Recap: Windows Phone Sessions at BUILD
By on September 22nd, 2011

While Windows 8 Developer Preview was the clear star of Microsoft’s inaugural BUILD conference last week, there were quite a few interesting sessions around Windows Phone and mobile Web development. Here’s a complete list for you to explore.


Progressively enable the mobile web with ASP.NET MVC 4, HTML5, and jQuery Mobile: Phil Haack

There are over a billion mobile devices with rich Web capabilities, yet many Websites look terrible on such devices, or worse, fail to work at all. As mobile devices become the primary way that most people access the Web, having a site that fails to deliver a rich experience on the Web using HTML5, JavaScript and jQuery Mobile is missing out on a huge opportunity. In this session, learn how ASP.NET MVC 4 leverages these next generation technologies enabling developers to build a single solution that targets multiple platforms and form factors such as mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Building device & cloud apps: Wade Wegner

So, you’re building apps that span multiple devices apps and you’re curious about what the cloud can offer. Is it possible to deploy scalable Web apps and services on Windows Azure? How about storing data in the cloud? Is it possible to use the cloud for push notifications to the device? In this session, you’ll learn how to build Windows 8, Windows Phone, Android and even iOS apps that are backed by scalable cloud services with the Windows Azure platform. This demo-focused session will cover the end-to-end experience and address how to tackle issues such as authentication, storage and notifications across a wide range of devices.

It’s not a great phone app without ASP.NET services and push notifications: Erik Porter

If you are a mobile phone app builder, you know that users can choose from thousands of apps, and they expect apps to feel alive and connected even when they are closed. Adding push notifications and other services to your phone app is essential but can seem complicated and time consuming to build. It is not. Learn how easy it is to use the latest and greatest from ASP.NET to connect your native phone apps to the web using Windows Phone push notifications, ASP.NET membership, and custom services with just a few lines of code.

Windows Phone XAML apps: Jesse Liberty

How do I use XAML to build outstanding apps for Windows Phone, using Visual Studio and Expression Blend? In this session we’ll walk you through the steps from start to finish.

Windows Phone multitasking: Peter Torr

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ brings developers the ability to deliver several different types of multitasking scenarios to the end user. In this code focused session, we’ll drill in depth on what these are and how to add multitasking to your existing Windows Phone app today.

How to build a game: Charles Cox

Learn how to build great games for Windows Phone with XNA Game Studio. Dive deep into the game-ready graphics, audio, and input capabilities of the phone, get up to speed about the new features for game developers in Mango, and learn how to build a game in minutes with the power of the XNA Framework and Content Pipeline.

Windows Phone app performance and optimization: Jeff Wilcox

Is your app as fast as it can be on Windows Phone? There are many details to wringing out the maximum amount of performance on the Windows Phone platform. In this session, the experts will drill in depth on how to create the outstanding app performance that is key to winning the audience on Windows Phone.

Windows Phone user experience design: Bryan Agnetta

Windows Phone pioneered the ‘Metro’ design language, the popular, iconic user interface paradigm used by thousands of apps to give end users a common basis from which to interact with their device. In this session, we’ll drill in depth on what ‘Metro’ is, and how to leverage its full power in your apps.

Building apps that customers love, end to end: Adam Denning, Larry Lieberman

Making money is important! In this sessions we’ll review all the steps in building an app for Windows Phone, and we’ll relate the secrets of the masters for maximizing your impact.

Building optimized websites and using the web browser control with IE9: Joe Marini

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ brings the power of IE9 to the Phone, with its full performance and standards based approach. For the first time, developers will be able to leverage the power of the browser to deliver compelling interactive experiences, both inside and outside the context of a traditional application. Come to this session to get started today leveraging the power of the browser on the phone.

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