Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Introduction to Windows 8 App Development for Beginners


Saturday, 2 March 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Workshop Ticket
You must have a laptop running Windows 8 to attend this workshop.
 $50.00 +tax
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What is Ladies Learning Code?
We're a group of women in Toronto who provide women (and men*) the opportunity to learn beginner-friendly computer programming skills through hands-on, social and collaborative workshops.
(*Men are welcome to attend workshops - and they do - but we request that you bring with you a female learner where possible.) 
Saturday, March 2nd: Developing Windows 8 Applications
Please note: All attendees must have Windows 8 installed on their machine with the SDK & Tools (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/apps/br229516) in order to participate in the workshop. A free trial of Windows 8 is available here.
Why Develop for Windows 8?
Version 8 is the latest edition of Windows from Microsoft which breaks from the traditional desktop UI and introduces a new full-screen paradigm for Windows Apps. This paradigm is built around a set of design principles that flow across different platforms to give users an overall better and more seamless experience than before. With technology ever rapidly changing, it’s good to keep up. That’s where we come in.

The Ladies Learning Code Developing for Windows 8 workshop is a hands-on experience designed to give you a first hand look at how to develop apps for Windows 8. The final product? A To-Do app built and personalized by you! When you finish your app, you'll even have the chance to submit it to the Windows 8 app store!
This workshop is for beginners - as long as you bring a laptop to the workshop that is running Windows 8 and have the SDK & Tools (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/apps/br229516) installed, you'll be able to participate fully and develop your own to-do list app for Windows 8.
Thanks to the team at Nascent for developing and leading both of our Windows 8 workshops!
 Nascent
During the session, you’ll learn how to:
  • Develop an app for the Windows 8 platform
  • Use Blend for Visual Studio and its tools
  • Create controls and bind data to them
  • Edit DataTemplates, Styles and ControlTemplates.
  • Implement page navigation.
  • Implement SemanticZoom and item grouping.
  • Edit the SnapView and Portrait states.
Is this workshop for you?
This workshop does not require any previous knowledge of C# or XAML. We will be going through the process of creating a to-do list app step by step and there will be folks to help you each step along the way. If you do have any experience with a markup language, it would certainly be a plus. Those of you who have developed apps for other platforms, but not yet Windows 8, will certainly gain valuable experience in bridging their expertise to Windows 8.
Requirements for the Developing Windows 8 Apps workshop:
  • You must own or have access to a laptop for which you have administrative permissions. Workshops are taught in English. Please be sure to bring your powercord. Note that you need to have Windows 8 installed in order to participate in this workshop.
*Are you quaified to help teach this workshop? Great - our workshops absolutely wouldn't be possible without the incredible developers who help us out! Please join our developer email list here.
What's Included?
  • 4:1 (or better!) student-to-instructor ratio
  • A fun, social and inclusive learning environment
  • A great venue (The Ladies Learning Code workshop space at CSI Annex)
  • Catered lunch 
  • Plus more!
Questions?
Email us at info@ladieslearningcodecom. You can also find us here:
     Twitter: @llcodedotcom (don't forget to use the hashtag: #ladieslearningcode)
     Facebook: facebook.com/ladieslearningcode     Mailing List & Developer Mailing List: http://ladieslearningcode.com
What participants say about our workshops:
"After years of teaching myself how to code, I wasn't sure how I'd find the collaborative experience of an LLC workshop - but it completely exceeded my expectations. The lead instructor was clear and thorough, and the volunteer instructors were always ready to throw new challenges at us the moment they saw we'd completed the current task. Solving a coding problem has always been exciting for me, but having a group of people equally excited about it was amazing!"
"[My favourite part was] the casual nature of things, and the fact that all the instructors walked around and helped out learners everywhere around the room - so I got to meet and talk to a bunch of people who were experienced and gain some perspectives. The food was great too. ;)"
"I love how excited the instructors were to teach us - whenever I understood something they'd throw another problem at me, and once I solved that they'd be as excited about it as I was!"

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