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UX Design Win 8 Apps, Part 3: Building Apps

with expert David Kelley

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Release date Release date 11/19/2012
Level Level Intermediate
Runtime Runtime 1h 14m
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Course description

This course is designed to introduction to building basic application in Microsoft Blend 5. This course covers the creation of controls and graphics for the user interface, working with Visual Studio 2012, the visual state manager and creating a message dialog. The course will cover advanced styling, creating the App Bar and Snap View. The course will also cover data binding, MVVM and the application life cycle in Blend.


This course assumes that students have some programming experience and a background in building user interfaces on the Microsoft platform.

Learning Paths

This course is part of the following LearnNowOnline SuccessPaths™:
User Experience (UX) Design

Meet the expert

David Kelley David Kelley is a Silverlight MVP with over 10 years of experience building Targeted Customer eXperiences. He is currently the Principal User eXperience Architect for [wire] stone specializing in touch experiences such as digital price tags and Silverlight-based kiosks for retail. David publishes a blog called Hacking Silverlight and helps to run the Seattle Silverlight User Group and Interact Seattle, Seattle's Designer Developer Interaction Group.

Course outline

Building Apps

Building Apps (29:23)
  • Introduction (00:29)
  • Building Apps in Blend 5 (01:18)
  • Controls (02:33)
  • Demo: Blend (03:02)
  • Demo: Event Handler (01:49)
  • Navigation Basics (03:31)
  • Navigating to a new page (01:38)
  • Demo: Navigation (02:37)
  • LayoutAwarePage Navigation (02:14)
  • Visual State Manager (01:24)
  • Demo: Visual State Manager (01:24)
  • Demo: Changing States (04:57)
  • Demo: Layout aware page (02:08)
  • Summary (00:12)
Advanced Topics (15:05)
  • Introduction (00:28)
  • Advanced Topics Blend 5 (01:44)
  • Demo: AppBar (02:41)
  • Demo: Simon Said (03:57)
  • Demo: Implementing contracts (03:17)
  • Demo: Search Contract (02:47)
  • Summary (00:08)
Advanced Topics part two (30:09)
  • Introduction (00:15)
  • Data Binding (03:17)
  • The MVVM Pattern (03:55)
  • Managing Life Cycle and State (02:17)
  • Memory Managment (01:16)
  • Application States (02:16)
  • Process State Transitions (00:49)
  • Suspension under the hood (01:29)
  • App Crash (01:14)
  • Saving and Restoring State (02:31)
  • Demo: Model-View - ViewModel (01:52)
  • Demo: Inside the code (03:35)
  • UML: MVVM (04:57)
  • Summary (00:20)