Speaking at SDDN on 30th June

I will be presenting on the new features in Expression Blend 3 at the Silverlight Designer and Developer Network (SDDN) on Tuesday the 30th of June, 2009 at 6:00pm. Here is the basic blurb for the talk –

Expression Blend 3 – What’s new?

Expression Blend 3 improves upon the goodness of Blend 2 SP 1 by providing a whole heap of new features and more importantly, the ability to create applications for Silverlight 3. The list of new enhancements is long – Lots of improvements to the way you use the tool, Improvements to how XAML, C# and VB.NET files are edited, Support for importing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files, Skinning enhancements, Enhancements for animation, Sample data generation, etc, etc.

Mahesh Krishnan will run through these changes in a fast demo based session (without using Powerpoint!) The session is targeted at both Designers and Developers, so don’t miss out 🙂

The venue is the Microsoft office in Melbourne.

Talk on Application Architecture

I will be presenting on Application Architecture Guide on Tuesday the 12th of May, 2009 at the Victoria .NET Dev SIG. Here is the blurb for the talk –

Microsoft patterns and practices group released the Application Architecture Guide v2.0 early this year and Mahesh Krishnan walks us through what is present in the guide. He talks about the design-level guidance it offers, deployment patterns, different architectural styles, understanding quality requirements, archetypes and much much more.

You don’t have to be an architect to attend, so don’t miss out.

Attendance is free, but RSVP to info@victoriadotnet.com.au. So, if you happen to be in Melbourne, drop by to heckle or cheer 🙂

  • When: 12th May, 2009, 6:00pm. Be early for free pizzas 🙂
  • Where: Microsoft Theatre, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

Tarn Barford will also be giving a talk on IronPython, which I am really looking forward to.

On the same night, we are also having a Windows 7 Install Fest with a bit of introduction on Win 7 given by Dave Glover. More details can be found on Dave Glover’s blog about the Install fest.

WPF Community Workshop

Ok, so you’ve seen Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and you thought the technology looked interesting. You know your applications are starting to look dated, you understand WPF has matured, now in its 3rd release; but life gets in the way and you haven’t had the chance to get down and dirty with it yet. So here’s your opportunity to skill up, and raise money for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, in this One-Day Workshop!!

To help you get to grips with this great technology quickly, Microsoft has created a series of Hands on Labs and Presentations. These will grow your skill set, putting you on the path to building the rich user interfaces your customers are demanding.

This training event comes to you courtesy of the .NET User Groups across Australia, and Cliftons, who are generously providing their training facilities at minimal cost. This is your chance to learn new skills, network with other professionals, and have a bit of fun along the way.

Registration and Payment

There is a nominal charge of $100. With the help of Cliftons we are keeping costs minimal and if we fill all workshops across the country then this event will raise close to $23,000 for the Red Cross “Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009”.

Places are limited and to register interest please send a mail to mahesh dot krishnan at readify dot net

Workshop Format

To make it easy for you to attend we are running the workshops on a Saturday in all major cities. The sessions will commence at 8.30am with registration. Check the schedule below for the date and location in Melbourne.

Following a 10 to 15 minute introduction to each topic, you will kick start Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend and work on the relevant lab!! Regardless of your current level of experience, you can work at your own pace; a facilitator will be on hand to guide your learning; and you’ll be able to take the lab content home for further learning.


The WPF Skills day will cover

  1. Creating layouts, compositions and templates
  2. Building custom controls
  3. Working with Styles and control templates (includes using Expression Blend to restyle)
  4. Using the Ribbon control to effortlessly create applications that are as familiar to your customers as Office 2007 (not to mention the Windows 7 Core Applications)
  5. Working with the new DataGrid control to display tabular and editable data
  6. Binding data with ease to your user interface
  7. And more…

Event Dates

The Windows Presentation Foundation Community workshop in Melbourne is to be held on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 at Cliftons on Collins Street.

Be in to Win

The workshop will also feature a prize draw to win a copy of Visual Studio 2008. Nice!!

So get clicking and sign up by sending a mail to mahesh dot krishnan at readify dot net and tell your mates about the day, learn something new and help out the Bushfire victims!!

Visual Studio Tips, Tricks and Techniques Talk

I will be presenting on Visual Studio Tips, Tricks and Techniques at the Victoria .NET Dev SIG tomorrow. The meeting is at Innovation@257 on Collins Street in the City. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can also view it online by registering here:

My co-worker Jordan Knight will be presenting on ASP.NET AJAX History in the same session.