Silverlight Firestarter 2010 keynote


  • Silverlight 5 coming out end of next year (2011).
  • Silverlight 5 will have lots of performance improvements
  • Some new features that brings it closer to WPF
  • XAML debugging
  • Profiling tools for CPU & memory. looking forward to that
  • They say “Media applications” way too many times in the first 15 minutes to try and emphasise that that is the focus of Silverlight
  • WAY too many similar apps shown and reshown from different companies, their own spin on a “Silverlight Line of Business application with interactive charts”.
  • Lots of nice new 3D accelerated capabilities that were played down. In my opinion THIS should have been the target of the keynote/Silverlight. This is something that HTML5 doesn’t do so well yet.

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My community involvement in the last 2 years

PDC 2010 has come and gone. I thought it would be interesting to see what I have done in the last 2 years since PDC 2008. Looking back at my presentations and blog posts, I feel quite proud with the amount of involvement I’ve had with the community. Seeing everything laid out like that makes me realise just how much I enjoy participating in helping to share knowledge with the developer community.

There is so much that I’ve just forgotten about and left off the list, it is impossible to keep track of everything. You can look forward to lots more involvement in the next 2 years!

I’ve also got a running list of usergroup presentations I’ve done on my About page


  • Did my first Azure usergroup presentation within 3 weeks of Azure being announced at PDC
  • Presented at Remix 2009 on Azure
  • Started the Australian Azure mailing list
  • Started an Azure community support site (which has now been decommissioned)
  • Flew around Australia and attended 4 out of 6 Australian Cloudcamps. It was “unconferences” style with breakout discussions where I would answer all Azure related questions
  • Recorded all cloudcamp lighning talks and uploaded them, in an effort to increase cloud knowledge in the community (16 so far with more to come)
  • Trying to involve the .Net community at large with more cross posting (via the Developer Blog banter)
  • Trying to involve the community more with “Community reports” of things happening such as presentations, lightning talks or interviews with people / companies
  • Recorded community group presentations and uploaded them to help increase the visibility of local speakers and improve the visibility of local user groups
  • I still have 15 videos of sessions to process and upload
  • Got 2 new presenters to start their Melbourne presentation debuts
  • Presented at Codecamp 2009 on Azure & artificial life in the cloud

Cloud related activities (presentations & blog posts)

Other community involvement

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Slides from my WPF talk

I did a talk at the victoria .Net usergroup on WPF, so i decided to share my slides in case anybody finds them useful

A lot of my talk was done using demos that i would create from scratch in front of people, so there it might be a little light on. But it could be useful for anybody else wanting a base to start from.

During the presentation i showed the WPF bag-o-tricks, as it is a great way to show people the shinyness of WPF.
And as always i point people to my list of WPF links for beginners

The Slides: 20081215-vicnet-wpf.pptx

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WPF links for beginners

When I was starting to learn WPF I kept a list in OneNote of all the links that I found useful, as I assumed that one day someone else would start learning WPF. Last week I trained a group of people in WPF and shared with them all of these links, so I thought I should share them with the world, I hope it comes in handy for those that have NO idea where they should start on their WPF journey.

WPF basics

History/reasons behind WPF

Getting started with WPF (branches off into many sub pages detailing styling, resources, binding, anything you need information on. Is the best place to go to for specifics)

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