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November 13, 2013 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am
Caffeine Spaces
3701 FAU Boulevard #210
Research and Development Park, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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In this next meeting, attendees will be guided through creating a Windows 8.1 app using Visual Studio 2013 (Express or better) with an optional side order of Microsoft Azure.

This will be a hands-on programming session, introducing the new Windows 8.1 template, then diving into real coding.  The presenter will be using C# and XAML in his demonstrations, but we will try to have some experts in Javascript/Html/Css as well, just in case you prefer that path.  We probably won’t finish our apps during that one night of coding.  Visual Studio is lower level than the tools used in our previous sessions.  Even a simple app may take more than one sitting to complete, but the design freedom and scope of opportunities which come from using this power tool more than make up for the additional effort.  Attendees will hopefully leave with a partially completed application along with the knowledge, insights and community contacts needed to take their idea to completion.

So start thinking about what you want to write and if this is your first taste of Visual Studio, Keep it simple!

The demonstration app will be a three-page meeting attendance app.

• The first page will list all previous meeting attendees in an alphabetic scrolling list, allowing returning participants to record their attendance with a single click.

• The second page will be a simple data entry screen, allowing first time attendees to add themselves to the event,

• and the third screen will show an web-based advertisement from the meeting sponsor.

Three screens with a little bit of navigation between them, a little bit of data entry/Azure data storage and then an embedded web-browser on the final page.  Nothing overly complex, but still a functional and useful application.  Source code to that application will be provided to you at the beginning of the event.  Try to instill your own app ideas with that same level of simplicity and functionality.

Attendees will be expected to bring laptops, pre-loaded with Visual Studio 2013 (the free Express Edition is available at Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Desktop). The Express edition is available now but the official launch of VS-2013 isn’t until November 13th, so unless you have an MSDN subscription, you probably won’t be able to get the Professional or greater editions in time for this event.

If an idea involves Azure data storage, its owner is also expected to have set up an account at Windows Azure prior to the event.  This is an ambitious subject and little time will be available for getting setup once the coding begins.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!
In the meantime, KEEP CODING!