So you want to write an app and publish it to the Windows Store: where do you start? If you're completely new to the UWP platform, try some of the Channel 9 videos and Microsoft Virtual Academy and LinkedIn Learning courses. If you are already familiar with Windows development, you can start reading through the topics below, or go straight to downloading some samples.
If you want to get started writing something that isn't a game, our recommendation is that you look through the UWP topics to get a feel for the platform, and then investigate creating your user interface by using, and then customizing, XAML controls. You'll use XAML to design your app (here's a tutorial that will walk you through it), but XAML's main strength is the use of data binding which couples the controls to the information your app wants to display: if you are new to the Windows platform, this will be an important concept to understand.
UWP and the UWP app Lifecycle
How does an app start, what happens when you start another one? Here’s the story.
UX and UI
What controls do you have at your disposal, and how can they be used? These topics explain how controls and code work together, and how you can customize them to suit the look of your app.
Data and Services
Learn about data binding, which lets your code automatically populate lists and grids. Discover how to link to external resources to get data into your apps.
Share your work with the world, make money. We’ll walk you through the process of getting your app onto the store.
Samples, tutorials, videos, other tools and SDKs. Take it to the next level.
Windows Developer Blog
The Windows Developer Blog includes regular postings on the latest in coding techniques, project ideas, and tools. Here are some you might find useful as you explore Windows development.
- Animations with the Visual layer
- Interop between XAML and the Visual layer
- Creating beautiful effects for UWP
- Beautiful apps made possible and easy with Windows.UI
- Polishing your app with animation and audio cues
- Adding color to your design
Finding help in the Dev Center
The docs.microsoft.com site contains a multitude of documentation for many different tools, frameworks and platforms. When you are browsing for topics and samples, you should make sure you are reading UWP specific content. You'll find the UWP reference starts at the Windows Dev Center, and the API reference you need is at Develop UWP apps. When reading content that is specifically for UWP, the URL path will contain uwp, and so will the path displayed at the top of the page, like this:
When using a search engine, appending "Windows app development" to your search string will more often than not lead you to UWP content.
Important Dev Center topics
Here is a list of the key sections of content in the DevCenter.
|Design||Design guidelines for UWP apps.|
|Develop||Detailed info and coding examples for the many of the features available to your app.|
|Language reference||The programming languages available for UWP development.|
|Games||Developing games with DirectX.|
|Internet of Things||Building your own connected devices.|
|Porting||Leverage your Android and iOS skills to quickly make UWP apps.|
|Windows Bridges||Tools for updating older apps and iOS apps to UWP.|
|Xamarin||Use C# to write apps for iOS, Android and Windows 10.|
|Task snippets||Ready-to-use code that accomplish small but useful tasks.|
|How-to topics||Sample code covering specific UWP features.|
|Hardware||Hardware for developers from the Microsoft Store.|