Free Blend 3 Online Workshop Saturday June 13 1pm to 5pm PST
Doing a lot of Silverlight and WPF consulting lately I realized that hardly any developers or even designers know how to use Blend. This slows down production and makes simple tasks much more difficult than they need to be.
Personally, I use Blend about 40% of the time and Visual Studio about 60% of the time. For example, I usually import a screenshot of the design of say a button into Blend and then use rectangles, gradients, ellipsis, etc to re-create the design in vector form. I then turn those visual elements into a custom UserControl. I then go into Visual Studio and provide the functionality for that user control in code-behind. To me, it only makes sense to do visual tasks visually in Blend and then provide the functionality in the code-behind using Visual Studio.
I feel that this slow adoption of Blend is hindering the adoption of WPF and Silverlight among developers (both .NET and Flash/Flex). And, because I love this technology so much and want to see it survive I thought I could do my part by offering a FREE interactive Blend 3 workshop! I am going to hold this workshop over Gotomeeting on Saturday, June 13 from 1:00pm-5:00pm PST. In this workshop you will learn:
1. The Blend toolbar;
2. The Project panel;
3. The Properties panel;
4. The States panel;
5. The Objects and Timeline panel;
6. The Data panel;
7. The Resources panel;
8. Content Controls (Grid, StackPanel, Canvas);
9. ItemsControls (ListBox);
10. Creating sample data in Blend;
11. Binding data to ItemsContorls;
12. How to create a State Group and States;
13. The Animation Workspace v the Design Workspace;
13. How to create and fire a Storyboard using a Timeline;
14. How to create a custom, styled UserControl;
15. How to create a Media Player using the MediaElement.
If I don’t get enough attendees than I will cancel the workshop, so even if you know a little bit about Blend and you think this workshop can help you, do you part to aid WPF and Silverlight adoption rates among developers and sign up. Please email me if you will be attending and I will send out the Gotomeeting information an hour before the workshop begins.
Please RSVP to wpfauthor at gmail dot com (written this way to avoid bot detection…if you cannot figure out how to email me this workshop is probably not for you 😉 )
If time allows we will go over more features but the list above will cover the basics and make you comfortable enough to start using Blend.
What you will need to participate in the workshop:
If you don’t already have the Silverlight 3 development environment set up go to:
Download and install:
1. Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Web Developer Express 2008 SP1
2. Silverlight 3 Beta Tools for Visual Studio
3. The Windows Silverlight Beta Developer Runtime
4. Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Preview
Look forward to seeing you there!