There will be two Windows Phone Garages in South Carolina next week. Join Glen Gordon, Chris Craft, and myself on June 16th in Columbia, SC, or join Glen Gordon, Chris G. Williams, and myself on June 17th in Greenville, SC. These will be a blast, and by participating you can win a brand new Windows Phone!

You will build a Windows Phone application at the Windows Phone Garage, and if you use Telerik RadControls for Windows Phone, you may walk away with a license to use them! The trial comes with examples to get you started, but I’ll be on hand to help you out. Here’s the details on what to expect.

Windows Phone Garage

The idea behind the Windows Phone Garage is simple. Come out, install the tools, learn how to write a Windows Phone application, then build one. Best of all, it's free, and everyone is invited! The second half of a day is an open lab, and assistance will be available. It's a great way to get familiar with the platform and walk away with a completed application!

9 – 10 a.m. Introduction to Windows Phone Development

No experience with Windows Phone 7 development? No problem. During this optional session at the start of the day we will cover the fundamentals of Windows Phone Silverlight and XNA Development. We'll explore the various core components and tools available and leave you with some resources to take you to the next level.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. What’s new for Windows Phone Developers

This session will highlight some of the new developer features coming for Windows Phone Developers. We’ll also take a look at AppMakr, a dynamic new tool that enables you to generate a simple Windows Phone application from one or more online data feeds.

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Windows Phone Application Jumpstart

To give you a jumpstart on application development, we’ll walk through in detail building an app, styling it, and adding advanced capabilities. We’ll also cover submitting it to the marketplace and monetizing your app.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Windows Phone Garage Open Lab

Bring your laptop fully loaded with Visual Studio 2010 and the latest version of the Windows Phone Tools. Get some help with an app you are working on or use the information from the Jumpstart to build an app around your favorite data feed. No ideas? No worries – we’ll have a few starter templates that you can build on


There will be many new Windows Phone applications created at each of these events. The most compelling reason to join us is the access you’ll have to people who have create WP7 applications and can provide expert advice for your own applications. This is free training, and if you’re in the area, it shouldn’t be missed!

About the Author

Chris Eargle

is a Microsoft C# MVP with over a decade of experience designing and developing enterprise applications, and he runs the local .NET User Group: the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild. He is a frequent guest of conferences and community events promoting best practices and new technologies. Chris is a native Carolinian; his family settled the Dutch Form region of South Carolina in 1752. He currently resides in Columbia with his wife, Binyue, his dog, Laika, and his three cats: Meeko, Tigger, and Sookie. Amazingly, they all get along... except for Meeko, who is by no means meek.


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