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by Joe Stegman
If you are experienced with .NET or C++ and are already familiar with XAML, come learn everything you need to know to create a Metro style app for Windows 8. This session will cover updates to familiar features including basic controls, styling, and data-binding, and explore concepts that are new for Windows 8. Discover how you can build an amazing experience that is driven by touch, uses new Windows controls, and integrates well with Windows 8. This foundational session will show you how to turn your XAML skills into money making Metro style apps.
by Marco Matos
You’ve built your first basic Metro style app in XAML and now you’re ready to dive into the specifics of deeply integrating it with Windows. Come discover how you can deliver a first-class experience using new Windows 8 concepts. You’ll learn about the new activation model, how to incorporate navigation and charms into your app, as well as supporting the new lifetime model for Windows Metro style apps. We’ll build a completely integrated app and teach you how to take your Metro style app to the next level!
by John Papa
Get all of the tips and tricks you need to infuse your distinct brand into your apps, while still taking advantage of the familiarity of Windows through styling and animations. Use Visual Studio Express and the power of XAML styling and templating to customize the look and feel of your apps and to more easily style the individual XAML controls. See how fast animations in the animation library and custom XAML animations bring your app to life and engage customers.
by Hamid Mahmood
Learn exciting ways to expose collections of data using the new XAML List controls, a fast and easy way to make collections take on the Windows 8 look and feel. Come and learn about the powerful capabilities of these controls and best practices to make your app really shine.
by Alnur Ismail
Build great touch apps for Windows 8 using XAML touch and gesture events. Learn how to create touch experiences using standard controls and behaviors and build highly responsive panning and zooming capabilities that customers will love. This session will also describe how to include mouse interaction with no additional work, and how to handle multiple types of input in a unified way.
by Reed Townsend
Dive into Windows Runtime and Win32 support for advanced touch and gesture input. Learn how to access rich touch input properties with PointerPoints, use flexible componentized gesture detection with GestureRecognizer, and work with touch and pointer device properties using PointerDevice. We’ll explore how apps can use Touch Targeting APIs to provide a better targeting experience and give an overview of touch APIs available to developers of desktop applications. Extend what you can do in HTML and XAML and take full advantage of the Windows Runtime touch and gesture platform.
by Tim Heuer
Windows runs on a broad array of devices and form factors. Get your app on all the devices your customers use by building a great user experience that adapts to different screen sizes, aspect ratios and pixel densities using XAML. Learn how your app can take advantage of new multi-tasking views and orientations and see how easy it is to build apps that look great on different screen sizes and on high pixel density screens.
by Joanna Mason and Unni Ravindranathan
A great Windows 8 app starts with a great user experience. Come to this session to see how Visual Studio 11 Express enables you to take full advantage of the rich platform features, efficient workflow and tools that maximize your productivity and creativity when designing Metro style apps using XAML.
This talk will cover how to bring existing C# or Visual Basic code into your Windows Metro style apps, enabling you to speed development through reuse. We will walk through the process of porting an app from Windows Phone to Metro style. You will see common issues that you may run into when bringing your code into Metro style apps, and how to resolve those issues. To maximize your benefit from this session, having some prior experience writing XAML-based apps is recommended.
Discover how to build on basic collections and lists by bringing live data from cloud and local sources into your app and use the ListView control to present your data in an engaging and interactive way. Use templating and data binding features, create custom adapters to interface with your data sources, and handle virtualization, grouping, editing and change notifications to create a seamless app experience.
by Alnur Ismail
Microsoft has designed a flexible architecture enabling developers to create accessible Metro style apps quickly using XAML. This chalk talk is targeted at getting developers the information they need to make fully accessible apps.
by Marco Matos
Come learn how to bring your app to life with rich audio and video. You’ll discover how your existing XAML skills enable you to capture, enhance, and play video on external devices—using the familiar MediaElement and new MediaPlayer control. You’ll learn how to add closed captioning to videos, utilize the Media Library on your user’s machine, and play audio tracks while your app is in the background. You’ll see an end-to-end demonstration about building media experiences that keep your customer’s attention.
by Tarek Madkour
C++ and XAML provide a new way for C++ developers to target Windows 8. This session will cover tips and tricks for effectively developing Metro style apps using C++. Topics covered will include the new Windows Runtime data types, using Exceptions, how to use the new Windows Runtime collections and the async programming model.
by Chipalo Street
Windows 8 includes major investments to the text and printing experiences. Follow an app from creation through printing as a guide to XAML text and integration of Metro style apps with the Print charm.
by Tim Heuer
XAML is a great, familiar addition to the Windows 8 UI technology stack. This session will cover the top productivity tips and tricks across the runtime, performance, tools and debugging that developers should know when building Metro style apps using XAML.
How do I use XAML to build outstanding apps for Windows Phone, using Visual Studio and Expression Blend? In this session we'll walk you through the steps from start to finish.
We all know that unit and functional testing is a cornerstone of successful app development. In Visual Studio 11, we have enabled developers to use modern, agile techniques for developing and testing their new Metro style apps using XAML. In this talk, we will demonstrate how to apply existing best practices to effectively test your app in this new world. We will use TDD to create and test a Metro style app using XAML using well-known patterns like MVVM and isolation, and will also show how to use our new Native Unit Testing framework to test native code.
by Kipling Knox
Learn how to build Metro style apps for customers in any market or language. Get an overview of the easy steps required to make a world-ready app, and learn how to use localization and formatting APIs with familiar HTML5 and XAML programming concepts.
by Tim Heuer
Ready to take your app global? We've designed a flexible architecture enabling developers to quickly create a fully localized Metro style app using XAML in a 'language pack' style of development. This session will show you how to easily localize string-based content in your app, fully localize your XAML layout, and quickly update your app by adding language support at any time.
13th–16th September 2011