John Sheehan and Tim Huckaby discuss the developer platform for Windows 8. John covers his biggest challenges and proudest moments, and urges developers to stop watching videos and begin building apps.
Ready to Get Started?
- Visit the Windows Developer Center for a myriad of sample, docs and guidelines
- Join the GenerationApp program and get a jumpstart building your Windows Store app.
John Sheehan is a Partner Architect on the Windows team, where he drives the architecture of the Windows 8 Application Model. Before joining the Windows team, John was an Architect in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. As an STB architect, John was responsible for developing and evangelizing Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).
John joined Microsoft as part of the Softricity acquisition. At Softricity, he was Chief Architect. In that role, he was responsible for development of SoftGrid, the industry-leading application virtualization product focused on dynamic application delivery for Windows desktops and Terminal Services.
Before joining Microsoft, John was an Architect at Xevo Corporation, where he led the development of the core application provisioning system. Prior to Xevo, John was CTO of ResumeCard, an ASP providing technology and services to the recruiting industry. John started his engineering career working in the automotive industry, where he built vision systems that automated inspection and integrity validation on automotive assembly lines.
Tim Huckaby is focused on the Natural User Interface (NUI) in Rich Client and Rich Internet Application (RIA) Technologies like Silverlight & WPF on the computer, the Surface, and Windows Phone 7. He has been called a "Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution" by the press.
Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done presentations on Microsoft technologies at technology events like Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch events, Dev Days, MEC, World Wide Partner Conference, MGB, MGX, and the PDC, along with 3rd party technology conferences all over the world is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim was selected by Microsoft as a speaker for the International .NET Association and speaks at events world-wide on Microsoft's behalf. Tim has done keynote demos at big Microsoft events and product launches for numerous Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Platforms, and Actus Interactive Software, and has 25+ years experience including serving on a Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an MVP and serves on multiple Microsoft councils and boards like the Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council.
Resources we recommend you check out
- Download the Tools for Windows 8 App Development
- Download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
- Start building your own Apps for Windows 8