Find training videos using Microsoft Desktop Player

Microsoft just released a public beta of the Microsoft Desktop Player.  It’s a Silverlight application (which can be download as a WPF app to go offline) that provides access to hundreds of resources including webcasts, podcasts, whitepapers and more across Microsoft technologies. You can access the beta here: http://www.microsoft.com/click/desktopplayer/ Or try it out Right Here!…

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SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 is finally here!

Microsoft just released SharePoint 2010 Beta 2!  Beta 2 will consist of build 14.0.4536.1000.   For Beta 1 users only or partners running an earlier version e.g. 14.0.4514.1009 (Beta 2 Escrow), you can upgrade to Beta 2 by installing this update:  KB_COMING_SOON Download your copy of SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 from MSDN Subscriptions (Subscribers only at…

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SP2010: SPFarm.Local is null or Web Application could not be found

Note: This post applies to SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2 and Visual Studio Ultimate Beta 2. I ran into two issues today that had me tied up for a few hours so I thought I would share.  The first was simple: SPFarm _farm = SPFarm.Local;   However, the _farm object was being returned as null.  The…

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SharePoint 2010 Development Hands On Labs

These HOLs are about a month old now, but I wanted to share them for anyone who missed the announcement at SPC.  There are 10 Hands On Labs in both C# and Visual Basic for SharePoint 2010 Beta 2. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c010fc68-b47f-4db6-b8a8-ad4ba33a35c5 Also, I have set up several tags in Diigo for SharePoint , you can find…

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Extending .NET Objects in PowerShell

One of the great features in PowerShell 2.0 is the ability to extend .NET object types to add additional custom properties and methods.  For instance, the type System.String does not have a property called IsANumber that returns whether or not the string is a number.  Typically, you would have to do a TryParse.  By extending…

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SharePoint 2010: A Developer’s Top 15 List

Developers of SharePoint should be giddy with excitement in all of the tools and features coming out of Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010.  Here are the biggest take-a-ways from Paul Andrew’s talk on the 2010 developer platform: 1. “Save site as template” now exports as a WSP which can be imported into Visual…

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Custom Site Definition Alternative

This came up for a recent customer, so thought I would share my solution as many people are not aware of this customization possibility.  The solution ultimately solved the problem that feature staplers activate features BEFORE any lists are provisioned on a site.  So, the only eloquent way to modify a list or list item…

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SharePoint + PowerShell Memory Leak

It’s very important that anyone working with SharePoint object model be concerned with the appropriate management of memory.  Most developers are aware of the need to dispose objects properly, but we some times get sloppy when it comes to things like PowerShell. Zach Rosenfield just posted a very important note for anyone using PowerShell with…

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Twin Cities SharePoint Camp: SharePoint+OBA

Last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the Twin Cities SharePoint Camp sponsored by New Horizons.  There was a great turnout for this FREE event.  If you didn’t make it this time around – be sure to make it in Summer 2009. I chose a slightly different path to head down from…

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Customizing the Ribbon in Office 2007 Applications

One of the great new features in the Office 2007 application suite is the addition of the Office Ribbon.  While the ribbon provides most commonly used functions in an easy to navigate control, the true power of the ribbon comes in the ability for developers to customize and extend it. Why is this important?  In…

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