MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# Boot Camp

Description

This 14-day boot camp teaches developers the programming skills that are required for developers to create Windows applications using the C# language. During their five days in the classroom students review the basics of C# program structure, language syntax, and implementation details, and then consolidate their knowledge throughout the week as they build an application that incorporates several features of the .NET Framework 4.5.

The course introduces many of the techniques and technologies employed by modern desktop and enterprise applications, including:

  • Building new data types.
  • Handling events.
  • Programming the user interface.
  • Accessing a database.
  • Using remote data.
  • Performing operations asynchronously.
  • Integrating with unmanaged code.
  • Creating custom attributes.
  • Encrypting and decrypting data.

In this course students will learn essential programming skills and techniques that are required to develop Windows Store apps. This includes a combination of both design and development skills, as well as ensuring that students are comfortable using and making the most of the Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools.

In this course the students will learn the more advanced programming skills and techniques that they can use to optimize their Windows Store app and differentiate their app from other apps in the Windows Store. These advanced skills and techniques include a combination of both design and development skills. The students will also learn about supporting the apps that they have published to the Windows Store.

At the end of the course, students should leave the class with a solid knowledge of C# and how to use it to develop .NET Framework 4.5 applications. This course uses Visual Studio 2012, running on Windows 8.

 

The Academy's MCSD Windows Store Apps Using C# Boot Camp is a combination of the following official Microsoft courses:

 

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the core syntax and features of C#.
  • Create and call methods, catch and handle exceptions, and describe the monitoring requirements of large-scale applications.
  • Implement the basic structure and essential elements of a typical desktop application.
  • Create classes, define and implement interfaces, and create and use generic collections.
  • Use inheritance to create a class hierarchy, extend a .NET Framework class, and create generic classes and methods.
  • Read and write data by using file input/output and streams, and serialize and deserialize data in different formats.
  • Create and use an entity data model for accessing a database and use LINQ to query and update data.
  • Use the types in the System.Net namespace and WCF Data Services to access and query remote data.
  • Build a graphical user interface by using XAML.
  • Improve the throughput and response time of applications by using tasks and asynchronous operations.
  • Integrate unmanaged libraries and dynamic components into a C# application.
  • Examine the metadata of types by using reflection, create and use custom attributes, generate code at runtime, and manage assembly versions.
  • Encrypt and decrypt data by using symmetric and asymmetric encryption.
  • Describe review the Windows 8 platform and features, and explore the basics of a Windows app interface.
  • Create the User Interface layout and structure by using XAML.
  • Use data binding to present data in the UI.
  • Implement the AppBar and layout controls.
  • Handle files and streams.
  • Respond to application lifecycle events using Process Lifetime Management and the PLM extensibility points provided by the Visual Studio 2012 templates.
  • Use templates to create the UI.
  • Handle navigation scenarios in a Windows Store app.
  • Design and implement contracts such as Search, Share and Settings.
  • Implement tiles and toast notifications in a Windows Store app.
  • Respond to mouse, keyboard and touch events, including gestures.
  • Deploy a Windows Store app to the Windows Store or an enterprise store.
  • Add animations and transitions in a Windows Store app to improve the user experience.
  • Localize the Windows Store app UI.
  • Brand the Windows Store app and improve the loading experience with a splash screen.
  • Use various storage mechanisms, choose a suitable caching strategy for their Windows Store app, and use advanced file access methods.
  • Create custom controls, extend templated controls, and create and consume WinMD components.
  • Implement the Print and Settings contracts and the Play To API.
  • Work with the Push Notification Service (WNS).
  • Capture media with the camera and microphone.
  • Create and consume background tasks.
  • Discover device capabilities, interact with devices, and act upon sensor data.
  • Implement Windows Store trial licensing and in-app purchasing and advertising.
  • Understand how to manage Windows authentication and web authentication in Windows Store apps.
  • Diagnose problems and monitor application behavior using tracing and profiling tools and APIs.

Prerequisites

Developers attending this course should already have gained some limited experience using C# to complete basic programming tasks. More specifically, students should have hands-on experience using C# that demonstrates their understanding of the following:

  • How to name, declare, initialize and assign values to variables within an application.
  • How to use:
    • Arithmetic operators to perform arithmetic calculations involving one or more variables;
    • Relational operators to test the relationship between two variables or expressions;
    • Logical operators to combine expressions that contain relational operators.
  • How to create the code syntax for simple programming statements using C# language keywords and recognize syntax errors using the Visual Studio IDE.
  • How to create a simple branching structure using an IF statement.
  • How to create a simple looping structure using a For statement to iterate through a data array.
  • How to use the Visual Studio IDE to locate simple logic errors.
  • How to create a Function that accepts arguments (parameters and returns a value of a specified type.
  • How to design and build a simple user interface using standard controls from the Visual Studio toolbox.
  • How to connect to a SQL Server database and the basics of how to retrieve and store data.
  • How to sort data in a loop.
  • How to recognize the classes and methods used in a program.

 

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • 1 or more years of experience creating applications.
  • 1 – 3 months experience creating Windows client applications.
  • 1 – 3 months experience using Visual Studio 2010 or 2012.
  • 6 – 12 months experience programming in HTML5
  • 3 – 6 months experience using Visual Studio 2012 (including experience using Windows 8's preview builds)
  • 1 month of experience working on Windows 8 apps
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