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The Los Angeles Silverlight Usergroup has begun its journey to become the biggest and best Silverlight User Group on the Planet. Last month the group had three sponsors and gave away roughly $2,500 in prizes not including Swag and Food. This month, and every month hereafter the UG plans to give away over $12,000 in prizes because of existing sponsors such as ApressDevExpress, United Future/WongDoody and new sponsors like Telerik, Infragistics, ComponentOne, Red Gate, SilverlightShowVIBlend, the Jeff Levy Show (the Digital Doctor), Safari Books Online, Syncfusion, Nowcom, The Windows Phone Dev Podcast, and more coming soon!

At the next meeting, Wednesday May 25th (7pm PST), that is tomorrow, they will be broadcasting the Meeting/Show LIVE online for the very first time! But they are not just pointing a camera and turning it on; they went out and purchased thousands of dollars in equipment and software and even brought a Director/Producer on board, Peter Genovese, to coordinate the whole thing. There will be multiple camera angles, special effects, cut away sponsor spots, live chat and the audience is encouraged to participate in chat, questions and are eligible to win their share of the $12k in PRIZES! This special online Meeting/Show is brought to the users in part by Infragistics and Red Gate software. If you don’t want to miss out on the fun tomorrow, go here, sign up for free. You may also watch the meeting online here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/la-slug

If you are going to be viewing online only and attempting to win prizes you must do two things:

  • Live outside of a 100 mile radius of Los Angeles.
  • Email LASLUGTicket@gmail.com to get a raffle ticket number (they are free)

International viewers may participate too. The only catch: If the prize is a physical one like a book, you will need to handle the shipping cost.

I will have cool SilverlightShow T-Shirts to raffle off; see you all tomorrow!

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Last February, I was the uber-happy community winner of the SilverlightShow Eco Contest. I got a chance to learn about Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 first hand at MIX10, attend cool activities and parties, build new geeky connections and even become a SilverlightShow representative to support them promote everything Silverlight! A few weeks ago, SilverlightShow announced the Eco Contest for 2011. United Nations has declared 2011 as the “International Year of Forests” to raise awareness and strengthen sustainable forest management. To join the worldwide efforts for a greener future on our planet, SilverlightShow chose “forests” as the contest theme.


The Eco Contest ends on March 6th, 2011 – 11:59PM PST. So there are 18 days left for participation. To speed up your action plan, here is a a quick collection of links:

  • Navigate to the contest page
  • Get excited about the prizes: MIX11 pass, accomodation in Mandalay Bay/Las Vegas, Telerik RAD Controls
  • Check out the official rules : contest objective, categories, participation dates, prizes, judges, winner selection criteria
  • Take a look at current contest entries: why is your app still not among them?!?
  • If you have any questions, drop SilverlightShow a line
  • Don’t wait any longer; join!

As a sidenote: I designed this year’s contest site and I will also be one of the judges.


Are you excited about the Eco Contest, just need a kick-start to form an original idea or come up with a mind-blowing concept for your app? If that is the case, you should definitely check out the resources page shared on the contest site. You can also get inspired by the contest entries from last year.

While doing my design research for the contest website as well as my project research last year, I have collected a few resource links too. Not all information is directly related to forests; some provide ideas about green living, calculating our eco footprint, eco-statistics for countries, nature conservation etc. Yet, I hope that there are some useful pointers, that fuel your imagination plus act as a guide in the vast sea of resources that is out there.

Gapminder Worldhttp://www.gapminder.org/

Gapminder provides statistical tools with up-to-date  content on global trends. The data is presented as time series and is freely available in Gapminder World and Gapminder Countries. For example, in the data tab, you can check out forest coverage changes in countries over time.

Footprint Networkhttp://www.footprintnetwork.org

The Footprint Network’s goal can be simply stated as measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. This site provides the Ecological Footoprint tool – a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The interactive features of the “Footprint Calculator” are pretty interesting.

Carbon Neutralhttp://www.carbonneutral.com.au/

Carbon Neutral provides many services aiming to reduce and offset greenhouse emissions, provide environmental awareness and support revegetation. You can read about biodiversity, climate change, but much better check out their carbon calculator tool, which enables you to do carbon emission calculations based on energy, food, waste, air travel etc.

