Mar 17, 2012

Windows 8 Developer Camp in hyderabad by Microsoft India.

Windows 8 Developer Camp in hyderabad by Microsoft India.

It was the first ever developer camp on windows 8 and was excited to attend it. As it was an invite based event submitted two app ideas and fortunately got invitation for both.

Venue was The PARK hotel, somajiguda. Had a good time in The Park, well hosted and nice food as well. Registration was simple and directly went to the seminar hall. First session started with the Windows 8 consumer preview demo by Rajashekaran from Microsoft. After that had continuous sessions by other Microsoft techies like Sandeep Alur, Aditee gupte, Harish V etc. All the sessions are nice with useful samples and demos.

The features that impressed me in Windows 8 Consumer preview are The Metro style home screen and Metro style apps, faster app switching, integration of multiple technologies like C#, VB, C/C++, HTML5, CSS, JS etc into the WinRT metro application development. We were given access to the Visual studio 2011 beta version, which includes some cool new features like integration with Blend, Edit and continue in debugging, improved Team development, deeply integrated testing, Unit testing and I felt the best of all is the support for languages like CPP, HTML5, CSS, JS in VS (as if they are native .NET languages).

After the successful completion of the sessions, actual fun started at 6PM a nonstop 24 hour development and coding session of Windows 8 Metro apps. A big spacious seminar hall with well planned seating arrangement is provided to all the developers. Most of the people worked seriously on their own ideas. Some people worked as a team also. Eventhough its a continuous development session, there was no moment we felt bore. There were continuous efforts from microsoft team to cheer us and to encourage us. They arranged a funny Magic show, a nice music show by a guitarist and a yoga session on how to perform Mudras. 

One best thing other than the sessions is the food provided by The PARK, lunch, dinner, breakfast everything is good. We were provided with various kinds of snacks throughout the night. Microsoft also provided nice T-shirts for all the attendees along with a participation certificate.

Finally before the end of the Camp, we were asked to demonstrate our ideas on the stage. I have demoed two simple apps, one shows the public timeline of the twitter and another is a cocktail app, which got a good response from all. Microsoft team felt good with my presention and asked me to give the visual feedback about the event. Overall its a nice Metro journey with all surprises and memories. Btw, met some new friends from different companies. 

Mar 5, 2012

Papikondalu Tour @ Ravi marriage

 Hi everyone, had a nice 2 days trip to papikondalu and rampa waterfalls near rajamundry.
       All my office colleagues planned for a 2 days trip to papikondalu and rajamundry on the occassion of our beloved iphone developer Ravi. Prasad and co planned well and arranged a 40 seater super luxury bus for 31 persons and we started at 9.30 pm on friday (24 feb) and reached Rajamundry by 8 am nextday. Ravi arranged rooms in a lodge near kotipalli bus-stand in Rajamundry. After refreshing we reached the Papikondalu boat by 11.30am (3 hours lately).
       Boat journey on Godavari river was an Amazing experience for all of us. I was thrilled with the beauty of the Godavari and its surroundings. We all had fun. We reached Papikondalu by 4pm and had a halt at Perantalapalli . And while returning, in the evening the Godavari became much more beautiful and Sunset was so good. I spent some time sitting alone at the back of the boat by keeping my legs into the river. Wowwwwwwwwwwww its an amazing experience.
      Got down from the boat at 7.30 and from there went directly to the marriage reception at Rajamundry. we reached the lodge by 11pm. Slept for 3 hrs and again attended the marriage at 3am. Had some fun at the marriage venue after the marriage.
Sunday morning we started to Rampa chodavaram waterfalls at 7 from Rajamundry and reached by 9.30. Water falls are small but good for enjoyment. Water is pure and very cool. We were almost frozen with the chillness of the water. After spending around 2hrs there, we returned back to Hyderabad via Rajamundry, and reached Hyderabad by 4am on Monday.
And Ravi, we had a great time bcoz of You. We wish you a Happie married Life. :)