Saturday, April 28, 2012
Windows Phone Camp in London
A few weeks ago I attended a Windows Phone Camp here in the UK with a few colleagues from R/GA. The event followed the same line that Microsoft UK Windows Phone events have been having, however this was the first which was organized by Nokia. It has been some time since the Camp, and because of personal reasons I wasn’t able to blog over the last few weeks. However I noticed that there’s no information at all about this Camp on the net, so I wanted to share a small summary.
The event was quite good and good some of my mates excited about Windows Phone development, even from iOS and Android developers. The space was organized to have two tracks running in parallel: a set of presentations about Windows Phone development topics and then a working space for people who wanted to jump straight into coding and do some social networking.
During the morning I had the change to meet Matt Lacey, a patient and cool windows phone developers, which by the way is one of the few current devs totally dedicated to Windows Phone development. We talked about the future of .NET, Silverlight, WPF, Surface, Windows Phone of course and some thoughts about competitors, companies, and the market situation for the upcoming years. All in all, really nice talk, thanks Matt ! (check here one of his latest presentations at WPUG.net)
Among the highlights, there were several good presentations. Peter Vickers and company from AppaMundi were responsible from most of them, covering topics like Design Sessions, User Journey, Intro to Windows Phone Development, Controls & Control Toolkit, Execution Model, Storing Data, Launchers and hookers, Background Tasks, Marketplace & Submissions and a series of Hands On Labs.
There was a really good presentation given by Dave Crawford from Microsoft, about the principles behind the Metro UI design and practical tips about Marketplace publishing which were really valuable.
Along the tech stuff, the organizers brought the guys from hit + run, which were providing free nice windows phone t-shirts which you could customize on the spot.
I’m trying to get more details from the presenters and organizers, but in the mean time make sure to check the following helpful links and keep working hard on your Windows Phone development skills.