Infragistics supports the Imagine Cup Worldwide game design finalists

As I previously mentioned, this year I was the Imagine Cup game design sub-captain for the Windows / Xbox track.

I just returned from the worldwide finals, and was amazed by the passion and enthusiasm from all of the students. While I was there, I saw the great XNA games that the students were making in the Windows Phone 7 games track. The quality of these games were amazing for a bunch of students doing it in their spare time.

I decided on the spot to give all of WP7 games teams a copy of our NetAdvantage for Windows Phone. The students were doing an outstanding job, and I wanted so see their apps look polished and sold on the marketplace as soon as possible.

Videos and screenshots of the top 10 Windows Phone 7 games are online for viewing.

During the Imagine Cup, the students had a chance to set up their own personalised stalls and demonstrate their games to all those interested. I managed to grab a few photos of the students while they demonstrated during the showcase.

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Again, congratulations to all the teams. Your hard work paid off. Now take the Net Advantage controls, polish your apps, and release onto the marketplace ASAP!

By David Burela

Is Windows Phone 8 a chance to fix the “Bing Button”?

One of the vocal problems users would have with Windows Phone 7 was accidentally hitting the “Bing Button” (the search button). You could be happily in the middle of playing a game, you get into an intense part of a level and then… you accidentally touch the capacitive search button, you are dropped out of your game, and it then takes 30 seconds for the game to reload itself.

In 2011, Long Zheng (istartedsomething.com) put forward a proposal for “a more accident-friendly WP7 search button”.


Picture taken from http://www.istartedsomething.com/20110803/idea-for-a-more-accident-friendly-wp7-search-button/

With the recent announcements from Microsoft that existing handsets will not be upgradable to the WP8 OS, and the realisation that everyone will need to purchase new handsets anyway, is this the perfect chance for Microsoft to take another look at the infamous Bing Button?

By David Burela

My notes from the Windows Phone 8 announcement

Note: the first few screenshots were low quality, the later images are fine once the connection improved. I’ll update the images once the session is downloadable

Summary

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Community report – XDDN Melbourne April

Ian Randal (@kiwipom) spoke at the XDDN Melbourne April meeting.

He lightly touched on what IoC is, in the context of how Caliburn.Micro uses it. He then went on to show some demos of  Caliburn.Micro. He demonstrated how a XAML page can be created which binds to a ViewModel, without requiring any “UI glue code” to stick it all together. It made for a simple application that had a higher percentage of the code being business logic, rather than scaffolding.

A recording of the talk can be found below


https://vimeo.com/41073059/

By David Burela

Windows 8 developer camp companion application + source code

I put aside a few hours over the weekend and created a companion application for the “Windows 8 developer camps” that are currently running all around Australia. http://www.lalaninja.com.au/2012/03/19/windows-8-developer-camps-australia/

It only took a few hours to throw something simple together for the attendees. The application provides some basic features to help out on the day

  • Daily schedule
  • Dates
  • XDDN details. So that attendees can continue with their Windows 8 learning
  • Links to online Windows 8 developer resources
  • Links to source code of the demos I gave in my presentations (submitted in pending app update)

Download the Windows Phone 7 marketplace right now
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-AU/apps/1a7853b1-1d2c-4d1c-9ba1-6d709053eced

I have made the source code available for anyone that wants to see how a simple app can be put together in only a few hours and submitted to the marketplace.
https://github.com/DavidBurela/Windows8DeveloperCampPhoneApplication

scheduleXDDN informationonline resources

By David Burela

XDDN around Australia

To try and streamline the XDDN groups around Australia, I have been working with the organisers of the other cities to create a few central locations for everything.
For those unfamiliar with XDDN, it is a usergroup I run that focuses on UX, Design and Development on Microsoft UI platforms. Such as Win8, WinPhone7, HTML5, etc.

The main reason for moving everything to Meetup is that it allows everyone to easily see upcoming events and get automatically notified when new events are created.
Having XDDN on Meetup.com also supports my other goals of getting more people involved with their local development communities. Joining the groups will allow you to easily find other local groups that you may want to attend, such as Agile or Alt.Net groups.
Please join the group for your city, as the old event sites (such as EventBrite) will be slowly decommissioned over the next few weeks.

XDDN Melbourne – April meeting

This month I have organised for Ian Randall (@Kiwipom) to talk at the April XDDN meeting.

I have also created a new twitter account @XDDN_AU from which I will be tweeting all of the sessions for Melbourne, Sydney & Perth. Be sure to follow it.

Register here: http://xddn-melbourne-april2012.eventbrite.com/

Learn about creating great MVVM applications with LESS CODE. Ian Randall will be demonstrating how to use Caliburn.Micro to create cleaner XAML based applications. These techniques will work with WinRT (Windows 8), Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 and WPF.
Caliburn.Micro can be downloaded at http://caliburnmicro.codeplex.com/

Time: 5:30 pm networking & pizza.
6:00 pm presentations start.

