Shawn Wildermuth


My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...

Want to Learn iOS or Android?

AgiliTrain has partnered with the excellent Wei-Meng Lee (author of several books on iPhone, iPad and Android development) to provide three new courses this winter. He’s coming to Atlanta to teach both iOS and Android development. The courses include:

In each course, Wei-Meng will walk you through the development process and help you test your applications on actual devices. Early bird and group discounts are available. Please see more about these courses on the AgiliTrain website!

Win8, Metro Apps and Silverlight

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I decided at Build to try and not answer the question I was getting all the time:

What about Metro JS Projects and jQuery?

I spent this week at Build and was interested in both the XAML and HTML/JS part of the Metro story. I am in the middle of converting GooNews into both HTML and XAML Metro apps to test out the new APIs.

I have to admit, I was nervous at first because this in the keynote:

In a Perfect World? Build Conference Wishes

BuildConferenceI am headed to Build Windows next week and I have a lot of hopes for the conference. I haven’t been to a conference as an attendee alone in quite a long time. I am anxious to see what the v.Next is out of Redmond.

I didn’t get to go to the 2000 PDC that changed everything…so I really wanted to be here for this conference. Is this going to change everything again?  I have no earthly idea but I hope for a mix of new and old. 

UX is Important

I talk to a lot of people about what people call “design”. There are developers who are great at design but many are worried about not having ‘design’ skills. But I don’t think design skills are nearly as important as usability skills. Shiny buttons, rounded corners, and lovely gradients are great, but if I am guessing on what the app is doing, we’re all doomed.

I use Skype. There I said it. I feel better.

Periodic Agents on Windows Phone 7.1

One major feature that was much requested for the new version of Windows Phone was the ability to run agents behind the scenes. The desire was to be able to execute code periodically so that a developer’s application could keep itself up to date (or tell the user about a change) when the application was not running. Microsoft has allowed this in Mango (e.g. Windows Phone OS 7.1) and allows several different flavors of agents:

Silverlight 5 RC Now Available

UPDATED!

Silverlight Tour Updated for SL5 RC!

URL: https://agilitrain.com

Starting at the September 26th stop of the Silverlight Tour in Atlanta, AgiliTrain’s Silverlight courseware has been updated to include all the new features of Silverlight 5 RC. If you’re getting ready to fire up a new Silverlight project, this is the course you should be in.

More on Updating Apps for Mango

In my previous post, I encouraged users to upgrade their applications to the newest version of the Windows Phone so that users that get Windows Phone 7.5 (or developers who already have it) can benefit from a newer version of your application. While I readily admit, some of that post is pure selfishness as I want apps to be ready for Mango (and on my phone ;) But there are some things to consider.

Are You a Designer/UX Person?

clayhands_fullI am looking for a great designer/UX person. I am in the middle of a rather large project that I can’t talk about…but I need that great designer-minded person. I am more interested in your sense of usability and flair for great looking apps. The person should be familiar with web and mobile applications and have helped out with consistent look and feel through a full project.

Of note, I am not interested in super-polished, corporate design work – I am looking for something more special than that. Usability is important, but a great sense of style and theme are more important. HTML/CSS wireframes are not nearly as important.

Shawn
Shawn Wildermuth
Author, Teacher, and Coach




My Courses

Wilder Minds Training
Vue.js by Example (New Lower Price)
Bootstrap 4 by Example (New Lower Price)
Intro to Font Awesome 5 (Free Course)
Pluralsight
Building an API with ASP.NET Core (New Course)
Building a Web App with ASP.NET Core, MVC6, EF Core, Bootstrap and Angular (updated for 2.2)
Less: Getting Started (New)
Using Visual Studio Code for ASP.NET Core Projects
Implementing ASP.NET Web API

My Appearances

No Appearances in 2019
I'm taking a year off of conferences to finish my film, see you in 2020!

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