registration open for july windows 8 dev camps–limited places, book now

surface_main_featuredIt’s summertime (yeah, it is, honestly)! Time to throw yourself into something new, fun and rewarding. With Windows 8 around the corner, now’s the time to start building Windows 8 apps. Take the skills you already have and get your app in the Windows Store by the time Windows 8 hits the market.

We’re here to help you get your app ready with a bunch of support tools ranging from online training to Camps and App Excellence Labs.

If you currently develop for the web and are familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript then you’ll feel comfortable developing Windows 8 style applications in HTML5.

Our Windows 8 Camps have been designed to help you build a new Windows 8 style application using HTML, CSS and JavaScript – the format of the day is up to you.

If you’re new to Windows 8 then you can sit through our overview sessions to better understand the platform and opportunity that Windows 8 presents from a technology, user and business perspective. If you’re already familiar with the Windows 8 experience then you have 2 options, you can either spend the day working through our HTML or .NET labs (or both!) which walk you through the Windows 8 application development process, taking you from the familiarisation of the tools to the deployment of your app. Or, you can bring your current application and work on porting it straight away. Not only will there be experts on hand (including The Beebs and Mr Spooner no less) to answer your questions on usability and implementation but we’ll have no-nonsense cheat sheets explaining how to implement behaviours and controls that are common across Windows 8 applications.

We don’t expect you to have finished your application in one day (although that’s not impossible). You’ll at least understand the Windows 8 operating system, what makes a great Windows 8 style application and the development paths that are available to you. If you choose to take advantage of one of our 1:1 UX labs, then you will also leave with a set of wireframes that you can use to base your Windows 8 application on.

If you want to, you can return to one of our future camps to carry on with your application build and take further advantage of our Windows 8 experts who will be present all day to personally answer your questions.

The only pre-requisites for attending this camp are:

1) You have the Windows 8 Release Preview installed and running on your machine

2) You have Visual Studio 2012 Express RC installed (it’s free)

3) You have permission to port that application content from another platform

If you need instructions on how to install the Windows 8 Release Preview on a Mac, see this blog post we made earlier:

If you’re interested in developing your website into a Windows 8 application, you may want to take some time to read the following design case study: Website to Windows 8 style app.

The first set of camps will be held in London but after that we’ll be heading off round the country (narrowly avoiding the Olympics). See you there!

Book your place on: Thursday 19th July

Book your place on: Saturday 21st July

Book your place on: Wednesday 25th July

Book your place on: Thursday 26th July

Check out all our events here.

Published by Sara Allison

Sara is the editor of Ubelly - when not heads down scouring Ubelly articles for typos (and not always catching them), she's scouting for new writing talent. Give her a shout @SaraAllison if you've got something to say about development/design and want to be heard.

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