Conservation International: http://www.conservation.org

Conservation International aims to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, global biodiversity and for the well-being of humanity.  You will find details about climate change, safeguarding water, food security, protecting our oceans and much more. Especially the information on “Saving Forests” may be of most interest to you.

Mother Nature Network: http://www.mnn.com

MNN is an environmental news site with broad coverage on up-to-date news on the environment and our social responsibility.  You can read about eco-terms, learn more about environmental issues and check out the idea lab, which is basically a stream of ec0-resolutions. You can also find the latest news about “forests“.


Stop procrastinating! This is an excellent chance to share your Silverlight development/design work with the world, support a noble cause and eventually end up among the #MIX11 crowd! Three brilliant motivational factors at once; what else could you ask for?


Good luck to all #EcoContest participants!

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The SilverlightShow Windows Phone 7 (WP7) quiz has officially started this Monday. Two winners have already been selected and we posted details of the questions, answers and article resources:

SilverlightShow WP7 Quiz: Winner for Monday is @keyboardP

SilverlightShow WP7 Quiz: Winner for Tuesday is @danielrmay

You still got 3 days until Friday to win a MSDN subscription and WP7 T-Shirt by participating in the SilverlightShow WP7 quiz on Twitter. You can browse through the WP7 articles on SilverlightShow to get ready and check out the guidelines on how to post your anwers.

Let’s join the #wp7quiz fun tomorrow at 10 AM PST!

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This upcoming week SilverlightShow is starting a 5-day Windows Phone 7 (WP7) quiz. Each day SilverlightShow is going to post a WP7 related question on Twitter at 10 AM PDT between September 20th – 24th. The first to tweet the correct answer that day will win a 12 month MSDN Ultimate subscription! The answer to each question can be found in the WP7 articles on SilverlightShow.

Here are the steps to get ready for next week’s SilverlightShow WP7 quiz:

Once the question is up and you happen to find the answer in the corresponding article; these are the steps to post your answer on Twitter:

  • Send your anwer in a tweet to @silverlightshow
  • Include the link to the SilverlightShow article, in which you discovered the answer
  • Add the hashtag #wp7quiz to your tweet

The MSDN subscription includes Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, which is valid for 12 months after activation. It is not limited to the US, so you can enter the quiz even if you live outside the US. This MSDN subscription does not include tech support benefits and MSDN Magazine. In addition, all software benefits, including Microsoft Office 2010 products, are for development and test purposes only; the license is non transferable. But the retail value for this MSDN subscription is over $11K! You can check out further details about MSDN Ultimate here.

Don’t miss out this great opportunity to win MSDN Ultimate for free! Along the way, you can discover great WP7 related tech-content or test your own knowledge, if you are already psyched about working on WP7 apps. The WP7 release date in Europe is just less than a month away!

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This Thursday, August 19th, SilverlightShow is back with another great free webinar; “Silverlight’s power features – Data binding in action” with Gill Cleeren. You can register for the webinar here.

The webinar will focus on the rich set of data binding features that Silverlight 4 offers and how it can be leveraged for the MVVM pattern and commanding. In addition, there will be information about the data binding support in Expression Blend and the use of design-time data.

List of Topics:

Data binding explained
Binding single elements and collections
The importance of INotifyPropertyChanged and INotifyPropertyChanged
Binding modes
Silverlight 4 BindingBase properties
Validation, IDataErrorInfo and INotifyDataErrorInfo
Data binding as the enabler for MVVM and commanding
Binding from Blend 4
Using design-time data features

Gill Cleeren is an ASP.NET MVP and Microsoft Regional Director. Just recently he published his first book “Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook“. You may be among the three webinar attendees, who can win a free e-book copy through their feedback! But you can also check out SilverlightShow to get a discount code for the book, which already has excellent reviews!

Don’t miss the the webinar tomorrow!

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I could say, that June is my favorite month as it is the invitation for summer. Yet this year, June seems to have past in a second. I have been to Istanbul, attended the Yazgelistir Summit, got caught in some crazy rainy weather, which was then followed by “get fried in the city” temperatures; met with family+friends over nice tea and Turkish coffee, got one year older, travelled back with 3+12 hour flights, attended right away SoCal CodeCamp in San Diego and *blink* – it is already July. I actually had an unbelievable, happy and exciting start to July, but more about that in my upcoming posts!

