The first-in-Belarus presentation of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0—the new version of the rich Internet application technology, which will be released later this year—will be held on March 19, 2009 during the Belarus .NET User Group meeting. Sergiy Baydachnyy of Microsoft Ukraine will deliver a technical review of Silverlight 3.0 and talk about its upcoming features. The session will be followed by the presentation of Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0—the technology for defining, executing, and managing workflows—by Andrei Varanovich, Microsoft MVP. Those who are not able to attend the event can see both presentations on March 20 in Brest at the Brest .NET User Group meeting. The event is supported by the Minsk Institute of Management and Altoros Systems, a global software delivery acceleration specialist.
“Together with our colleagues from Microsoft Ukraine, we continue the series of events, at which one can receive firsthand information about Microsoft’s latest releases,” said Andrei Varanovich, the leader of the Belarus .NET User Group. “I always stress that another .NET UG meeting is a good chance to meet old friends and make new ones. In 2009, the Belarus .NET community has widened with Brest. I’m pleased that the amount of people who care about their professional improvement increases. I hope that a joint meeting of Belarusian .NET developers from several cities, a kind of local .NET summit, will be a reality before long.”
.NET Meeting Agenda
1. “Silverlight 3.0”
Speaker: Sergiy Baydachnyy, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Ukraine, Kyiv
Until now, Microsoft has kept most of the new capabilities that will appear in Silverlight 3.0 a secret. The only known details are that the new version will include new audio and video formats (including the H.264 codec for mpeg-4), 3D and hardware acceleration support, as well as data binding improvements. Microsoft has not yet announced the official technology release date, but it is scheduled for this year. This will be the first presentation of Silverlight 3.0 in Belarus.
2. “New Features of Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0”
Speaker: Andrei Varanovich, the leader of the Belarus .NET User Group, Minsk
During this session, you will learn about the new types of workflows, improved integration with WCF and ASP.NET, and the changes in the object model, which will enable easier and faster development of applications using WF. The capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 for working with WF 4.0 will also be covered.
3. Q/A Session
(With Sergiy Baydachnyy and Andrei Varanovich about the presentations and other topics of interest to the audience).
Participation and registration
Participation is free of charge; everyone interested in .NET technologies is welcome. However, seating is limited. Preliminary registration is available online.
Time and place
March 19, 18.30 (registration starts at 18.00)
Minsk Institute of Management
aud. 1-1 (main building, 1st floor)
Address: Lazo St., 12, Minsk, Belarus
March 20, 19.00
Brest State University
Math faculty, 6th floor
Address: Kosmonavtov Blvd., 21, Brest, Belarus
About Microsoft Ukraine
In 2003, Microsoft opened a regional office in Ukraine aimed at developing the software market, promoting Microsoft products, and providing partner and customer support, as well as introducing and localizing the newest technologies and implementing social initiatives in Ukraine and Belarus.
About the sponsors and organizers
The Minsk Institute of Management, founded in 1991, is one of the leading institutes of higher education in the Republic of Belarus. It provides all facilities for training highly competent specialists in economics, law, psychology, foreign languages, and information technologies. Today, the resource base and the fully qualified faculty ensure teaching on a highly qualified level with the use of the latest achievements in science and technology. Please visit miu.by for more information.
Altoros Systems, Inc. (altoros.com) is a global software delivery acceleration specialist that provides focused outsourced software product engineering, independent Quality Assurance, and testing services to software organizations and information-driven enterprises. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Western Massachusetts, Altoros has representative offices in Tampa, Florida. It manages a software development center in Eastern Europe out of its offices in Minsk, Belarus.
The Belarus .NET User Group strives to unite developers, IT companies, and everyone else interested in .NET technologies. The community plans regular meetings where the participants are able to communicate, attend presentations from leading specialists, and swap notes. During the two years of its existence, the community has brought together more than 200 Belarusian .NET specialists.