“The Way of MEF”–UK Sessions with Glenn Block

We were very lucky to have Glenn Block in the UK recently and he did a whole morning talking about the Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) to a fairly packed room of around 120 developers on the UK Microsoft Campus.

I was really pleased to be able to host Glenn but I also wanted to get the sessions filmed so that we could share them with people who couldn’t make it on the day.

But in all honesty we (Microsoft) can be pretty cheap around some of this stuff and I didn’t have any money to pay for filming.

But then the sun shone on me and Ian Smith ( UK .NET contractor, Silverlight Outsider, film buff, etc ) saved the day by dropping me a mail saying something like “Hey, I’m coming along – do you want me to film it?”.

Naturally, the answer was “Yes, please” and Ian did a great job. As an aside;

  1. Ian filmed the sessions for free in his own time with his own kit and did the post-editing work on them. He does a tonne of that kind of work for the UK developer community.
  2. Ian does a better job than any of the paid-for filming that I’ve been involved with for UK Microsoft events. I suspect one of the reasons for that is that he understands what’s being presented so knows when to focus on presenter/slides/code etc.

So, a huge thanks to Ian for his work here – the first session video of is available for viewing below;


Enjoy – I’ll update the post as/when the other parts of this talk become available.

Update 1 – the second talk is now available;


Update 2 – Ian’s having some trouble with the recordings of the other 2 parts of this talk so it’s a bit of a cliff-hanger as to whether they are going to show up or not. Fingers crossed…