This Saturday the .NET Montreal User Group presented a full day of presentation on Silverlight. The main topic of the day was “How to build a business application with Silverlight”. There was more people than we expect to have on a Saturday (more than 160 persons). Five speakers shared the stage to cover the whole presentation(Laurent Duveau, Dominic Sévigny, Guy Barrette, Pascal Groulx and me [Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault]. The real goal behind this day was to present the different tools that a developer may have to use to create a business application.
- Design a prototype with ShecthFlow. (Guy Barrette)
- Using RIA Services. (Laurent Duveau)
- Creating and calling a WCF service. (Pascal Groulx)
- Changing the look of the application with styles. (Dominic Sévigny)
- How to change the look of a button and make it shining. (Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault)
- Create a logo with Expression Designer and importing it in Expression Blend (Guy Barrette)
- Animate the logo with Blend. (Dominic Sévigny)
- Search Engine Optimization. (Laurent Duveau)
Here is a list of the tools that were used during the day:
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1
- SQL Express
- Expression Blend 3
- Expression Designer 3
- .NET RIA Services
There is effectively a real interest in Silverlight in the community. It was interesting to see that there was not only developers but also some designers who attend at the day.
I’m really happy to be part of this event and sharing with others.
If you are interested in taking some Silverlight training, look at the Silverlight Tour.
Also you can attend at the Tech Day on December 2nd to December 4th at Montreal. I will present a session on Expression Blend. Dominic Sévigny will present a session on PRISM and Laurent Duveau will present the new feature of Silverlight 3.
Some picture of the day:
The crowd before a few minutes before the presentation.
Guy Barrette talking to Christian Beauclair (from Microsoft) just before the presentation.
Guy and Etinne Tremblay presenting the event
Guy starting his presentation. We had the chance to see his designer talent
Guy building a Silverlight SketchFlow application and integrate a sample data source in his sketch flow application.
Laurent show the DomainService class base on the .NET RIA Services
An overview of the crowd.
Laurent answering some questions while Pascal Groulx prepare his presentation.
Pascal a few moment just before his 1st presentation. His presentation focus on how to build a web service using WCF.
Dominic Sévigny show us how to work with Styles in Silverlight using Visual Studio and Blend.
This is me explaining how to build custom controls in Blend. I create a button based on a rectangle, and i tried to make it shiny.
The second presentation of Guy was about Expression Designer and Expression Blend. He show us own we can integrate file made with Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.
Dominic came to help Guy to integrate the user control containing a logo.
Dominic show us how to create animation using Expression Blend.
Laurent finish the day by presenting how to work with SEO.
Finally, Laurent answers some questions at the end of his session.
You can download the source code that we used (thanks to Laurent for the file)