On Monday I attended a Microsoft workshop for WP7 developers which was held in Microsoft’s office in Bad Homburg, Germany. The workshop gave an overview over the most important topics (data storage, location based services, marketplace, etc.) regarding development for the Windows Phone 7 platform. It was a one day workshop from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
First of all I have to mention that the whole workshop was free which I thought was really cool but I admit I had a few concerns. The first thing that came to my mind was the fact that maybe the content quality might correlate with the fact that the workshop was for free (e.g. that it would be more of a propaganda event than being educational or informative). Furthermore it looks like Microsoft is desperately struggling for developer since WP7 is still way behind iOS and Android and they have to allure developers with free events. Well, in my opinion they are way behind and they have to allure developers. And it’s exactly the right thing to do for someone in their position, namely giving out as much information as possible.
The workshop was very professional and informative. It was held by freelancer Karsten Samaschke who by the way is not a Microsoft employee. Also present was Microsoft’s technical evangelist Frank Prengel who answered a lot of technical and organizational questions and gave out a lot of inside information regarding WP7 and the upcoming update “Mango”.
For me the event was very beneficial and I definitely recommend this event to everyone who is thinking about developing for WP7 and even to everyone who already is.
Additional information in German can be found at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsphone/archive/2011/05/05/neue-wp7-workshops-im-juni-schnell-anmelden.aspx