August 4, 2014

Xamarin Acquires Petzold

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Win Autographed Copies of Code and The Annotated Turing!

PetzoldHeadShotXamarin is pleased to announce the acquisition of Petzold, a hardware/software package that converts APIs into books. The Petzold engine is Turing complete and currently processing the Xamarin.Forms API to generate nearly bug-free pages at the approximate rate of five pages per day.

Petzold Book

The resulting book,
Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms
will be released in the spring of 2015, but all Evolve 2014 attendees will get a special printed Preview Edition of the book in progress.

The book is aimed at beginner and proficient Xamarin.Forms developers alike. It begins with an introduction to Xamarin.Forms and then goes on to give comprehensive coverage on Xamarin.Forms including XAML, Animation, Platform-Specific Rendering, and more.

Evolve 2014 Talks

In addition to the book, Charles will be giving two talks at Evolve 2014:

XAML for Xamarin.Forms covers the basics of XAML syntax, including resources, property elements, attached properties, and markup extensions, how to integrate custom views and custom markup extensions into XAML, and the relationship between XAML and MVVM.

Xamarin.Forms is Cooler than You Think goes beyond the surface to explore some of the less obvious features of Xamarin.Forms, including the more obscure layout mechanisms, the power of data bindings and behaviors, and the flexible animation infrastructure.

Win Signed Copies of Code and The Annotated Turing

In celebration of the Petzold acquisition, we’re giving away signed copies of two unique books by Petzold that explore the foundations of digital computing: Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software and The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine!

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How to Enter

And here’s the fun part. To enter you must download and try out Solitaire - a Xamarin.Forms app featuring the encryption algorithm written for the book Cryptonomicon (in which Alan Turing was a fictionalized character). Use the app to encrypt your twitter handle (without the ‘@’) using the key PETZOLD and tweet the following text:

Tell me more about XAML #Petzold at #XamarinEvolve XXXXX; bit.ly/WWExLo

where XXXXX is your encrypted twitter handle.

Solitaire EncryptionWe’ll choose a random tweeter on August 22nd, 2014. The tweet must contain the two hashtags #XamarinEvolve and #Petzold, and the ciphertext must decrypt your twitter handle successfully.

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