Author: Michael Mayberry
Audience: C# programmers
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
WinRT revealed - is quite a promise, particularly for a book with only four chapters.
This is a very short book and it really doesn't do WinRT justice. If you really know nothing about WinRT, then this might serve as an introduction to the basics but to qualify for "Revealed" it really needs to dig a bit deeper.
Chapter 1 explains the basic ideas of WinRT and how it works in terms of the new "friendly" form of COM that is a WinRT component. This is probably the best chapter in that it gives a reasonably accurate overview of WinRT. However it isn't much more than a commentary on what is available on the web.
The next chapter is on building a .NET app to run under WinRT. This is basically just a tutorial on writing a C# app using the designer. It doesn't even go into any details of things that are specific to WinRT, like live tiles, notifications, toast and so on. It basically goes over the construction of a C# app that could just as easily be a desktop app.
The final chapter is a strange collection of topics: dealing with the manifest, location, contracts and so on. Important yes but there is so much more to say.
If your really can't afford the time to do some research on the web then you might want to read this book, but if you have access to the documentation it doesn't add enough to be recommended.