Another Round of Windows 8 Camps – Durban, Johannesburg & Cape Town

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 for
building Metro-style applications. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the
platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and integration
points with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We’ll also demo
the 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 the
bold use of colour, typography, and motion, Metro design style represents a
fresh approach to the user experience. In this talk, you'll learn the design
principles behind Metro and get insights into how to apply these principles to
your own apps.


10:30 – Break


10:45 – Everything Web Developers Must Know to Build Metro-Style Apps

Learn how to use your web skills to build Windows 8 Metro-style apps. In this
session, you’ll discover how to harness the rich capabilities of Windows 8
through JavaScript and Windows Runtime. You’ll also learn about navigation,
user experience patterns and controls, inherent async design, and the seamless
operating system integration that enables you to create incredible, Metro-style


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, this
session will teach you everything you need to know to create a Metro-style app
for Windows 8. We’ll cover updates to familiar features and explore concepts
that are new for Windows 8. We’ll also show you how to turn your XAML skills
into 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 to
integrate Windows 8 features into the app. For example, Windows 8 enables users
to 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-in
contracts 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 you
quickly create beautiful, Metro-style apps. Learn about these powerful and
highly flexible controls and how to implement common patterns that deliver
great 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 resume
quickly, save app states properly, and behave consistently. For media or
real-time communications, we’ll show you how to keep your experiences available
and 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 your
users back into your app, even when it's not running. In this session, you’ll
learn how to implement Tiles and Notifications. You’ll also learn how to create
tiles that let users personalize their Start screens by creating deep links to
specific 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 motion
are just a few of the many hardware components available in Windows 8. Learn
how 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:

Date Venue Registration Link
24 August Microsoft, Durban
4 September Microsoft, Johannesburg
6 September Microsoft, Cape Town

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