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If you are a .NET Developer and would like to make some moolah and have some fun building apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform, read on!

Microsoft is partnering with some of the key Influencers from the community to bring to you the Windows Phone 7 Unleashed events. These events are designed to help you get started on the development for the Windows Phone 7 platform.

So if you have had these ideas for a great Windows Phone 7 application but didn't know where to go to get some help to get started, this is your chance.

These events unlike our other events are designed to help you write applications for the Phone. We have two broad formats within these events.
First part of this event is a Lecture – Show and tell. Similar to our other MSDN Events, we will have rock star speakers deliver the technology via slides, samples and lots of information. In the second part of this event, we're going to help you put the stuff you learnt into use – Practical, Hands on Experience. We have designed Hands on Labs for these events and we'll help you go through them. We have some super solid instructors and proctors to help you write your WP7 applications.

As a bonus, we will also spend some time to help you author some applications and bring your ideas to life. You can form a group with other folks at this event and start building your application.
At the end of the day, we will have judges who will judge this application with others. The first prize is $500 USD and the second and third prizes are $200 and $100 respectively. But the main goal is to help you form a team, get you started on your application and get it into the market place so you can rake in some moolah :)

Registration:
To attend these events you need to first Register:

City

Date (8:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

Registration Link

Notes

Portland, OR

Sep 30th/Thursday http://wp7-portland.eventbrite.com/  Due to high demand, this event is already sold out!

Bellevue, WA

October 7th/Thursday

http://wp7-bellevue.eventbrite.com/  

Seattle, WA

October 14th/Thursday http://wp7-seattle.eventbrite.com/ Limited seating, please register ASAP.

Boise, ID

October 25th/Monday http://wp7-boise.eventbrite.com/  

NOTE: Each attendee is required to bring his/her own laptop with the free software required for the labs. System requirements and installation instructions can be found here:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff402530(v=VS.92).aspx

The tools required for you to participate in the labs can be downloaded at: http://developer.windowsphone.com

Agenda:
Session 1 – Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Programing.

In this session, we start with a discussion of windows phone, the architecture changes made from 6.5 to 7.0, the hardware specifications and then move into the beginnings of building a WP7 application including :

1)      Sensor overview

2)      Application life cycle

3)      Splash screen and the importance of 1 second / 19 second loading

4)      Files associated with project template

5)      Application Bar

6)      Live Tile

7)      Application Icon

The session will end with a brief discussion of the Windows phone 7 Marketplace before the entering into the HOL.

HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

·         Project Set-up

·         Live Tile

·         Splashscreen

·         Home Screen with Application Bar
 
Session 2 – Connecting to Services

In this session, we will discuss how Cloud Services help to bring power to the phone.  We will be binding to a rest based services and show how to search and display the information received.  In this session we will also talk about Navigation, passing information between screens, simple page animations while working with List and detail information.

HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

·         Search Screen

·         Display Screen

·         Detail Screen

·         Additional Application Bars
 
Session 3 – Recording Data

In this session we will be working with the Camera to capture and crop photos, record audio files, take notes, saving location, sharing (sending emails and SMS messages – and if time permits sending to twitter or FB) and saving everything using isolated storage.  We will discuss tombstoning and how it effects your application process, including the when, where and whys of saving state).

 

HOL – The screens that will be built during this session are:

·         Add New Wine

·         Record Audio

·         Picture Capture and Crop

·         My Wines

As always, if you have questions or concerns – tweet me (@mithund) or email me (mithund at microsoft .com)

Come join us and have some fun building really, really cool Windows Phone 7 apps.

-Mithun Dhar