Caliburn.Micro – Ian Randall

Caliburn.Micro (http://caliburnmicro.codeplex.com/) is more than just an MVVM library, it’s a client application framework that works every bit as hard for your app that a web framework does: Logging, composition, binding, and much, much more.
This session will cover getting started with Caliburn.Micro and give practical demonstrations of Convention Over Configuration, Actions, Screens & Conductors and will go a bit deeper under the covers (if we get time).

Ian Randall is a software developer for Datacom in Auckland and a XAML geek on the internets. He helps to run the Metro Meetup in Auckland and just spent the last 6 months putting on ‘codemania’ (http://codemania.co.nz). He is currently trying to catch a breath…
He loves Melbourne, partly for the friendly Victorian people, but mostly for @aeoth’s legendary chocolate brownies.

By David Burela

I’m speaking at the Melbourne March XDDN

I’m speaking at Melbourne XDDN this month. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview released, now is the perfect time to reexamine Windows 8. Below are the meeting details:

Register here: http://xddn-melbourne-march2012.eventbrite.com/
Date: Wed 21st March
Time: 5:30 networking & pizza. 6pm presentations start

A tour around Windows 8 – David Burela
Windows 8 has been announced to the public and is being branded as “Windows reimagined”. This introductory session will show some of the new features coming with Windows 8.
A touch first interface, user account syncing via the cloud, “charms”, app to app data sharing, and the ability to use a picture password to log into windows will all be demonstrated.

Getting started with Windows 8 development – David Burela
So you’ve heard that Windows 8 has a new way of applications known as “Metro styled immersive apps”, but what does this actually mean? What is WinRT? Is Microsoft really making developers use HTML5 to create desktop apps? What about your previous investments in Silverlight?
Join David Burela as he helps clarify what the new programming model is and what impact it will have on you. Explanations of WinRT and how to create basic applications will be shown.

By David Burela

I’m speaking at the Melbourne September XDDN

I’m speaking at the Melbourne XDDN this month. Now that Windows 8 and the WinRT programming model has been released, it makes sense to focus on them. Below are the meeting details:

Register here: http://sddn-sep-2011.eventbrite.com/
Date: Tue 27 Sep
Time: 5:30 networking & pizza. 6pm presentations start

A tour around Windows 8 – David Burela
Windows 8 has been announced to the public and is being branded as “Windows reimagined”. This introductory session will show some of the new features coming with Windows 8.
A touch first interface, user account syncing via the cloud, “charms”, app to app data sharing, and the ability to use a picture password to log into windows will all be demonstrated.

Getting started with Windows 8 development – David Burela
So you’ve heard that Windows 8 has a new way of applications known as “Metro styled immersive apps”, but what does this actually mean? What is WinRT? Is Microsoft really making developers use HTML5 to create desktop apps? What about your previous investments in Silverlight?
Join David Burela as he helps clarify what the new programming model is and what impact it will have on you. Explanations of WinRT and how to create basic applications will be shown.

By David Burela

BUILD keynote day 1–Metro experience with Jupiter, XAML and HTML5/JS

Highlights

  • You can download the developer preview of Windows 8
    http://dev.windows.com/
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/13/welcome-to-windows-8-the-developer-preview.aspx
  • The confusion around HTML5, xaml and Jupiter is finally cleared up.
    The new immersive apps (full screen, metro style apps which are launched from the tile based interface) can be built in either C#/XAML or HTML5/JS. Under the covers it reflects into the WinRT APIs. Apps built like this will run on ANY Win8 machine (x86, ARM, etc)
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  • Silverlight & WPF are “legacy”. They put it onto the slide for show. The Win8 xaml looks to be 90% compatible with Silverlight. Demos are shown where they take a Silverlight app, copy/paste the code into a new Win8 XAML app, and only a few namespaces need to be changed. A silverlight grid is then changed to use the native WinRT grid to make it touch enabled and “Metro-y”
  • The Win8 XAML app is ported to Windows Phone 7 with only 1 line changed.
  • New version of Visual Studio available to help build apps for Win 8 “Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview” (got to love Microsoft product names)
  • Expression blend works for editing the HTML5/JS apps
  • The native WinRT controls work in XAML and HTML5
  • New windows 8 app store. Store & submission process VERY similar to Windows Phone 7. Can submit via Visual Studio
    Paul Thurrott: “Biggest point of Windows Store: Microsoft is NOT taking a 30 percent cut. It will take a ZERO percent cut.”
  • Win8 machines can be easily restored back to a “clean base image” that developer can specify. Keeps all files, just reverts apps. (Reset/Refresh)
  • Windows Live application integration. Nice support for photos, calendar, mail, people. Very similar to Windows Phone 7 built in features.
    Windows user account settings Synced across PCs via the cloud (profile photo, etc)
  • Win8 specs are the same as Win 7. Consumes less memory after startup.
    Boot times have been massively reduced. Cold boot demo shows the PC almost starting faster than the monitor can turn on.

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