Author news: What would YOU like to see presented at //build this year?

Hello, Kraig Brockschmidt here. I’ve been busily working on wrapping up the second edition of Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, the second preview of which we made available last fall. It’s been a joy to explore and share with you all the new features of Windows 8.1!

Let me also say a big “thank you” to all of you for making this one of the most successful books that Microsoft Press has released recently. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the download numbers, and also seeing it keep a top-ranked spot in Amazon’s free eBooks for Kindle.

As many of you know already, I’ve been continuing to post new content and insights on my blog,, including material from the second edition book. Some examples include Custom Layouts in the WinJS Listview Control, a three-part series on Multiple Views For Windows 8.1 Apps, Special Syntax for data-win-options Strings with WinJS Controls, and much more. Take a look if you haven’t been there recently, and let me know if there are topics you’d love to see.

Speaking of which, you’re probably aware that we’re set the dates for the //build 2014 conference, April 2-4 in San Francisco (see I bring this up because I’m part of the group that’s planning the content for Windows and Windows Phone, and in that capacity I’d like to ask you a question:

What would YOU like to see presented at //build this year?

Please share your thoughts in the comments to this post over the next two weeks as we hone in on the session list. I’d very much love your input!


P.S. On a more personal note, did you know that I did a bunch of final editing on the first edition of my book on a movie set? That’s right, I’ve made it to the big screen! The award-winning movie Finding Happiness, which was released to DVD last fall and which is also making rounds in various theaters, is a documentary about the intentional community called Ananda where I happen to live with many friends and neighbors. In the film, Elizabeth Röhm plays a fictional journalist doing a story on the community, but besides that everything is genuine. Check it out, and you’ll see yours truly making a few appearances as an extra, including close-ups in the choir performance near the end!

Comments (12)

  1. Greg Duncan says:

    I'd love to see some Desktop app/WPF/Net love at Build. Also would like to hear about Windows 8.1.1 (aka Update 1). And any plans about Update 2 or 8.2. Also while not Windows/Phone, would love to hear about .Net vNext (4.6? 5?), C#/VB vNext, Roslyn, M#.

    Also more on building Modern LOB apps for Windows 8.1+. And any plans on making Modern LOB app's easier to deploy (an Inside the Corp Firewall App Store?, one that's reasonable to setup and run.)

    That's enough for now… 🙂

  2. Salam Sina says:

    Great work! I 'ld love to see great change in accessing Azure using SCCM through windows phone, monitoring level will not be bad for IT professional, update 2 and robust compatibility for multi-vendor apps.

  3. Alan Anderson says:

    I want to see more “deep dive” talks dealing with real world architectures (rather than “poof” shallow demos throwing some code into code behind). Topics like architecting data-heavy, occasionally-connected, Modern Windows 8.1 store apps – that need to not only transparently sync your data between your machines and the cloud but data created/edited by others. Of course in the real world different users can only see/edit subsets of data they are authorized to see/edit – so permissions/authentication/authorization for distributed modern/store apps that share data would be another interesting topic.

    In our Denver Visual Studio user group, the vast majority of people creating modern Windows 8.1 store apps use C# rather than JavaScript. It would be nice if the C#/JavaScript/C++ language ratios in Build presentations about Windows 8.1 store apps better reflected the language/ratios of real world (rather than the way the JavaScript pushers would like the world of Windows 8.1 store apps to be).

    Lastly, a talk on creating Azure mobile services that are backed by Azure table storage – rather than the rather pricey Azure SQL storage – would be very interesting.

    Thank you for taking the time to ask what your customers want to see!

  4. HomeGrownCoder says:

    Another vote for Desktop/WPF/.NET which seemed to be pretty much forgotten about at the last two //build conferences. There are still a lot of people working in offices on desktop machines running desktop LOB applications that don't have a need for or aren't geared toward becoming a Windows Store Apps. While I find the new app model interesting, it just isn't going to work for our math intensive structural engineering software which is using Fortran algorithms behind the scenes.

    Would also like to hear about any plans to merge Windows Phone and Windows Store development.

    I hope to be able to attend again this year…have learned a lot and been inspired at the last two.

  5. David Hanson says:

    Enterprise ui strategy which has been neglected for far too long.

    TypeScript sessions. #love it

    Future of C# again has been absent.

  6. Fredrik says:

    I want to see C# 6.0 and New features in XAML

  7. Josh says:

    I'd like to see some improvements to the Windows 8 Store UI controls.

  8. Julian Atanasoae says:

    Writing apps that can be published in the Office Store. It would be a great subject.

  9. IPowerpanda says:

    +1 on LOB/WPF/.NET for the desktop.

  10. John Garland says:

    Outside of technical content I'd like to see a better schedule published well before the event.  With the live/24 hour event streaming, the value prop of the sessions goes WAY down, and the importance of the ability to network goes way up when justifying the non-trivial expense involved in these conferences.  Having the "secret squirrel schedule" where not even evening events are fully described ahead of time compromises vendors' abilities to pull together events that foster this exact networking.

  11. John says:

    Another vote for Desktop/WPF/.NET, C# 6, high performance .net framework

  12. Peter Ruso says:

    Please rebuild developer trust by especially focusing on enterprise devs working currently with wpf/silverlight!!!

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