Windows Presentation Foundation Community Workshop, Melbourne, Sat Mar 28th and Bushfire Appeal

Windows Presentation Foundation Community Workshop

Ok, so you've seen Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and you thought the technology looked interesting. You know your applications are starting to look dated, you understand WPF has matured, now in its 3rd release; but life gets in the way and you haven't had the chance to get down and dirty with it yet. So here's your opportunity to skill up, and raise money for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, in this One-Day Workshop!!

To help you get to grips with this great technology quickly, Microsoft has created a series of Hands on Labs and Presentations. These will grow your skill set, putting you on the path to building the rich user interfaces your customers are demanding.

This training event comes to you courtesy of the .NET User Groups across Australia, and Cliftons, who are generously providing their training facilities at minimal cost. This is your chance to learn new skills, network with other professionals, and have a bit of fun along the way.

Registration and Payment

There is a nominal charge of $100. With the help of Cliftons we are keeping costs minimal and if we fill all workshops across the country then this event will raise close to $23,000 for the Red Cross "Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009".

Places are limited and to register interest please send a mail to

Workshop Format

To make it easy for you to attend we are running the workshops on a Saturday in all major cities. The sessions will commence at 8.30am with registration. Check the schedule below for the date and location in Melbourne.

Following a 10 to 15 minute introduction to each topic, you will kick start Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend and work on the relevant lab!! Regardless of your current level of experience, you can work at your own pace; a facilitator will be on hand to guide your learning; and you'll be able to take the lab content home for further learning.


The WPF Skills day will cover

  1. Creating layouts, compositions and templates
  2. Building custom controls
  3. Working with Styles and control templates (includes using Expression Blend to restyle)
  4. Using the Ribbon control to effortlessly create applications that are as familiar to your customers as Office 2007 (not to mention the Windows 7 Core Applications)
  5. Working with the new DataGrid control to display tabular and editable data
  6. Binding data with ease to your user interface
  7. And more...

Event Dates

The Windows Presentation Foundation Community workshop in Melbourne is to be held on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at Cliftons on Collins Street.

Be in to Win

The workshop will also feature a prize draw to win a copy of Visual Studio 2008. Nice!!

So get clicking and sign up by sending a mail to and tell your mates about the day, learn something new and help out the Bushfire victims!!