Free up your Saturday, be part of a worldwide coding event to build your (first) Windows 8 app! On November 10 2012, we are joining the worldwide hackathon with a local event at HUBrussel. Registration is free, open to all. Just bring your laptop loaded with Windows 8, bring ideas or questions and join us for a day.
Eat. Drink. Code. Join us at HUBrussel on November 10th.
Belgium is part of the app revolution! By registering, you’ll be joining thousands of developers worldwide as we build apps for the next generation of Windows. Microsoft app experts, MEET-members, developers and trainers will be available on-site to assist your learning and coding. Learn about building Windows Store apps today – download the info, tools and resources you need now.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th 2012
08:08 – 00:00 HUBrussel
Warmoesberg 26 1000 Brussels Belgium
WIN an ASUS Vivo Tab!
At WOWZAPP, we will launch a Windows 8 apps contest, where you can WIN a brand new ASUS Vivo Tab! The contest rules will be explained during the hackathon.
Be smart. Be fast. Love coding. Win a tablet!
What to expect
What to bring?
Are you a developer?
Are you a (UX) Designer?
Photoshop or your familiar wireframing tool / Check out the Windows 8 UX Guidelines You might want to download Windows Store Apps Design Assets
See you on November 10th!
Leveraging my colleague Nick’s post on Windows Azure Mobile Services here. WAMS has received an upgrade, now supporting iOS next to Windows 8, and including new authentication support, sending e-mails, SMS en more. If you are from Belgium or Luxembourg, and are thinking about leveraging WAMS for your Windows 8 or iOS apps please let us know. We’d like to hear about your experiences.
With the introduction of apps and application stores, the process of building, selling and distributing software has been truly democratized. But what if your application becomes a top hit and is being downloaded and used by millions of users? How do you make sure that your backend services scales dynamically with this unpredictable demand?
Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it incredibly easy to connect a scalable cloud backend to your client and mobile applications. It allows you to easily store structured data in the cloud that can span both devices and users, integrate it with user authentication, as well as send out updates to clients via push notifications.
A couple of weeks ago we announced Windows Azure Mobile Services with support for Windows 8 apps. This week we delivered initial support for connecting iOS based devices (including iPhones and iPads) to Windows Azure Mobile Services. We’ll also be adding support to enable these same scenarios for Windows Phone, and Android devices soon.
In addition, we have also released the following great improvements to Windows Azure Mobile Services:
Read this getting started tutorial to walkthrough how you can build (in less than 5 minutes) a simple iOS “Todo List” app that stores data in Windows Azure. Then follow the below tutorials to explore how to use the iOS client libraries to store data and authenticate users.
If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using Mobile Services today. Visit the Windows Azure Mobile Developer Center to learn more about how to build apps with Mobile Services.
For more information about building applications on Windows and an overview of our local activities, visit the Apps on Windows landing page.
If you have an app published on the Windows Store, chances are you want to let the world know. Which visuals should you use? How about a Windows Store app badge. What’s the guidance and wording?
Since a few days you can find this guidance on the Windows DevCenter: Windows Store logos and usage specifications
The documentation contains the following:
Linked to the usage of the logo and materials, you might also find the following resources useful:
Windows 8 launches globally on October 26th, as we move closer and closer, we’re supporting many Belgian developers go through the process of certifying their apps. To help other developers we might not be in touch with, I’m sharing an aggregation of tips and resources we use. It’s worthwhile browsing through this post before you submit so that you increase the chance of passing certification from the first time.
Before going into the details, keep the following resources handy when certifying apps on Windows Store.
From our experience, this is what I ask developers before they submit:
In the description page of the Store portal, after you submit your package, you will be able to enter the details for the Windows Store app listing. For a complete overview of the content needed to complete this page, please see the Dev Center Checklist for submitting an app. This is a great resource to send to your business team as they will provide visuals, description, features and category information in each language the app supports.
