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  • Silverlight 4 Training in Montreal (in english) in March

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    [Update: the course has been delayed in march] 

    Silverlight Training Montreal Start the Year with a Great Silverlight Training!

    The Silverlight Tour has a new class in Montreal, and already provide Silverlight 4 content!!!

    >> This course will be taught in English <<

  • What: Silverlight training
  • When: February 01-04 March 01-04 (4 days)
  • Where: Montreal, Qc
  • Registration: http://www.runatserver.com/SilverlightTraining.aspx

    With all the new additions for Silverlight 4, the course has so much content that we decided to move it to a 4-day format.

    Also note that we now offer a free license of Telerik's RadControls for Silverlight to every attendee ($999 value)!! For more information on RadControls, you can visit http://www.telerik.com/products/silverlight.aspx.


    If you are looking for 4 days of intensive Silverlight training this is your chance to learn it from soup to nuts!
    While the labs will continue to be in Silverlight 3, the instructor will be using Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 to explain how the new features work and how they may impact how you architect your Silverlight solution. So the content cover all Silverlight 3 features as well as the very new Silverlight 4!

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  • My Silverlight presentation at the PHP Quebec User Group

    PHP QuebecYesterday I did a Silverlight presentation at the PHP Quebec User Group in Montreal.

    I did a small intro to Silverlight with powerpoint, then instead of listing the features in slides, I showed lots of cool demos online, here are the links I used:

    The excellent “Bouncing Plane” demo:
    BouncingPlane Silverlight 3 demo

    The amazing “Multi-Touch Puzzle” demo, to show Silverlight 4 latest features:

    Then back to the slides I explained the architecture, and what you need to install.

    Links:

    At the end of the presentation I did a code demo where I built a Silverlight app in a PHP website, that displays a nice Cover Flow control (from Telerik) filled with Flickr images called from a PHP file.

    Some interesting links for PHP developers:

     

    Powerpoint (french)


     

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  • Silverlight 4 Training in Montreal in January

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    formation silverlight montrealStart the Year with a Great Silverlight Training!

    The Silverlight Tour has a new class in Montreal, and already provide Silverlight 4 content!!!

  • What: Silverlight training
  • When: January 19-22 (4 days)
  • Where: Montreal, Qc
  • Registration (Fr): http://www.runatserver.com/SilverlightTraining.aspx

  • With all the new additions for Silverlight 4, the course has so much content that we decided to move it to a 4-day format.

    More than this, we also have an excellent news: we now offer a free license of Telerik's RadControls for Silverlight to every attendee ($999 value)!! For more information on RadControls, you can visit http://www.telerik.com/products/silverlight.aspx.

    If you are looking for 4 days of intensive Silverlight training in French this is your chance to learn it from soup to nuts!
    While the labs will continue to be in Silverlight 3, the instructor will be using Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 to explain how the new features work and how they may impact how you architect your Silverlight solution. So the content cover all Silverlight 3 features as well as Silverlight 4!

     

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  • [Book review] Essential Silverlight 3


    I recently finished reading “Essential Silverlight 3” book from Ashraf Michail (Addison-Wesley). This book provides an incredible level of details on the UI part (graphics, animation, effects, text, media) of Silverlight. “Under the Hood” sections present very (too?) deep information of the Silverlight UI architecture that you won’t find in other books.

    So it is a good reading for advanced Silverlight developers focusing on graphics and layout optimization. I would NOT recommend it for beginners, intermediate or business app developers. If your goal is to quickly understand Silverlight 3 and all its features you will easily find more appropriate books for that purpose. Data driven application developers will only be interested by the data binding chapter, so don’t bother opening this book.

    Also note that the book does not cover many important topics like WCF Services, Silverlight Toolkit, interaction with DOM/Javascript, custom controls, isolated storage, deep zoom, … To conclude, this is a well organized and well written book but highly specialized on the graphics and layout system, it is good to know that it presents only this specific portion of Silverlight and is very far from covering all the richness of this technology, not even an overview of the new features for business oriented application, beware!

  • Microsoft Silverlight MVP += 1

    Silverlight MVP The very first email of the year in my inbox is still a sweet one, announcing that I’ve got re-awarded Silverlight MVP by Microsoft. This is the 4th year in a row and I am still very honored and excited! In 2009 I had the pleasure to be involved in many community events around Silverlight, as well as taking part in worldwide conference like TechEd America, MIX Las Vegas and the MVP Summit in Redmond.

    Silverlight is definitely my main focus since 2008, over the years content on my blog slowly migrated from ASP.NET to Silverlight… which is now the main topic. My plan for 2010 is to just continue this way, so expect to read a lot about Silverlight here. Also I already know that I will be at the MVP Summit in February and at MIX10 in March, a chance to go beyond online presence and meet people for real. I will also continue teaching the Silverlight Tour in Canada and Europe more than ever, and I have some great surprise coming on that side soon...

    Happy New Year!