Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

November, 2012

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Windows Store app development for iOS developers in Mountain View on December 13 & 14


    Join the Big Nerd Ranch and Microsoft for this free, two-day training designed to jumpstart your Windows Store app development.
    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the Windows platform from iOS developers who are now building Windows apps. Sessions will follow a low-key, interactive format where iOS terms and concepts will be mapped to Windows alternates. You will also get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.


    • Thursday Dec 13, 2012 - 9 to 5 PM
    • Friday Dec 14, 2011 - 9 to 5 PM
    • Evening Social Thurs Dec 13, 6 PM


    • Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
    • Galileo Room
      SVC Conference Center
      1065 La Avenida
    • Mountain View, California 94043
      United States


    What’s the agenda?

    Times need to be finalized, but we’ll cover the following topics in sessions that are 30 to 60 minutes long:

    Day 1

    • Introduction to the platform and the Windows Store
    • Design differences between iOS and Windows 8
    • Tooling: Visual Studio and Blend
    • C# for Objective-C developers
    • Asynchronous programming
    • Consuming web services
    • Intro to building Windows Store apps with XAML (controls, layout and styling)
    • Advanced UI development with XAML (data binding, templates, and collections)
    • Contracts and extensions
    • Ask the Experts panel
    • InstallFest

    Day 2

    • Process Lifecycle Management and State Management
    • Notifications and Live tiles
    • Bing Maps, SkyDrive, and Microsoft Account integration
    • C++ for Objective-C developers
    • Reusing code with Windows Phone
    • Hands-on-labs

    How do I register?

    To secure your seat in this event, please register at

    Live Stream

    If you can’t attend in person, watch the live stream of the event at You do not have to register for the live stream; just point your browser to Channel 9 or to our registration site on the day of the event.


    Any iOS developer will benefit from this training, but we will focus more on those apps that are not games. For this event, there will be no deep game/graphics coverage (no OpenGL ES to DirectX deep-dives).


    Email your questions to


  • Architecture + Strategy

    .NET Rocks road trip in a city near you




    Get ready to become immersed in the power of Visual Studio 2012. The .NET Rocks! Team of Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are on the road bringing you presentations focused on building modern applications on the Windows platform for both client-side and server-side technology.
    At each stop, they will also record a live .NET Rocks! Show with a guest star that will be flown in for the occasion. Plus, you’ll learn about an exciting initiative to develop a Humanitarian Disaster Response Toolkit.
    Events are FREE, and include food, drink, and geeking out. Come join us!



    11/26 –

    Tempe, AZ

    11/27 –

    San Diego, CA

    11/28 –

    Irvine, CA

    11/29 –

    Irvine, CA

    11/30 -

    Los Angeles, CA

    12/3 –

    San Francisco, CA

    12/4 –

    Sunnyvale, CA

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Facebook & Windows 8 Hackathon November 30


    Following the announcement of Windows Store App Labs, we’re excited to announce a joint Hackathon with Facebook that will take place on November 30th at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. Developers, designers and entrepreneurs are all invited. Join members of the Facebook and Windows engineering teams to learn what it takes to build great Windows 8 apps that integrate with Facebook. Engineers from both companies will be on hand to support you as you explore what's possible using the Windows 8 SDK and Facebook API’s.

    Building in HTML5 and Javascript? C, C++ or C#? Come learn how to build fast, native Windows 8 apps. We'll have experts on hand, sample apps and ideas to get you started, and tech sessions on Friday evening to bring you up to speed on everything you need to know. There will be prizes for some of the best apps.

    App builders can find more information, agenda and registration details on the event page.

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