On the second day of the Microsoft Windows 8 Boot Camp we continued on with the Contoso reference app that we started building on Day 1. This covered aspects like search and share contracts, notifications (tile AKA live tile, badge and toast) and getting the app ready for the Windows 8 app store.
Again the app store lab was the most informative and was the one most people seemed interesting in. Surely Microsoft need to look at the feedback and start addressing this. The other general feel I got was people who had the skill sets to develop apps that Microsoft are crying out for wanted access to tablets. Microsoft can you please send me one?! :-p
The event was held at the awesome Paramount tower in central London. It gives some great views over London’s skyline. These are a few pictures I took on my phone.
It’s fair to say Windows 8 could easily become Vista part II (mainly because it is so different to anything Microsoft have built before and with Microsoft’s bad handling of its release to the developer community).
But today was the first time I actually felt positive about Windows 8. The Boot camp I attended in central London was an ideal format. It allowed us as developers to get up close and personal with it.
A few things to note:
Most of the people that attended the camp were .net developers
The Windows app store was the subject most people wanted to talk about
Here is the 2 day agenda:
Day 1 Agenda (Thursday 19th April 2012)
Lap around Windows 8 Development
Windows Store Overview
Windows 8 Metro Style UX Overview
Lab – Controls & Data Binding
Lab – Views, Orientation, Semantic Zoom
Lab – Contracts
Day 2 Agenda (Friday 20th April 2012)
Lab – Media
Lab – Process Lifecycle Management
Lab – Settings & Preferences
Lab – Notifications & Tiles
Lab – Windows Store
Today I joined Riley’s. Don’t judge but trying to find pool tables in London where a game isn’t in double figures is near impossible. Riley’s isn’t the classiest place but membership was £10. I will be trying it out at the weekend.