Community report–Melbourne SDDN April

I am now in charge of organising the speakers for the Melbourne http://sddn.org.au group (Silverlight Designer and Developer Network).

This month I arranged for three speakers to present:

  • David Glover (@dglover) – Windows Phone 7 social View Template
  • Cristian Prieto (@cprieto) – Creating plugins for Expression Blend
  • Chris Walshie (@ChrisWalshie) – Upcoming features in Windows Phone 7 Mango update

David Glover showed a new Windows Phone 7 template that has released on codeplex. It allows anyone to very quickly put together a Windows Phone 7 app that aggregates data feeds (RSS, Twitter, etc.). This means that you can create an application that displays the latest news from your business, or perhaps a sports team. The template is available at http://socialviewer.codeplex.com/

David’s session was recorded and can be viewed below (8 minutes)

Glover also created a screencast after the event that can be viewed here

 

Cristian Prieto’s session explained the basics of creating a plugin for Expression Blend. The session was recorded but not online yet. Here is a link to an old blog post of mine that explains how to get started and configure Visual Studio for creating plugins. https://davidburela.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/guide-to-creating-expression-blend-3-addins/

Chris Walshie gave a slideshow presentation explaining the new features that are in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update, codename Mango. He attended Mix11 so was able to tell us all about

  • Background workers
  • Multiple live tiles
  • Deep linking into your applications
  • Changes to the push notifications
  • etc.

By David Burela

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