A couple days ago, Dave (a fellow chef at Freshly Coded) and I were talking about Windows 8 apps; I was hoping to find something simple/completable that could make it into the App Windows Store. After some discussion, I settled on Conway's Game of Life with two goals:

  • There are some possibilities for optimization from a simple algorithm to an "acceptable" degree, which means digging into WPF on Metro
  • We can add Windows 8-specific features and explore how they work in a C# app

Actually, it (Game of Life) was just Dave’s idea completely :) I’ll keep updating this post with links to the various articles as I write them.

Part 1 - Implementing the algorithm and drawing optimization

Part 2 - "Basic" Windows 8 Features