Windows 8 Dev Camp

I work at Skyline Technologies, which is a Wisconsin based consulting company. One way that we really differentiate ourselves in the consulting space is our associate focus. We are always looking for interesting ways to get our teams together, engage with one another and learn from the smart people we have in our organization.

An example of this... our management team had an awesome idea. Let's get everyone together and learn how to write Windows 8 apps. They then said let's make it more awesome, let's get everyone that writes Windows 8 apps a Windows Surface RT when they ship. This last weekend (9/15/12 - 9/16/12), we had close to 50 associates show up at our Appleton office to sling code for two days. It was awesome.

Windows 8 Dev Camp

We developed six different applications, three on the HTML/Javascript stack and three on the C#/XAML stack. We had several of our associates who have already created applications, including clearTREND, which has been recognized by Microsoft for its innovative UX. We were able to have those associates help out our six development teams whenever people hit roadblocks.

The best part about the Dev Camps, Give Camps and Community projects we do, is the opportunity to work and hang out with one another. I am constantly amazed by how smart and engaged the people I work with are. Despite spending a weekend full of 12+ hours days working (with a little beer drinking and football watching thrown in for good measure), we all left energized and excited.


Great people and great apps make for a great weekend.


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Windows Identity Foundation and Windows 8

In upgrading to Windows 8, I had issues with existing projects that were using Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 (WIF). Attempts to install the WIF SDK or the stand alone installer resulted in an error. With the installed the message was

Installer encountered an error: 0x80096002. The certificate for the signer of the message is invalid or not found.


WIF install error on Windows 8

It turns out WIF 3.5 ships with Windows 8. You need to enable this feature to work. To do that, go to Win 8 Search and the application settings area and search for Turn Windows features on or off and enable Windows Identity Foundation 3.5

Eanble WIF 3.5 for Windows 8


John Ptacek I'm John Ptacek, a software developer for Skyline Technologies. This blog is my contains my content and opinionss, which are not those of my employer.

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