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Brent Schooley, Technical Evangelist, Infragistics
Brent is a software developer who has been working with Microsoft technologies since 2004. His interests include client and mobile application development and user experience design with a recent emphasis on Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Other platforms he has worked with include WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and iOS. He is an Evangelist working for
with a focus on mobile platforms and web technologies. He has a passion for making people's experiences with software the best that they can possibly be. Brent is the author of Designing for Windows 8, a Windows 8 design primer from Apress.
Creating Cross-Platform Mobile Apps Using C# with Xamarin
iOS and Android present great opportunities for developers. Unfortunately, many developers shy away because of the unfamiliar development environment. It doesn't have to be that way! Come learn how to build Android and iOS applications using C# with Xamarin 2.0. You'll learn how to use your existing C# skills to build apps for these platforms from within the same solution in Visual Studio!
Building Single Page Applications with Ember.js
Ember.js is a new client-side application framework that makes it very easy to get a lot accomplished with very little code. Once you understand the basics of how Ember.js handles MVC (it's a little different from server-side MVC!) and routing, you will enjoy the productivity boosts the framework offers you. In this session I'll introduce you to Ember.js basics, how to handle data, and how to use Handlebars templating to build your application. Upon leaving the session, you'll be ready to join Groupon and Square and many other companies using this hot new framework!
Designing for Windows 8.1
Taking inspirational cues from Bauhaus design, International Typographic Style, and cinematography, the Windows 8 UI design style brings an application to life while presenting content clearly and beautifully. This session is intended to help developers and designers understand the design concepts and basic building blocks of the Windows 8.1 user interface. In this session, you will be introduced to the principles behind this design style and learn how to effectively apply these principles in your applications.
What have I done?
Do you have trouble staying focused on the task at hand? Have you ever made it to 11AM and realized the only thing you have accomplished is reading emails and checking up on Twitter? If so, you may just need to introduce some simple hacks into your lifestyle. I'll discuss some very easy to implement tips and tricks that can help jolt you from feeling unproductive and wandering through your day to a more focused and "in control" lifestyle.