AndrewStellman, on 17 October 2013 - 08:54 AM, said:
That's excellent -- great advice! I strongly recommend virtual environments for development. In fact, I did all of the work for the book using Windows running inside a VM.
I really appreciate the tip, I do, but there is nothing "quick" about being required to install a new OS in or out of any VM in order to go through the tutorials or projects in this book. I would have appreciated a head's up (pun intended) for this head first guide that warned potential buyers that Windows 8 would be required in order to get started. I made a new post asking for help about this, being a green developer I am hoping there is some workaround to having to install Windows 8.
It's not a good feeling that right out of the gate, I can't follow along with the book because I am using Windows 7 and do not see the options in VS 2012 Express or Ultimate (at work) for Windows Store... Blank App (XAML).
What's the verdict for Windows 7 users? What can I do to get started in this guide? Do I have to skip the starting lesson? How much of this guide am I locked out of as a result?