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ReMix 2009

What’s it all about?
ReMix brings the best of MIX09 in Las Vegas to Belgium: it bring us international speakers presenting on the best of MIX09, as well as local cases, with a story focus on User Experience (UX). Since last year’s first MIX event in Belgium there have been enormous advances in the web and RIA space at Microsoft. This is your chance to get a closer look at the new stuff as well as deepen your current skills.
Did you hear about UX@Vitra in June this year? This event will bring what you asked for: more in-depth sessions focused around RIA and web design and development.

At REMIX09 you can:

  • Learn about what Microsoft is bringing in terms of new user experience and technologies for building rich web applications and web sites.
  • Attend sessions on Expression Blend, SketchFlow, Silverlight, Surface, User Experience and Natural User Interface.
  • Attend technical sessions on Silverlight 3, building RIAs and ASP.NET.

Who should attend?
REMIX draws together web developers, creatives, information architects, visual designers, UX professionals, and digital marketers who all SHARE AN INTEREST ON WHAT IS COMING NEXT ON THE WEB.

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UX@Vitra

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Are you a web developer, web designer/integrator, project manager, account manager or own a web agency? Well, we have an event for you.
In June, in four different locations you’ll get served a ‘cocktail’ of a unique location, a nice atmosphere, cool demo’s, loads of useful information, food and drinks for people involved into web design and development.

The unique locations are the Vitra showrooms. If you don’t know Vitra, check out their site and get an idea on the type of furniture they offer.

Several people from Microsoft will be there to meet you, show you demos around the MS web and UX technologies, talk to you and answer your questions.

It’s also a great chance to mingle amongst your peers in an informal atmosphere and do some networking.

The dates and places are the following:

  • 2nd of June – Vitra Antwerp
  • 4th of June – Vitra Diegem (close to Brussels)
  • 10th of June – Vitra Gent
  • 11th of June – Vitra Liège

Check out the site for a few more details (it’s worth it), and register in Dutch or French:

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Multi-Mania 2009: 18th and 19th May in Kortrijk Expo

Multi-Mania is one of the biggest free multimedia events in Belgium.  During this 2-day conference you will be able to see 30+ (inter)national speakers talking about interesting and inspiring topics in following multimedia fields: design, development, audio, video, 3D, game development,…

There are also two interesting Silverlight sessions at Multi-Mania:

Silverlight 3.0 in all his glory: 
In this session, Gill Cleeren, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP ASP.NET, will take you on a tour of the new features in Silverlight 3 including a dive into some of the new experience oriented features like pixel shaders, perspective 3D, animation enhancements, bitmap APIs and improvements to the media stack. We’ll also look at the new Silverlight base framework additions including updates to the style model, data binding improvements, improved resource handling and improvements to the web services stack. This session will also introduce the Silverlight 3 out of browser model.  Finally, we’ll take a look at Expression Blend 3 and its designer-oriented features including SketchFlow.

Microsoft Expression Blend 3: From design to: ( by Laurent Bugnion )
When designers envision beautiful applications, and pass the comps to developers for realization, the result is often not really up to their expectations.  Expression Blend stands between the designer and the developer, and facilitates the workflow.  It is not “just” a design tool, it is a visual development environment!  In this session, we will show you new features in Expression Blend 3 such as the “interactive sketching tool”.  SketchFlow and more.

Be sure to take al ook at the Multi-Mania website and subscribe for this event!

Silverlight 3 announced at Mix

In the first keynote of Mix, Scott Guthrie himself announced the release of the first Silverlight 3 beta.  I’m very excited about this release.  Some of the new features:

  • 3D effects
  • Pixel shaders
  • It will be possible to create Silverlight applications that runs outside the browser ( on PC and Mac! )
  • It will be possible to import Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files into Expression Blend and even edit the file with Expression Blend.

I’m especially looking forward to work with this last 2 features.  You can download the visual studio tools for Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 preview from http://silverlight.net.  Every session at Mix will also be available for download 24 hours after the session.  Check it out at http://live.visitmix.com/.

 As soon as I’m back from Mix, I start creating some tutorials about Silverlight 3 that I will post here.

Microsoft TechDays on March 11 and 12

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Microsoft organizes the TechDays this year on March 11 and 12 at Metropolis Antwerp.  There is a track for developers, IT professionals and architects.  The developers track contains some interesting Silverlight sessions:

  • NET continuum: ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight and WPF by Laurent Bugnion
  • Silverlight 2 CoreCLR: Bringing the power of .NET to the net by Andrew Pardoe
  • Under the hood in Silverlight’s controls skinning framework by Gill Cleeren
  • Live coding Silverlight and WPF by Laurent Bugnion

All the further information is available at the techdays website. 

BESUG will also attend the TechDays with a booth in the expo area.  Be sure to pass by and to hear all about our plans for the summer and autumn of 2009.  I hope to see you there.

http://www.besug.be: up and running!

The website http://www.besug.be for the Belgian Silverlight User Group is up and running.  So, everybody who wants to join BESUG, get over there and join the Belgian Silverlight community!!