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Post PDC, the Silverlight communities across the world is rejoicing for all the awesomeness that was showcased! And, like everything good, better and best the communities are rushing to fill in the gaps and create Silverlight User Groups.

Seattle, WA is no different! Barring rain, we are normal like everywhere else. We even formed our own Seattle Silverlight User Group. The launch party is slated to happen on the 9th of December at the Microsoft’s Steptoe Room in Building 41. This will be a really cool holiday party so be sure to come dressed in your best geek attire! A lot of Microsoftee’s, MVPs, and Community influencers will be present at this event.

Where: Microsoft building 41 – Steptoe Room (Where the .NET UG meets every Monday)

Directions: http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&where1=Microsoft%20Building%2041%2C%20WA&encType=1 

When: December 9th

More information: http://www.SeattleSilverlight.net/ 

The topic of the Evening is What is new in Silverlight 4 by John Stockton:
We will take a tour of the new features in Silverlight 4 including features like printing, rich text (RTF) support, and expanded databinding support. Also hear about exciting Silverlight additions to the media stack, and get an introduction to the Silverlight 4 elevated trust out of browser model

 

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Interact Seattle -  http://www.interactseattle.org/

In other news, the Interact group which is rapidly gaining popularity with designers and developers alike is having their next meeting on December 16th. This user group meets Every Third Wednesday between 7:00 – 8:30pm at Bellevue Place where the Hyatt is located. Free parking after 6:00 pm is located under the hotel.  They meet in the Hyatt Board room on the second level in the Atrium ( big dome).

This month David Kelley(Principal UX Architect at Wirestone) is talking about

On Better Design, User Experience and Why It Matters

What is the return-on-investment of building better User Experiences (UX)?

How does User Interface (UI) design affect your business?

Come join the discussion on why User Experience matters and how it applies to the real world. In the current world of web 2.0 and with talk of design being important, help us understand why it matters to you and what we get out of good User Interface design. Let’s talk about the technologies on the web and on the desktop that do and don’t support the development of well designed applications, and how we can apply better practices to our own projects. Equally important, let’s discuss how we can bridge the typical gap in cross discipline team dynamics. Tell us about your secret sauce or just listen to what others have to say. From great enabling technologies like Silverlight to tried and true web development in Flash, everyone has a story to tell about UI and design in the UX World.

Come join the fun with David at Interact.

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WHEN
Date: Wednesday, Dec 16th, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm PAC
WHERE
Bellevue Place
10500 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&where1=10500%20NE%208th%20St%2C%20Bellevue%2C%20WA%2098004-4345&encType=1

Cost
Attendence: Always Free.
Parking: Free.

Are you on LinkedIn and planning to attend?  Well let us know.

 

WOW! This will be fun!

 

-Mithun Dhar