The MTC’s and the Build-Buy Continuum

The phrase “Build vs. Buy” has become so widely used that it has become a part of our industry’s lexicon. In general, it refers to the decision whether to build a new application, or buy one “off the shelf.” However there is an implied “either/or” approach to the decision which can be very self-limiting. First…

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The Compleat Windows Server 2008 Laptop

I just did something I’ve been meaning to do for a long while: re-tooled my laptop with Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V virtualization. I really appreciate the Hyper-V performance, as well as the modularity of the operating system: it’s easy to turn pieces on and off so you only run what you need. This is…

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Check Out World Wide Telescope

The World Wide Telescope public beta was launched earlier in this week, and it’s amazing! Imagine being able to zip around the universe, exploring planets and distant galaxies using the amassed images from the world’s greatest telescopes. It really changes your perspective! There are also guided tours, views of the planets and much more to…

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Choosing a Workflow Option for your MOSS 2007 Solution

Last week a customer asked me a question that many others have asked before: “When should I create my workflow in Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer?” This question has puzzled so many of my clients that I decided it was time to write a blog posting on the subject. To review, there are actually four…

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Design Patterns for Collaborative Apps – Recap of my session at the SharePoint Conference 2008

I’m writing this from my hotel room in Seattle, where I’ve just attended the SharePoint Conference 2008. The conference was great, and it was an excellent opportunity to meet up with SharePoint friends old and new. I did a session called “Design Patterns for Collaborative Applications”, and at the session I promised a recap with…

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Back in the Zone with ZoneTabs

I’m back after a long break from posting to announce the availability of a new web part that you may find helpful. Zone Tabs 2.0 is a new version of a tab web part I previously released on GotDotNet that helps reduce clutter on a web part page by allowing you to attach the other…

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