Windows 8 Learning Sessions at Virginia Tech

Windows 8 Learning Sessions
Thursday, September 13th. 1pm-5pm
Squires Student Center, Room 219
(parking info)

Join us for a free learning sessions designed to help you start building applications for Windows 8 right away. We’ll show you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive, and beautiful applications. Following the sessions, there will be an InstallFest to prepare your system for hands-on development during Startup Weekend. This event is open to the local community and students. (Students, if you want to attend Startup Weekend email ed.donahue@microsoft.com for information about discounted registration.)

  1. The Windows 8 platform for apps
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined. Join this session to learn about the new platform for building applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Windows 8 apps.
  2. Everything web developers must know to build Windows 8 apps
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Learn how you can use your web skills to build Windows 8 apps. In this session you’ll discover how to harness the rich capabilities of Windows 8 through JavaScript and Windows Runtime. You will learn about navigation, user experience patterns and controls, inherent async design, and the seamless integration with the operating system that will let you create great apps.
  3. Integrating Windows 8 the experience with contracts
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Contracts are agreements between Windows and your app that allow you to integrate Windows 8 features into your app. For example, Windows 8 lets users 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 the built-in contracts such as Search, Share, Settings, and Play To.
  4. Bring your apps to life with tile and notifications
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    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 will learn how to implement Tiles and Notifications and how to create tiles that let users personalize their Start screen by creating deep links to specific places within your app.

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