Houston XamlFest

XamlCruncher 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 Expression Blend help designers and developers deliver great user experiences together? 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 as well as industry leading design firms and design integrators.

Each XamlFest day will start with interactive sessions by Microsoft and our design partners, followed by a free lunch and a chance to network, have some fun and win prizes. Each afternoon will be geared toward assisted development with instructor-led walkthroughs, or, better yet, come with your own project in mind and we’ll help kick start your very own proof of concept!

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



October 6th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Introduction to WPF, Xaml, Expression Blend
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Building Applications to Support Design, What is a Design Integrator?
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
October 7th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Introduction to Silverlight, Data Binding, LINQ
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Design best practices, Silverlight on the Web
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch, Mingle, Prizes

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Instructor-led Silverlight 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, every attendee leaves with Visual Studio 2008 Pro!

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

A. Again, no problem! Everyone leaves with Expression Studio 2.

Q. What if I don’t have an idea for a starter project?

A. We’d like you to leave with something personal, but if nothing comes to mind that’s OK too. It’s the main reason we’re planning a few guided sessions where you can fallow along with us. These sessions should take no more than two hours, so if something sparks your interest you’ll still have time left for assisted development.

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 there 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.



Monday & Tuesday October 6th and 7th



We’re only allowing 40 attendees to this event. First come, first served.



Microsoft South Central District: Houston, TX

One Briar Lake Plaza
2000 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S. #350
Houston, TX 77042
Phone: (832) 252-4300
Fax: (832) 252-4545



We’re asking that each company send no more than 4 people to this event so that we accommodate as many as possible. We’re allowing only 40 attendees to ensure we deliver a good experience during the assisted development sessions. 

You can register at the following link, but you’ll need a Microsoft Partner account to sign in:


If you don’t have a partner account, please send an e-mail with the names and e-mail addresses of your attendees to Jared Bienz (jbienz@microsoft.com).

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