With Windows 8 comes Windows Runtime (WinRT), the new programming model for Windows. But what does it mean to .NET developers?
Windows 8 will come in two flavours – a traditional “desktop” edition and a new “tablet” edition called Windows RT. The tablet edition will run on a new class of ARM-based hardware (you’ll often find this called Windows on ARM, or WOA). With both flavours comes “Metro-style”, a new way of building immersive, touch-centric applications. The message from Microsoft is confusing though – does WinRT replace .NET? What’s the future for .NET development and developers?
WinRT and .NET complement each other perfectly well. .NET developers from all camps – ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Forms – will be able to relatively easily “up-skill” to developing Metro-style apps. In our one-day workshop you’ll be taken on a deep dive through the end-to-end experience of building Metro-style, specially tailored to .NET developers.
BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP
Important! You are requested to bring your own laptop for this course, so you learn how to develop within your own environment.
For the afternoon coding workshop - you will need a laptop running either Windows 8 (on metal or virtualised), and a copy of the latest Visual Studio. Either the Consumer Preview drop - i.e. Windows 8 Consumer Preview and VS11, or the Release Preview drop - i.e. Windows 8 Release Preview and Visual Studio 2012 RC, is acceptable.