The Silverlight UK User Group resumes in February for the first meeting of 2011! Sam Bourton from QuantumBlack will be telling giving some insight into Expression Blend and how it can help Silverlight Developers and Designers build their applications together…


Date: Wednesday 9th February 2011
Time: Registration @ 18:00, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late! Till about 21:00
Where: EMC Consulting 
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 7th February.

(Apologies for the late announcement, a mixture of being on the road and blog problems…)


Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

“Expression Blend for Silverlight Designers and Developers”
with Sam Bourton

Not many Silverlight designers or developers seem to be using Expression Blend yet; but those that are, couldn’t do without it…
In this demonstration I will be showing how to use Blend in your everyday design and development tasks to rapidly create visually engaging User Interfaces and controls, and dramatically increase your productivity in building Silverlight front-ends.
We will cover real-world practical tasks such as: How to use the Blend environment, access key functionality, and use the different types of controls; Create and manage Resources and resource dictionaries within Blend; Create, edit, and apply Styles and Control Templates to different controls; Bind controls to sample and runtime ViewModel data and Commands; Make your applications stand out with Animations, Visual States, Effects, Fluid Layouts, and Behaviors; and some random tips and techniques I’ve learnt along the way.


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 Sam Bourton

Sam Bourton

Sam works as a Lead Engineer at QuantumBlack, a leader in visual analytics.

Twitter: @sambourton


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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