Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript – A Review

Packt publisher has requested me to review their recently released book on “Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and JavaScript”, authored by Rami Sarieddine . I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and agreed to read and write the review.

What you will learn from this book

  • Using HTML5 elements
  • Styling with CSS3
  • Using Windows Library for JavaScript controls
  • Getting data via web URLs and binding it to controls
  • Creating a blank Windows Store JavaScript app
  • Understanding view states and making the app responsive
  • Adding live tiles and notifications for the app
  • Creating a basic app using XAML
  • Adding user sign-in features via email accounts
  • Understanding the Windows Store and publishing the app
  • Check out more details of the book here, you can also find it at Amazon

    My Review

    This book turned out to be a nice introductory book of Windows Store Application Development using HTML and JavaScript. The approach of the book made it very easy to follow and learn. The book starts with a well elucidated summary of HTML5 and CSS3, which will absolutely set up a very good platform for you, if you are very new to this technology. If you are skilled developer and know the stuff of HTML 5 and CSS 3, you can bounce the first two chapters! 

    The rest of the book covered comprehensive walkthrough on the Windows Store App development, where each and every chapter has its own significant. The books covers different topics such as WinJS library, asynchronous processing using callback mechanism, querying the DOM with WinJS.Utilities, binding the data with UI etc. The book also take you through on how to build a responsive applications, live tiles, notification as well as the using of live connect API. The later part of this book covers the complete packaging and publishing the apps into store.  This concludes the end to end learning of windows store apps development.

    The last chapter of the book talks about building Windows store using C# and XAML. Which may be out of context for some developers who really focused for HTML5 and JavaScript, however, I personally feel to be a good addition for mixed mode developers.

    Overall, if you are a beginner, and wants to start building Windows Store App using HTML5 and JavaScript, I would recommend this book to you.  With minimum knowledge of technology, you can start learning the windows store application and can take the app to store easily by following this book. The author did a fantastic work by putting the things in a very nice ways. Of course, it will be a good addition to your book library.

    Disclosure Note: The book was provided to me free by the publisher to read and review. This is my own review. Neither the publisher nor the author has seen it before I published it, nor prompted me or influence me in any way.

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