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Windows Store apps Dev Center 2013 Mike McIntyre

Have you checked out the Windows Store apps Dev Center lately?

It’s been filled with excellent resources for learning about and developing Windows Store apps. From code, to design guidelines, it’s chuck full of what you need to develop Windows Store Apps.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

Feature guide

Product guide

Getting started

Support forums



Design downloads

Our design principles

Index UX guidelines

iPad to Windows Store app





Windows 8





API reference


Certification requirements

Free Book - Programming Windows Store Apps Mike McIntyre

10/29/2013 Microsoft Press has released the second edition of Kraig Brocksmidt’s in-depth book: Programming Windows Store Apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition.image

Ken says: “In celebration of the one-year anniversary of this book’s first edition, I’m delighted to offer you this second preview of Programming Windows Store Apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition. It’s been a huge year for both the book and the platform that it supports. With the general availability of Windows 8.1 earlier this month (October 2013), the capabilities of the Windows platform have grown dramatically, which is clearly in evidence by the expanded size of this second edition! Even in this preview (12 chapters and three appendices), the book is not far from the length of the first edition, and there are still eight chapters (and one appendix) to go. Nevertheless, it’s my pleasure to provide you with a comprehensive volume on Microsoft’s latest operating system.”

Download the free e-book here: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition

Windows 8.1 Hub Control Mike McIntyre

New in Window 8.1 is the JavaScript UI Hub control that provides a hierarchical system of navigation based on the hub pattern.

imageWith the Hub control you can create a hub page.

This pattern is best for apps with large content collections or many distinct sections of content for a user to explore.

The essence of hub design is the separation of content into different sections and different levels of detail. Hub pages are the user's entry point to the app. Here content is displayed in a horizontally or vertically panning view that enables users to get a glimpse of what's new and available. The hub consists of different categories of content, each of which maps to the app's section pages. Each section should bubble up content or functionality. The hub should offer a lot of visual variety, engage users, and draw them in to different parts of the app.

BrowserSwarm Testing Tool Mike McIntyre

Developed in collaboration with AppendTo and Sauce Labs, BrowserSwarm is powered through the cloud, allowing developers to save time setting up multiple browser or device testing environments and precious server resources, Microsoft said.

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Become and Expert: JavaScript Mike McIntyre

This post provides some resources that will help you become a JavaScript expert.

Do you know when

    and when not - to use the JavaScript var statement?

    it’s safe to use non-strict comparison operators?

    to cache your JavaScript objects?

    to use feature detection?

    you should use inline event handlers?

If you had difficulty with ANY of the questions you will benefit from the following JavaScript resources:


JavaScript is formalized in the ECMAScript language standard.

Reading the standard is a good way to become a JavaScript expert.

Click here to download a PDF containing the ECMAScript languge standards:

Standard ECMA-262

Mozilla offers an excellent JavaScript Guide for newbies and a complete JavaScript Reference for all:

JavaScript MDN

JavaScript Reference - JavaScript MDN

W3Schools provides an online tutorial:

JavaScript Tutorial

The W3 has developed many of Web APIs available to JavaScript developers:

JavaScript Web APIs - W3C