Dev Craftsmanship sig: Getting started developing a Win 8.1 app

  • February 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM

We're going to develop some Win 8.1 apps - from soup to nuts.
We'll start from planning stages, getting the dev environment set up on your machine, choosing a language and initial template, then continue to slowly work through design and technical decisions.

We expect this effort to continue through several meetings at whatever pace is necessary to bring us all up to a point where we have the skillset to develop Win 8 apps.

Pre-work: get your head around it...

I'd encourage everyone to visit the Dev Center - Windows Store apps website.

This is an extremely well organized and clearly written website with tons of informational content, tutorials, examples and samples.
• You'll find of info and screenshots about the way Win8.1 apps look, behave and interact, with 
explanations about the design philosophy.
• The 'use cases' provide a wonderful context for quickly understanding this new approach.
• Many of the tutorials are quick and simple to get you started, some are focused on features,
and others are complete apps.

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  • Joe B.

    Hi All,

    What's the consensus on XAML/C# vs WinJS for tonight?

    February 26, 2014

    • Elaine C.

      Let's stick to XAML now we've started in that.

      February 28, 2014

    • Derik W.

      something like 80+% of WinRT store apps are C#/XAML

      March 1, 2014

  • Derik W.

    All, my company is currently looking for a WP/WinRT C#/XAML dev to help work on a WP app as well as start a WinRT app.

    email if you are interested


    March 1, 2014

  • Brent M.

    At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - Joe Belfior admits the Windows 8.x UI is a Epic Failure -

    February 28, 2014

    • Rob Z.

      Joe's statement seemed more along the lines of "We bet on touch and on mobility in a big way, and included a fresh take on what a touch-based interface could be for customers. We believe deeply in this direction and the future will continue to build on Windows 8." Can't seem to find him referring to anything as "epic".

      February 28, 2014

  • Rob Z.

    A big thanks to everybody that came out and for all the kind words . There are a few areas that I didn't have time to dig into as much as I would have liked with all of the interactions that I think are important as a foundation for us to build on next meeting. To hopefully fill in the gaps I recorded a quick screencast of the xaml layout walk through and have posted it for you guys over on my blog. I'll send over some prep material prior to our next meeting, but in the mean time please review this and recreate the basic layout that we'll all use next meeting.

    Xaml Layout Presentation Summary Video:

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • David "Jeet" G.

    Great talk last night, thoroughly enjoyed it.

    February 27, 2014

  • Tom M.

    Rob does a great job as presenter

    February 27, 2014

  • Elaine C.

    The Vaco team are excellent, I almost wish I was looking for a new job! Rob is a great teacher and popular TriNUG member. He may be my favorite Canadian but don't tell my boss (he's from Nova Scotia). My suggestion for review before next session "Use the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern" Follow me @dotnetdiva and

    1 · February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys,
    If ya'll have any questions on how to get to my office give me a call at[masked]-4806. when you get to our office building take the elevator to the fourth floor, take a left out of the elevator, and our office will be on your left.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Rob Z.


    If you are planning on attending this SIG, please note that the goal of this "series" is to have you actually write some code, much like a hack night. I'll kick things off with a bit of a presentation on the area we're focusing on and then it's up to you to make things happen.

    Please bring your laptop with Windows 8.1/VS2013 installed (If you have Windows 8/vs2012 you should be able to follow along most things, but we'll technically be talking about 8.1. (We also plan to focus primarily on c#/Xaml unless there is an overwhelming desire to focus on WinJS instead) I'll be helping out during the meeting, but hopefully writing some code as well. We'll conclude each meeting with a bit of a group discussion summary.

    A big thanks in advance to Vaco for hosting!


    February 25, 2014

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