Failing to fill in the Support contact URL or e-mail address will have your app rejected. Double-check the content you are entering here.
We also recommend you add the same privacy URL as an entry in the app settings pane.
Review the guidance: Pick a suitable Windows Store age rating and Give your app an age rating.
Linked to the Age rating, make sure the screenshots you upload for your app listing (metadata) are viewable by 12+ if your app requires higher age rating.
Windows Store allows for global distribution. This is a huge potential you should take advantage of, and which will be even more successful if you offer the app in several languages.
When uploading the app package to the Store, detection of the supported languages is done through the AppManifest resources. Make sure you entered your default language correctly (default might go to en-US depending on your version of Visual Studio). Open the AppManifest file in the XML editor.
Case 1: single language (US English)
For English, you can either leave the default setting (x-generate) if you are using an English version of Visual Studio or adapt manually:
<Resources> <Resource Language="en-us"/> </Resources>
Case 2: single language (only Dutch for both Belgium and Netherlands)
<Resources> <Resource Language="nl" /> </Resources>
Case 3: several languages (English, French and Dutch as example)
The first language in the list is the default language. We are using the country code to make it more specific. You can choose to omit it.
<Resources> <Resource Language="en-us" /> <Resource Language="fr-be" /> <Resource Language="nl-be" /> < /Resources>
See full details: 4. Windows Store apps put the customer in control on the Resolving certification errors documentation.
Depending on the content you use, information you share, a disclaimer and about sections in the Settings pane are also recommended.
I wish you a lot of success with your app. Don’t forget our local events and support options through App Clinics.
In this post you’ll find our top tips for going through Windows Store developer registration, based on the learning’s we’ve had these past few months as we work with Belgian developers to get ready for Windows 8 launch.
Store Portal Dashboard: https://appdev.microsoft.com/StorePortals/ Logging in and accessing the Store Portal, learn about Strong Authorization and account security: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj553414.aspx
The registration process is a seven-step flow in which the following elements are important:
Before your apps can go through certification your account needs to be validated. Depending on the account type, there are several steps to be completed.
Both Company and Individual verification is done through a withdrawal on your credit card, which is then reverted directly. The transaction number or amount is used to verify your account. Go to the Dashboard > Subscription page to go through verification.
Here’s a good overview of where to find the account status.
Under the “Profile” link, check the status of your account:
1 – Developer identity validation – Must be set to “Authorized” before any apps can be certified. (Only Company). Vetting is done by an external party “Symantec/GeoTrust” that will send an e-mail to the Approver e-mail you entered in the process of registration. Make sure Spam folder is checked and followed up. You can find more information on the types of proof needed for Belgian accounts through Symantec knowledge base: https://knowledge.verisign.com/support/ssl-certificates-support/index?page=content&actp=CROSSLINK&id=SO17796
2 – Payout account: the status of your bank account information being complete. Must be complete if you are certifying paid apps, or in-app purchase. (Company and Indidual)
3 – Tax profile must be set to “Valid” if you are certifying paid apps, or in-app purchase. (Company and Indidual) Important to note is that the Tax Profile section should be filled in by a company representative, for example the CEO or Financial director.
If you run into an issue with your developer registration, there are several support options available including community forums and the official support team ready to help you (through chat or e-mail).
Join us next week (October 8, 2012) at Microsoft Belgium for a free full day training for advanced Windows 8 coders.
You’ve finished your first app or are about to finish it and you’re ready for the next level? We have the perfect training you have been waiting for. This ‘advanced only’ class will cover advanced topics such as login, services and error handling. The following topics are covered during this session: • Process lifecycle management: suspension manager, handling suspend, resume • Making your app work offline • Error handling, detecting offline mode, caching sets of data • Advanced XAML controls tips & tricks (data binding, variable sized grids, etc) • Accessing services – recommended approaches • Architecture with MVVM • Semantic zoom in detail • Live tiles through background tasks & maintenance triggers Your trainer: Kevin Dockx (RealDolmen)