Microsoft TechFest – Building Rich Interactive Web Applications with Silverlight and Expression

You are cordially invited to join us in a full-day event for developers and designers. Our first TechFest series will focus on how to use Microsoft latest web design and development technologies and tools such as Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, and Expression to create rich interactive web applications.  While each session will focus on a specific area, we try to blend discussions and demos in the context of a real world application.


Here is the link to the registration page in WWE -


Microsoft TechFest events are collaborative efforts between Microsoft and Microsoft partners.  We are very grateful to AIS and Cynergy Systems for their support and for Cynergy’s generous sponsorship for the event.


Future Microsoft TechFest events may cover topics such as web development with ASP.NET, Smart Client and WPF, Using Windows Live Platform, Working with Microsoft Data Services,  and Creating Secure Applications. Stay tuned…


Location: Microsoft Reston MTC
Event Date: June 13thth, 2008



8:30-9:00              Welcome

9:00-10:30           Microsoft Web Technologies: What’s the Latest?

10:30-1:45           Morning Break

10:45-12:15         Designing a Rich Interactive Silverlight Application with Expression

12:15-1:00           Lunch Break (Lunch will be provided)

1:00-2:30              Building a Rich Interactive Application with Silverlight and WCF

2:30-2:45              Afternoon Break

2:45-4:15              Panel Discussion

4:15-:430              Wrap up and Raffle (XBOX 360, plus other stuff)


Microsoft Web Technologies: What’s the Latest?

In this session, we will share with you the latest of Silverlight 2.0 and Expression 2.0 and Microsoft web technology roadmap. We will talk about the new features, the developer and designer productivity synergies and workflows. We will also talk about how Microsoft Silverlight compares with competing technologies.


Designing a Rich Interactive Silverlight Application with Expression

First impressions can make or kill any relationship, and nowhere is this more true than in software.  In this session we will show how to use the “Look First” design pattern together with the Expression suite to develop a rich and engaging interactive Silverlight media player.  Using the Expression suite we will show how to skin controls and design animations to best meet the user experience, and optimize the designer developer workflow.


Building a Rich Interactive Application with Silverlight and WCF

Now that the user interface has been created, the user experience fleshed out, it's time to transition from design to development and wire up logic and services. We'll provide the logic that makes the application tick, and the services that connect it to the larger infrastructure. We'll discuss the communications options available in Silverlight and delve into WCF service support, building out the application along the way.


Panel Discussion

At the panel discussion, you will be given a unique opportunity to ask questions and share comments on questions that have been raised by other attendees. The panel consists of speakers from the event and optionally guest speaker(s).




Pete Brown is Architect, Project Manager and Silverlight SME for Applied Information Sciences, and a Silverlight/WPF Microsoft MVP. An avid early adopter, Pete was responsible for the first Silverlight managed code application ever to go into production. In his spare time, Pete enjoys woodworking and spending time with his wife and son. Pete's site and blog is


 Michael Wolf:  A twelve year veteran of developing web applications, Michael was an early adopter of Rich Internet technologies, developing solutions using, ajax and Microsoft WPF/Silverlight. He has also developed several enterprise WPF applications for companies, including Microsoft, and is an active contributor to the Silverlight community. As the technical lead for Cynergy, Michael and his team recently competed won the Microsoft Phizzpop National Design Challenge over 30 top-tier design firms in the country


 Ashish Jaiman works as ISV Architect Evangelist with Microsoft, managing ISVs in the Mid-Atlantic area.  In his role he drives and accelerates the adoption of new (mostly pre release) technologies and tools within the ISV community. His current focus is SQL 2008, VS 2008, Win2008, Net3.5 and web based technologies. Ashish has over twelve years of experience in designing and developing enterprise software, bringing technical solutions to business problems and consistently delivered high quality software on time and on budget. Before joining Microsoft he has worked with small startups. He blogs at


Zhiming Xue “Z" is a Microsoft Architect Evangelist based in the Mid Atlantic area. He has more than 12 years of software development, consulting and IT experience, specializing in enterprise application architecture, development and integration. While with Microsoft Services he played technical and architectural roles on many consulting projects for large enterprise customers in both the commercial sector and the public sector.  He has presented various topics at Microsoft events and local user groups. Through his blogs and publications he has reached readers in the U.S., China and other countries and regions. He holds a Ph. D. in Management Science from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a professional certification from American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), as well as several Microsoft certifications. He can be reached through his blog at

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