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    Belgian Windows 8 Superhackathon on 27 March 2013 – join us!


    Join us in Brussels, Genk, Kortrijk or Mons on March 27th for the 4-locations Belgian Windows 8 first Superhackathon. Code, build, eat, drink & win.
    Experts will be on site to help you with the last phase of building your first Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 application. superhackathon_logo_final

    We come to your cities (4!), we bring the experts (many!), feed you with breakfast, pizza, coffee (lots!) and Red Bull, honor you with prizes and rewards (countless!). End goal: Get to Windows Store, have fun doing it, go home with prizes (to be announced soon, we promise you: you’ll really like them!). Hint hint: for the best quality app we’ll have a conference ticket…

    Go ahead and reserve your spot. Join us for the Day event or the Night event or both. See the agenda setup at the bottom of this post.


    Superhackathon theme
    Yes, winter is cosy with the snow and all – but after months of darkness we all need light. So the theme for the superhackathon is around spring, well-being, health and happiness. To be interpreted very broadly Smile
    Feel the ideas coming?

    First time app? Build your first one – see how to get started here.

    Design reference templates
    You can use a template fully created for the Windows 8 style & experience. Just by binding the relevant data, you should have a good looking app that runs in the paradigm of Windows 8. And the good news: the templates are available as Visual Studio 2012 project in both C#/XAML and HTML/JavaScript options. So pick your template and platform and build your app in a breeze.

    The template addresses App Views (Landscape, Fill, Snap and Portrait), Live Tiles, Search & Share Contract, Settings, Navigation across pages, Bottom & Top App Bar (If applicable). So get started today and finish off the app together with us!




    8:30: Welcome and registration

    9:00 – 9:30: Introduction and getting started

    9:30 – 12:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

    13:30 – 16:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    16:00 – 17:00: Demo time and best app showdown for Day attendees
    Publish your first finished app: prize

    17:00: Break and end of the Day part


    17:30: Welcome and registration (or continue working for those going for the full day)

    18:00 – 18:30: Introduction and getting started

    18:30 – 19:30: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    19:30 – 20:30: Dinner

    20:30 – 23:00: Coding (alone or with your group)Guidance, hands-on labs and expert advice on site

    23:00 – 24:00: Demo time and best app showdown
    Publish your first finished app: prize

    24:00: End

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    Modern.IE: new tool for web developers for browser testing and compatibility


    Earlier this week, Microsoft launched Modern.IE: a new web base tool that helps you test, identify, and correct browser compatibility. Whether you are on Windows or not, Modern.IE will help you optimize your site for cross-browser compatibility and provide lots of guidance and tools to help you implement it.

    To discover what Modern.IE is all about, check out the video below and then dive into the site to start benefiting from the tools.


    The main features:

    1. Scanning a web page

    The page scan tool detects common coding practices that may cause compatibility problems, giving you clear indication of where the issues are occurring and providing you with guidance on how to solve the issues to deliver a better experience to your users.



    2. Virtual testing tools

    Testing on multiple versions of Internet Explorer is hard. With the virtual test tools, Modern.IE delivers two solutions to help you:

    • A free 3-month subscription to BrowserStack that allows you to test your sites through a web based application, without the need to setup a virtual environment.
    • Virtualized environments for you to download on Windows, Mac and Linux


    3. Code with standards guidance

    A great overview written by Rey Bango and Dave Methvin on coding practices and patterns for building modern standards-based sites while still supporting older versions of Internet Explorer.

    Highly recommended: Modern.IE.

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