Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Reviewing Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript

Here it is:

The book is well done, it covers pretty much everything you need to get started developing your HTML5 app for Windows Phone, going deep to professional matters.
You don't need to have any particularly skill, it starts from the basic and quickly leads you to complex stuff.

In the first chapters it explains the fundamental of the new HTML5 semantic components, the new CSS3 (cascading style sheet) selectors features, as well as the powerful WinJS library with all its UI components (they are real widget you can use in your mobile app).

Since chapter 4 you start building your first and real mobile application using Visual Studio 2012 and the Windows 8 SDK.
In order to start developing Windows Store apps, you will need to have a developer license for Windows 8. This license lets you install, develop, test, and evaluate apps locally before they are tested and certified by the Windows Store.

As you get acquainted using the tools, the book drives to real application scenario such as dynamic data binding and responsive design.
Once you complete your design, your business logic, the book guides you to bring your app to life, taking you to the next professional level with tiles and notification.

The book shows you how to build a multi user application, using the OAuth standard.
At the end, you will learn how to package and publish your apps. Those are key points as the packaging and publishing process are a little complex, obviously.
The book ends with a chapter dedicated to XAML, which is Extensible Application Markup Language.

In conclusion, I think this book is very useful for any one interested in developing HTML5 mobile application, especially those ones targeting Windows 8 devices.
Yep, I don't think this book is just for Microsoft Windows developer, all the code showed is HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, those are standards.

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