SDDN Tonight in Sydney

From Chris Anderson

“Just a reminder that the Sydney SDDN meeting is tonight at 6pm (for 6:30). If you haven’t done so, please register on the Facebook event here: SDDN Sydney on Facebook so we can order enough pizza. I’ll give a bit of a rundown of the outcomes from MIX10, and Jose will talk about developing for Windows Phone 7 (or the Zune Phone as I prefer to call it).

Oh, and bring your external HD / USB keys / laptops / (trying to think of something suitably silly for this entry, but got nothing at this time of night), as thanks to Justin King who consumed great slabs of bandwidth to download all the MIX10 videos (16GB worth apparently, so come prepared) will have them all available for download off an external HD. If Justin doesn’t make it then we have a backup of Ewen Wallace (aka @CADbloke) who has already grabbed them from Justin and will also bring them on an external HD. There is a ton of great content there, and is is your best chance to get them if you haven’t got them already and want to reserve your bandwidth for other potentially less reputable purposes.

And hey, if none of that got your attention, there’s free pizza! See you then!

Chris Anderson
Resident Sydney SDDN Rambler”

New SDDN Site Live

The new Silverlight Designer and Developer Network site is live!

The site has information on upcoming meetings, any follow up code links from the presenters as well as general Silverlight community information.

It will also contain video of the events where possible – once we figure out some hosting (damn you Silverlight Live Streaming biting the bullet!).

The best part about the new site is that it now has RSS!! A long time coming I know – but go add it to your readers 🙂

Check it out at



Next Melbourne SDDN Meeting – 29th Oct

Hey all!

After a short hiatus we’re back with more meetings. We’ve had a break due to a mixture of Tech.Ed, holidays and – would you belive – jury duty.

We’ve got two great talks lined up – from Phil Beadle on Unit Testing in Silverlight and from myself on .NET RIA Services validation.

How I unit test a Silverlight application – Phil Beadle

This session will cover how to architect a Silverlight application so that it can be thoroughly tested.

Time: ~1 hour.

Phil will cover:

  • The MVVM pattern
  • How to unit test the View Model
  • Using unity as an IoC
  • Using Moq to mock out the Model
  • Using the Silverlight Unit test framework to test the UI
  • Using a Mock domain client to mock out the calls to the database from a RIA service

Philip has extensive experience using these techniques in production projects, so this will be a talk not to be missed.

Philip is a DotNetNuke Trustee and works for Readily as a Principal Consultant specialising in Silverlight, DotNetNuke and ASP.Net. Philip has a large amount of experience building all sorts of online properties ranging from small personal sites to massive traffic sites such as the AFL website. Philip is also known for his passion for testing and is the lead for the new QA Team on DotNetNuke which will implement unit testing and integration testing in the coming months

.NET RIA Services Validation – Jordan Knight

Time: ~30 minutes.

This session will cover some basic .NET RIA Services concepts before delving in to to world of validations.

See how easy it is to create shared custom validation code in your applications (run on client and server).

Jordan is a Senior Consultant at Readify and is a regular on the Silverlight scene in Australia, having presented at a number of conferences including ReMix and Tech.Ed Australia and New Zealand.

Late Addition!

David Burela asked if he could give a quick 10 minute demo on some Bing Maps stuff he has been working on… why of course David!

The new Bing Maps virtual earth control lacks basic databinding, you have to manualy add pushpins and map shapes. This quick demo will demonstrate how you can import a single library to enable databinding to the bing maps control, and then create the datatemplates you need to databind your shapes directly to the map.

David is a Senior Developer at Readify who last year won the Microsoft imagine cup for his work on SOAK.

When: Thursday October 29, 5:30 for 6:00 start

Where: Microsoft Theatre, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

Pizza will be provided to keep those tummies from rumbling.

Attendance is FREE but please register using the tool on the SDDN Site so we can figure how much PIZZA to get!

New SDDN Site Design

I know we’ve been promising a new SDDN site for like almost a year now – well finally we got our asses in to gear and have something coming!

Alex Knight (my brother from the same motha) of AGKDesign and SilverZine fame (and being my brother fame too :P) sat down 6 months ago and ripped out this design:

SDDN New Site Design

It’s gonna rock hey!

Well now @rosscify is going to build it in Graffiti for us!

Can’t bloody wait!

SDDN with Scott Barnes, Product Manager, Microsoft

This week there are two SDDN events, one in Perth on Wednesday 22nd July(link) and Melbourne on Thursday 23rd July.

Our special guest Scott Barnes will be running through all the new bits in Silverlight 3 + Expression Blend 3.

Scott Barnes’ Australian Silverlight & Expression 3 Tour

Silverlight & Expression 3 launch is an important moment in Microsoft’s timeline, as this is their V3 moment! In light of this point in time, Scott has vowed to ensure all within his beloved home, Australia, get a deep insight into what just happened in both Silverlight and Expression 3.

Not only will Scott cover off some of the new stuff, but will highlight some of the existing brilliance within these products through examples and commentary of how the old and new features came to be (as well as hints to both product’s future).

In this session you not only will hear all of this, but this is also a perfect opportunity to lobby for what you want to see in Silverlight & Expression 4!

Yes, not only did Microsoft just finish work on 3, but they’re keen to get started on the next version – given Scott is on the planning team, this is a great opportunity for you to influence the future of Microsoft’s UX Platform.

Scott Barnes is a Product Manager for the Rich Client Platform team at Microsoft, with a focus on Silverlight

When and Where?

The date and time: Thursday July 23 at 5:30 PM for a 6:00 PM start.
The venue is Microsoft Theatre, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank.

Attendance is FREE, but please RSVP by entering your details in the registration tool on the site ( or send an email to

Pizza will be provided to keep those tummies from rumbling.



P.S. Don’t miss the Nerd Dinner on Tuesday night (21st July)!