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)!

June 2 SDDN Meeting in Sydney

Miguel has been very organised and has another SDDN meeting off the ground in Sydney!

From Miguel’s blog:

“Next Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30 at Microsoft in Sydney (1 Epping Road, North Ryde NSW) we will have the SSDN Sydney’s June Meeting. This time Tatham Oddie will be talking about the new Out of Browser features in Silverlight 3 and Sergey Klementiev will presenting “LOB applications in Silverlight Lap around middle tier”. You will also have the opportunity to win a copy full of Expression 2 Suite and the best of all network amongst your Silverlight peers. So don’t miss it.”

Register on the site.

See you there!

SDDN Launch a Huge Success

WOW! What a rush!

Last week we launched the Silverlight Designer and Developer Network in Melbourne… the first user group in Australia (and Asia Pacific we hear) dedicated to Silverlight.

Attendance was fantastic with a touch over 90 people – scoffing up all 35 pizzas in good time. You can see some pics of the meet here.

We had two fantastic talks: Shane Morris from Microsoft spoke to us about user centric design, what that means and how it can help you. He then related this to Silverlight. Jonas Folleso from Capgemini then spoke about the latest and greatest Silverlight goodies, including very cool demos of Windows Live Mesh and the new Line of Business framework that previously had only been seen at PDC!

As promised we recorded the sessions and the site will be updated soon with some new features including streaming video (which turned out fantastic by the way).

Thanks goes to

A big thanks to Phil and Mashesh for all their help setting up the group and organising the night… without them the group would not have had a chance. Also a big thanks to Nadia and Bruce for their support and encouragement, and for helping out on the night.

We have a Winner!

A big congratulations to Dean Maughan who walked away with the major prize for the evening – an MSDN Premium Subscription worth 20k! The pack includes Visual Studio Team Suite, Windows Server 2008, Vista Ultimate, Office, SQL Server Enterprise, TFS Server and much more!

Coming up

Out next meet will be in late January to give us all time for a reset over the Christmas period. Most likely we will start off the year with a super group meeting with multiple streams and lots of interesting content. Keep an eye on the site for more information (and your spam filter :)).

Dev Day

Based on feedback received at the SDDN meeting we are looking to hold a Silverlight hands on day early in the new year. The idea is that on a Saturday you bring along your laptop with Expression Blend and Visual Studio (trial version OK) installed and you learn how to use Silverlight from the ground up. Depending on popularity I’d love to run some “go deep” sessions also… and teach people about in depth topics like Dependency Injection in Silverlight, Model-View-ViewModel and other cool topics.

We’ll get our bums in to gear and get the site updated very soon so we can keep you informed on these happenings… but for now, thank you to all who attended the meeting and we look forward to seeing you at our future meetings, on the site and at the hands on days!

Introducing the Silverlight Designer and Developer Network

It gives me great pleasure to announce the Silverlight Designer and Developer Network, a new community group in Melbourne for Silverlight designers and developers alike!

Lets meet!

The group’s first meeting is on Thursday November 27 at 5:30 PM for a 6:00 PM start. The venue is Microsoft Theatre, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank.

We have some great speakers lined up for you: Shane Morris from Microsoft and Jonas Follesø from Capgemini. These guys have tons of experience in Silverlight and have presented many times on the subject, including fantastic talks at TechEd.

To register interest head over to Registering your interest helps us organise the meetings!

Who will this group interest?

The focus of the group is not just on developers. Traditionally developers have had great community support, whereas designers not so much… now that Silverlight 2 is out we plan to change this.

Silverlight is as interesting for developers as it is for designers. Due in part to Silverlight’s excellent separation of design and development concerns we have new problems to solve around finding the best ways to work together.

To this end the SDDN will facilitate an ongoing discussion and promote the development of ideas and best practices for anyone who works with Silverlight.

Meetings will also include specialist topics targeted at designers or developers at a range of levels.

It’s got something for everyone 🙂

The Site

A big part of the group is the site, which will include all sorts of goodies once we launch it later in the year, including blog syndication and more importantly all the presentations will be available for download! Stay tuned for more updates at a later stage.

And.. please note that the current site is just a temporary site!