Mike and the SharePoint Web Part storm of 2004!

Here is some excellent news, Mike Fitzmaurice (Fitz), the man in the middle of the biggest SharePoint controversy  (see post comments) since the “removal” of folder level security in SPS V2 has kicked off a Blog.

Mike Fitzmaurice's WebLog

In my view this really is the best way to have a conversation in the Blogosphere, and Mike starts contributing straight away with his post on SharePoint training courses. This was Patricks main concern in his “fire starting” post, and I would really encourage all of you out there with feedback on training to post a comment, constructively please, telling him how we can do better.

Along these lines I would like to respond to a little more “cage rattling” (Hello to Mads Nissen at #region /* mads's thoughts */) who said the following in his beautifully titled post “SmartPart is rattling the MSFT Sharpoint cage” <very big grin> (which also has a nice positioning slide on the various approaches to SharePoint web part development):

“yet there are no public product roadmap”

I agree on the “Public Roadmap” stuff (Mike, could this be your next post? <grin>), it would be nice to have a bit more information out there. I can’t tell you when we are going to get such a beast, but there are a couple of reasons why such documents aren’t always here quick enough for the technically addicted like ourselves (remember that “us” out here are probably the earliest of early adopters):

1. We are always receiving feedback that Microsoft focuses too much on the next version and not enough on the current version. When you think about it, the current version hasn’t really been out there that long.
2. It is still very early in the development cycle for the next version of SharePoint and lots can change, the last thing we want to do is make promises that we can’t deliver on. Other teams at MS have had this problem, and when it happens everyone shouts “vapourware” from the rooftops. <grin>

So it’s a real balancing act.

With that said there are some critical pieces (there isn’t much more critical than what is happening with Web Parts), for example we have the following articles:

And from the community:
Fredrik did a post in Web Parts in ASP.NET 2.0 

As for “Longhorn has got a cooler developer center at MSDN”

Unfortunately for us SharePointers the number of developers working on Longhorn based technologies simply dwarves anything we are doing with SharePoint, I know it would be great if our products were as well catered for, but, the fact is that “Longhorn” is the next version of Windows, and that will always have a lot more developers than SharePoint.

For completeness, pmurphy has some interesting things to say over here (even calling it a “battle”, which makes it sound more like a post about “Age of Empires”), contributing to the ongoing controversy…ummmm I mean conversation.

Anyway, the final thing to say in this post, is that it’s been great “talking” to you all, if nothing else this shows there is a great deal of enthusiasm out there!

Comments (12)
  1. I agree completely, let us be constructive in our replies. When I started with all of this I was probably to enthusiastic or too disappointed. Anyway good that Mike has started blogging due to it 🙂

  2. It is about the time MS folks that are suppose to get community excited started to blog!

    information is the key. it has been this way for centuries. It is about time Mike started to blog! We need more voices from MS on the the sharepoint.

    Ted Pattison training is great but again he does not teach SmartPart technolgy, so yes there are alternatives to MOC but what we (community) is saying. Let MS pay attention to OPEN SOURCE projects. Oh wait, i guess MS does not see $ attached to it, so why should they pay attention and adv it.


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  3. Hi Maxim, thanks for dropping by!

    I’m not going to take the "open source" bait…<sly grin>

    Actually, I think the focus of these discussions should be about the SharePoint community.

    From my point of view I think the most effective way, we, Microsoft, can help that community is by providing a more direct model of communication to the SharePointers in Microsoft. I hope you can see this starting to happen and encourage you to keep "feeding back".

    However with that said, we can also help by embracing the work done by the community, this may include software projects created there (the SmartPart is an example). As far as my money is concerned, more power to any software project, regardless of its licensing model, that adds value to the SharePoint platform.

    What I’m about is helping our shared customers get the most out of their investment in SharePoint. End of story, in the long run this is the only way to move the product forward.

  4. Hey Patrick, stay enthused and dont be disappointed! <grin>

  5. Jim Duncan says:

    A public product roadmap would be great! Having an idea (even a small one) about what types of new features will be included in the next version would certainly help me to focus development efforts.

    Microsoft always finds a better way to do something than I do <grin>. For instance, back in the STS days I created my own Image Gallery list template with thumbnails and everything. It worked well and served it’s purpose. About 2 months later, WSS came out with an Image Library that put mine to shame. So much better than mine that I would have gladly waited for it instead of rolling my own.

    Am I wasting my time?


  6. Point2Share says:

    Well, thats what I think the headline should have been. &amp;lt;sly grin&amp;gt;

    I have spent this morning reading…

  7. Point2Share says:

    Well, thats what I think the headline should have been. &amp;lt;sly grin&amp;gt;

    I have spent this morning reading…

  8. Point2Share says:

    Well, it’s been 2 years of Point2Share!

    I’m a little late with the Anniversary, but it seems I started…

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