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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Summary

Windows 8 Store applications are different in many ways from desktop apps. From the way they look, to the way they execute and, of course, the runtime they depend upon. The Windows Runtime provides a rich environment for creating apps that run on desktop and tablet platforms alike, but it is new and, thus, requires getting acquainted with the library and the platform as a whole.

The Windows Runtime is based on the COM programming model, making it possible to create projections for various languages and runtimes. Currently, C++, .NET, and JavaScript are supported, but more may be created in the future by Microsoft and/or other vendors.

C++ developers have the most fine-grained, direct access to WinRT. The C++/CX extensions that we'll see ...

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