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Phil Winstanley - British .NET chap based in Lancashire. Enjoys tea and tech. Working for Microsoft.

September 2007 - Posts

DDD6 - Looking for speakers


Because the event is for the community and by the community we are currently looking for speakers who would like to present. You don't need to have spoken before, but do want to share your experiences and knowledge of .NET with other developers.

We Need You

If that has your interest, please Submit a Session now.

God himself now has a blog.


Then there were 5! Two months, two new regions, first Cambridge now Southampton. Yes, the Next Generation User Group (NxtGenUG) is expanding (again) and this time they're heading South.  The latest and warmest region of NxtGenUG is Southampton.  The region is being organised and run by John McLoughlin and Rick Allen two local guys who have sourced a venue, projector, screen, pizza, swag and speakers all on their ownsome - all that a User Group needs or could ask for!

As ever when a new NxtGenUG region opens they insist on having a 'Launch' extravaganza, and this one is no different!  The event will be held on 18th October 2007 at St Andrew's Hall, Southampton.  The main speaker for the evening is top UK Community speaker Guy Smith-Ferrier speaking on Astoria and there will be a SQL Nugget from Dave 'Readyboost' McMahon.  Pizza and Swag will be present also in abundance. All the details of the meeting are at, and you can register for the event as always through the NxtGenUG website. Don't miss out on this event which kicks off at 6.30pm and finishes at 9.00pm, as there is only ONE launch meeting after all.

NxtGenUG are a User Group focused on current and future technologies and provide monthly meetings in Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Oxford and Southampton.  They love technology, chatting, pizza, swag, Halo 3 (well Richie Costall does) and having a laugh. If you're in one area, get along to one of their meetings and get involved in the UK Community, its well worth it socially and professionally!

Reminder - CSSHackNight

Are you a designer or developer who can use CSS to change the design of a web site without modifying the source HTML? Then why not come to the first ever CSSHackNight to take place in Manchester.

During the event you will be competing against other developers, designers, and the clock to skin the best web site for a local community project.


CSSHackNight is an overnight event beginning at 7:00pm on Friday 28th September 2007 and finishing the following day around lunch time.


Code Computerlove Jutland House, 15 Jutland Street, Manchester, M1 2BE

The event takes place in Manchester in the North West of England, the venue is kindly provided by the Code Computerlove and is just a few minutes walk from Picaddilly Train / Tram and Bus stations.

Interested, or want to find out more information or book a place? then goto



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Silverlight Usergroup Launches in the UK

Hey there,

We've launched a UK based (and focused) Silverlight user group.

At the moment we have a Silverlight focused e-mail list setup and we'll soon be holding meetings in both London and Manchester.

Come join us!




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The BBC Endorses Silverlight


Great soundbite from a BBC World Service Podcast: -

The full original unedited version is here: -




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Absolutely fantastic CSS tool


"CSSVista is a free Windows application for web developers which lets you edit your CSS code live in both Internet Explorer and Firefox simultaneously."


Check out CSS Vista

MIX:UK '07 - That's all folks...

All finished now - has been a great couple of days :)

Hope all enjoyed it.


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MIX:UK '07 Delegates


There are delegates from all over the UK (and some from outside!).




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MIX:UK '07 - Dinner


There's going to be a dinner for MIX delegates on the 11th September in the evening, go and sign up for it here: -





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