Killer Windows 8 App Master Class

picture of David Platt David Platt
IDesign Architect


Windows 8 Store apps differ greatly from traditional PC apps. To develop them successfully, your entire approach to the user experience (UX) needs to change. For example, the touch-based interface requires fundamentally different ways of thinking about program control. It’s not just a matter of making your existing menus a little bigger.

Microsoft is not only publishing these new user interface standards, they’re enforcing them with a mandatory review. Deviate from them, and Microsoft won’t let your app into the store.

Learn these new rules from Software Legend David Platt; not just the how-to, but the when-to and when-not-to, and most important of all, the why. See your instructor’s column in MSDN Magazine for a more detailed discussion of this philosophy.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to jump on this new technology with IDesign. Share our passion for excellence, leverage our extensive experience on architecture, process and application.


This class consists of lectures, war stories, and good and bad examples from the world-famous David S. Platt, author of the book Why Software Sucks. After the presentations, students work on lab exercises designed to reinforce their skills. Students are encouraged to bring their design projects on a laptop to demonstrate for the instructor and the class. We will apply the principles that we learn during the lectures to actual product design issues that you are grappling with. Students are advised to attend the class with thick skins.


David S. Platt teaches Programming .NET at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. His magnum opus, Why Software Sucks (Addison-Wesley, 2007,, points out ways in which software MUST improve if it's to accompany humanity into the twenty-first century. Microsoft named him a Software Legend in 2002. He writes a monthly column entitled Don't Get Me Started for MSDN Magazine.

David is the author of eleven programming books, including Introducing Microsoft .NET from Microsoft Press, which has initiated thousands of programmers to that environment. Even today, 6 years after its most recent release, it is outselling Tom Clancy's Every Man a Tiger on Amazon, which tells you what kind of geeks buy their books there.

Dave is famous for his engaging presentation style. "He is the only person I know that can make me feel sane and politically correct at the same time" says Juval Lowy.


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Date & Location

June 17-21, 2013 (Five days)

Belgium (TBD)

Target Audience

Any .NET developer or architect who needs to interact with a user of a Windows 8 store app. The architects, developers, and managers who learn this well will find money pouring into their pockets. Those who don’t, won’t. Which will you be?


The cost for this intensive 5 day Master Class is 2999,- euro (taxes not included). This price includes your participation to the Master Class, coffee/tea, lunch and the printed materials presented during the Master Class.

Register before March 1 for this Master Class and pay 2800,- euro.

Payment in advance is required to book your seat for the seminar. Limited places available: first come, first served. Registration is only complete and will be confirmed after payment. Transfer the total amount of your fees by bank transfer to the account of Sparkles: 733-0567754-43 (use your full name in the message) or use the IBAN code for international payment: IBAN BE 66 7330 5677 5443 (BIC code: KREDBEBB).

Cancellation is possible up to 3 weeks before the seminar - if received in writing. In this case, 25% of the total amount is charged for administration. Otherwise, the full registration fee is due, regardless of the reason of cancellation. Replacement is possible at no extra charge.

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