@David Carachi: This series has a lot of really good ideas, thanks to Clint Rutkas. However, I would encourage you to wait about two weeks ... the 8.1 version of this series should be released by then. Fair warning: I definitely toned down the complexity of this series, focusing more on XAML, layout, controls and data access than all the bells and whistles of the phone itself. It is a "complete rewrite" focusing more on "absolute beginners" than this series did.
@Chris: That is a pickle. Are you sure you extracted the zip file to a real folder before attempting to copy something into it? Could it be you're attempting to copy into a zipped folder? Or, could it be that the target folder is in use? I can't imagine what else it could be.
@Neha: re: self assessment ... I'm not entirely sure (once it leaves my possession, I have a hard time keeping track of it) but Microsoft Virtual Academy may have some assessment questions based on this course. www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com ... you'll recognize the title of the series there. Good luck!
@RainMakerQuark: That's a really good question. I'm not 100% sure, but I *think* it is because there's a default style on the text. I could override that style by adding the following:
<Setter Property="FontSize" Value="42" />
@Mikamasing: Yes, things change. I address that very question in the updated version of this series (2013):
Be sure to watch from the beginning!
@PrannavGupta: It really depends on what you want to do. Phone? Windows desktop? Windows Store? Web? I've created several series on Channel9 / Microsoft Virtual Academy, but frankly the topics I would recommend next if you want an enterprise software development position at a company would be (1) Entity Framework for data, and (2) general architecture, principles, patterns, and (3) some user interface API like WPF, ASP.NET MVC or if you think you'll fit more into a maintenance role, the Win Forms or Web Forms (older APIs). Microsoft has not asked me to create any of those and I doubt I will for them. However, they are available on my own website www.learnvisualstudio.net. Thank you and good luck.
@fbownz: They're pretty much the same ... a few fixes, better explanations based on feedback, etc.
@chiprom: Sorry, it should be here. I gave it to them, they didn't link to it. :( Try going to www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com ... this series is posted there too and I know they posted the code there.
@PrannavGupta: I use Console window apps so that you can focus on C#. Without learning enough C#, you would be trying to write a novel without understanding English (or your native language). Make sure you know C# THEN move on to learn about ASP.NET or WPF or Phone apps or Windows Store apps. There are plenty of videos series (some by me, some by others), lots of books, lots of web articles, lots of resources in general that will teach you a specific user interface API. But you'll quickly hit a wall without the fundamentals under your belt. ;)
Mar 21, 2014 at 7:55 AM
@PrannavGupta: These are the same as the ones on MVA.
@Anna: I'll let Scott Hanselman explain why it is important: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheImportanceOfBeingUTF8.aspx
... if your audience is US based and you're not going to create multi-language versions of the site, then you're probably ok.