Recently I have published a series of mini-reports about the Yazgelistir Summit on SilverlightShow. During the event, I also got the chance to interview Daron Yondem, who is a Microsoft Regional Director for MEA, currently a Silverlight MVP and also the lead for INETA Turkey. If you haven’t already discovered the report series; why don’t you check them out?

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Keynote

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Presentations

Yazgelistir Summit Report Series: Daron Yondem Interview

Part1: Daron on Silverlight activities in MEA, Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 Series

Part2: Daron Yondem on upcoming Silverlight releases, the Silverlight community in Turkey and SilverlightShow

It was great to have a chance to come together with the Microsoft developer community in Istanbul and get a glimpse of their networking activities and project plans. Today we may just keep track of each other’s work and activities overseas, tomorrow we may be designing and building software together. The world is truly getting smaller.

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If you are new to Silverlight, you will soon discover, that there is a sea of information out there, which may seem overwhelming at first. I have put together an updated “Get Started with Silverlight” section on SilverlightShow, which aims to be a guide for your learning and resource discovery process, so that you don’t get lost on your path to Silverlight. The information is mainly focused on Silverlight 4, yet you will find resources and links, which will help you while working with any version of Silverlight.

The article is build on the following main sections, which you may also check out separately for a quick hint or pointer:

What is Silverlight in brief?

Developer/Designer Tools

Silverlight Tools available on Codeplex

Additional Silverlight Developer Tools

Frequent stops for any Silverlight Developer/Designer

Silverlight’ers Blogs

More SilverlightShow Article Series

Why don’t you check out the updated “Get Started” section and let us know, what you think about your new guide?

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On May 29th, the first YazGelistir Summit will take place in the Microsoft Istanbul office. The sessions announced for the Summit range from New Features of Visual Studio 2010 to ASP.NET MVC 2.0, from Silverlight RIA user statistics to WCF RIA Services and much more. The presenters are Microsoft Regional Directors, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) from Turkey and Yazgelistir editors.

Yazgelistir is an online platform for Turkish speaking developers using Microsoft technologies. Their keyword is “sharing”; sharing information through articles, events, reader contribution, forums etc. At the Yazgelistir Summit, I hope to get a chance to get together with developers from the Silverlight community in Istanbul. I am also planning an interview with Daron Yondem, who is a Microsoft Regional Director, a Silverlight MVP and INETA Turkey Lead.

I will be at the event as a SilverlightShow and CompletIT representative. As a reminder, during MIX10 I contributed to SilverlightShow content with live reports from sessions/keynotes/social events and interviews. So we decided to take this fun collaboration a step further! CompletIT is a Silverlight focused web consulting, development and training company in Bulgaria and maintains the SilverlightShow portal, which supports Silverlight events, contests and knowledge sharing. They have recently relaunched its website completely implemented in Silverlight, you can read about the challenges of rebuilding the website or check out a Channel 9 video by Pete Brown, as Emil Stoychev, founder of SilverlightShow, showcases the new website. At the moment, SilverlightShow is planning to introduce changes to its content organization, section layout etc; so feel free to provide feedback! Good suggestions will be awarded with a SilverlightShow T-Shirt and you will also get a chance to beta test new features!

Istanbul is fabulous in the beginning of summer (just look at the picture on the left) and there is a very dynamic developer community. If you should happen to be in Istanbul on the event date, let’s just say you were coincidentally cruising through the Mediterranean or you were on an Oriental Expedition, let’s meet up there!

(Turkish Tips of the Day: yaz = write, gelistir/geliştir = develop; Yazılım Geliştirme = Software Development)

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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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I had an amazing time at MIX10; you can find my posts from March 14-17 on SilverlightShow. I tried to include details about significant announcements, that were made during the keynotes; information about sessions I attended, social events that took place each day and people I had a chance to talk to. There are also links to announcements, blogs and downloads to simplify the search for links and resources.

Sunday: Mix is here!

Monday: Mix10 kicks off, Day#1

Tuesday: Mix10 Day#2 Mini-Notes

Wednesday: Mix10 Day#3 Mini-Notes

All MIX10 videos are available online now.

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