Holiday season speedily approaches…. Christmas and New Year, my calendar is littered with people disappearing off on skiing/snowboarding trips. So, the next user group meeting will be held NEXT YEAR (yeah I know it sounds weird) on Wednesday 21st January 2009 at Conchango‘s  Notcutt House (nr Southwark Bridge).

Last time, I was hoping to get Michael McClary for a session but plans were scuppered. This time I’ve pinned him down and he’s confirmed to give us a whirl around Mesh and Silverlight. At one of the previous meetings, we noted an interest in Deep Zoom, Virtual Earth and mapping data – so, I’ve also confirmed/press-ganged a couple of Conchango guys from a recent Silverlight project featuring the integration of Deep Zoom and Virtual Earth. Finally, we’ve had quite a buzz round the offices at Conchango since we’re one of the exclusive owners of a Microsoft Surface device – we’re quite proud of it so we’ve decided to give it an airing and show off a couple of real world applications upon it.

So, details are:

Date: Wednesday 21st January 2009
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – don’t be late!
Where: Conchango, Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.
You can register here or via Michelle.
Registered attendees will be notified on Monday 19th January.


By the way, Michelle and I have created a group on Facebook for the Silverlight UK User Group so that we can all keep in touch with other, and she also created an event the next meeting too.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

Silverlight & Mesh
Michael McClary, Platform Strategy Advisor at Microsoft

Mesh is a new and emerging Windows Live platform for syncing files and, eventually, applications across different devices. Mesh lets you set up a virtual desktop online, and connect different computers to it. Put any file into a Mesh folder and it automatically syncs between the online desktop and every connected computer. Select a file or folder and you can easily share its contents—photos, videos, music, documents—with any friend or family member. You can also remotely control a connected computer from the Live Mesh desktop.

Michael will explore the integration between Silverlight and Mesh and open our minds to Microsoft‘s vision of connectivity in "the Cloud".

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

Where Is My Train?
Stuart Harris & David Wynne, Conchango.
Stuart is a Technical Architect, David is a Silverlight Developer; between them they have specialisms in Silverlight, Deep Zoom and Microsoft Surface applications. They are just two members of a comprehensive team that recently completed a proof of concept Silverlight application for National Rail Enquiries with Microsoft at Thames Valley Park.

Stuart and David will discuss how to blend Silverlight, Deep Zoom, Virtual Earth and some live data feeds to locate and track trains across the UK rail network. This is a whole new level beyond timetables and live departure boards! If you thought that there wasn’t enough new technology in the mix already, then add SQL Server 2008 too! In addition to demo and code, they’ll talk about the pain barriers, potential pitfalls and hallelujah moments encountered during the rapid application development process.

Tesco 7 and Microsoft Surface*
Paul Dawson or Mark Mann or another!
At the second PDC 2008 keynote in October, Nick Lansley ( and Paul Dawson (Conchango) presented a vision of shopping at Tesco. (You can see a video of the keynote here). We’ll be rerunning the demonstration and showing off the various different elements of the system – answering your particular questions as we go along.

Then, we’ll move along to Microsoft Surface (which is a very fancy piece of kit) showing the basic principles of operation and then showing off its capabilities with some built-in and real world applications. You’ll have the opportunity to interact and play with it a bit too!

*Please note, dependant on time and logistics we may run the "Where Is My Train?" and the "Tesco 7 & Microsoft Surface" sessions in parallel. With Microsoft Surface only being a coffee table sized device, it will be difficult to demonstrate it to 40 people effectively – we’ll try our best to run all sessions consecutively but please don’t be disappointed if we do decide to run the last two sessions concurrently and you get only get a glimpse of Microsoft Surface!

So what are you waiting for!
Get registered and I hope to see you there!



Want to join the discussion?
The event is geared to please/interest/inform both developers and designers alike, so if you are interested in coming along then please contact either myself or Michelle Flynn (here) and we 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 please contact me (here) and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

In addition to emailing us directly there is also a Facebook group for the "Silverlight UK User Group" that we set up. Check for updates there too!


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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