Archives / 2008 / October
  • Silverlight Sessions at DevTeach Montreal 2008

    With Silverlight 2 just being released, you may be looking for training.  Check out the Silverlight sessions that will be presented at DevTeach Montreal 2008.  BTW, for US folks....the Canadian dollar is at around 78 cents US.  That's saving you 22% over any purchases in Canadian dollars!!!  If you use this promo code when registering, you'll also save $50: G0005GUVSM.

    Building Silverlight Controls
    David J Kelley - SLV467
    Designed primarily for Developers. This technical presentation walks through a number of senerios for building Silverlight Controls including user controls and custom panels. The usage of properties, dependency properties, events, reusability, and encapsulated control architecture is reviewed in detail. In the presentation we will build a custom chart control based on a user control and built custom panels and review dispatch timer and multi threading in the context of controls. 

    Comparing Silverlight to ASP.NET
    D'Arcy Lussier - SLV301
    With Silverlight, web developers now have a new option for delivering browser-based applications. But does Silverlight negate HTML-based web development? Should we put aside traditional web development for this new paradigm? In this session we’ll compare Siilverlight and ASP.NET, not to prove one as better than the other but to show why you might consider one over the other for your next web application. 

    Data Visualization with WPF and Silverlight 2.0

    Tim Huckaby - SLV202
    Building Data Visualization Applications with the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) & Silverlight 2.0
    This session will be heavily demo focused to accentuate how the power of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight 2.0 can be used to visualize data. WPF is the next-generation presentation sub-system for Windows. It provides developers and designers with a unified programming model for building rich Windows smart client user experiences that incorporate UI, media, and documents. WPF uses vector based graphics rendering, which results in better graphics and presentation for an application. WPF also has other features such as layout, styling, and data binding, which, when you mix with interactivity, enables scenarios such as interactive data visualization. When you put all this together, you have a unified API for various presentation components, such as 2D and 3D documents and declarative programming through XAML, which is a powerful platform for data visualization that can be used to really “light-up” you enterprise applications.
    Designing Interfaces with Expression Blend
    Markus Egger - SLV333
    Silverlight and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) are powerful UI technologies, and XAML represents a fascinating new way of programming WPF and Silverlight. However, without tools, XAML gets tedious quickly, and a good designer is needed. Microsoft offers a whole set of such tools. This session focuses mostly on MS Expression Blend (used in combination with Visual Studio). This session provides an overview of the goals, features, and characteristics of this tool and shows how to create a small next-generation application using it. This session also shows developers how good looking interfaces can be created using a few simple and repeatable tricks. 

    Hacking Silverlight 2.0
    David J Kelley - SLV469
    Hacking Silverlight 2.0 for designers and developers
    Designed for Designers and Developers. This engaging presentation gets the audience involved in bridging the gap between design teams and software development using Silverlight and the Silverlight toolablity story. The presentation is full of audience participation and skits that get audience members up out of their seats and excited about Silverlight. The basics of team work using Microsoft tools for design and development are used and the audience is shown some of the coolest Silverlight hacks that can make Silverlight applications really shine. With the “Coming out of the closet” skit the audience is shown sexy UI using Silverlight, learning about speed of development and why we care about Sexy engaging Web 2.0 experiences.
    Silverlight 2 Controls: Data on Board
    Dave Campbell - SLV355
    Learn how to populate your Silverlight controls with data, and how WebServices are your friend. This will be done using LINQ and WCF webservices, in addition to more traditional code-behind and asmx. 

    Silverlight 2 Controls: Your Controls, Your Way
    Dave Campbell - SLV389
    Learn how to use the Parts and States model and VisualStateManager to your benefit in your environment. Starting with existing controls through modification using VS2008 and Blend to produce a Custom Control that is then consumed. 

    SilverLight 2.0 Achitectural Best Practices
    David J Kelley - SLV421
    Designed Developers and Architects or people wanting to understand Silverlight archtecture. This presentation startings with a detailed technical review of Silverlight control, application architecture and design patterns. Design patterns as applied to Silverlight application development and general best practices are reviewed in detail. The presentation includes learning from the trenchs of building Silverlight apps on a large scale including horror stories and ‘Anti-Patterns’ or things ‘not to do’ are reviewed. 

    Silverlight Development: Lessons from the Trenches
    D'Arcy Lussier - SLV349
    So what’s it like creating a line of business application using Silverlight? What are the differences in developing a Silverlight application compared to a Winform or ASP.NET based application? In this session I’ll share with you my experiences in creating a real-world Silverlight based application and what you should expect /look out for when developing with this exciting new technology. 

    Silverlight: Business Oriented App. (In French)
    Laurent Duveau - SLV321
    You've already heard a bit about Silverlight? You have some knowledge of this technology which is now available?
    Come discover how to create a business oriented application: that means manipulate data and build a rich UI with Silverlight!   During this session I'll use Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend to build an application that retrieves SQL server data through a LINQ model and exposes it to Silverlight client via a WCF service. I’ll use a grid to display the data and asynchronously update the model as users edit the grid. Finally I will show you how to place the data in local cache on the client to optimize network traffic.
    Turning on the Silverlight – A Silverlight Intro
    Markus Egger - SLV201
    Microsoft Silverlight is the latest generation of Microsoft UI technologies for web browser applications. It is based on (and a sub-set of) WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). It enabled developers to create next-generation user interfaces in web browser applications that work not just on Windows systems, but other environments such as the Apple Mac or mobile devices. This is a radical departure from previous .NET development, which was limited to Windows systems. Silverlight applications enable developers to run .NET code on non-Windows Systems. This session also compares Silverlight to other technologies such as Flash. Attendees of this session will get a good feel for what it is like to develop real life applications in Silverlight. 

    User Controls, Customization, and Styling

    Dave Campbell - SLV312
    Silverlight 2 Controls: User Controls, Customization, and Styling
    Get your Silverlight application Stylin’ with out-of-the box techniques for making your UI to not only look like it was all written by the same company, but also matching your corporate identity. This will be showing VS2008-only concepts, so no design knowledge or interest is necessary.

  • Silverlight 2 RTM

    Microsoft has announced that Silverlight 2 has RTM'ed today and will be available tomorrow (Oct 14th).

    Read about it here:

    Listen to ScottGu's teleconference here:

    Download it here:

    Another interesting announcement is that Microsoft is funding an Eclipse project in order for Eclipse developers to be able to develop Silverlight applications.

  • The breakpoint will not currently be hit

    I was hit with the dreadful "The breakpoint will not currently be hit" problem this week.  Searching the Web, looks like it is a common problem both with VS 2005 and 2008 however, it was the first time I experienced it.