Silverlight DevCamp 2007 – Dallas, TX

Here’s a quick (ok, not so quick) message to all of you attending the Silverlight DevCamp here in Dallas on Saturday, Nov 10th.  If you’re registered on Microsoft World Wide Events, then you already got this message.  If not, here it is in its entirety. 

PS – please use the tag “SLDC07” for all blogging, flickering, Twittering and other Social Networking so that we can find your posts!

Hello Silverlight DevCampers!

Thanks for signing up for our first ever Silverlight DevCamp in Dallas, TX! I wanted to share a little bit more about the event with you so that everyone comes prepared and we can have the best possible time.


The format of this DevCamp is based on the ideas of Hack Day – instead of a day full of lecture, you’ll spend the majority of the day writing your own Silverlight code using your laptop, a VPC image, or one of our 30 provided computers. We will have some people proctoring the event, and we’ll provide a few hands-on-labs for you to use to get up to speed, but the majority of the day will be focused on you getting a chance to dive into the technology and learn Silverlight by writing your own code. We encourage people to work together, in teams, to create some interesting Silverlight applications and share our Silverlight development knowledge with each other.  It’s OK if you’ve never written any Silverlight code before – this is a great opportunity for you to give it a try, in a fun, collaborative environment!


The event will be held at the Improving Enterprises offices at 15950 Dallas Pkwy Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75248-6615. The building should be open and unlocked for you to come upstairs to the 5th floor. Please park in the attached garage using code #5000 to get in, and NOT in the Visitor Parking area.


Since the format of this event is a hands-on Dev Camp rather than a classroom lecture, we will be expecting everyone to come ready to write some code. Since not everyone will be able to install all the software needed to run their own environment, we will provide 3 alternatives for you:

  1. Preferred method: Prepare and bring your own laptop to the DevCamp with all the software you’ll need already loaded and ready to go. For a listing of what software you should install, please refer to the Get Started page on

  2. Bring your own laptop and utilize our VPC image. Virtual PC is a free download from Microsoft, so this should be an easy way to get started quickly.

  3. Use one of the workstations at Improving that will have the Virtual PC image (or, possibly a native Silverlight development image) installed on it. Since there are 100 people registered for this event, and only 30 computers, you will probably have to team up to use this option.


The doors will open at 7:30 am for registration. Tal McMahon will start the day with an overview of Silverlight from 8am – 9am, followed up by the open coding-fest from 9:00-6:00. At 6:00, we will reconvene as a group, and go through the code that people have written and submitted (this is optional – we want to reward those that have done some cool things with some prizes, but you’re not required to participate in the review if you don’t want to).

Thanks again for signing up for Silverlight DevCamp – if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 214-385-5616. I look forward to seeing you all there!

If you’re planning to attend – leave me a comment on this post.  If you’ve got any questions, please send them through comments here, or call my cell phone at the number listed in the post.

I hope to see you there! 

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Comments (14)

  1. Here's a quick (ok, not so quick) message to all of you attending the Silverlight DevCamp here in

  2. chance says:

    I am planning on attending.  is there a way to get the VPC image before hand?

  3. ChrisKoenig says:

    If you’re in Dallas, I could meet you somewhere – you can help me test it out 🙂  Right now, uncompressed, it’s about 20GB.  Compressed, it’s about 8.5 GB…  Big, I know, but worth it 🙂

  4. Trent says:

    I’ll be there.

  5. Adam Hill says:

    I’ll be showing up.

  6. Amarsh says:


    I have been wanting to learn silverlight since a while, Will this help a total  newbie like me ? if yes I want to attend. Is there anything else I need to do to attend ?

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  9. says:

    Silverlight DevCamp is this Saturday at the Improving Enterprises offices in Dallas. I begged Chris Koenig

  10. Amarsh says:

    I looked up this event on the microsoft event site and it says full, I replied or posted a comment yesterday here. Am I cleared/registered to attend this event ?

  11. Adonis Bitar says:

    Silverlight DevCamp is this Saturday at the Improving Enterprises offices in Dallas. I begged Chris Koenig

  12. ChrisKoenig says:

    WOW!  Lots of interest in the Silverlight DevCamp 🙂  Potentially more interest than space, however…  Here’s the deal – we had 100 people register, and one drop (that I know about).  The facility should hold about 85-90 people, but it’ll be tight.  Since these "free" events always have some portion of no-shows, I’ve been telling anyone and everyone to come on down!  Chances are, we’ll have no trouble at all accomodating everyone, but we will have only so much drink, food and prizes for everyone if more than 100 attend.  If you’re concerned at all, please give me a call (214-285-5616) before you head down and I’ll let you know what it looks like at the venue.  I will NOT turn anyone away that wants to participate in the DevCamp, but you might have to be creative about where you sit…  

    AND – you’ll do yourself a big favor if you install at least SL1.0, SL1.1 Alpha, VS2K8-Beta2, the Silverlight tools for VS08-Beta2 and Expression Blend before you come, as it’ll probably be a madhouse trying to get everyone’s machines updated..

    Thanks for your interest in Silveright DevCamp, and I look forward to seeing you there!  Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions – I’ll put all of this in a new blog post here shortly so that everyone gets the details…



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