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WPF Workshop for ‘Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal’ – Attendees wanted!

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With all the wet weather over the past week – it’s easy to forget that just a few weeks ago a large amount of fellow country Victorian’s were battling with the worst bushfires we’ve ever seen. A staggering amount of lives, homes and businesses were lost – and there’s a number of worthy charities trying to help those communities get back on their feet with various appeals. One of the organizations who does great work in Australia (and across the globe) – the ‘Red Cross’ has been running the ‘Victorian Bushfire Appeal’. 

To help out with this effort – the various .NET User’s groups around Australia are holding a one day ‘WPF Workshop’ (with hands on labs) – where all money raised will be donated to this worthy cause. If all workshops are filled – then this effort will raise up to $23,000 for the appeal.

There’s still a bunch of spots left – and urge any fellow Australian’s who’d like to get some fresh or updated WPF training/skills and feel ‘really good about it’ – then please see the details below. 

The Melbourne workshop will be held on Saturday March 28th for the cost of only $100 per person and attendees will also have a chance to win their very own copy of Visual Studio 2008.

I’ve been asked to help out as well – and will either be there to deliver a session or two – or will be wandering about the room helping people with their labs.

Here’s the details –(from Mahesh Krishnan’s blog) :

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!!


Written by mobilewares

March 17, 2009 at 5:07 am

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  1. Nice!!

    May 8, 2009 at 9:55 am

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