Posts Tagged ‘ux’

Do you have a hard time keeping track about all the goodies available for Windows Phone and Windows Store app developers? There are many opportunities out there to get free training or even get incentives for your Windows/ Windows Phone application development activities. You are not on your own when taking the first step to dive into Windows Phone/Windows Store app development and if you are ready to submit your app to the app store, you may even get rewarded for your hard work on your app with a little extra bonus. Let’s take a look at some of the offerings!

Keep the Cash

If you want to participate in Microsoft’s “Keep the Cash” opportunity, you have to act pretty quick! This offer ends June 30th, 2013. You get a chance to enter up to 10 apps per Store, Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store, and get a $100 virtual Visa card for each application that qualifies.


You can find out more about the official Keep the Cash Terms and Conditions here.

App Builder Virtual Summit

If you missed the App Builder Virtual Summit in May, the summit videos are now available for streaming on demand. You can learn the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of designing, building and marketing an app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. It is certainly interesting to listen to first-hand experiences of developers, who have actually done it and want to share their thoughts.


Connect with your local Technical Evangelist

You have the option to meet your local Microsoft technical evangelist  to get some help and guidance for your app development or idea. You can check out their office hours here.


Windows Store App Lab

In case you need to test your awesome Windows app on Windows 8 devices, Microsoft offers an amazing test environment calles Windows Store App Labs. These are physical locations in more than 30 cities where you can access Windows 8 devices, get design help, and meet with Windows experts to make your app even more awesome! You can search for the lab locations here.

Last but not least…

If you are excited about all these developer opportunities, but just need some design inspiration, I suggest you check out the case studies of some Windows applications. There is also information out there about the Windows UX patterns to guide you through your application design and development. But before you start the actual development, you may also want to check out how to create apps that run on Windows Phone and on Windows to get an idea of how you could create reusable code for both environments.

Happy coding!

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I thought I spice up my MIX09 UX notes with more evidence today.


I loved the keynotes with all the cool product announcements on day 1 and 2 at MIX09, but I especially thought Bill Buxton‘s and Deborah Adler’s  talks were very inspirational. Daily life overcomes us too fast and we forget very soon our reinforced inspiration and ambition, which we need to put our ideas into reality. Yet this time I have something to hold on to! I had the chance to get a photograph with Bill Buxton and he even remembered me the next day, so that I got an autograph with an extremely meaningful message. Since – “Verba volant, scripta manent” (Words fly away, the written remains); my newly fueled energy and ambition should endure for quite a while I hope.

Bill Buxton@MIX09

Bill Buxton@MIX09


Inspiration Boost

Inspiration Boost


As a Computer Science graduate, I’m definitely not a Design Pro, however I try to enrich my design knowledge everyday with books and courses. Design and technology, in my case software development, are intertwined and I don’t just care for the functionality, but also for the overall interaction between those two. I wanted to attend the UX Design class at UCLA Extension from March till June, however the class was filled up too quickly. It might be offered next semester too, we’ll see. At least I started off with Design Fundamentals at CalState this Winter-Term and I’ll continue with Design Management in the Spring Term.  There’s no time to lose; right?


Additional Note: What I love about Silverlight is that it gives me the option to do coding, while practicing design basics and doing my RIA experiments with a lot of fun. For those interested, there is an all day .NET Master Series event on April 4, 2009 at the LA .NET Developers Group with Jason Beres. The event will cover rich interactive web development with Silverlight, and working with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to transport data across the wire.

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MIX09: My UX

Due to the crazy list of releases and announcements (Silverlight3 Beta1, SketchFlow in Expression Blend, Blend 3 Preview, Super Preview, IE 8, ASP.NET MVC 1.0 etc.) at MIX09, there is already an intense overload of information out there. Some blog entries were posted the minute the keynote was over. So I decided to let the storm cool down a little bit, before I write about my first impressions and experimental samples. I truly plan to keep this wait short… But until then I want to share personal UXs of my MIX09 Adventure, which turned out to be inspiring, unique and … yes, they are all mine! First thanks goes out to my geeky MIXDIVA – Developer Evangelist Lynn Langit.


Let’s start off with my Silverlight UX:

On the last day of MIX09, I finally had a chance to meet Dave Campbell(Wynapse), who spent almost two hours to introduce me to a brilliant Silverlight crowd. Right at this moment, I still blush, as he has even mentioned this encounter on his blog.

I should thank him once again; I guess I got a real-time demo of a sincere developer community involvement action. As a matter of fact, he is always very kind to include my Silverlight entries in SilverlightCream.


Here’s a list of Silverlight Pro’s I had a chance to meet:

Jesse Liberty: Silverlight Geek” and “Developer Community Liaison

Tim Heuer: Microsoft Silverlight Program Manager

Laurent Bugnion: Author of Silverlight Unleashed. Surprisingly he is from a German speaking country (Switzerland); which was so refreshing!

Shawn Wildermuth: Microsoft MVP C# and he is the one, who’s behind the Silverlight-Tour workshops

Mike Harsh: Silverlight Program Manager

Corrina Black:  Silverlight platform – Lead designer

John Papa: Microsoft C# MVP, Author of Data Driven Services with Silverlight 2

Corey Schuman: Author of Microsoft Expression Blend 2 for Windows:
Visual QuickStart Guide

Pete Brown: Microsoft MVP for Client Application Development (Silverlight and WPF)

Koen Zwikstra: The Silverlight Spy guy

Corey Miller: Senior Consultant Magenic Technologies

Bryant Likes: UX Developer for Avanade, Co-author of SQL-Server 2000 XML Distilled


I even have some pictures to support or should I say prove:) my happy ending SL UX. To recognize me, just look out for the girl, who doesn’t know where to put here hands; isn’t that funny?

 MIX09 - Silverlight Pros

MIX09 - with Silverlight Pro's


Certainly, it wasn’t only me, who took pictures… So I discovered myself on Jesse Liberty’s Photo Essay blog entry as well…

It seems – what happens at MIX, doesn’t stay there! Luckily all content is also available to everyone. You can check out tons of Silverlight video sessions right here! Get ready to be surprised!

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