Do you want a sneak peek at some ideas Microsoft are working on?

Microsoft’s Steven Clarke is looking for five JavaScript developers to help him with a user experience study!

The study starts on 31st of July and runs until the 2nd of August – please get in touch with Steven to arrange a convenient time.

You’ll need to make your own way to Microsoft’s Edinburgh office (it’s pretty much at Waverley railway station)

You’ll have to sign an NDA to participate as the prototypes are confidential. It’s a great opportunity not only for an early look at some ideas Microsoft has, but more importantly for an opportunity to significantly influence the direction Microsoft take.

Please contact Steven if you are interested.

Workshop: Programming Metro-style Apps

metro logoProgramming Metro-style Apps Workshops are a unique event in the UK designed to help developers get started on the road to building software for Windows 8 and Windows RT. We take you from the point of having done “Hello, world” and the basics and lift you up to the next level where you can start building real retail and line-of-business apps on the platform.

You’ll learn:

  • How and why Windows was “reimagined”
  • The fundamentals of moving from .NET
  • Asynchronous programming
  • Sandboxing and protection
  • Unit testing
  • Working with SQLite
  • Sharing, search, notifications
  • Application lifetime and background activities
  • Packaging, private deployment, and store deployment
  • …and more

book coverWe guarantee by the end of the session you’ll have a firm understanding of Metro-style development on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

The presentations will be given by Matthew Baxter-Reynolds, an expert in developing on the Microsoft platform an author of a half-dozen books on the subject. Matthew is also an occasional contributor to the Guardian’s technology section and his Programming Metro-style Apps in C# book will be published by O’Reilly in November.

The workshop will take place in Edinburgh on the 13th of September 2012; the venue is still TBC, but it will be central.

Further information can be found here: