In the last Silverlight user group meeting, Mano and Chris gave everyone an overview on Expression Blend and demoed the workflow between designers and developers using the new toolset to create Silverlight applications. In the next user group meeting, I'll take a closer look at the latest version of Expression Blend and show you some practical examples of creating Silverlight rich user experience using Blend and how both designers and developers can take advantages of the tool. Some topics will be covered include:
- Blend UI editing features overview
- Create an interactive button using Visual State Manager
- Create a user control in Blend vs. VS2008
- Control styling vs. Control skinning
Carlos Rocchetti from Navantis, who has more than a year now developing in Silverlight will also present. Here's the meeting detail:
When: 6:30PM, Wednesday October 22nd, 2008.
Where: MSN Office Downtown Toronto, 222 Bay St. Toronto, ON
6:30 – 7:30: A Close Look at Expression Blend – presenter Qixing Zheng, Microsoft
7:30 – 7:45: Break
7:45 – 8:45: Silverlight Model-View-ViewModel design pattern with LINQ and WCF data service - presenter Carlos Rocchetti, Navantis
8:45 – 9:30: Q&A
Register at: http://www.torontosilverlight.com
Qixing Zheng, joined Microsoft Canada as its first User Experience Developer Advisor, in which she talks to schools, IT communities and companies about Microsoft's investment in UX, finds design heroes and design stories from the community. More importantly, this role allows her to work with IT professionals to find great UX design solutions that can impact the technology we deliver today. She graduated from UBC at the end of 2005 with a Masters degree in Computer Science, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction.
Carlos Rocchetti, is a technical architect at Navantis, and has been in the IT industry for over 12 years. He has been involved in various projects, including a Hospital information system called CCIS for which his team received the 2007 Tech-Net innovation award. Carlos has been working with Silverlight since beta 1, and is very keen on practically applying this technology and WPF to line of business applications. Carlos is a Microsoft Certifified Technology Specialist – ASP.NET, enjoys sports, strategy games and loves spending time with his wife and son.