Rather than waiting for it all to become clear, I’ve decided to start blogging about what I’m learning as I go. That will make for some scattershot posts, but it will also, I hope, capture some of the fundamentals that might otherwise be glossed over.
To get started I bought a Samsung Slate and dock, which I’m using to drive a 24” monitor, keyboard and mouse. Other folks I know are using powerful laptops (with or without touch screens) and some folks are making Win 8 their desktop operating system (see my interview with Shawn Wildermuth).
Second step was to download and install Visual Studio 11 and the SDK. Also fast and painless.
Step 3 was to download the samples. While I don’t find it very helpful to simply read the samples, I do find it tremendously useful to have the samples on hand as I’m reading about particular topics.
Microsoft’s documentation is very good, especially for a preview edition; if there is a complaint at all it is that there is so much documentation it is hard to figure out where to start.
What is missing is a tutorial that takes you through the story of Windows 8 and teaches you what you need to know as you go. And thank goodness, because that’s what keeps us authors busy.
Stay tuned for more, starting with the fundamentals and working my way through this brave new world.