I’m finishing up my calendar and planning for next week. It’s a big week for developers here in Southeast Michigan. There are three big events you should attend:
This coming Wednesday, our local .NET developer group, AADND, is hosting an install fest / launch event for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012. You can come and install Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 on your box. A number of people that have already worked with Windows 8 and VS2012 will be on hand to help, and to provide guidance. I’ll be there to help and to discuss the Open Source environment for Windows developers.
SRT Solutions is teaming up with the Association for Competitive Technology and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan to raise awareness of privacy issues as it relates to mobile and app development. We’ve got development experts, FTC officials, and legal and policy experts to help navigate what can be a complicated landscape. It is important information for developers to have at their disposal. I’ll be saying some opening remarks, and helping with Q and A on Windows 8 development.
And the week ends with a full day of development goodness at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Dave McKinnon and Dave Giard have put together a strong program (well, I’m speaking too), and it promises to be a great day. I am speaking on async / await features in C# 5 and what that means for .NET developers.
The first two events are free, and a great way to learn and grow your development skills. 1DevDayDetroit is $99.00. Check them out. All three events do require pre-registration.
We released our first Windows Store app earlier this week: A calculator app that supports multiple skins.
We’re concentrating on adding the art and user experience to make a better experience for our customers. The first skin is a steampunk skin. It’s novel look at a simple application:
The Second skin is a kids calculator skin. Note that this skin has fewer functions than the steampunk skin. we wanted to make an app you’d be happy to let small children use to check their homework:
We also added history and sharing features. If you use the calculator in snap mode, or portrait mode, the screen has 5 lines of display instead of 1. Also, you can share from this app, putting all the calculation history as text in an email message, or a document.
We’re working on other skins and more functions. Please use the comments to let me know what you’d want to see.
All of these projects are Open Source (using the Creative Commons license for content, and the MIT license for code). If you would like to contribute, visit our GitHub Repository. Or, if you have questions, comments, or ideas for improvement, please create an issue for us.