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What's going on?

The Ontario Progress User's Group is back with it's Winter 2011 meeting, casting a spotlight on user interface development. On tap for this meeting is Progress's Shelly Chase who will present on the ABL Silverlight adapter scheduled for a Summer 2011 release of OpenEdge version 11, and the first-ever appearance in Ontario by Consultingwerk's Mike Fechner and IAP Gmbh's Klaus de Vries. The Ontario PUG is bringing both of these gentlemen over from Germany to talk to you in person on issues pertaining to the challenges and opportunities that go with developing modern-day user interfaces and their related technologies.

This meeting will be taking place on February 15, 2010 at the The Old Mill Inn and Spa as well as being available across the globe via WebEx.
For those who have a product of interest to the Ontario PUG Community, we have space for vendors as well!
And that's not all - the Ontario PUG Executive has made a special arrangement for meeting attendees to purchase tickets to the PUG Challenge Americas conference - this summer's premier techie conference - at a special rate, and in Canadian currency! With one purchase, and one approval - we make it easy for you to attend two great conferences.

Who should attend?

Anyone who

  • is currently working with modern-day user interfaces
  • wants to learn about Progress's upcoming ABL Silverlight adapter
  • has an interest in deploying across multiple UI platforms, SaaS, or working in a cloud environment,
  • wants to spend a great day with fellow Ontario Progress users
  • wants to meet Mike Fechner or Klaus de Vries in person

needs to be at this meeting on February 15, 2011!

The Winter 2011 Meeting Topic Lineup:

After scouring the four corners of the globe for speakers with the depth of knowledge and experience that Ontario PUG members demand, the Executive is pleased to announce the following topics and speakers for the Winter 2011 meeting:

"ABL Adapter for Microsoft Silverlight"
Shelly Chase - Progress Software

Silverlight is Micrsoft's powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications, and many OpenEdge partners and customers are using Silverlight as one of the UI choices for their OpenEdge application.  Given the high-level of interest in Silverlight, as part of OpenEdge 11, Progress will be providing a Silverlight adapter based on Microsoft RIA Services which will provide a high-performance, easy to use solution for connection Silverlight to your OpenEdge AppServer.

"Working with Embedded Windows"
Mike Fechner - Consultingwerk

This session focuses on using GUI for  .NET to enhance the visual appearance of existing OpenEdge GUI applications. After covering the basics of embedded windows and compatibility between ABL windows and .NET Forms, Mike will then introduce the (freely available) WinKitLE, which Consultingwerk has successfully used to enhance the appearance of existing Progress applications using GUI for .NET and Infragistics Controls.

"OF-1 Object Framework 1"
Klaus de Vries - IAP GmbH

During this session Klaus will discuss the various challenges one encounters when deploying to a multi-platform, multi-UI environment, and how the OF1 integrated development tool can address those issues. OF-1 is a reliable, high-performance and UI-independent "Full Lifecycle Development Environment" for OpenEdge  that's Multi-UI, Multi-Platform, Cloud and SaaS ready.

"Panel Discussion"

The Executive will line all the meeting presenters up and then invite the audience to toss their user-interface related questions at the presenters.

Speaker Bios:

Mike Fechner - Mike Fechner started using Progress and OpenEdge in Version 5 almost 20 years ago and ever since has supported Progress Application Partners and end customers in adopting the features of the latest OpenEdge and Progress releases to enhance the capabilities of existing applications. With his framework design skills he has set the groundwork for development of many successful OpenEdge applications.

Recently he has specialized on the OpenEdge GUI for .NET, working closely with Progress Software during the development of this great feature. Together with his team at Consultingwerk (, he supports OpenEdge developers during the adoption of the .NET UI in new and existing applications and has developed tools used by Progress Application Partners to ensure productive, successful adoption of the .NET UI.

