If you are new like me to Windows 8 development, the biggest hurdle in getting started is figuring out where to do I begin. When I joined Microsoft this was something, I was rather puzzled by, Windows 8 development gave me OPTIONS! Now, keep in mind I am right out of school, and my options usually came down to which text editor I could use( WingIDE, Text Wrangler , Eclipse, and the list goes on), and any open source project available .
My mentors have always told me start small, in other words…. HELLO WORLD. If you are going to start to learn from beginning, do not immediately start building from a product perspective before understand your landscape first. I mean to know your tools and how you would use them; believe me I started the other way around.
Now, to begin your Windows 8 Apps development the following tools are need to download: Windows 8 , and Visual Studio 2012.
If you haven’t got it yet, try it out you are in for a lovely surprise. Bob hunt did a great job document his experience at the launch here.
Matt Warren in The Telegraph described it as, “It looks, for once, rather lovely, too. Windows 8 revolves around a new ‘Start screen’ rather than the traditional start menu….”. I could go on and on with my new found love for Windows 8 but just try :).
Visual Studio 2012 landscape is fun and really easy to use once you get install. When install is complete the first thing I would encourage to do is look at the templates; simply click on New Project and start explore from the following categories: installed, samples and online. If you are new to this I would suggest that you start with installed templates.
Spot the Difference? Which one is which ?
My favorite tool of the entire suite ! Blend for VS is a great way to build an app with accurate design and edit your application before going to market. More on how to build an application using a Windows 8 in using HTML & JS or XAML & C# click here.
What else we can do with Win8 apart from App development?
Thanks for you question! Well, everything you could do on Windows 7 you could do with Windows 8 just with more choices for development, and user experience customization. If you would like to give me a more specific answer I would be more than happy to answer
Thanks. Good blog entry. This would be complete if you could add or give info on which is the windows app store and again whats the developer fee and stuff. I know its redundant but would be great if its on the same blog.
@elenwe Thank you so much for the comment . For some quick info on the Windows App I would strongly recommend that you go to the msdn.microsoft.com/.../windows and click on signup under the heading Get a Developer account. The developer fee and stuff comes up to $49.00. Every year. I will put up a quick blog together on registration if that will help.
Im used working on Windows 7 but find it difficult to understand and group or instal my apps cant get my phone or USB STICK TO BEPICK UP BY IT Desperate for laim help