As part of the Developer Movement program, we wanted to offer you some online camps to get you up, and running on all our amazing technologies. I don’t know about you, but even if I can learn by myself, I always enjoy watching some expert talks about what they know the most, do some code demos, and help me to learn new technologies. In our job as developers, we always need to learn, and for me, online presentations are one of the best way to go: I can join from the comfort of my desk, I can choose which one is the most valuable for me, and in this case, it’s totally FREE!!!
Developer Movement Camp on the 28th of February
In this camp, you’ll get just enough Windows Store, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure knowledge to know where you’ll feel most comfortable and where you’ll be able to get the most number of apps done (and therefore rack up the most number of points!). Plus: Chat with various Developer Mentors across the country that could be paired with you to help with your questions and app building challenges. By the end of this camp, you’ll also know which of the upcoming virtual camps you’ll want to tune into to go deeper into specific topics.
App Design Camp on the 4th of March
Death to battleship-grey forms and confused users! It is no longer enough for an app to be functional, it needs to have a good user experience and a level of thoughtfulness about how it is designed. As we know now, design is not just what it looks like but how it works. In this workshop we intend to provide developers and designers with insight into app design and how you can make sure your apps are built by creating great experiences in mind.
Game Camp on the 6th of March
Everyone enjoys games and interactive digital experiences, so why not create your own? Today we are seeing a proliferation of HTML5 games such as Cut the Rope, Atari Arcade and Contre Jour. We can easily take those games and port them to Windows 8 easily since it supports the HTML5 programming model to build native apps too. So take time in this workshop to learn first how to build games in HTML5, then take that game and migrate it to Windows 8 and take advantage of the Windows Store to showcase and make money from it. Also, we will be discussing the urban legend of the loveable and oft-misunderstood Yeti.
Web Camp on the 11th of March
.NET Camp on the 13th of March
This one goes out to all the .NETs developers! In this workshop you’ll learn about XAML (beyond basic layout), targeting multiple screens with MVVM (keeping your code DRY), Windows Azure Cloud Services (web scale!) and Windows Azure Mobile Services (so easy to build connected apps) and best of all, each session is geared for you, the .NET folks.
Mobile Camp on the 28th of March
Clearly, when people think about smartphones today, they think of the iOS and Android platforms. We get that. All that said, you may (or rather, may not) be surprised to hear that Windows Phone is making some amazing strides in handset sales. Steve Ballmer (Microsoft’s CEO) recently announced that Windows Phone sales have quadrupled year-over-year and the trends are continuing to show some great acceleration in the adoption of Windows Phone. This is great news for developers with apps and games in the Windows Phone Store today. This workshop is all about getting you started. If you build for other mobile platforms, we’ll have some great content for you to get on-board. If you are a web developer, we have some great guidance on how to start building hybrid apps with HTML5 and native code as well. All in all, any developer attending this workshop will learn how to build great apps for Windows Phone and by the end you’ll be ready to start the journey! It’s the right time to jump into experiencing building apps and games for Windows Phone. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to develop for Windows Phone.
I know, this is crazy: it’s 6 camps, with 4 sessions or more of content. That means more than 24 sessions you can assist. It’s an all you can eat buffet, but you can definitely choose the camps, and the presentations inside the camp that fit your need, the need of your business, and what technology you want to learn for future development. Maybe you just want to consolidate actual knowledges you have, and it’s the chance to do so. So don’t wait, and register now!