Silverlight Briefing Webcast

Last Thursday (September 25), I conducted a webcast on the topic of Silverlight.  To those of you who were able to make it in person, I want to thank you for taking the time to attend!  It was very well attended and we were even able to sweeten the pot, so to speak, by announcing that anyone in the "live studio audience" who filled out an evaluation form at the end would be entered into a draw to win an XBox 360.  If you have won the draw, you will be contacted fairly soon to ensure proper delivery.

At the end of my presentation, I promised everyone that I would post the presentation in addition to the code I used to create the Silverlight 1.0 and Silverlight 1.1 demos.  Feel free to look and use the code as you see fit.  The presentation can be found here (if you don't have Office 2007 but use a previous version of Office, you'll need to download and install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats, which you can download here for free).  For those of you using Office for Macintosh, you can find a copy of the presentation here.  The Silverlight 1.0 demo code can be found here and the Silverlight 1.1 code can be found here, both of which are in zip files.

The Silverlight 1.0 code was actually adapted from code that Laurence Maroney published on his blog, so if you want a very detailed description of how each component works, I strongly suggest you visit his site as the post is excellent.  You don't require any special tools to use the code; Notepad is more than fine.

The Silverlight 1.1 demo (aka: The Bird Demo) contains all the code to the finished demo I did in Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 as well as Expression Blend 2 September Preview.  While technically you can use Notepad to create this code, I highly recommend you download the beta tools I used as the experience is much more streamlined.  Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 can be found here, and the Expression Blend 2 September Preview can be found here.

If you weren't able to join us for the webcast, you can find a recorded version of the webcast here.  Unfortunately, the draw for the XBox 360 was only for those that attended the live webcast rather than the recording.

Having said that, I do want to invite you to the half-day in-person briefings I will be doing in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in October.  If you are going to be in those cities on the dates I have listed below, feel free to register for the event.  It's a half-day morning event and we will be going into more depth than I could in the webcast, given the webcast was only 1 hour.  We'll have some cool prizes at these events as well, so in addition to getting some great info on Silverlight, you might walk away with some cool software as well.

To register for one of the 3 in-person briefings, please follow the link most appropriate for you below:

City Date Registration Link


Thursday, October 11, 2007

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Toronto (Mississauga)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Click Here


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Click Here

(This blog entry was cross-posted to the Canadian Developers Blog in addition to this blog)


[Editor's Note: Added a link to an Office 97-2003 format version of the webcast deck in order to support those that use Office on the Macintosh - thanks, Ben!]