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Windows 8: The twitter buzz

Opinions are like Twitter accounts And judging by the tweets I'm reading, Windows 8 opinions are roaring in.  I've written an application in C# using an open source twitter streaming API that will search twitter for all references to #windows8 and #win8.  You should see the console app as it scrolls with data.  I've designed the application to save each tweet to a database so I can go back and review all of the tweets and maybe run some statistics on the reviews.  The only thing that I can say at this point in regards to the opinions is that there are a lot of them.  I've seen plenty of good and bad tweets regarding the new operating system.  I think I'll share just a few of my favorite tweets that I've seen thus far. "Windows 8 is better than we thought it would be" - “amazed at how #Windows8 multitasks” 2 month old laptop w/ fast i7 chip and tons of RAM, still slooooow #windows8 upgrade. Many reboots, had to uninstall  Sell your #Microsoft stock now and buy some #apple stock.  I predict widespread consumer rejection of #windows8 one giant windows phone  #windows8 | hope I don't regret this. Well, #Windows8 is out. I'm gonna sit back and watch the insanity ensue as the masses figure out it sucks! Upgrading to #Windows8 taking too long. Been about 2 hours now. So, I purchased #Windows8 yesterday ( yes, release day) I'm pretty satisfied so far... its modern, relevant and super customizable. #Windows8 is a little like the Beatles getting back together, but finding out that the guy from Foreigner is on bass. Got #Windows8 running on my MacBook Pro! jQuery15206952005941420794_1351308656351jQuery15209289378202520311_1351308819962jQuery15209881514110602438_1351309413941 Ask you can see, the jury is still out on this bold move by Microsoft.   Let us not forget that many people hated Windows 95 when it came out and the negative response was a lot like we are seeing now with Windows 8. I'm currently waiting for my tablet to come in the mail and then I plan to write a full review on my experience with Windows 8. Happy computing! kick it on

Navigation design for Windows Store apps and other Windows 8 design resources

Windows 8 Developer resources If you are a Windows developer then I'm sure you will agree that we are living in a very interesting time.  In light of the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has launched a very ambitious campaign in an effort to win the interest of developers.  What's most impressive is the amount of developer resources that Microsoft has developed to teach developers how to design and develop applications for Windows 8 and the Windows App Store. I recently ran across a site that dedicated to helping developers create a Windows 8 application and publish to the App store in 30 days.  This Microsoft funded site has divided 30 days into daily tasks and articles that will lead you on the way to developing your first Windows 8 application.  They've even offered a free 1:1 consultation with an expert developer via telephone to assist with development.  They've provided Windows 8 PhotoShop design templates for download, example applications and tons of other design and development resources. The official Windows 8 release is just around the corner but Microsoft has provided a full featured 90 day trial version of Windows 8 for developers to download so they don't have to wait to begin developing their applications.   I think Microsoft is taking all the right steps to get our attention and I'm excited about the road ahead.  I would like to see a little more along the lines of .NET development in the world of Windows 8 as well as more resources for learning WinRT.  In any case, Microsoft, I say kudos to you.  I plan to take advantage of the resources and I will track my 30 day application experience in a series of blog posts.  Stay tuned.   Resources      Dev Center - Windows Store apps   Navigation design for Windows Store apps  kick it on        

About the author

My name is Buddy James.  I'm a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer from the Nashville, TN area.  I'm a Software Engineer, an author, a blogger (, a mentor, a thought leader, a technologist, a data scientist, and a husband.  I enjoy working with design patterns, data mining, c#, WPF, Silverlight, WinRT, XAML, ASP.NET, python, CouchDB, RavenDB, Hadoop, Android(MonoDroid), iOS (MonoTouch), and Machine Learning. I love technology and I love to develop software, collect data, analyze the data, and learn from the data.  When I'm not coding,  I'm determined to make a difference in the world by using data and machine learning techniques. (follow me at @budbjames).  

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