Some may lament England’s exit from the World Cup 2010 Finals, but it means there’s less distraction to trying all the latest technologies, open APIs and devices this summer…. namely Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4, Windows Phone 7, Bing (Maps too), Silverlight Pivot, IIS Express, Razor, WebMatrix…. oh and those other hyped up devices such as the iPad and iPhone4.

If you’ve read my previous July Update, its’ been a bit tough securing speakers throughout the World Cup 2010 Finals and summer holiday season, thus it’s thanks to Ian Blackburn and Richard Griffin for providing some Windows Phone 7 subject matter.. and potentially showing off a couple of real devices. oooooh!

Meeting details are below:


Date: Wednesday 21st July 2010
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late! Till about 21:00
Where: EMC Consulting, (formerly Conchango),
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.

Registration is required, space will be limited, so please register by sending us an
Registered attendees will be notified with any final details by Monday 19th July.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“Windows Phone 7 is nearly here – now what?”
with Ian Blackburn from bbits

WP7 is almost upon us, and, as we know, it uses Silverlight (and XNA) as it’s platform.  That’s pretty exciting on the surface but I am sure many of you will want to know what can it really do, what are the limitations and what are the opportunities?  Ian Blackburn, ably assisted by Rich Griffin, and (hopefully) a real WP7 device or two, will explore the developer and designer opportunities from both a commercial and a personal (i.e. App store) perspective. We will aim to give you a rounded and honest opinion of this exciting and growing area of our industry, and see how it stacks up against Android and iOS 4…


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:


Mark Mann


Silverlight UK User Group


Michelle Flynn

Please register and I hope to see you there!



About Ian Blackburn

avatar_ianblackburn Ian Blackburn is founder and director of bbits who offer specialized .net training, development and consultancy in the UK.  Ian has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small start-up companies, to blue-chip companies, and prestigious institutions such as the House of Lords.  Ian has authored numerous articles and books and is available for technical consultancies and presentations worldwide. | |


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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