Get DevReady with MVVM in Philly (3/19) & NYC (3/21)

MVVM. MVVM. MVVM.  I bet you’ve seen that acronym more than three times before? Ever wonder what it means?  I’ll tell you: “Model View-View Model”

Ever wonder what THAT means?! MVVM is a popular design pattern for coding the presentation layer in both Silverlight & Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). It seems to be the rage that all the cool kids are doing these days, which means YOU should probably pay attention to it!

At recent code camps in NYC and Philly, the sessions focused on the MVVM pattern were standing room only.  At events I’ve been attending, folks have constantly requested via feedback and evaluation forms that they want MORE MVVM!  So, you have asked. And now, we’re going to deliver!

Announcing: DevReady with MVVM

Join us for a FREE full day training event on MVVM in Philly & NYC.  Get your development skills ready for MVVM (Model View View Model Design Pattern) and build some exciting applications for WPF, Silverlight or Windows Phone. In this all day event you will learn everything you need to know to get start with MVVM. We will start with the basics and end with some more advance topics. 

Lunch will be provided courtesy of our sponsor: DevExpress.  Thanks in advance to DevExpress for funding this event and making it possible.  The sessions will be delivered by Microsoft MVP Miguel Castro, Microsoft Developer Evangelist Dani Diaz, and DevExpress’ Chief Evangelist Seth Juarez.

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Philadelphia (Malvern, Pa)

When:   Saturday, March 19, 2011 8:30am – 5:30pm (ET) Where: Microsoft Offices Great Valley Corporate Center 45 Liberty Blvd Suite 210 Malvern, Pa 19355



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New York City

When: Monday, March 21, 2011 8:30am – 5:30pm (ET) Where: Microsoft Offices 1290 Ave Of The Americas 6th Floor New York, NY 10104


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XAML: Achieving Your Moment Of Clarity

Still find XAML intimidating? Well, throw in MVVM and certain design practices and it can get worse. But the truth is that it isn't as complicated as it appears to be. In this short session, I'll give you the basics of how XAML works. I'll cover its syntax, control usage, the visual tree, and the scariest animal of all, binding. I'll give you your moment of clarity, I promise.

Programming with MVVM - Part 1

WPF overwhelmed us with the most powerful data binding ever released in a development platform. It seemed there was so much to learn in order to use it, but it really isn't that complicated. However, to use it to its full potential, you really do need to introduce the Model-View-ViewModel pattern. The ideas and goal around this pattern seem to vary from person to person, but the one thing that they all share is that it provides a point of binding for XAML pages. In this session, I'll show you what MVVM is and how to use it and what to put in it, in order to get maximum potential out of XAML binding.

Programming with MVVM - Part 2

Now that you’ve sat through my MVVM session (what? you didn’t?), I want to take it to the next level by continuing your studies into this awesome and necessary pattern. In this session, I’ll cover more advanced topics you use when programming using Model-View-ViewModel. These include Design-Time Data, ViewModel-First, Validation, and the ever-so-popular MVVM Frameworks. There I’ll actually show and give you a small MVVM framework with which to launch your development. Though I will do a brief review on the fundamentals and goals of MVVM and its usage, this session does expect a little bit of knowledge on the pattern from you.

Sharing Assets Between WPF, Silverlight and Windows Phone

Get a preview of upcoming Visual Studio features that will allow you to share code between Microsoft .NET platforms. You’ll learn how to structure applications to maximize the amount of shared code, how to write an app that’s used across Silverlight Desktop and Windows Phone, and how to build business logic and helper functions that work across all 3 Screens plus the cloud.

Leveraging Controls to Build XAML-based Applications

Understanding an architecture pattern like MVVM is great but many companies invest in third-party control suites to make their application development less painful. In this session, you'll learn how to leverage some great controls from DevExpress in conjunction with MVVM to build applications in both WPF and Silverlight.

[UPDATE 4-7-2011:] The recordings and content from this event are now available here!