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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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