Building Universal Windows Platforms Apps

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10+ Hours of Video Training

Learn, start-to-finish, how to create your own Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for business or consumer use. Build adaptive UI with XAML for a range of devices with different form factors and Windows 10 versions, and learn to use a wide range of evolving UWP capabilities.


Universal Windows Platform (UWP), introduced in Windows 10, is a common app platform used for development, deployment, and running of software on a variety of Windows devices. Building Universal Windows Platform Apps LiveLessons video training shows the foundation of UI building as well as how to adapt the UI on the fly to different device formats. Learn how to use major features of the platform to further engage users, leverage development tools, and get an application ready for deployment.

Throughout the video training, Microsoft Regional Director & MVP Colin Melia builds code that you can then reproduce yourself, including a sample application built up throughout the lessons.

About the Instructor

Colin Melia is a company founder, architect, consultant, international speaker, trainer, and Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft MVP known for his deep and broad knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies, proven problem-solving skills, hands-on solution creation ingenuity, and the ability to communicate rich and complex ideas. Currently the Founder & Architect, Ace of Clouds Inc., Colin has founded three companies, and his recent business solutions are in use creating measured results by 10,000s of users at renowned companies worldwide. He has extensively trained people across North America about core Microsoft development technologies, including Windows and Azure. He regularly speaks at conferences, events, and code camps for Microsoft and community organizations, as well as being a college academic advisor.

Colin has more than 18 years of hands-on experience in areas of rich UI with Win10/HoloLens/Win8/WP8/WP7/WPF/Silverlight, cloud development with Azure, and BI with SQL Server/SSRS, along with in-depth knowledge of core technologies such as .NET, OData, WCF, WF, LINQ, WIF, ASP.NET Webforms/MVC, HTML, JSON and jQuery. He has developed award-winning simulation technology with rich UI, cloud-based learning portals, and workflow-driven BI systems.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate

Learning Objectives
  • Develop for a huge number of Windows devices
  • Learn what's new in Windows 10/UWP
  • Build UI with XAML
  • Build adaptive UI

Course Requirements
  • Some C# experience
  • Basic familiarity with the .NET Framework

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Microsoft developers for desktop, mobile, Xbox, and other Windows 10 device families

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Platform Introduction
Lesson 2: Building UI
Lesson 3: Data and Asynchronous Tasks
Lesson 4: Navigation
Lesson 5: Application Architecture
Lesson 6: Creating Controls
Lesson 7: Adaptive UI
Lesson 8: Application Lifecycle
Lesson 9: Using Platform Capabilities
Lesson 10: Visual Studio Features
Lesson 11: Preparing for Deployment

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Building Universal Windows Platform Apps: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Platform Introduction
    1. 1.1 Discover the platform
    2. 1.2 Learn platform capabilities
    3. 1.3 Get started with Visual Studio
    4. 1.4 Discover adaptive apps
    5. 1.5 Understand build and packaging
  3. Lesson 2: Building UI
    1. 2.1 Use XAML
    2. 2.2 Display content
    3. 2.3 Understand layout
    4. 2.4 Understand panel controls
    5. 2.5 Use interactive controls
    6. 2.6 Apply styling
    7. 2.7 Use animation
    8. 2.8 Understand advanced controls
    9. 2.9 Start the sample app UI
  4. Lesson 3: Data and Asynchronous Tasks
    1. 3.1 Understand file I/O
    2. 3.2 Make REST calls
    3. 3.3 Use a local database
    4. 3.4 Use threading
    5. 3.5 Apply data I/O to the sample app
  5. Lesson 4: Navigation
    1. 4.1 Understand frames and navigation
    2. 4.2 Enable the back button
    3. 4.3 Use dialogs
    4. 4.4 Create a multi-window application
    5. 4.5 Add navigation to the sample app
  6. Lesson 5: Application Architecture
    1. 5.1 Understand data binding
    2. 5.2 Use compiled binding
    3. 5.3 Apply the MVVM architecture
    4. 5.4 Apply a command infrastructure
    5. 5.5 Update the architecture of the sample app
  7. Lesson 6: Creating Controls
    1. 6.1 Create user controls
    2. 6.2 Create control templates
    3. 6.3 Create templated controls
    4. 6.4 Create custom panels
    5. 6.5 Create attached properties
    6. 6.6 Enhance the sample app UI
  8. Lesson 7: Adaptive UI
    1. 7.1 Understand adaptive techniques
    2. 7.2 Apply scaling
    3. 7.3 Use SplitView
    4. 7.4 Use RelativePanel
    5. 7.5 Use VisualStateManager
    6. 7.6 Use adaptive triggers
    7. 7.7 Understand tailored views
    8. 7.8 Update sample app with adaptive UI
  9. Lesson 8: Application Lifecycle
    1. 8.1 Understand the application lifecycle
    2. 8.2 Use extended execution
    3. 8.3 Use background tasks and triggers
    4. 8.4 Create opportunistic tasks
    5. 8.5 Update life cycle support in the app
  10. Lesson 9: Using Platform Capabilities
    1. 9.1 Use adaptive tiles
    2. 9.2 Use toasts
    3. 9.3 Handle file extensions
    4. 9.4 Use app launching and protocol handling
    5. 9.5 Share data
    6. 9.6 Use drag and drop
    7. 9.7 Use and create app services
    8. 9.8 Use Cortana
    9. 9.9 Use push notifications
    10. 9.10 Access devices and sensors
    11. 9.11 Understand platform extensions
    12. 9.12 Apply platform capabilities to the sample app
  11. Lesson 10: Visual Studio Features
    1. 10.1 Navigate code
    2. 10.2 Debug
    3. 10.3 Use performance tools
    4. 10.4 Use Blend
  12. Lesson 11: Preparing for Deployment
    1. 11.1 Prepare the app
    2. 11.2 Test the app
    3. 11.3 Publish the app
  13. Summary
    1. Building Universal Windows Platform Apps: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Building Universal Windows Platforms Apps
  • Author(s): Colin Melia
  • Release date: April 2017
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134426991