Wow again! We had a tremendous response for the February 2010 meeting of the Silverlight UK User Group. Many thanks to all that attended and especially those that had to stand during the first session. The conference room at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place normally seats 80 and had about 95 attendees in total.

We have grabbed a Twitter hashtag since many of our members have some existence on Twitter and has been gathering a pace of activity… check it out!


You can either follow me using the Twitter widget in the right-hand panel of this blog, or on Twitter as @mark_mann.

I’ve embedded the slide decks and the videos from both sessions by Mike Taulty and Johannes Kebeck. If you did not make it to the evening, or have not yet attended a Silverlight UK User Group evening you can join the mailing list here and we’ll keep you informed or of course, you can just check back with my blog.

I also drew note to the upcoming MIX10 conference in March at Las Vegas. If you are not one of the lucky ones holding both a conference and plane ticket, then I thoroughly recommend keeping an eye on the conference website during that time because keynotes and sessions will be streamed live… there is keen interest for any potential announcements!

Details for MIX10 can be found on their website or in my slide deck below.


Silverlight 3 sparked of a lot of interest with the MVVM pattern, and Silverlight 4 has picked up interest this time round with the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF). Mike Taulty from Microsoft gave a detailed exploration into using MEF within Silverlight 4 and he did not disappoint with an engaging session with lots of demos. Check out Mike’s Blog and Channel9 videos for more instruction on MEF and Silverlight.



Johannes Kebeck from Microsoft provided the “visual stimulation” with his impressive manipulation of Bing Maps. Johannes demonstrated many different examples of mapping applications out in the real world that are already utilising the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. Two of particular note were the TwitterMap by Earthware and the EyeOnEarth by the European Environmental Agency and Microsoft. Johannes blogs here.



Finally, I would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors…

Microsoft logo

for providing the beer, pizza & venue.


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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I have since cross posted back to my EMC blog as its proper home.
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