We are running another set of Windows 8 Camps in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. The agenda is:
8:30 – Registration
9:00 – The Windows 8 Platform for Metro-Style Apps and the Windows Store
Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined. Join this session to learn about the new platform forbuilding Metro-style applications. You’ll get a deeper understanding of theplatform design tenets, the programming language choices, and integrationpoints with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We’ll also demothe Windows Store and the many different ways to monetize your application,including subscriptions, trial apps, advertisement, and in-app purchases.
9:45 - Designing Apps with Metro Principles and Windows Personality
Windows 8 marks the next step in the evolution of the Metro design style. Through thebold use of colour, typography, and motion, Metro design style represents afresh approach to the user experience. In this talk, you'll learn the designprinciples behind Metro and get insights into how to apply these principles toyour own apps.
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Everything Web Developers Must Know to Build Metro-Style Apps
11:30 – Building Metro-Style Apps with XAML: What .NET Developers Need to Know
If you’re experienced with .NET or Silverlight and familiar with XAML, thissession will teach you everything you need to know to create a Metro-style appfor Windows 8. We’ll cover updates to familiar features and explore conceptsthat are new for Windows 8. We’ll also show you how to turn your XAML skillsinto money-making, Metro-style apps.
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Integrating the Windows 8 Experience with Contracts
Contracts are agreements between Windows and your Metro-style app that allow you tointegrate Windows 8 features into the app. For example, Windows 8 enables usersto share content from one application to another by using the Share contract.In this session, you'll learn how contracts work, and how to implement built-incontracts such as Search, Share, Settings, and Play To.
1:30 – Building a Windows 8 Metro-Style UI
Windows 8 introduces a new and ready-to-use set of user interface controls to help youquickly create beautiful, Metro-style apps. Learn about these powerful andhighly flexible controls and how to implement common patterns that delivergreat Windows 8 Metro-style apps.
2:15 – Break
2:30 – How and When Metro-Style Apps Run
Learn the fundamentals of Process Lifetime Management and how to structure your app to suspend and resumequickly, save app states properly, and behave consistently. For media orreal-time communications, we’ll show you how to keep your experiences availableand always connected, while still letting Windows manage the system resources -providing a great end-user experience and long-lasting battery life.
3:15 – Bring Your Apps to Life with Tiles and Notifications
Tiles draw users back into your app by awakening your tile on the Start screen.Notifications delivered through the Windows Push Notification Service draw yourusers back into your app, even when it's not running. In this session, you’lllearn how to implement Tiles and Notifications. You’ll also learn how to createtiles that let users personalize their Start screens by creating deep links tospecific places within your app.
4:00 – Building Metro-Style Apps That Leverage Modern Hardware
MultiTouch, camera, near-field-communications, and sensors for location, light, and motionare just a few of the many hardware components available in Windows 8. Learnhow to take advantage of these hardware components to create better,Metro-style apps.
*Agenda is subject to change.
Date and registration links for each of the camps are: