Scott Guthrie, Jaime Rodriguez and Glenn Block Speaking in Phoenix on May 26th, 2009

Once a year the Phoenix, AZ area .NET developers get a special treat as Scott Guthrie (one of the creators of ASP.NET and a corporate Vice President at Microsoft for those who may not know him) comes to Phoenix to speak on the latest and greatest technologies.  If you haven’t heard Scott Guthrie speak before he’s always a lot of fun and provides plenty of demos to help people get started learning various technologies.  Even though Scott’s high-up in the ranks at Microsoft he’s an extremely cool guy and as down to earth (and smart) as they come.  Scott will be accompanied by Glenn Block and Jamie Rodriguez who will speak on ASP.NET 4.0/MEF and WPF/Silverlight topics. Kudos to Scott Cate for somehow talking Scott Guthrie into coming here year after year even when it’s hot!

Here’s additional information about the event:

When: May 26th, 2009

Where: Sign-up here and get more details

What’s Being Covered? A lot of great stuff such as ASP.NET MVC, Silverlight 3, MEF, WPF and more.  See the agenda below.



Presented By Scott Guthrie (ScottGu)

We’ll walkthrough building an application from scratch using the recent ASP.NET MVC 1.0 release.  You’ll learn what ASP.NET MVC is, the design decisions behind it, and how to build a real application with it.  We’ll cover topics ranging from the basics of application creation through to concepts like unit testing and dependency injection.

Silverlight 3
Presented By Scott Guthrie (ScottGu)

We’ll walkthrough building applications using the new Silverlight 3 release.  We’ll cover some of the power the new SL3 release provides, and then dive into how to program applications with it.  We’ll cover how to build data applications with it, build eye popping graphic solutions, and enable out of the browser applications with it.

Building openly extensible applications in .NET 4.0
Presented By Glenn Block

Are you tired of building monolithic style apps? Are you tired of hacking your app to bits to meet just one more requirement. Do youwant to enable third parties to provide add-on value to your apps?  If the answer to any of these is yes, then come learn about the new Managed Extensibility Framework which ships in .NET 4.0.  Applications built on MEF dynamically discover and compose available components at runtime. This makes MEF ideal for third-party extensibility scenarios, where the type and number of extensions are undefined. With MEF you can enable customers and third-parties to take your apps where no man has gone before. 

The Microsoft Client Continuum: Sharing code, skills and tools between WPF and Silverlight
Presented By Jaime Rodriguez

Are you wondering why Microsoft has both WPF and Silverlight?  Do they really need two technologies (given how similar they are)?  This session will walk you through the different scenarios that both Silverlight and WPF are addressing today, we will cover the similarities, and differences between the platforms, and share pragmatic advise for building applications that exploit both platforms.


Scott Guthrie is corporate vice president of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform, where he runs the development teams responsible for delivering Microsoft Visual Studio developer tools and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies for building client and Web applications.  A founding member of the .NET project, Guthrie has played a key role in the design and development of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework since 1999. Guthrie is also responsible for Microsoft's Web server platform and development tools teams. He has also more recently driven the development of Silverlight – a cross browser, cross platform plug-in for delivering next generation media experiences and rich internet applications for the Web.  Today, Guthrie directly manages the development teams that build the Common Language Runtime (CLR), ASP.NET, Silverlight, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), IIS, Commerce Server and the Visual Studio Tools for Web, Client and Silverlight development.  Guthrie graduated with a degree in computer science from Duke University.  Scott blogs at

Jaime Rodriguez is a Senior Technical Evangelist in Microsoft's Client Evangelism team. Jaime's current mission is to show customers how easy it is to accomplish both great software architecture and amazing user experiences using Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight. You can follow Jaime's musings at

Glenn Block is an industry expert with broad enterprise software development experience including architecture and system design. Strong proficiency in designing software frameworks and infrastructure. Driver of technical strategy for small and large organizations. Professional speaker who has presented at both industry and community events.  Glenn Block’s Specialties: Agile practices, Architecture, Design patterns, Driving Technical Strategy, Program Management, Product Planning.  Glen blogs at

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