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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!
Have you checked Microsoft Virtual Academy courses ?
Here is my Microsoft Virtual Academy learning plan for the upcoming weeks:
Enterprise Developer Camp Jump Start
Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start
Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition Jump Start
Designing Your XAML UI with Blend Jump Start
If you haven’t look at it yet, the Microsoft Virtual Academy is starting to have some great learning resources. Here is a list of interesting courses I plan to watch in the next weeks:
Microsoft Virtual Academy is hosting a free full week of Azure training January 27-31, 2014.
Each day, a different topic will be covered:
Get Started with Windows Azure Today Jump Start: Overview Day, Monday January 27
Join Scott Guthrie. Azure guru and Microsoft Corporate Vice President, as he builds a real-world application from scratch, and hear about the platform in a nutshell.
Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start: Architecture Day, Tuesday January 28
Developers, do you wonder how to design apps for the cloud? Are you interested in best practices for architectures that include services that run in the cloud? Join Marc Mercuri for a day of design and architecture lessons for Windows Azure developers.
Building Windows Azure Applications Jump Start: Developer Day, Wednesday January 29
If you’ve been thinking about Windows Azure for your next application, but aren’t sure where to begin, join this deep dive with Scott Hanselman and Scott Hunter to get started building applications for the cloud today.
Windows Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start:Infrastructure Day, Thursday January 30
Join Cheryl McGuire for Hybrid Cloud Day, a deep dive on integrating Windows Azure into your infrastructure. She will explore details about creating VMs, how they behave in Windows Azure, and how to configure good network communication to get things up and running in the cloud.
Mobile Apps to IoT: Connected Devices with Windows Azure: Mobile Services Day, Friday January 31
Join Miranda Luna for a comprehensive, infrastructure-focused look at how your mobile apps can use cloud data, manage users with ease, and quickly deliver push notifications at scale.
via Guy Barrette.
I am pleasantly surprised by the release of a new Microsoft exam focused on design!
Exam 74-353: Windows UX Design
This exam validates skills associated with applying Microsoft user experience (UX) guidelines to the design of Windows 8 Store applications.
By passing this exam, you will earn the credential "Microsoft Certified Specialist: Windows UX Design"
This certification complements the skills validated in the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification.
If you plan to take this exam, the following resources might help:
Just got this one! Here is a little tip for you:
While studying a new exam the first thing to do is to consult the “Skills Measured” section of the official page of Microsoft Learning website:
Better than that, Vitor Ciaramella, put together this nice sheet with direct hyperlinks to MSDN resources for each topics covered by the exam:
I've just finished the "Creating User Experiences: Fundamental Design Principles" course on Pluralsight, I am glad I took it, and here is why you should.
The course is held by Billy Hollis, an internationally known author and speaker focused on user experience design. It was published in May 2012, so it is quite fresh (You’ll hear some reference to XAML, even if the content is not focused on any particular technology).
I think what I liked the most about this course is the fact that Billy is not just imposing design ideas and pushing them in your throat (which would be too confronting for us developers, even if he was right), he spends a fair share amount of time explaining each topics, and illustrate them with great metaphors. If you are a minimum open minded you should get great value out of this course. Billy makes you think outside the box, he encourages you to use your right side brain, and understand design principles by simply looking at what’s around us (physical objects, nature, …). During the course he refers several time to "don't make me think" a book on UX design, which is about giving confidence to users, by making it easier for them to achieve their goals when using your app. Billy thinks that every developer can participate in elaborating good design when building software, not only designers should be involved. Get away of the easy path "let's build functional stuff for now and we will hire a designer later if we have time and budget". The course is also live and interactive as the author suggests that you do some live exercises during each module.
He actually makes you realize and understand by yourself the need for change. We’re in a new era of software and devices, where grids and menus aren't enough. You can’t remain satisfied by just making things possible, you need to make them easier for your users. Understanding some fundamental design principles will help. This course can definitely be followed by any developers who wants to improve user experience of software they are working on, and I definitely recommend it.
Wow Pluralsight currently offers a free custom 12 month training subscription (which include several new Visual Studio 2012 courses) for MSDN subscribers!
To take advantage of this limited-time training benefit, redeem your Pluralsight Starter Subscription for MSDN by December 11, 2012: