Speaking at Microsoft TechDays – Belgium and Switzerland

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Update: Added a talk in Geneva, Switzerland, 1st or 2nd of April 2009

I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at Microsoft TechDays in Antwerp (Belgium, 11th and 12th of March) and in Bern (Switzerland, 9th of March). Hope to see some of you there, and if you are around, please come and meet me!!

11th and 12th of March, Antwerp (Belgium)



  • .NET continuum: ASP.NET, AJAX, Silverlight and WPF

This session will be given in English.

With the release of Silverlight in 2008, Microsoft put in place the last piece of the client application puzzle and completed the .NET continuum:

From very thin clients (running HTML code created by ASP.NET) to “richer thin clients” (using AJAX) to rich interactive applications (RIAs with Silverlight) to very rich clients running on the Windows desktop (Windows Presentation Foundation).

In this session with few slides and much code, Laurent demonstrates how to implement and configure a single Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service. Then, a continuum of client applications consuming this service is created. For Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, Laurent also shows how to reuse as much code as possible, and how to optimize the development.

Finally, services located on external servers will be consumed too and the problem of cross domain communication will be inspected.

  • Live coding Silverlight and WPF

This session will be given in English.

Does Windows Presentation Foundation’s learning curve intimidate you?

Did you hear about Silverlight but didn’t have the occasion to try it yourself? Are you afraid that, though it is using well known .NET languages and libraries, it has specificities that are difficult to understand? Discovering these two platforms on your own can seem like a frightening step. In this very interactive session, Laurent will code Silverlight and WPF in front of you, and will let the audience’s questions guide him in this journey through rich user experience. Simple tools like KaXaml and SilverlightPad will be used, as well as the powerful development environments Visual Studio and Expression Blend.

Depending on the audience’s desires, this session can take you into Expression Design, Designer-Developer workflows, the Model-View-ViewModel pattern, web services communication, Animations and Transforms, Multimedia integration, and many other topics. Samples will be made in both WPF and Silverlight in a fun way that should allow everyone to overcome their inhibitions and to get started without pain!

  • Book signing, Silverlight 2 Unleashed

Following the cool experience of PDC08, I will be signing my book Silverlight 2 Unleashed at TechDays Belgium. Stay tuned for time and place.

1st or 2nd of April 2009, Geneva (Switzerland)

CICG Genève

9th of April 2009, Bern (Switzerland)

Kursaal, 11:50 – 12:50



  • Developing WPF applications – today and tomorrow

This session will be given in French in Geneva and in German in Bern.

This session reviews best practices used to develop Windows Presentation Foundation today. We will build lookless controls and style them, use modern presentation patterns to facilitate the designer-developer workflow, use controls built in the .NET framework and in the WPF toolkit, and attempt to create beautiful applications using Visual Studio and Expression Blend.

Then, we will talk about the futures of WPF. With .NET 4 around the corner, WPF will also get even more powerful and versatile. Pixel shaders, additions to the XAML language, multi-touch, new controls and other additions will bring us one step closer to the user experience of the future (Think Minority Report!!)

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