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Windows 8 MVVM Patterns Revealed: Covers both C# and JavaScript

Book Description

The Model-View-View-Model (MVVM) pattern is held in high regard by many developers as an excellent way of creating sophisticated modern applications. It's clear seperation of presentation and business logic produces a clean implementation that promotes speed, scalability and code reuse in applications with a complex UI. These strengths have found it favor with WPF and Silverlight developers. It is now increasingly being employed for Windows 8 apps, a purpose to which it is ideally suited as this book will show.

In this brief, information-rich, guide we will show you how MVVM works with both XAML (C#) and HTML5 (JavaScript) flavors of Windows 8. Beginning with a brief recap of MVVM concepts under .NET - to provide a common frame of reference - we will then delve into the details of how MVVM can best be implemented in Metro-style apps for Windows 8 and show a working application framework in each case.

What you'll learn

  • How the MVVM pattern can bring elegance, power, speed and reusability to your Windows 8 apps.

  • That MVVM implementations under Windows 8 differ from MVVM implementations under .NET.

  • Produce fully working Metro-style applications using XAML and HTML5

  • How you can use the popular KnockoutJS Framework to speed the development of your HTML5 Metro apps.

  • Essential tips, tricks and cautions that will allow you to bring your existing .NET skills to bear quickly in the Windows 8 world.

Who this book is for

This is a fast-paced guide for developers comfortable with both .NET programming and the fundamentals of Windows 8 development.

Table of Contents

  1. Title
  2. Dedication
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. About the Author
  6. About the Technical Reviewer
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1: Setting Up Windows 8 Application Project
    1. The Development Environment
    2. The Windows Store Project Templates
    3. Creating a Windows Store XAML Project – FinanceHub
    4. Exploring FinanceHub Project
    5. Setting MVVM Architecture in FinanceHub Project
    6. Summary
  10. Chapter 2: Implementing the View
    1. Customizing Deployment Package and Runtime Configuration Properties
    2. Enabling Customization of Application Styles and Themes
    3. Developing User Interface
    4. Summary
  11. Chapter 3: Implementing the Model
    1. Define Serializable and Deserializable Stocks Data Model
    2. Define enum to support Add and Remove Stocks Actions
    3. Define a Class for Event Arguments of Add and Remove Stocks Actions
    4. Create a Helper Class to Store and Retrieve Stocks Watchlist in the Local Data Storage
    5. Add SimulatedRandomStocksDetail.csv File
    6. Summary
  12. Chapter 4: Implementing the ViewModel
    1. Building MVVM Framework for FinanceHub Application
    2. Implementing ViewModel Classes
    3. Summary
  13. Chapter 5: HTML5, JavaScript, and Windows 8 Applications
    1. HTML5 and JavaScript
    2. Windows 8 Applications Using HTML5 and JavaScript
    3. Best Practices in JavaScript Development
    4. The Knockout JavaScript Framework
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 6: View, Model, and ViewModel Structures in HTML5 and JavaScript
    1. Setting up FinanceHub JavaScript Windows 8 Application Project
    2. Implementing the View
    3. Implementing the Model
    4. Implementing the ViewModel
    5. Implementing the State Persistence
    6. Summary
  15. Index