Studio. (Thank you Deani Hansen!)

Windows Store app samples

If you don’t know how to do a certain function in your application, I suggest that you look for a sample on something similar to what you want and try to implement it on your application. You will find all kinds of useful samples here. Viewing samples also shows you some of windows 8 application capabilities and what your application may be capable of offering to a user. To view a sample, download it then extract it from the zipped folder, then go to Visual Studio > Open file > and open the file that you just extracted.

Introducing JSON

Explanation on JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) and links to using it with other coding languages like C#, C++, and Java. JSON will come in handy when you work with data in your windows 8 application.


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Comments (2)

  1. Deani Hansen says:

    Great collection of links – but isn't it' wrong linking to Expression Blend 4, since it's a discontinued product and for Windows Store applications is replaced with Blend for Visual Studio? (…/jj129478.aspx &…/jj171012.aspx)

  2. Hello Deani Hansen,

    Thank you.

    You are right.

    I just updated the post.

    I read the article about Blend 4 and posted it here because somehow I couldn't find any thing for Blend for Visual Studio. Don't know how I missed that.

    Many thanks to you 🙂

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