I presented my talk “MVVM in the Real World” at the October meeting of the Twin Cities .Net User Group. Considering that it was my first “real” technical presentation that wasn’t just to coworkers it seemed to go pretty well. Some good questions were asked and I hope I helped clear up some problems people were having when trying to use MVVM in a real world project.
I mentioned during the talk that you should be careful when searching WPF & Silverlight blogs to try to solutions to problems you run into. A lot of people have started to love the XAML, which is awesome, but not all of their advice is good. Although quite a few have slowed their posts lately here are some of the WPF & Silverlight blogs I follow:
- Josh Smith – The guy that wrote that MSDN MVVM article and book everyone talks about.
- Dr. WPF – I can’t recommend his ItemsControl: A to Z series highly enough.
- Bea Stollnitz – I refer people to The power of Styles and Templates in WPF so often I have the post number memorized.
- Karl Shifflett
- Jaime Rodriguez
I also mentioned Rob Eisenberg’s presentation at Mix 10, Build Your Own MVVM Framework. It’s an excellent presentation if you want to dive deeper into MVVM and see some of the tools I mentioned that are used to solve common issues people run into with MVVM.
I hope the presentation and this post were helpful, you can get the slides here.