Wrox InnerWorkings Windows 8 Application Development Training Walkthrough

Update April 14, 2014: Unfortunately, the InnerWorkings product, trial, and bundles with Wrox books are no longer available as described here.

I’m excited to tell you about a new training offering from Wrox and InnerWorkings. InnerWorkings has developed a hands-on training tool for developers that presents a set of challenges to write code for and then grades the work you do. Our first combination with InnerWorkings is for Windows 8 Application Development. What’s most anazing to me about the InnerWorkings training is that it works in Visual Studio. You’ll be writing code to solve the challange in Visual Studio and then InnerWorkings’ Visual Studio add-in grades your code and gives you feedback first on what’s wrong, once you have it right you’ll see a summary of what you learn. I’ve put together a short video showing the training in action, just pretend the mistakes I make are on purpose so you can see the kind of feedback InnerWorkings gives.

As I mentioned in the video, the training sold by Wrox is bundled with our book Beginning Windows 8 Application development. Throughout the training, there are references to which parts of the book you should read to be prepared for the training. Keep in mind though, this isn’t a “read the exercise – do the training” match. You’ll learn some things from the book and others in the training, the complement each other but don’t repeat. Our book and this training focus more on Visual C# and XAML for Windows 8 apps although the book does have some HTNL5/JavaScript coverage.
We think this InnerWorkings training bundled wth a Wrox book is a great way to learn Windows 8 Development. We’ll have an ASP.NET 4.5 training bundle with the soon too.
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