Looking to create a more compelling experience for your users? Silverlight? WPF? Expression? Does it all sound like gibberish? The Mid Atlantic Roadshow is coming to your backyard!


From the Cheesesteaks of Philadelphia to the crab cakes of Maryland my fellow geeks Dani Diaz and G. Andrew Duthie are hitting the road and coming to you!  If you have been curious about the latest releases of Developer and Designer tools from Microsoft but don’t know where to start these events are for you. 

We’ll be covering eight different cities and will go from using the tools themselves to the patterns and practices people are using to be more productive.  Instead of just throwing a bunch of slides and “Hello World” apps at you we are going to build a working application that will spam across the entire day.  From where to get the bits, planning/designing your application, to building it and finally publishing it out these events will cover it all. 

Here is how the day will pan out:

Creating Rich Internet Applications on the Microsoft Platform using Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3

You’re a Developer not a Designer. So how do you shine in this new world of Rich Internet Applications (RIA) while still leveraging your .NET skills? This 2 hour overview will get you up to speed on the latest Microsoft Silverlight, Expression Studio and Visual Studio has to offer. Go beyond hello world and get the latest tips and tricks to make your application shine. You’ll be surprised how easily you can create a working web application that is engaging to your users, and integrates with your existing web architecture.

Level: 200-300 | Length: 1:45

Building Composite Silverlight and WPF Applications using Prism and MVVM

When you have two UI technologies like WPF and Silverlight written in similar languages (XAML) but that run against different assemblies in different situations, it's not unreasonable to want to write a UI once and later be able to choose the best or both options with only a trivial amount of effort. This session will show you how to get the most out of your XAML-based applications and what architectural decisions can help enable these options from the beginning of the development cycle.

Level: 200 | Length: 1:15

Introduction to .NET RIA Services

This session is an introduction on how Microsoft is simplifying the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together ASP.NET and Silverlight. Learn about patterns for working with data, implementing reusable and independently testable application logic, and application services that readily scale with growing requirements.

Level: 200 | Length: 0:30

Where to sign up?

Each event is from 1pm to 5pm and will also come after an early morning IT Professional session.  So if you’re curious in learning more about Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 you can come early and stay for the Developer goodness in the afternoon.

City Date Register
Total 7 locations!
Baltimore, MD 8/19/2009  Register
Washington DC 8/20/2009  Register
Roanoke, VA 9/10/2009  Register
Allentown, PA 9/21/2009  Register
Malvern, PA 9/22/2009  Register
Norfolk, VA 9/25/2009  Register
Harrisburg, PA 9/29/2009  Register

Hope to see you there!

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