Snow has dominated the UK headlines recently, giving rise to the BBC News new media sound bite of Frozen Britain. I wonder if I should have cancelled my ski holiday and headed for the local hills! Hopefully you won’t be suffering from being snowed-in come February 3rd for the first meeting of the Silverlight UK User Group in 2010. I’m very pleased to announce that we have two excellent Silverlight sessions lined up.

We’re running the next meeting from the Microsoft office at Cardinal Place so I would like to thank Microsoft for generously allowing us to use their conference rooms and feeding us  as well as providing us with two speakers! I can’t wait!

Anyway, the details are below:


Wednesday 3rd February 2010


Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – don’t be late!
Till about 9:30pm


Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
100 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL

You can register here or via Michelle.
Registered attendees will be notified with the final details by Monday 1st February.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“A Guided Tour of the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) in Silverlight 4”
with Mike Taulty, Developer Evangelist from Microsoft

Silverlight 4 has a new framework that can help in building loosely-coupled and extensible applications – the Managed Extensibility Framework or MEF. MEF’s key ability is to flexibly compose an application out of a set of component parts that describe the functionality they expose and the functionality that they depend upon. MEF has the ability to discover components without the need for up-front registration and is extensible in many, many ways. In this session we’ll do a tour around MEF to look at what it does for you, how it does it and how you can use and extend it in your own Silverlight applications.

Breakout for refreshments kindly provided by MICROSOFT (pizza & beer & fizzies) and a bit of mingling!

"Working with the Bing Maps Silverlight Control"
with Johannes Kebeck, Bing Maps Technology Specialist from Microsoft

In this session you will have a closer look at the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. We will go through the basic steps to add multimedia content, connect to databases, create thematic maps and more. Throughout the session we will have a look at various options to measure performance and solve performance-related issues.



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:







Please register and I hope to see you there!



About Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty

Mike Taulty works in the Developer and Platform Group at Microsoft in the UK where he has spent the past few years helping developers understand and get the best from the Microsoft platform. Prior to this, Mike spent 3 years with Microsoft Consulting Services as a consultant on developer technologies. Before joining Microsoft, Mike spent the previous 9 years working as a software developer for a number of enterprises, consultancies and software vendors working with a variety of operating system, client, communication and server technologies.

Mike Taulty’s Blog |

About Johannes Kebeck

Johannes Kebeck

Johannes Kebeck is a Technology Specialist for Microsoft’s Bing Maps, supporting customers and partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently based in Reading, UK and has over 14 years of experience in the GI/GIS market. In October 2004 Johannes joined Microsoft in Germany working within the Enterprise & Partner Group and in 2005 he joined the Bing Maps team. Before specialising on Microsoft’s geospatial products and services, he had experience with various GIS, spatial databases, relational database management systems, workflow management, collaboration products and IT security.

Johannes Kebeck’s Blog |


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" group that we set up. Check for updates there too!


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