More on Windows 8 Apps


You must bring a laptop. 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 wireless Internet access. If not, make sure that all required software is on your machine when you arrive.

Windows 8 makes it easy for you to build exciting apps that let your customers focus on their important tasks.  You write Windows UI 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.

The WinRT libraries have hooks in it to take advantage of various hardware on your device. For the next hands on labs we will be creating an application that uses the camera to take a picture. Window 8 is also a very sandboxed environment so we will also show how to save files to the hard drive so that they are accessible  from any application – desktop or Windows UI.

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.