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With 4 months lapse since our last Silverlight UK User Group meeting, it was heartening to see that interest has not waned. Thank you for those that attended and supported the group last Thursday! Our presenter of the night, Gill Cleeren made a special trip over from Belgium to break down all the forthcoming Windows 8 platform and what it means to us Silverlight’ers – or should I say XAML’ers. I should mention again that Gill’s trip is very much by courtesy of Telerik who footed his travel expenses and provided a bit of booty by means of a free WPF/Silverlight licence… thank you Telerik!

windows8 logoSo it was by sheer coincidence that our evening was preceded by the announcement (on 29th Feb) of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Unlike the previous Developer Preview, the Consumer Preview is focussed on showcasing Windows 8 to the general public (if they dare!). Early comments on the newswire don’t seem to mention many breaking changes so it appears that it should be a easy enough to switch over to the new version – stability and performance can only improve!

vs11betaThe Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download in ISO format, but you’ll also have to install the new version of the Visual Studio 11 beta separately. Gill mentioned that he had managed to install Windows 8 in less than 30mins, but nothing’s changed about Visual Studio’s install time, it still takes an age (90mins!).

Read general information about Windows 8 Consumer Preview here: http://tinyurl.com/7pvoxxb

You can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO here: http://tinyurl.com/6u4m7hc

You can download the Visual Studio 11 beta (via web installer) here: http://tinyurl.com/6g83w82

 

meetup

The Silverlight UK User Group has now shifted registration duty over to meetup.com/sluguk in an attempt to reduce the administrative overhead of organising and publicising our events. Previously we’ve used a single email inbox to collate all registrations and this still exists, but as an unfortunate side effect, “hid” members from each other. As a purpose built community site, meetup.com allows everybody in the group more open access to each other and become a central point for information and announcements. Another change is the shift away from the EMC blog site as the place for posting agendas and slide decks. The software employed there is more than 3 years old and provides more frustration rather than flexibility in the way that certain add-ins have been disabled. About 18 months ago I started cross-posting to my personal blog, initially for backup and then, because I have total control over updates, plugins and embedding features – via WordPress. I hope you don’t mind.

 

Please remember to post any feedback about the evening on twitter using our hashtag #SLUGUK, and thanks for all that came along on the night.

Slide desks from the evening are below, plus Gill has a supporting blog post too.

 

I normally give a shout out to the other user groups that are running events in the area. At the time of writing, it seems that either we’ve missed a recent event, or they are not announced. Here is a list of the other local user groups that exist in my introductory slide deck.

Windows Phone 7 wpug.net  
London .NET dnug.org.uk  
Canary Wharf .NET meetup.com/cwdnug  
Bing Maps bingmapsuk.ning.com  
F#unctional Londoners meetup.com/fsharplondon  
SharePoint UK suguk.org  
UX Sketch Club groupspaces.com/UXSketchClub  
DevTank meetup.com/devtank  

One of the best resources to look at or subscribe to is MSDN Flash.

 

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

Install Microsoft Silverlight

 

Slides: Windows 8 and WinRT for the XAML developer – by Gill Cleeren.
Gill’s demo code (based on Windows 8 Developer Preview) is here

Install Microsoft Silverlight

 

With thanks to Steve Evans, whom helped to put the EMC meeting rooms back in order, Telerik for paying for Gill’s travel expenses plus EMC Consulting for providing venue and beers.

telerik-logo  EMC Consulting

 


 

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 register at our new meetup.com/sluguk website. Joining the group is free (you can even use your Facebook login) and our events are free too (although you will need to RSVP via the website ).

Want to present or showcase?
I am 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 via the meetup.com/sluguk/suggestion website and I’ll see if I can get you scheduled in!

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!
avatar_meetup http://www.meetup.com/sluguk

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.

 

AGENDA

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

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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!

mark.


 

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!

There was quite a breeze of announcements, chatter and hype following the /BUILD/ conference in September. Replacing the usual PDC event, /BUILD/ heralded the arrival of Windows8 and the new platform framework (Windows Runtime – WinRT) that enables you to target your applications to desktops, tablets and more. The WinRT platform certainly does mean some changes to the development scene, since Silverlight and WPF are consolidated into a new XAML based form rather than separate siblings. Over a number of months many have lamented “the apparent demise of Silverlight”, so armed with the announcements from /BUILD/, I presented my own personal opinion to this, as part of the introduction/briefing to the evening – check out the slides below, although I’m contemplating putting my discussion down in a post soon.

Samsung Series 7 Tablet running Windows 8Derek Lakin from Pixel Lab gave us a tour of Windows8, plus a first look demo at migrating an application to the WinRT platform. For many, it was our first look at the Samsung Series 7 700T tablet in the flesh since this was one of the giveaways at /BUILD/. With Derek demo’ing directly off the tablet it was evident to see that where Windows7 brought touch-ability to the market, Windows8 will bring a touch-first experience to the masses.

If there was ever a repeated term throughout the evening, it was the same one at /BUILD/… “Developer Preview” basically because all this lovely Windows8 stuff is still in preview, despite it appearing to behave like a second wave beta.

Please remember to post any feedback about the evening on twitter using our hashtag #SLUGUK, and thanks for all that came along on the night.

Slide desks from the evening are below, plus Derek has a supporting blog post too.

 

I normally give a shout out to the other user groups that are running events in the area, so here is an excerpt of those I put into my introductory slides at the start of the evening.

Windows Phone 7 wpug.net October 25th
London .NET dnug.org.uk October 25th
Canary Wharf .NET meetup.com/cwdnug November 2nd
Bing Maps bingmapsuk.ning.com tbd
F#unctional Londoners meetup.com/fsharplondon tbd
SharePoint UK suguk.org regional dates
UX Sketch Club groupspaces.com/UXSketchClub tbd
The Fantastic Tavern thefantastictavern.co.uk October 12th
DevTank meetup.com/devtank November 2nd

One of the best resources to look at or subscribe to is MSDN Flash.

 

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

Install Microsoft Silverlight

 

Slides: /build/ round-up – intro to win8 – by Derek Lakin.
Derek has also written a blog post with further pointers here

Install Microsoft Silverlight

 

With thanks to the cleanup crew that helped to put the EMC meeting rooms back in order —  Paul Stancer, Tony Scott, Matt Lacey plus EMC Consulting for providing venue and beers.

EMC Consulting

 


 

 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 add you to our events mailing list.

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!

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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