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Developers, //build on your coding skills with the second Jump Start in our "Building Blocks" series. Experts—including the inspiring Jeremy Foster and the inimitable Stacey Mulcahy—teach you how to create great apps, and they cover layout and style with HTML5, CSS, and XAML. They explore how to craft engaging visual assets for your applications, and they offer tips and tricks to create a great touch experience. Watch now!
Instructor | Jeremy Foster – Microsoft Developer Evangelist; Stacey Mulcahy - Microsoft Technology Evangelist
Before you write a single line of code, you should have a good understanding of the platform you're targeting and the design principles it follows. Learn to delight your users with a great experience built on solid design.
Getting your app out there is the first step, but users have to find it before they can download it. Learn how to spread the word and drive adoption.
When the design is done and the implementation begins, you need to generate visual assets to be used in your app. Explore some common scenarios in two different design tools.
Getting information on screens of varying size and orientation in a way the user understands and enjoys is not always an easy task. Learn and compare how to build various common layouts using both XAML and HTML/CSS.
Styling your app adds flavor and interest and helps create a unified design. Learn about Framework Element properties in XAML and CSS properties in HTML.
Explore what makes a game engaging. See some common strategies for writing your code and some libraries that are widely available and can help greatly in your overall app architecture and implementation.
Please peruse this section for additional information that supports this Jump Start event. This is an opportunity for you to dive deeper into building blocks: construct() great apps: HTML5, CSS, & XAML at your own pace.