Building Windows 8 Metro Applications with HTML5, Styling with Expression Blend


You must bring a laptop. DeVry has tables with outlets so don’t forget that power supply. We recommend more than 1 Gb of RAM and at least 10 Gb of free disk space. External USB or Firewire drives really help. We will help you get organized and install the right software for continued virtual fun! We have Internet access but you need to bring an Ethernet cable. If not, make sure that all required software is on your machine when you arrive.

Windows Developer Preview makes it easy for you to build exciting apps that let your customers focus on their important tasks. The tools and samples included in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Metro style Apps help you build apps that are alive with activity and vibrant content. You write Metro style apps using familiar technologies like HTML5, JavaScript, and Cascading Style Sheets, Level 3 (CSS3), or XAML, with C++, C#, or Microsoft Visual Basic code-behind. This way you can rapidly prototype, refine, and sell your apps.

Rob will explain VS metro style app offerings using HTML5 and go into each step as we progress through the hands-on. Bill will show how to use Expression Blend to style HTML5 and CSS3 apps.

  • Win 8 Developer Preview download: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516
  • You will want the download option that includes the developer tools
  • This will need to be installed prior as we will not be reviewing the install of Win 8
  • You can still follow along without Win 8, but will not be able to participate

Bill Wolff

Bill Wolff is an independent consultant, trainer, and architect specializing in Microsoft development technologies under the name Agility Systems. He served as the SharePoint Practice Director at Capax Global, Solutions Architect in the Microsoft Practice at Unisys Corporation, and ran the Microsoft Alliance at LiquidHub. He ran the consulting firm Wolff Data Systems for 15 years and directed armies of consultants in the dot com world. Bill is founder and President of the philly.NET user group, a previous INETA board member where he served as Vice President of the Speaker Bureau, and involved in several other user communities. Bill was a contributing author on several books. His certifications include trainer, systems engineer, developer, and Microsoft MVP.

Rob Keiser

Rob Keiser is a .Net developer, Architect and freelance writer for PC Today magazine. He has been building Windows application using various languages and tools for the past 20 years. Rob has also created some Windows Phone applications including Lunar Phase and NOAA Buoy.