You’re invited to XamlFest Boston – May 27 + May 28

The last in-person XamlFest event I'll be doing this FY is coming up on May 27 and May 28 at NERD in Cambridge, MA, and you're of course invited.  In the wake of the MIX09 announcements, we've refactored to content to include Blend 3, Silverlight 3, and some of the new cool features therein.

I hope to see you there, but please note that if you've registered for a XamlFest Boston event and got bumped due to overdemand, you'll be given preferential treatment for at seat at this one.

Also note to everyone, we'll be taking XamlFest Online early June so that you can participate from wherever you are.  Announcements are coming shortly.





Are you excited about the WPF but concerned about the learning curve?  Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started?  Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest!


XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance for you to mingle with UX minded Microsoft folks.  It's also a chance to get a look at some of the new features coming in Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3.


Please note that each attendee will need a laptop to take part in the assisted development sessions.






Wednesday, May 27th

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Introduction to XAML and the Windows Client Platform


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM



10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Key Concepts - Layout, Styles, Resources, Controls, Templates, Binding, Converters


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, Mingle, Prizes


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Instructor-led Silverlight 3 walkthrough and assisted development


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Assisted development

Thursday, May 28th

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Best practices for designer/developer interaction


10:30 AM – 10:45 AM



10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Design patterns for XAML


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch, Mingle, Prizes


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Instructor-led WPF walkthrough and assisted development


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Assisted development


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What if I don’t have Visual Studio?

A. No problem - please install Visual Studio Express if you don't have access to a licensed version.


Q. What if I don’t have Expression Blend?

A. Probably no problem - install a preview version of Expression Blend 3 (but be forewarned - it is a preview.)



Q. What if I don’t have a laptop?

A. You can still participate in the training in the mornings and lunch, but assisted development in the afternoon is a harder problem to solve. We have no problem with people pairing up, so you might want to check with friends or co-workers to see if they’re interested.


Q. Can I just come for the training and skip assisted development?

A. XamlFest is about empowering designers and developers to deliver great user experiences and we believe a key component is hands-on assisted development. If you are unable to participate in the afternoon sessions please wait until the day before the event to register. This will give others the opportunity to sign up first, and if there’s still space available you’re welcome to join us.


XamlFest -- Come as you are, leave Xamlized.



Wednesday & Thursday May 27th and 28th


We’re only allowing 50 attendees to this event, and those who were denied a seat before will be given proirity for a seat.


Microsoft New England Research and Development Center

1 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142



We’re allowing only 50 attendees to ensure we deliver a good experience during the assisted development sessions.


To register, please send an e-mail with the names and e-mail addresses of your attendees to

Comments (2)

  1. My colleague, John Pelak, is bringing another edition of the XAML Fest series to the Boston area, this

  2. XAMLFest events are a great (and free) way to learn about Silverlight and WPF through a combination of

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