I know… it’s been quiet. Very quiet on the Silverlight scene indeed. Since our last meeting, “mainstream” Silverlight has been steadily retreating behind the corporate firewall where it still favours rich, interactive, user interfaces delivered via the browser. From the perspective of organising the user group, this has made it very difficult to coax out presenters willing to showcase their applications. The space that Silverlight occupies has grown a bit broader because although the details of Windows8 and WinRT are still as fluid as the developer preview and news sources admit, it’s hard to ignore a growing trend towards this evolution XAML onto the forthcoming Windows8 platform.

Thus following on from Derek Lakin’s roundup of /BUILD/ and a quick dive into WinRT, we’ll be spending an evening with Gill Cleeren, who is making a special trip over there from Belgium to show where (now 6 months on) you’ll possibly be taking your Silverlight skills today (with an early adopter) or in the future.

Date: Thursday 1st March 2012
Time: Sign in and mingle from18:10, Kick off @18:30 – please don’t be late! Till about 20:30
Where: EMC Consulting 
Notcutt House, 36 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9EU.
Registration Required!
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Registered attendees will be notified with any final details by Monday 27th February. If you change your mind and decide on not coming, please be considerate of others and let us know in good time so that we can release the space to someone on the waiting list.



Registration @18:00

Welcome/Kick off @ 18:30

Metro and WinRT for the Silverlight/WPF developer (in other words: the current XAML developer)
with Gill Cleeren from Ordina

Are you currently building XAML-based applications using Silverlight or WPF? And are you afraid that all you’ve learned in the past is now suddenly obsolete? Then you should really come take a look at this session!
We’ll see how you can transfer your knowledge to the new Metro-way of building applications. You’ll learn that things like data binding, styling, controls and much more can be leveraged to build applications in Windows 8. After this talk, you will see that all of a sudden, you are already an experienced Metro app developer! You’ll walk out of the room with a big smile, that’s a guarantee!
Be prepared to delve into Windows 8, XAML, WinRT, Silverlight, WPF.

End. (officially the end, but no doubt we’ll find a nearby bar to continue any discussion!)


About Gill Cleeren


Gill Cleeren is a software architect at Ordina in Belgium, however many will also know Gill from his activities as a Microsoft Regional Director, Silverlight MVP, Telerik MVP and contributions to The Silverlight Show.

Gill’s visit over to London is sponsored by Telerik

Gill Cleeren’s blog | Twitter: @gillcleeren


avatar_meetup So, you might have noticed that our registration process has shifted from a simple email address to something a bit more fancy at meetup.com. A number of other user groups use this website to manage their events, and likewise this is to reduce the amount of effort involved in herding all the emails on our mail list into a managed attendee list for each event. It also gives us the opportunity to give the member list a bit of a spring clean and lets you see your fellow SLUGUK members. User group activity will still continue to be blogged about and broadcast via twitter, but at least we’ll let you automagically manage your registration to an event.

Many members of the Silverlight UK User Group are on twitter, thus both myself and Michelle use it as our primary method of getting the relevant community or technology news out to the masses. So follow us if you like or take a look at the twitter hashtag we adopted, so that all the Silverlight UK User Group related stuff is neatly huddled together:

Please register and I hope to see you there!



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 check out our new meetup.com group for the event calendar or to contact us otherwise the old user group email still works and we’ll answer your questions there.

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 and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!