New SharePoint for Developers Ramp Up Training

As part of the MSDN Ramp Up training program, there is now a track for SharePoint Developers: SharePoint for Developers Track This track consists of 5 levels of training content: Web Parts Data Lists Event Handlers Workflow Silverlight Web Parts Each level contains a collection of articles, slide casts, code casts, and virtual labs. This…

SharePoint Guidance from Patterns & Practices

The Patterns & Practices group at Microsoft has just released SharePoint Guidance documents. This is Microsoft’s recommendations for how to design, develop, deploy and operate architecturally sound applications on the Microsoft platform. This guidance documentation set is targeted at helping you build intranet applications with SharePoint. It’s not just a whitepaper. It includes a reference…

New Home for Ben Hickman’s Blog

If you got a slew of RSS feed updates today it’s because I moved my blog over to MSDN.   I’ve moved all the old posts over here and this is the new home.

Office 14 for the Web

Yesterday at the PDC2008 conference, we announced Office 14 for the Web. There is a great Channel 9 video with a demo: First Look: Office 14 for Web There are also some good screen shots on Joel Oleson’s blog: Office 14 Web applications in SharePoint Office 14 will support rich desktop client, Web browser, and…

Good SharePoint Designer Book

It’s good to see some SharePoint Designer books starting to appear. Even though I use Visual Studio .NET alot, I still use SharePoint Designer for master page development, the Data View Web Part, and simple workflows. I picked up this book and it is especially good at covering the Data View Web Part: Microsoft Office…


Content Rating for MOSS Released on CodePlex

I just found out that a Content Rating solution for MOSS 2007 was released to CodePlex earlier this month: Content Rating for MOSS 2007  This is very cool. Now you can build sites that allow users to rate and comment on SharePoint content. For example, create an FAQ site using the Wiki template and allow…

SharePoint Licensing Info

I gave an overview presentation last week on SharePoint for Internet and extranet sites. During the Q/A, I got some questions about licensing of WSS and MOSS for these scenarios. There are a number of different parameters that affect licensing and here is a good FAQ on the topic: MOSS 2007 FAQs: Licensing

SharePoint Firestarter Recordings

The recordings of the SharePoint Firestarter event that I presented at last week are now online: Introduction To Day & Keynote: Whirlwind SharePoint on Visual Studio: Silverlight on SharePoint: Web Parts on SharePoint: Web Services on SharePoint: Workflow on SharePoint: Event Handlers on SharePoint: Page Branding on SharePoint:

New Portland User Group Web site

I am very happy to announce that the kind folks at Netropole have created and host a site for the Portland SharePoint User Group: You can use this site to stay up to date on upcoming meetings on the Events calendar (RSS feed). You can also subscribe/unsubscribe from the newsletter on the Home page….

June 2008 PSUG Meeting

For June we have a great presentation from James Curry, an instructor with Mindsharp. We also have a fantastic give-away this month. Mindsharp has generously donated a $3,000 voucher for admission to their upcoming training event in Portland! The training event is from July 28 – August 1 and includes the following sessions: 5-day WSS…