Windows 8 apps development

Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML5, JavaScript, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

Last few years Microsoft Developer Certification Exams progressed forward through two certification tracks or titles MCTS(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD(Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). Earlier Microsoft certification titles been called as MCAD(Microsoft Certified Application Developer) and MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and Since .NET Framework 2.0 to 4.0 certifications – Microsoft renamed the titles as MCTS and MCPD respectively.  Last year onwards Microsoft has decided to return back to old titles once again.

All .NET Framework 4.5 certification series belongs to MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate)  titles.  Also MCSD titles have a validity of 2 years and developers have to renew their titles in every 2 years, to keep up with latest industry technology standards(earlier there was no expiry for certifications, most of the exams were valid life long) .

What is an MCSD?
The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

What is the recertification period?
Every 2 years

To prove your Windows Store application development skills – Microsoft has introduced the MCSD on Windows Store Apps. 

There is again two tracks depending on the development platform of choice, and each title consists of 3 exams, you will have to pass all these 3 exams to earn the MCSD title on windows store apps.

1. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript

  • 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ( as a promotional offer, this exam was free until – MARCH 31st 2013, and probably most of you already earned it successfully)
  • 70-481 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

2. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using XAML/C#

  • 70-483 – Programming in C#
  • 70-484 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
  • 70-485 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

Note: Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.

Microsoft has released a set of FREE JumpStart tutorials/trainings for programmers who would like to study and take these exams.  Going through this online trainings and practicing would be enough for gaining proficiency in passing these exams.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

70-481 – Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and prep materials

70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start

70-483 – Programming in C# Jump Start

70-484 –Developing Windows Store App Essentials using C# (484) Jump StartLIVE – May 2nd 2013 REGISTER TODAY

70-485 – Not available yet

Also try these free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Once you complete through corresponding JumpStart materials, you will have sufficient knowledge and confidence to appear for the associated exams. Remember practice is the key, and through practice you can gain more knowledge as well.

All the best for your exams, any doubts or helps write to me.

Learn more about MCSD Windows store developer certifications:  visit MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2.0.3 for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 21, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Codeplex, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, Third-Party-Libraries and Frameworks, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Coding4Fun team has released a new updates for their Windows Phone and Windows 8 controls. There are some interesting controls available for free through codeplex.com.

Coding4Fun team are major contributors to .NET community including Channel9 video series etc. They always brings up innovation in whatever they do, including set of Kinect based tutorials and sample codes available on Channel9 and Codeplex.

Here is the list of controls and converters available with this toolkit set provided to you by Coding4Fun Team.

Controls
Converters

The new release includes certain enhancements and bug fixes: (details given below)

New/Adjustments

  • PreventScrollBinding is included, this will prevents pivot / panorama movements on slider, prompts, …
  • Forced old nuget packages onto new system
  • Slider property change
    • Fill property -> Foreground property
    • Step property -> StepFrequency property

Bug Fixes

  • Toast Prompt would fail if you had two toasts active at the same time and swiped one away

You can download and try the latest release bits either through direct download from codeplex or through NuGet package installs.

Downloads:

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 7).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 8).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Store).zip

NuGet installs:

Documentation: http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/documentation

Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012–for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 9, 2013 .NET, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Multilingual App toolkit for Visual Studio 2012 helps the windows Phone and Windows store app developers to integrate Multi lingual/localization capability in your applications.

This extension for Visual Studio 2012 helps you localize your Windows Store and Windows Phone apps with translation support, translation file management, and editor tools.

Download Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012

read the Blog from windows Phone team for more details: tips for localizing windows phone apps

See some related videos here:

Upcoming Webinars and Trainings on Microsoft Technologies(Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, HTML5) – Feb 2013

February 12, 2013 .NET, All, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Channel9, Community, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, MVA, Recommends, Tech Newz, Training-Kits, Web API, Webinars, Windows, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Azure, Windows Azure Development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store Development, Windowz Azure No comments

Jump Start – February 19: Building Web Apps with ASP.NET (February 19)
An accelerated introduction to building modern web applications with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4 team-taught by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway.

Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online Training (February 20)
Learn how to connect a Paas application to an Iaas application. Matt Hester will be available to help you work through configuring a simple web app, publish to Windows Azure, and run it in the cloud. Download the free Azure 90-day trial for the hands-on portion of this training.

