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Next week I’m coming to the UK where I’ll be spreading the MEF love at FEST 10 and in events in a few other cities. I’ll also be talking about REST and the new work we are doing in WCF to provide a better experience for building RESTful systems.

Below is the event schedule

Date/Time Event Location Talk(s)
14 July 2010
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Microsoft UK Microsoft Campus
Reading
.NET Managed Extensibility Framework with Glenn Block [A half day of MEF]

The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) is a new library which is part of the .Net 4.0 framework. MEF helps you build extensible and maintainable applications, which you can evolve over time, by providing a mechanism that promotes decoupling and separation of concerns, and supports plugins.

Come join us on this quest for enlightenment in the way of MEF. We will start our journey light with the essentials of composition in MEF: Import, Export and Compose. We will then travel together on the path as we elevate toward master.

14 July 2010 
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
NxtGenUG Microsoft Research Cambridge Silverlight Application Partitioning and Extensibility with MEF

Wouldn't it be nice if your team could add new features to your applications without all the headache they have to deal with today? With the Managed Extensiblity Framework (MEF) in 4.0 you can bolt your apps together dynamically on the fly. Adding new modules and features is as simple as deploying a new binary, you don't have to touch the existing code. You can even deploy those features as separate XAP files which can be loaded on-demand! Come to this talk for a quick tour of what MEF is, and learn how you can use it to beat out your competition.   
15 July 2010 Evening Geek Dinner Somewhere in London near Victoria Register here quick: http://is.gd/dolgi
16 July 2010 Fest 2010! Bournemouth Pier
Bournemouth
Building extensible frameworks with MEF

Come to this talk where we will take a deep dive into building frameworks which can easily extended by third-parties. For the first part of the session we will learn about what MEF offers for framework authors as we build a small extensible library which leverages it. Then in the second part we’ll dive into several OSS frameworks that are utilizing MEF for extensibility. We’ll also leave plenty of time to answer any deep questions you have on MEF.

REST, It’s more than Data

Today it’s very common to simply throw some data over the wire and call it REST. But REST as Roy Fielding described it is much, much more. Come to this session and we’ll explore the tenants of a RESTful system. We’ll start with looking at traditional web services, then we’ll remove the SOAP shackles and explore what we can achieve as we get closer and closer to HTTP. We’ll also look at various frameworks both within and outside Microsoft for achieving REST Nirvana.

All of this is made possible by the fine folks at NxtGenUG who have been gracious to sponsor my trip.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the other side of the Atlantic!!!