Conference season is here again… the SharePoint Conference recently convened in Las Vegas with plenty of news about collaborating with SharePoint 2010. Next is Tech·Ed Europe which kicks of very soon in Berlin for which there are a couple of new and interesting products becoming public. Finally, we’ve got the PDC for which I know that the guys at Microsoft are particularly busy preparing for… I expect there will be lots of announcements at the PDC around web technologies and Visual Studio in particular (.NET4, VS2010, Azure…).

A lot of these events will have live video coverage (via a Silverlight player and IIS7 Streaming of course) so I’ve included links for you below to experience the conference from your desktop if you are not lucky enough to attend in person.

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Microsoft PDC09
16th – 19th November
Los Angeles

Microsoft Tech·Ed Europe 2009
9th – 13th November

Microsoft SharePoint
Conference 2009

19th – 22nd October
Las Vegas


So, a little later in the calendar than expected due to conference season, the next Silverlight User Group evening will be…

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2009
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late!
Till about 20:30

EMC Consulting,
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

You can register here or via Michelle.

Registered attendees will be notified with final details by Friday 27th November.


Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“working together: designers & developers”
with Ben Morris from TrickyBusiness and John Donnelly from Dot Net Solutions

Ben Morris and John Donnelly will demonstrate how the M-V-VM pattern and scrum enable good designer-developer interaction with Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 3. If time permits, Ben and John will also give insight into the graphic and software design decisions on the recently published application.

Breakout for liquid refreshments and a bit of mingling!



Most of our user group are Tweet’ers, so if there’s anything you want to share amongst the group, then check out our Twitter hashtag or user accounts:

#sluguk     @mark_mann     @michelleflynn


Please register and I hope to see you there!



About John Donnelly (the developer)

John Donnelly is a Senior Software Architect for Dot Net Solutions, with experience in many Microsoft technologies throughout his career as a developer, team lead and software architect. Recent roles have focused on  WPF and Silverlight implementations with particular interest in developer-designer workflow. |


About Ben Morris (the designer)

Ben Morris is the Creative Director of Tricky Business, his role includes leading the team to create unique and compelling brand experiences for their clients. His work combines his passion for new technology with his experience in interaction design. |


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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