Often, it is better to show us how to do something than to tell us. Samidip Basu’s Real World Windows 8 Development does both.

Basu begins the book by describing the basics of a Windows 8 application – controls, navigation, data binding, etc. Next, he covers more advanced features, such as remote debugging and accessing the hardware features on your PC or tablet.

Along the way, he demonstrates each concept by adding features to his sample – a book catalog application.

I found this book educational – in large part because both the code and the writing are straightforward and free of clutter. I learned more from downloading and exploring the sample code than I did from the text.

This book serves as a solid introduction to Windows 8 development and as a reference for intermediate developers to use.