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Being the SilverlightShow Eco Contest Community winner, I got the chance to meet up with the SilverlightShow team at MIX10 for the first time. Upon their request, I published Mix10 insider reports and I also helped out with two interviews; the first interview with one of the Silverlight MVP‘s of the year Laurent Bugnion and the second interview with Microsoft Expression Studio/Silverlight  Technical Evangelist Adam Kinney.

I need to thank the SilverlightShow team for making MIX10 even more exciting than it already was through these mini-interviews and reporting tasks. Then, I would also like to send big thank you’s to Laurent Bugnion and Adam Kinney, who took the time for our interviews during their crazy busy MIX10 schedule.



Laurent Bugnion’s Interview: We talked with Laurent Bugnion about the Windows Phone 7 and Silverlight announcements at MIX10, his new book “Silverlight 4 Unleashed” (the sequel to his first book Silverlight 2 Unleashed), Silverlight adoption in Europe, the SilverlightShow EcoContest and much more. I witnessed his MVVM talk at MIX10, which he gave to a super-crowded room, so you don’t want to miss this interview!

You can watch Laurent Bugnion’s “Understanding the MVVM pattern” video online now and find the sample code from his MIX10 talk on his blog.


Adam Kinney’s Interview: For Adam Kinney’s interview, I tried to focus on Microsoft Expression Studio and the design aspects of Silverlight. He shared with us detailed information about Project Rosetta website, which currently focuses on relating Flash concepts to Silverlight, and .toolbox, which is a fun online learning environment, where you can learn about basic design concepts as well as the fundamentals of creating Silverlight applications using the Expression Studio tools.

Adam Kinney’s “Flash Skills Applied to Silverlight” talk was a continuation of Project Rosetta and provided lots of useful bits for designers and developers; you should definitely check out the online video.

For the second interview, I had my camera with me, so I got a nice picture as a reward for my endless list of questions.



Note to self:

I discovered tech interviews through channel9 and TechZulu and watched quite a few of them, yet I have never done any  myself. Based on my own critical observation, I need some practice there with interviewing skills! But without trying, there is no chance to detect mistakes and identify chances for improvement. Therefore I will simply stick to the “practice makes perfect” plan and save my harsh self-critiques for later. Besides all the critique, it seems the first-time interviewer did her research and got some good questions ready!

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