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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 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.
My name is David Gassner, and I'd like to welcome you to Building Your First Windows Store App with XAML and Visual Basic. 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 Visual Basic's new asynchronous programming model to retrieve and parse an RSS feed from the Web, how to display the feed's data in a dynamic screen that's laid out with XAML, and controlled with Visual Basic, and how to integrate new Windows 8 features, such as the app bar, the share contract, and live tiles.
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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