Billy Hollis


Billy Hollis is a developer and designer who spends most of his time figuring out how to give users better experiences. He leads a team in Nashville and offers consulting and training in both XAML and general design concepts. He has written several books, and is a contributing author for Professional Visual Basic 2012 and .NET 4.5 (Wrox, December 2012).

How to Build Windows 8 Applications
Windows 8 application development isn't entirely unknown territory for Windows and .NET developers, but the new OS includes some significant new additions. Billy Hollis helps you prepare for the transition to Windows 8 development by surveying the essential items you'll be adding to your skill set: Windows 8 touch conventions, XAML differences, new events and templates, UX guidelines, contracts, and the Windows Store.
Current Trends in User Interface Design for .NET Developers
Billy Hollis and Mark Miller explore a variety of hot topics in modern UI design, including the impact of multi-touch computing and technologies such as the iPad and smartphones on design, the use of concepts such as gradients and proximity to improve user experience, and collaboration between application developers and designers.
Aligning Microsoft Development and Design
Developers quite often find they are alone in an organization and tasked with both design and development for an app or website. Designers are increasingly development savvy and have access tools in places like Visual Studio where only developers had gone before.
Design Your User Interfaces—Don't Just Decorate Them
Both WPF and Silverlight allow you to create compelling user interfaces that make users happier and more productive. Unfortunately, examples of such user interfaces are few. Billy Hollis argues that a multiple, parallel prototyping process encourages exploration. Besides giving a better end result, the challenge will further your development with new user interface designs.
UI Design: It’s the End of an Era
Vastly improved graphics hardware, wildly varying screen resolutions, the advent of touch and sophisticated mobile devices, and ubiquitous media bring both opportunity and demand for change to the world of UI design.
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