Create an App for my Windows Phone and/or Windows 8 desktop
I have no idea how to do this :)
I have basic programming skills in PHP, Object Pascal, Java and now a fair bit of SQL. I gues I need to learn a Microsoft Language
Step one - Installing the Tools.
I want to use C# (C-sharp) as the language to program in because I have used Visual Studio before and follwed some basic lessons for C#. Those lessons can be found here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/C-Sharp-Fundamentals-Development-for-Absolute-Beginners
So now in order to develop Windows Apps I need to get Visual Studio. I decide I want to get a free version so I go for Visual Studio Express. There are two different versions;
- Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows
- Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web
Here you can download the different versions: http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs#DownloadFamilies_2
I downloaded Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows to develop my Apps in.
For the C# lessons I needed to use the 'for Web' version.
When installing this version of Visual Studio note that you need Windows 8.1 !!
Here are the system requirements
Supported operating systems
- Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
- 1.6 GHz or faster processor
- 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
- 11 GB of available hard disk space
- 5400 RPM hard drive
- DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
- KB2883200 (available through Windows Update) is required
- For Windows Phone development:
- Windows Phone 8.0 development requires Windows 8.1 (x64) or higher
- Windows Phone 8.1 development requires Windows 8.1 (x86) or higher
- For the Windows Phone emulators, Windows 8.1 (x64) Professional edition or higher, and a processor that supports Client Hyper-V and Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
Another thing worth noting is that your development station needs Hyper-V. Without Hyper-V you cannot start the Phone Emulator and testing can then only be done on a connect Windows Phone device. Which is something you don't want because you then cannot test different resolutions, gps etc etc.
I didn't know if my laptop had Hyper-V so I decided to go in to the BIOS. I have a Sony Vaio Duo 11 and it took me a little while to figure out how to get in. I tried F2, F8 , F10 etc but then I found out that I had to press the 'ASSIST' button while the laptop was shut down.
Shut down the Vaio
Click the 'ASSIST' button at the front bottom.
Go to the BIOS (F2)
Go to the 'Advanced' tab and [Enable] the 'Inter(R) Virtualization Technology'
Step two - Lessons
Now for some lessons I decided to go back to the site with the C# lessons. And it appears they also have some nice lessons on Windows Phone 8.
I started with the Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners:
And half way in I found this serie:
A Windows Phone 8.1 series and I decides to check that one out and follow the lessons.
Next step is to design and create my very own app. I am currently in the process of doing so and I'll keep you posted and share my experiences and problems.