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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!
Notable announcements of day 2
- 44 new announcements for Azure… enough said!!
- Check out Scott Guthrie’s blog for a series of detailed blog posts on Azure: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/
- General availability of Visual Studio Online: www.visualstudio.com
Microsoft Azure (some of the new features…)
- Awesome new Azure portal (preview today) with customizable new dashboard, Online service and Application Insights integration, …
- Staging server with single click swap for production deployment
- Create/manage Azure Virtual machines directly in Visual Studio, including support for remote debugging (allow you to attach the local debugger to processes running on the VM)
- Azure Web Sites
- SSL certificates free for all web sites!
- Support for Java
- Traffic Manager
- SQL Databases
- Self-service restore with daily automatic backups (up to 31 days)
- Max size is now 500 GB (up from 150 GB)
- Active geo replication
- Mobile Services
- Notification Hub with push notifications to any mobile device including Kindle now
- Office 365 integration with Active Directory support
- Offline data synchronization
- Remote debugging
- Roslyn, the .NET compiler platform, is now an open source project on CodePlex! (good for Xamarin!)
- New broader initiative called .NET Foundation to showcase the multiple .NET components available as open source (24 .NET open source projects so far)
Note: I had never before seen so many iOS, Android and Java logos in a MS conference… and it’s a good sign! MS is now a cloud + services company. Even John Gruber appeared in a promo video during the keynote.
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the official press release:
Notable announcements of day 1
- Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN, and on April 8th via Windows Update for all
- Visual Studio 2013 update 2 RC released, get it at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42307
- Windows Phone 8.1 available this month for developers registered with Windows Phone Preview for Developers, June for end users (depending on carriers…).
- New model in VS2013 update 2 to create apps for both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1, and later Xbox One as well (so “Universal” in the terms of Windows…)
- A new touch version of Office is being written as an universal app
- “Shared app identities” allows users to purchase an app once and use it on Windows and Phone!
Windows 8.1 Update
- Series of enhancements for better mouse/keyboard integration with Metro and the desktop (at last!!)
- Default boot to desktop mode for non touch systems!
- Desktop: Pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar, right-click context menus, …
- Start menu is back with vengeance and tiles support!
- Windows free for 9” and less screen devices!
Windows Phone 8.1
- Cortana (beta): new digital personal assistant for WP8.1, replacing the bing search button (good riddance!!)
- More customizable lock screen + API
- Action Center, a pull down notification bar that allows quick access to app info and settings
- Support for multi-sim phones
- New workflow keyboard with swipe interface
- Support for Bluetooth LE (i.e. Fitbit)
- New Nokia devices: Lumia 630 (with on-screen buttons) and Lumia 930
The 15 minutes mandatory video!Introducing Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the official press release:
While helping at Hacking Health last week I ended up gathering useful resources for developers interested in integrating health data in their apps:
HealthVault in Canada is managed by Telus:
HealthVault Developer Center homepage:
HealthVault SDKs (.NET, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, ...):
I am thrilled and honored that once again, one of the very first email of the year is announcing my MVP Award, for a 8th years in a row.
With a change this time: I have joined the Client Development expertise, which is a new group for Windows 8 and Windows Phone Insiders, which makes much more sense for me.
Looking back at 2013: I have done tons of Windows 8 dev presentations (100% local, no travel = happy family) and was involved in more than 45 Store apps projects!
I also had the chance to already help several customers with their Windows 8.1 development strategy.
I am still focusing intensively on Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store Apps with XAML, C# and Azure, now I also want to start digging Xamarin as well.
This is just the beginning… now for an awesome 2014!!
Happy New Year!
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…
Only 7 months after the previous BUILD event, Microsoft is hosting a new BUILD conference in San Francisco (June 26-28, 2013).
Notable announcements of day 1:
- The Windows 8.1 preview is available today
- Preview of Internet Explorer 11
- Visual Studio 2013 Preview and .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview are both available
- The Windows Store has been redesigned and is now much more interesting, both for users and developers
- Windows Phone 8 annual Dev Center registration is reduced to $19 for the next 60 days! (normally $99 for individuals and companies)
Also to check out:
Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers
F12 Tools in Internet Explorer 11 Preview has been rebuilt from the ground up:
Watch the entire keynote online:
Read the full transcript:
Still trying to figure out what’s changing in the Microsoft development platform ?
How to deal with .NET, Silverlight, Windows 8, WinRT and Metro style apps in 2012…?
I strongly recommend reading those documents for clear recommendations:
White Paper by Magenic: Assessing the Windows 8 Development Platform
The Microsoft Platform Guide byTelerik:
This interesting article tries to answer the question: which technology to choose right now depending on my project? It will be updated later for Windows 8…
I am very happy to release a set of 8 websites dedicated to trainings on the latest Microsoft Technologies, all grouped in one portal: www.tourtrainings.com
Right now you can explore:
- HTML5 & ASP.NET MVC: www.html5-tour.com
- Windows 8: www.windows8-tour.com
- UX Design: www.uxdesign-tour.com
- SharePoint: www.sharepoint-tour.com
- Xbox Kinect: www.kinect-tour.com
- Azure: www.azure-tour.com
- Windows Phone: www.windowsphone-tour.com
- Team Foundation Server: www.teamfoundation-tour.com
We expect to progressively provide more and more content delivered by technical experts in a city near you. Stay tuned!
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As you know last week was the BUILD event organized by Microsoft in Anaheim (California), an entire show dedicated to Windows 8.
5000 people were there, but Microsoft does not forget everyone else and has made available (for free) all the sessions and keynotes on Channel 9:
To me, the good news if that I’ll be able to reuse my current skills (XAML+C#) to build kick ass touch apps for Windows 8! (Metro style apps)
If you are a XAML developer (Silverlight/WPF), I would recommend watching these sessions:
- Metro style apps using XAML: what you need to know by Joe Stegman
- Metro style apps using XAML: Make your app shine by Marco Matos
- Stand out with styling and animation in your XAML app by John Papa
- Tips and tricks for developing Metro style apps using XAML by Tim Heuer
- Reach all your customer's devices with one beautiful XAML user interface by Tim Heuer
- Build world-ready Metro style apps using XAML by Tim Heuer
- Build accessible Metro style apps using XAML by Alnur Ismail
- Reach a worldwide audience by building a world-ready app by Kipling Knox
This last one is not directly about XAML dev but definitely worth a look :
- 8 traits of great Metro style apps by Jensen Harris