Another nice free ebook from Syncfusion!

xamarin ebook

Xamarin.Forms Succinctly is a 148 pages free ebook by Derek Jensen.
It provides a great introduction to Xamarin Forms and offers an excellent chapter on Xaml, Pages and Views.

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Code Sharing
  3. Hello, Xamarin.Forms
  4. Introduction to XAML
  5. Building User Interfaces
  6. Common Controls
  7. Customization
  8. Accessing Native APIs
  9. Messaging

Download Xamarin.Forms Succinctly:

You just have to register and then you’ll be able to download it both in PDF and Kindle format.


Want to get a jump start on developing Universal Windows Apps with C# and XAML?

Sign up for this free virtual event:
Developing Universal Windows Apps (C#/XAML) Jump Start

This free course will last 2 days: Sept 30-Oct 1 from 9am to 5pm PDT (get it in your time zone).


  • Designing a Universal Experience
  • Getting Started
  • Client Foundation
    Client Views
  • MVVM Techniques
  • Windows Store Features
  • Location and Maps
  • Enterprise Features


This is going to be fun, and I know for sure that lot’s of great folks from the WP community will be there:
Atley Hunter, Sébastien Lachance, Matthieu Guyonnet-Duluc, Christian Hissibini, Tom Walker, Peter Henry, John Marshall, …


What: Full day workshop on Windows Phone apps development (bring your laptop!)

When: Saturday May 3, 2014

Where: Microsoft Montreal office

Cost: free, and you’ll leave with plenty of goodies!



See you there!


Really glad that more XAML events comes to Montreal:

Beyond Tiles Design Integration Workshop Tour in Canada

“Join us again in this second wave of the Beyond Tiles Workshop and learn advanced design integration techniques to produce pixel perfect Windows and Windows Phone user interfaces. Replicate the original vision of designers with fidelity by following best practices as implemented by the Windows Phone design studio and leading agencies in the Microsoft ecosystem.”
Previous experience developing Windows and/or Windows Phone apps is required.

What can I Expect?

In this hands-on workshop you will be able to explore the process of taking a set of high fidelity comps provided by a designer and translate those to Blend and Visual Studio with pixel perfection quality. You will learn techniques for exporting vector and bitmap assets from Expression Design into Blend and to define the right layout panels to host your UI. You will also learn how to skin controls and design lists. The goal is to achieve perfection when translating comps to UI. You should already be familiar with Blend, Visual Studio and XAML in general

What will I Achieve?

In the morning you will learn different Design Integration techniques with the help of a couple design experts. In the afternoon you will put this learning to the test with a hands on workshop where you will be provided with a couple UIs for Windows and Windows Phone. You will then take these UIs and turn them into high fidelity UIs in Blend – all with XAML.

What Should I Bring?

This is a workshop: bring your laptop! You will need Expression Design (download for free at and Visual Studio with both Windows and Windows Phone SDKs. When installing Visual Studio make sure Blend for Visual Studio is also installed. If you need a free version of Visual Studio you can download and install from here: (install both Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone).

How much does it cost?

This is a complimentary event‚ specifically offered to support the Canadian design and developer community.


More info and registration (Montreal):


See you there!

As you probably know, Build conference starts tomorrow and I have 18 sessions in my schedule, it’s gonna be a fun week!!!

If like me you’re passionate about XAML, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Store App development, I have curated this list of sessions just for you (and me…):

Let the fun begin!

windows phone

Matteo Pagani has written a 243 pages ebook on Windows Phone 8, that covers most of the important concepts, from the basic ones (like XAML, application lifecycle, etc.) to the most advanced ones (like background tasks, geolocalization and speech APIs).

Chapters list:

  1. Introduction
  2. The User Interface: Basic XAML Concepts
  3. Core Concepts
  4. Data Access: Storage
  5. Data Access: Network
  6. Integrating with the Hardware
  7. Integrating with the Operating System
  8. Multimedia Applications
  9. Live Apps: Tiles, Notifications, and Multitasking
  10. Distributing the Application: Localization, the Windows Phone Store, and In-App Purchases

Most amazing part: the ebook is available for free thanks to Syncfusion. You just have to register and then you’ll be able to download it both in PDF and Kindle format.


Have you checked Microsoft Virtual Academy courses ?
Here is my Microsoft Virtual Academy learning plan for the upcoming weeks:


Enterprise Developer Camp Jump Start

Designing Applications for Windows Azure Jump Start

Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition Jump Start

Designing Your XAML UI with Blend Jump Start


Happy learning!

If you haven’t look at it yet, the Microsoft Virtual Academy is starting to have some great learning resources. Here is a list of interesting courses I plan to watch in the next weeks: