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Microsoft Windows 8 introduces Windows Store apps (formerly known as Metro apps), which can be built with a variety of programming languages. In this course, David Gassner shows you how to pair XAML with C# to build a simple data-driven application. He provides a tour of the free Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 and runs through a few Hello World exercises before demonstrating how to perform most of the basic app programming tasks with XAML and C#. The course describes how to acquire and display data, add an app bar, and use Windows 8 contracts to share assets with other applications.
My name is David Gassner, and I'd like to welcome you to Building Your First Windows Store App with XAML and C#. In this course, I'll show you how to install the free Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 and how to create a new application using one of the included templates. Then I'll describe how to use C# 5.0's new Asynchronous Programming Model to retrieve and parse an RSS feed from the web, how to use that data to define a dynamic display that's laid out with XAML and XML based language and controlled with code-behind files written in C#.
This course just touches the surface of what's possible in Windows Store Apps, but I hope it will help you get started building your own apps for this new platform.
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