Hilo C++ is now part of the Windows SDK

Hilo C++ is now part of the Windows SDK. Checkout the code and documentation:

Welcome to the Hilo Community

Hilo guides you though the development of a Windows Store app. The Hilo sample is a photo viewing app using C++ and XAML.


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This sample demonstrates how to build a complete Windows Store app using C++ and XAML. The Hilo end-to-end photo sample provides guidance to C++ developers that want to create a Windows 8 app using modern C++, XAML, the Windows Runtime, and recommended development patterns. Hilo comes with source code and documentation.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • How to use modern C++, asynchronous programming, XAML, and the Windows Runtime to build a world-ready app for the global market. The Hilo source code includes support for four languages and all world calendars.
  • How to implement tiles, pages, controls, touch, navigation, file system queries, suspend/resume, and localization.
  • How to implement Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) and Repository patterns.
  • How to test your app and tune its performance.

Read Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo to learn more about the Hilo code base and the design and implementation patterns we used.

As you review the code, you will notice that the C++ does not look like the C++ of the past as we are using C++11. To learn more about C++11 read Welcome Back to C++ (Modern C++) on MSDN. If you see ways to make the code look even more modern, please let us know how on the Discussions tab!

If you are developing a Windows Store app using C++ and XAML and you want to use Microsoft DirectX to improve performance or to reuse the assets in your app more effectively, you can use this article to get started.

Microsoft patterns & practices Hilo Team

Last edited Oct 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM by blainew, version 38