Jump Start – February 21: Building Apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
Compare and contrast Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with an eye to understanding how to maximize the code you reuse when building for both platforms. Dive into guidance, best practices, patterns, and techniques that will help you deliver apps with maximum code reuse.

Jump Start – – February 28: Advanced Windows 8 App Development Using JavaScript
Join Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo for a free Jump Start on optimizing and supporting Windows Store apps. It’s a fast-paced course for experienced developers that can help you prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript.

 

Watch the previous jump start series:

Building Your Windows 8 Apps with XAML and Blend
Jerry Nixon welcomes Navit Saxena and Hari Menon from the Microsoft Blend team to discuss the latest features and improvements made in Blend as it pertains to XAML developers and its integration with Visual Studio 2012. Tune in to hear how Blend can make life much easier for Windows 8 app developers. Get 30 days of free help to build your own app – sign up today at Generation App.

Create Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript
This quick, step-by-step article includes code samples for how to create Windows Store apps with HTML5 and JavaScript.

Training Guide: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
Are you getting ready to take Microsoft Certification Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3? Buy the ebook version of the new Training Guide and start getting chapters early.

 

[Courtesy: Channel9, MSDN Flash, Microsoft Virtual Academy(MVA) , Microsoft]

Free HTML5 Certification and Training Offer from Microsoft–Prove your HTML5 Programming Skills for free

December 1, 2012 All, Certification, Community, CSS, CSS 3, DevLabs, Help Links, HTML, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, MSDN, StyleSheets, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Web 2.0, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store Development, WinJS 8 comments

Microsoft few month back launched a free HTML5 Certification program for exam – 070-480 – Programming in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. To prepare for this exam you have set of nice Training materials also available through http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com. Lets go through in detail How you can utilize this exam.

When you pass Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

  • Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Specialist

Also Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: Windows Store Apps using HTML5

FREE TRAINING RESOURCES FOR 70-480!  & HOW TO PREPARE FOR THIS EXAM

  1. Attend the training session https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/developing-html5-apps-jump-start
  2. Complete the training session. Now you will have enough knowledge to write the exam. But remember to practice what you have learnt.
  3. Additionally Prepare for your certification exams and boost your dev skills with:
    Kraig Brockschmidt’s FREE e-book: "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript" .
  4. You can download the eBook in PDF format here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270056 (17.9 MB)

    EPUB format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272592 (37.3 MB)

    MOBI format is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=272591 (69.5 MB)

    Download the Updated Companion Content Set for the Book  (source code samples) (59MB)

FREE EXAM VOUCHER FOR 70-480!

  • Register now to take Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 for FREE!
  • Just use this voucher code when scheduling your exam: HTMLJMP (voucher code available through 3/31/2013 or while supplies last.)

HOW TO TAKE THE EXAM

  • Go to www.register.prometric.com and follow the steps to schedule Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 at a testing center near you.
  • Use the voucher code HTMLJMP to get the free exam.

That’s it you are an HTML5 Programmer or a beginner and you want to prove your HTML5 development skills – then this is the right time. You will have the time till 03/31/2013 and till stocks last. Happy Programming.. Remember sharing is caring, so share with your friends.Smile

Courtesy: Microsoft Learning & Microsoft Virtual Academy

Visual Studio 2012 Update 1–Available Now

November 28, 2012 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, All, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Community, HotFixes, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, Updates, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Microsoft has released the Update 1 for Visual studio 2012 RTM.

The key features available with this update include:

  • SharePoint development: additional ALM capabilities in SharePoint – such as Load Testing and Coded UI testing support – improving quality, scalability and agility.
  • Agile team support: easier agile planning with Web Access and new Kanban support, alongside existing Scrum support.
  • Continuously enabling quality: improvements for testing, from organizing unit tests to more flexible workflow for manual test execution.
  • Windows development: improved Windows 8 application development, such as support for debugging mixed managed and native Windows Store Applications and improved ARM debugging for Windows 8 apps.
  • The updates will also contain bug fixes and other enhancements.

For more information, see the Visual Studio blog. and Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 from Microsoft 

DOWNLOAD: Visual Studio 2012 Update 1

 

Updates for these other products are also available:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012.1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012.1
  • IntelliTrace Collector for Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.1
  • Agents for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.1 Language Pack
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    Source: Microsoft Download Center