It’s been a while but the second session of the Silverlight UK User Group is happening on Thursday, 14th August 2008! The event starts at 18:00 and will be hosted by Conchango at Notcutt House (nr Southwark Bridge).

Full Address: Conchango, Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.


Welcome/Kick off

No Silverlight (2) Application is an Island (of Richness)
Mike Taulty (Microsoft Developer Evangelist)
You have a Silverlight 2 application running on your web page and it’s beginning to dawn on you that this is much more like building a client application than it is like building a web page. How does the Silverlight application get data? Can it grab files? Can it call services? Can it download images? Can it talk to the browser? In a nutshell – where can it get "stuff" and where can it put "stuff"? In this session we’ll explore all the options.

Pizza and beer.. a chance to recharge and discuss in the interlude.

Creating Silverlight apps using Blend & VS’08
Silverlight developer Tim Hustler and Expressions Blend designer Simon Sturgess plan to do a how-to on creating Silverlight applications using Blend and Visual Studio 2008. Simon will create some custom controls and Tim will demonstrate some DataBinding from a back-end datasource written in WCF. They both recently won a competition ran by Microsoft, the Web Harmony ‘Be all you can be challenge’ from which this session is based upon.

Showcase (TBD) or Open discussion to finish.

Want to join in?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested there are some spaces still available and Michelle Flynn will be glad to take your details.

Want to present or showcase?
We are always on the lookout for presenters for future sessions – whether it be a high or low level coding walk through, a workflow perspective or showcase demo. If you think that you have a topic/presentation that ought to be shared with the community then let myself or Richard Griffin know and we’ll see if we can schedule you in!

Hope to see you there!


This is a cross post from my EMC blog, mainly for backup duplicity and to aggregate some of my past postings. My EMC blog used to be under the Conchango brand but was acquired by EMC so I’ve also retrospectively refreshed some of the old links and maybe a tweak a bit of content too.
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