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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ignoring the Mobile and Tablet Segment.


You might have had that view back in 2008.  Back in PDC 2008 the Cloud was the emerging technology, how do I know this I was there in Los Angeles that year.

Well 4 years later I am back from TechEd 2012 in Orlando with my Apple iPad in hand, It was with me in every session.  I was not alone, next to me was a person carrying a Samsung tablet which had the brightness turned down so low one might have to throw a blanket  over his head to read the screen in the dim session we were sitting in.

I have worked in manufacturing, healthcare, financial, automotive and franchising vertical markets and the use of tablet and mobile devices can no longer be ignored.

At a bare minimum there are a number of options  of what you can do with your websites to achieve a friendly and meaningful experience to your end users.  The days of designing your site or application to a fixed screen size 1024x768 is no longer the appropriate paradigm.

Damian Edwards a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft had a number of sessions this year at TechEd Orlando 2012.

Dev304: Asp.Net for Mobile and Tablet Development

Dev305: Microsoft Asp.Net and Real-time Web.

The Reason I am blogging about these sessions and this topic is the room was jam packed, I left excited about what I can do and should do with MVC at the companies I work with.

You might find yourself like me new to MVC and JQuery.  In my opinion these are some the most flexible patterns to code for the Mobile and Tablet Segment.

I am sure you can find other books as well but here is one you might want to look at:

I am currently very pleased with the Pro ASP.NET MVC 3 Framework book Steven Sanderson and Adam Freeman.  

There are few challenges since I am playing in VS2012 RC MVC4 but nothing you cant figure out contact me if you have questions on the examples I might be ahead of you)

Some of the best T shirts and swag was in 2008 at PDC I think I got 3 infragistics shirts,  the only one I did not get - since they ran out was a star trek themed one.  

Since 2008 the swag at PDC and TechEd had dropped significantly.

So I am excited about VS2012 and with that comes the drudgery of upgrading all the plugins and controls I use.  So Jet Brains is a no brainer.  I have made the leap with Infragistics with visual studio 2005, 2008, 2010 and now 2012.  

Most of these companies will not support you directly playing in Beta software but that has not stopped most developers.

Getting my feet wet in MVC has peaked my interest in Jquery controls.  Based on the positive experience I had with Infragistics - NetAdvantage for JQuery and NetAdvantage for IOS [which is in beta] will be the next set of controls I get.

Stay tuned for my next post: MVC from the Amazon book shelf to real world applications.  I will share what I learned and try to keep you excited about MVC and the Tablet as much as I am.

The Kosher Koder. 

 

 

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