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Really glad that more XAML events comes to Montreal:
Beyond Tiles Design Integration Workshop Tour in Canada
“Join us again in this second wave of the Beyond Tiles Workshop and learn advanced design integration techniques to produce pixel perfect Windows and Windows Phone user interfaces. Replicate the original vision of designers with fidelity by following best practices as implemented by the Windows Phone design studio and leading agencies in the Microsoft ecosystem.”
Previous experience developing Windows and/or Windows Phone apps is required.
What can I Expect?
In this hands-on workshop you will be able to explore the process of taking a set of high fidelity comps provided by a designer and translate those to Blend and Visual Studio with pixel perfection quality. You will learn techniques for exporting vector and bitmap assets from Expression Design into Blend and to define the right layout panels to host your UI. You will also learn how to skin controls and design lists. The goal is to achieve perfection when translating comps to UI. You should already be familiar with Blend, Visual Studio and XAML in general.
What will I Achieve?
In the morning you will learn different Design Integration techniques with the help of a couple design experts. In the afternoon you will put this learning to the test with a hands on workshop where you will be provided with a couple UIs for Windows and Windows Phone. You will then take these UIs and turn them into high fidelity UIs in Blend – all with XAML.
What Should I Bring?
This is a workshop: bring your laptop! You will need Expression Design (download for free at www.microsoft.com/expression) and Visual Studio with both Windows and Windows Phone SDKs. When installing Visual Studio make sure Blend for Visual Studio is also installed. If you need a free version of Visual Studio you can download and install from here: http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs (install both Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone).
How much does it cost?
This is a complimentary event‚ specifically offered to support the Canadian design and developer community.
More info and registration (Montreal):
See you there!
If not already done, register for the Developer Movement 2014 aka Code Kwondo.
Good news the first challenge has started!
“Publish as many qualifying Windows 8 apps as you can from December 15th until
Now what about taking advantage of your holiday time and code a new Windows 8.1 app, stay tuned for more exciting news.
If you need any help, the Code Masters will be here to guide you.
Remember: you must be a Canadian resident to enter this program.
Read all the details on the contest page:
If you are a Canadian Developer interested in Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store apps, you should know that the Developer Movement is back in 2014!
This year the goal is to follow the Code Sensei, earn your belts and master the art of coding... Code Kwondo!
As always: code and publish your apps = get rewarded!
Getting points is really easy and this year prizes looks really good:
I am looking at you Xbox One and Surface 2…
Furthermore I will be acting as a Code Master to help fellow developer get their apps in the Store, this will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see all those great Canadian apps!
Among 25 Microsoft focused User Groups in Canada, the Montreal .NET Community ranks first in the number of Win8 and WP8 apps published to the store this year (102!).
We won The App Challenge, congratulations to all participants!
Rewards for our members (by number of apps published):
1. Sébastien Lachance - Surface Pro 128GB
2. Jonathan Chin - Surface Pro 128GB
3. Laurent Duveau - Nokia Lumia 920
4. Soroush Abtahi - Nokia Lumia 920
Good job everybody!
Enjoy the rest of summer, build a few more apps…
The Montreal .NET Community will have a special event on October 27 2012 (Saturday): the Visual Studio 2012 Community Launch.
Cost is 10$ for members of the user group (or $35 for everybody else - 25$ for the membership + 10$ for the day).
More info and registration: http://www.dotnetmontreal.com/events/78095962/
See you there!
In case you didn’t know, you don’t have to wait for the launch of Windows 8 on October 26 to start building and deploying your apps. Developers from 120 markets (including Canada) can publish Windows Store apps right now!
How to start ?
- Anyone with an MSDN Subscription, Dreamspark account (students) or BizSpark account (startups) get a 1-year Windows Store membership for FREE!!
- If you don’t have such account, an annual membership is only CAD $49 and lasts a full year. Just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up.
- The dev tools are free and the SDK is ready.
We talked about:
1. The Windows 8 experience
2. What’s new in Silverlight 5
3. WinRT – the new cross-language Windows client platform
4. Building a Metro Style app with XAML
5. Building portable libraries for cross-platform apps
I think attendees appreciated that we let them play with the new Windows 8 tablet…
Download the demos:
(requires Silverlight 5 RC)
This time, I refrain myself from doing this kind of jokes:
This week in Ottawa, I did a full day workshop on Silverlight, as a pre-conference of the DevTeach Canadian event.
I showed how to build from scratch a business application, from the Db to the UI, covering these topics:
- Entity Framework
- WCF RIA Services
- Sécurity (users and roles)
- MVVM and Command
- Animations, Styles and ControlTemplate in Blend
- Silverlight Spy tool (www.silverlightspy.com)
Get my slides
Get the code
The app I built is from the MS hands-on-labs, you can get all the word doc and vs files there:
If you are interested to learn more on Silverlight don’t forget the Silverlight Tour Training, a four-day course on Silverlight 5 with VS2010 and Blend.
The first 15 people to register for the DevTeach Ottawa Silverlight pre-conference on November 2 will get a free license of Telerik's RadControls for Silverlight ($999 value)!!
For more information on RadControls, you can visit their website at http://www.telerik.com/products/silverlight.aspx.
ALSO, each pre-con participant will get an exclusive 50% rebate on the Silverlight Tour training (995$ value)!!
The Silverlight Tour is a four-day, soup-to-nuts breakdown of Silverlight 4 (already have Silverlight 5 exclusive content). This includes learning the ins and outs of XAML, hosting in the browser, the tools and using Silverlight on the server.
So don’t wait more and register now!