Laurent works as Senior Director for Europe for IdentityMine, one of the leading companies for Microsoft technologies such as Windows 8, WPF, Silverlight, Microsoft Surface, Kinect, Windows Phone 7 and generally User Experience. He is based in Zurich Switzerland, where he lives with his wife and his two daughters. 2012 is his 6th year as a Microsoft MVP (Silverlight). He is also the author of the open source toolkit MVVM Light, and of the "Silverlight Unleashed" books.
Wednesday 13.00 - 13.50 in: Double Rainbow
The Model-View-ViewModel pattern is a common denominator between applications using XAML to create the user interface. First applied in WPF, it was then easily ported to Silverlight and Windows Phone development. With WinRT and the Metro-style applications, XAML is now a first-class citizen for native Windows 8 development. Here too, the MVVM pattern is making developers' life easier, and proven components can be used to simplify and speed up application development. In this session, Laurent Bugnion, the creator of the acclaimed MVVM Light Toolkit, will present best practices for XAML-based Windows Phone and Windows 8 application development, and how to leverage code and skills in Windows 8 too.
Tuesday 8.30 - 12.30 in: Keyboard Cat
Windows 8 is without a doubt an intriguing opportunity for every developer. For people with prior WPF, Silverlight or Windows Phone experience, this is the continuation of a journey started in 2006 in the XAML landscape. For others, the learning curve is steeper but made easier by the active community in these platforms. Windows 8 however comes with some unique particularities, making it sometimes challenging to transition to this new platform.
In this workshop, Laurent Bugnion, a XAML expert and enthusiast since the early days will help you to get started in Windows 8 development. We won't stop there however, and we will quickly dive into advanced topics. From networking to sensors, from best practices to visual tools, this half-day should give you a kickstart in the Windows 8 world.