As you’ve probably heard in recent meetings, we’re working on some new ways to learn about our development topics. Sometimes presentations may spark an interest and you want to dig deeper. We’re starting something new at pghdotnet and it was born out of our own members at Omnyx. We’ll be holding our first hands-on lab on September 24, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the new offices of Omnyx at 1251 Waterfront Place Pittsburgh (Seagate Building), 2nd Floor, Pittsburgh. Refreshments will also be provided courtesy of Omnyx. This lab requires registration at meetup.
As you work through this series of labs, you’ll create Contoso Cookbook, a beautiful, functional, realistic app that makes use of some of the key new features available in Windows 8. By the end of the series, you will know much of what you need to know to build your own great app for the Windows Store.
You can use the following links if you’re eager to get a look at the content of the labs:
Download Windows 8 labs for C# and XAML
Getting set up
Ideally you should bring your own laptop and don’t forget that power supply. An 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.
Make sure that all required software is on your machine when you arrive. To work with these hands-on labs, you must run Windows 8 on your computer and use an edition of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 for Windows 8 (including Visual Studio Express 2012).
To get what you need, go to Downloads on the Windows Dev Center for Windows Store apps.
The labs in this series work only with the versions of Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 that are currently available for download on the Windows Dev Center. They do not correspond to or work with earlier preview versions of Windows 8 (Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, or Release Preview).
*If you choose not to setup your laptop for Windows 8 development, there are alternatives such as using the Windows Virtual Labs or spinning up your virtual machine using Azure. If you don’t have access to Windows 8 any other way, you may want to see if you can pair up with someone at the lab.