Building Your First Windows Store App with XAML and Visual Basic
with David Gassner
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 Visual Basic 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 Visual Basic. The course describes how to acquire and display data, add an app bar, and use Windows 8 contracts to share assets with other applications.
Installing Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8
Testing apps with the Windows 8 simulator
Defining a split-page layout with XAML
Retrieving and parsing XML files with asynchronous programming