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free ebook and video released: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML(5), CSS(3) and JavaScript

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I don't know how many people would program specifically for the Windows Store but the book is comprehensive and has a nice companion video on O'Reilly that is also free. These may be good tools for learning JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 even if the target platform is not Windows. There is no registration required to download the ebook or watch the video.

Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript

by Kraig Brockschmidt
April 2014
1,311 pages
Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second edition of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript on the Windows 8.1 platform. The ebook includes 20 chapters and 4 appendices. We’re delighted to welcome you into a world of Windows Reimagined!

Kraig Brockschmidt Zero to App in Two Weeks: Programming Windows 8 Apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

From the intro to the book:

The Windows team also made it possible to write native apps that employ a variety of presentation
technologies, including DirectX, XAML, and, in the case of apps written in JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3.

This means that Windows gives you—a developer already versed in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
standards—the ability to use what you know to write fully native Windows Store apps using the WinRT
API and still utilize web content! And I do mean fully native apps that both offer great content in
themselves and integrate deeply with the surrounding system and other apps (unlike “hybrids” where
one simply hosts web content within a thin, nearly featureless native shell) . These apps will, of course,
be specific to the Windows platform, but the fact that you don’t have to learn a completely new
programming paradigm is worthy of taking a week off to celebrate—especially because you won’t have
to spend that week (or more) learning a complete new programming paradigm!
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