HTML, CSS, and JS: Welcome to Windows 8

Windows 8

If you're a web developer, now you're a Windows 8 developer. Using standard web technologies, web developers can target the largest device market by deploying on Windows 8.

In this two-part presentation, Microsoft Developer Platform Evangelist Jeremy Foster will provide an introduction to Windows 8 design and development.

Part One: What differentiates Windows 8 apps from previous and competing platforms?

We'll explore how Windows 8's comprehensive design language provides a robust and cohesive methodology for pegging the UX meter.

Microsoft Surface tablet

Part Two: Developing on Windows 8

Welcome to Microsoft's native (but non-proprietary) Windows 8 development environment! You'll meet the WinJS library: a wide-open JavaScript library for Windows 8. WinJS allows HTML5 compliant data-tags to become controls, templates, and Windows 8 contracts. It provides a very lightweight but powerful navigation framework that can hold rich page state. It implements asynchronicity through the CommonJS promise pattern. It provides classes and namespaces, and a lot more. Plus, your favorite 3rd party JS libraries work in Windows 8! JavaScript apps running natively on a device including graphical hardware acceleration -- that's awesome.

Windows 8 code

CSS, the styling language you know and love (even more now at version 3), is implemented very thoroughly and even has support for some new features like flexboxes and grids, so layout in a Windows 8 app is far less painful than web dev days of old.

Date: 
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Top 5 Learnings from Running a Mobile App "Startup"

Learn how Freerange 360 became StorycodeJustin joined FreeRange 360 in January of this year as the Chief Creative Officer along with James McDermott as the CEO. Within the past 8 months, Justin and James:

  • changed the business model,
  • acquired a local agency,
  • renamed and rebranded the company as Storycode,
  • reshaped the product offering,
  • and essentially relaunched as a startup.

It has been a busy 8 months.

Justin reveals the learnings behind these changes and talks about what has worked, what hasn't, and the future of the mobile app industry.

Storycode screenshot

Date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Responsive Web Design or Native App? A Case Study...on the Run

Running and cycling have become connected sports. When runners and cyclists join a race, they want status, results, and social network integration -- before the race, after the race, and even while on the move. Because each athlete has a different mobile device, how can a single technology support an entire race, from registration to results?

Enter Athletepath, a Portland Incubator Experiment startup. When Athletepath faced this challenge, they chose responsive web design (RWD) instead of creating native apps for every conceivable platform. Combining RWD and SMS for messaging provides technology that serves the largest number of users with the best cost-to-benefit ratio possible.

At this month's Mobile Portland, front-end developer Christian Reed will explain how and why Athletepath built its platform.

As the official digital race platform of Hood to Coast, Athletepath will receive its largest test this month, serving over 18,000 athletes, along with their friends and family, in the world's largest relay.

Date: 
Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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