Mike has over 15 year of international IT, business and consulting experience and is equally effective in management and technical roles. Mike works as a self-employed IT consultant and as director of his company, Consultingwerk Ltd. He is a well-known and active member of the international OpenEdge community and is board member of the German PUG and the committee of the EMEA PUG Challenge 2010 (

Shelley Chase is a development architect in Progress Software’s OpenEdge engineering group. She joined Progress in 1995 with experience in enterprise application development and object-oriented programming. Working with OpenEdge products, Shelley has focused on creating an open, extensible environment for development in OpenEdge as well as enhancing the Advanced Business Language (ABL).

Shelley has been part of the development, design, and architecture of many features within OpenEdge including ActiveX, Web Services, Open Clients (COM, Java and .NET), Object-oriented extensions to the ABL, OpenEdge GUI for .NET, and is currently working on OEBPM – a powerful and easy-to-use business process application platform for OpenEdge developers.

Klaus de Vries - After Klaus finished his education in 1991 he joined Klaus Erichsen in founding IAP. With a strong focus in providing OpenEdge related development and 25 employees, IAP is now one of the biggest consulting companies specializing in OpenEdge in Germany. Klaus's experience developing several frameworks in dozens of OpenEdge projects has given him an in-depth understanding of developer requirements. Klaus now has primary responsibility for developing the "OF-1" object-oriented Multi UI and commercial framework.

He is a well known active member and speaker in the OpenEdge community. You can contact him via:

Meeting Schedule:
08:00 - 09:00: Doors Open, Continental Breakfast, Networking
09:00 - 10:30: "Working with Embedded Windows" - Mike Fechner
10:30 - 12:00: "OF-1 Object Framework 1" - Klaus de Vries
12:00 - 13:30: Lunch, Networking
13:30 - 15:00:
"ABL Adapter for Microsoft Silverlight" - Shelley Chase
15:00 - 16:30: User Interface Panel Discussion

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Vendors added so much value to the Spring 2010 meeting that the Executive has decided to do it again. Vendors will get a table to setup a banner and laptop, and the first four (4) vendors to sign up will get to make a "5 min pitch" at the end of a session's Q&A segment. You'll also have the opportunity to support the meeting and the PUG community in other ways with prizes and giveaways. Email the Executive at for more details.


A great meeting needs a great location, and to that end the Executive has secured theBalmoral Room of The Old Mill Inn and Spa. This classic facility is a two-minute walk from the Old Mill subway station, a fifteen minute drive from downtown, and has 400 complimentary parking spaces.
Old Mill Inn and Spa
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1G5
The cost for regular attendees to attend this event -

Before Feb 8, 2011 9 PM EDT:
  On-site: $130.00 CDN / person.

  Via WebEx: $100 CDN / person, or $400 CDN / site.

After Feb 8, 2011 9 PM EDT:
  On-site: $175.00 CDN / person.
  Via WebEx: $125 CDN / person, or $500 CDN / site.

The on-site meeting price includes the meeting, continental breakfast, break snacks, and a scrumptious sit-down dinner.

For vendors and those looking to attend the PUG Challenge Americas conference:
  • On-site vendor table: $150 CDN
  • Vendor Package - admission for one (1) person and a vendor table: $250 CDN
  • "Ontario PUG Special" advance registration to PUG Challenge Americas conference: $399 CDN / person.

All prices are in Canadian funds.

You can register at

Payment by check or invoice is available, but you still must register at to reserve your spots.

Invoicing is available on NET 14 terms. Please have all members of your company sign under a common company sheet.
Regular registration for on-site and remote meeting closes at 9:00 PM EST on Feb 8, 2011. All registrations after this date will incur a 25% "late fee" charge.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Refunds for on-site meeting registrations are available if the Ontario PUG Executive is notified before 3:00 PM Fri, Feb 11, 2011. After this time payment in full is required due to contractual obligations with the venue based on the registration count.

Refunds for off-site meeting registrations are available if the Ontario PUG Executive is notified before the start of the meeting on Tue, Feb 15, 2011.

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