The Windows 8 App Challenge


Windows 8 launches in a little more than 19 days from now. The personal challenge that I am about to take on is to design, build, and submit a Windows Store application before the launch date. As a matter of fact, I need to have the app that I submit accepted/approved before the official launch on October 26 meaning I really have less than 19 days to accomplish all of this. The timeline alone screams to me that I won’t make it.

But what makes this even more challenging is that I have virtually no idea what it’s going to take. Up till now, I’ve almost completely ignored this kind of application development. You see, I’m a web guy. I like to build websites and my day job is to build web applications for my corporate employer. I’ve been building web applications for more than ten years. It’s what gets me up in the morning and usually keeps me up late at night.

The good news is that I do know where to start. And that’s at www.generationapp.com and their Build Your App in 30 Days online course. All you have to do is sign up for free to get started. You’ll receive:

  • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.
  • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect.
  • An exclusive one-on-one Windows design consultation.
  • An opportunity to get expert help from Microsoft Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

There is some fine print that you should read on the site but nothing surprising. They take you step-by-step through the entire process over a 30 day period. But wait; I don’t have 30 days. I have less than 19. I might not even have 15 days!

What do you think? Will I crash and burn big time or will I make the deadline and be celebrating my success? I’ve always wanted to be that person who looks in the camera and says, “I’m going to Walt Disney World!” The Windows 8 app challenge starts…now!

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