|By Adam Grocholski||
|March 12, 2013 03:00 PM EDT||
Over the past several weeks I’ve been working on some content I’m excited to finally share with you through a series of blog posts. This series will introduce you to Windows 8 development from an Android developer’s perspective. Through the course of the series you’ll create your first app. It won’t be anything pretty, but you’ll learn the ins and outs of the development environment, how to create a simple user interface, and how to perform navigation. Along the way you’ll see some Android Hints that will help make it easier for you to transition your existing skills to the Windows platform. You’ll also see some Visual Studio Tips to make you more productive in your development environment. Good luck!
In the last lesson you set up your development environment which included installing Visual Studio. In Visual Studio, you create apps for Windows 8 by creating a Windows Store project. The Windows Store project contains all the files that comprise the source code for your app. Visual Studio makes it incredibly easy to start a new project with a set of default files and directories.
The Windows Store project template in Visual Studio is similar to the Android Application Project template that is added to Eclipse when you install the ADT Plugin.
In this lesson you’ll learn how to create your first Windows Store project.
- Open Visual Studio 2012.
- Click New
in the toolbar.
In the window that appears select Installed > Templates > Visual C# > Windows Store.
- Select the Blank App (XAML) template.
- Enter a Name for your project. This is the name of your project directory and the name visible in Visual Studio’s Solution Explorer.
Solution Explorer is similar to Package Explorer in Eclipse.
Select a Location for your project. This is where your source files will be stored on your local disk.
This is similar to a Workspace used by Eclipse.
Enter a Solution name. Solutions are how Visual Studio organizes multiple projects. Be default Visual Studio will use your project’s name as the solution name.
You may have noticed that Visual Studio has quite a few project templates for you to select from. Here’s a brief description of each template:
- Blank App (XAML) – A single-page project for a Windows Store app that has no predefined controls or layout. This is the template you used for your project.
- Grid App (XAML) – A three-page project for a Windows Store app that navigates among grouped items arranged in a grid. Dedicated pages display group and item details.
- Split App (XAML) – A two-page project for a Windows Store app that navigates among grouped items. The first page allows group selection while the second displays an item list alongside details for the selected item.
- Class Library (Windows Store apps) – A project that creates a managed class library for Windows Store apps or Windows Runtime components.
- Windows Runtime Component – A project for a Windows Runtime component that can be used by Windows Store apps, regardless of the programming languages in which the apps are written. (More on that in a moment)
Unit Test Library (Windows Store apps) – A project that contains unit tests that can be used to test Windows Store apps, Windows Runtime components, or class libraries for Windows Store apps.
Your Windows Store project is now set up with some default files and you’re ready to being building your app. In the next lesson you’ll spend some time exploring the project you just created.
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