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FIGURE 1-10 Choosing a project template.
Templates are grouped by programming language. In the Express edition of Visual Studio
considered here, you can create just one type of application—a Windows 8 application for the
Windows Store. If you acquire a more advanced edition of Visual Studio, you should expect to see
more options available, including web, console, and desktop applications.
So how do you decide which template to use?
Templates have the primary purpose of saving you some work, at least for common application
layouts. You are not forced to pick up a specific template, however. If none of the predefined
templates seems to be right for you or, more likely, if you don't know exactly which one to pick, then
you just select the template for a blank application. Table 1-3 provides more information on the
TABLE 1-3 Predefined project templates for Windows Store applications
The application consists of a single and nearly empty page: no visual controls, no
widgets, and no layout defined.
A master-detail application made of three pages. The master page groups items
in a grid. Additional pages provide details on groups and individual items.
A two-page master-detail application in which the master page shows selectable
items and the details page lists related items alongside.
Fixed Layout App
A single-page application whose layout scales using a fixed aspect ratio.
A multipage application with predefined controls to navigate between pages.
For the purposes of this topic, the easiest is starting with a brand new blank application. You'll
experiment with other types of templates in the upcoming chapters.