The next Microsoft Belux Architect Forum is here: RIA with SL2.0


The theme of this Architect Forum is "Architecting Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 2.0".  There is currently a global industry consensus that “User Experience” (UX) goes far beyond what is traditionally known as “User Interface” (UI) and that providing a great UX becomes increasingly important for businesses worldwide.  Indeed, for customer end-users, it is absolutely crucial that companies differentiate themselves via a great UX since increasingly, the service companies provide, becomes commoditized. For business users, having an effective UX, leads to a more effective organization and hence provides a competitive advantage as well higher employee satisfaction.

This implies that IT organizations should strive towards making UX a first class goal in any IT initiative and not an afterthought and hence architecting RIA’s correctly becomes a main priority for application architects.  Come and learn about the architectural patterns and best practices in architecting RIA’s with Silverlight 2.0 with Josh Holmes, a Microsoft RIA Architect Evangelist based the US central region.

I look forward to meeting you there,

Philippe Destoop
Architect, Developer and Platform Group
Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg

Living Tomorrow
Indringersweg 1
B – 1800 Vilvoorde

October 7th, 2008
From 9:00 to 12:30

How much?
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09:00–09:30: Registration & Coffee

09:30–12:30: Architecting Enterprise RIAs with Silverlight 2.0

Abstract: thinking about the user experience is no longer optional. It’s a core part of your new applications and those with the best user experience will prevail. With the ability to leverage amazing interaction, stunning video and top notch browser side performance - Silverlight 2.0 makes building such an experience achievable.

At the same time, there are a host of architectural questions that it opens up as well like:

  • What’s the mix of client side verses server side business logic?
  • How does Silverlight 2.0 impact your services strategy?
  • How does the information flow impact your database structure?
  • Where do you manage state, client side or server side?

In the first part of this session, we will begin with a look through the features in Silverlight 2.0, including Deepzoom, XAML, video and more, and how  you can leverage them in your Enterprise Rich Internet Applications.
In the second half, we will explore architectural patterns such as state management, fault tolerance, service composition, communications protocols, message formats and go into details how Enterprise RIAs can be architected using Microsoft Silverlight 2.0.

Target audienceclip_image008[4]
Solution Architects and Senior Developers (content will be too technical for Enterprise Architects).



clip_image012Josh Holmes, RIA Architect Evangelist, Microsoft
Josh Holmes is a RIA Architect Evangelist with Microsoft focused on building and educating the dev partners with a Rich Internet Application offering. Prior to joining Microsoft in October 2006, Josh was a consultant with SRT Solutions working with a variety of clients ranging from large Fortune 500 firms to smaller sized companies.
In most situations, Josh was called in as the technical leader on a project to lead the clients team to success. Josh is a frequent speaker and lead panelist at national and international software development conferences, including VSLive, Software Development Expo (East and West), Basta and the Rich Web Experience, focusing on emerging technologies, software design and development with an emphasis on mobility and RIA (Rich Internet Applications).
Josh has written and delivered many training classes over time for both public audiences as well as courses tightly tailored for the client's needs. The topics of these classes ranged from XML to ASP.NET to the Compact Framework. Josh speaks from his experience and conviction based on many production successes that his clients have experienced. Community focused, Josh has founded and/or run many technology organizations from the Great Lakes Area .NET Users Group to the Ann Arbor Computer Society and was on the forming committee for CodeMash. You can contact Josh through his blog at