Windows 8 Application Development with HTML5 For Dummies by Bill Sempf

By Bill Sempf

This publication deals a primer for development HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript functions for home windows eight. It contains an updated consultant for dusting off an getting older HTML ability set and adapting to the home windows eight apps and gives a reference for home windows and .NET programmers no longer accustomed to HTML5. the general layout rules of MetroUI (the new layout paradigm for home windows) are mentioned. The ebook additionally addresses visible layout with HTML and CSS, that are the visible layout languages to deliver MetroUI functions to the display. eventually, there's a part on utilizing JavaScript for inter- and intra-functional parts.

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Content first The best simple dichotomy that I can think of for “content first” is the old VCR control commands, like Play, Rewind, and Fast Forward, versus the new Photos app in Windows 8. When building a Windows Forms application, they were everywhere. You still, in fact, can drag a data entity onto a Windows Forms page in VS2012, as in Figure 2-1. You get VCR controls to go back or forward, first or last, add or delete. info Chapter 2: Embracing Windows 8 Style Figure 2-1: The VCR control commands still live.

Chapter 9 covers tiles and pinning in detail. info Chapter 2: Embracing Windows 8 Style Keeping Your App Connected and Alive In the previous section, I suggested that tiles are animated billboards, and I wasn’t kidding. Content sent to your tile while your app is active stays active even when your app isn’t running, bringing a lot of user interest with it. Your app can also set up subtle notifications that interact with the user when they aren’t using the app — perfect for messaging apps or telling the user a long-running application is complete.

When you swipe up from the bottom (or down from the top, strangely), a 90-pixel bar comes up from the bottom of the screen. This is where buttons for app-specific functionality go. By convention, functionality that applies to the whole app goes on the left, and functionality that is specific to the page you are on goes on the right. The buttons should be an icon and text and do things that are particularly of interest to the user of the app. I cover how to use the app bar in Chapter 6. The Charms bar The Charms bar is what holds Windows-level functionality.

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