A return to “Silverlight Wednesday” was heralded by a large turnout for the first meeting of the Silverlight UK User Group in 2011. It became obvious that Expression Blend is a black art that more and more intrepid Silverlight developers and designers are wanting to become more familiar with, so Sam Bourton from QuantumBlack did an excellent job of performing a walking through many of Expression Blend’s features and poking a stick at “how to turn on the magic”, in your Silverlight application. With such interest abound, you’ll be sure that I’m hunting down more willing volunteers to cover this aspect of Silverlight design and development.

Unfortunately with time constraints this week, I had not published my regular slide of other user group events within the month. Below is a list of those that I would have given a mention. A conflict of diaries also meant that the evening had clashed with the Windows Phone 7 User Group (WPUG) – I can only apologise to the point that juggling venues, presenters and staff is tricky enough and that sometimes clashes with other events (being user groups, football, rugby etc…) is inevitable.

The slide decks from the evening can be found below.


Slides: Silverlight UK User Group Introduction – by Mark Mann.

Install Microsoft Silverlight

Slides: Expression Blend For Silverlight Developers – by Sam Bourton

Install Microsoft Silverlight

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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