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How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM

I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification.  I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin.  After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process.  I am not writing this to dissuade you from… Read more

SharePoint Developers–What’s On Your Machine?

I recently got a question from a customer about utilities to include on their development machines.  My view is that you should trust your developers and let them install the tools they need.  However, some devs don’t have managers who trust their developers to do the right thing and they need to request tools in… Read more

What is a Dedicated Support Engineer?

For the past 7 years, I worked in Developer Platform Evangelism to talk to customers about the latest and greatest technologies that Microsoft would soon be releasing, and worked to gain early adopters of the technologies.  This was a very fun job, but I desired a change.  This past July, I joined the Premier Field… Read more

Deploying Silverlight to a Custom List with Visual Studio 2010

Interesting question today on an internal email list: I am facing an issue with deploying Silverlight application to SharePoint site. I am getting below error Error occurred in deployment step ‘Activate Features’: Failed to instantiate file "Lists/CustomWCFService-SharePointListInstance/SilverlightApplication.xap" from module "Module": The specified list does not exist. I checked sharepoint site and this list exists in… Read more

Embedding Flash Video in SharePoint Blogs

For SharePoint 2007, there was a nice project called Enhanced Rich Text for SharePoint Extended.  Unfortunately, this solution does not work for SharePoint 2010 due to the ribbon enhancements.  I needed something to work quickly, and since I am not allowed to download and review GPL licensed code (ERTE is licensed GPL), I cracked open… Read more

ListBoxes in Silverlight

I’ve seen this question in my email inbox 3 separate times this week, so I thought others might benefit as well: “How do I get the value of a selected item in a ListBox with Silverlight?” One of the coolest things about Silverlight and WPF to me is the ListBox control.  This handy control lets… Read more

Deck from SharePointPro 2010 Summit – Developer Best Practices

Thanks to everyone who attended the SharePoint 2010 Developer Best Practices talk at the SharePointPro 2010 Summit and Expo conference.  As promised, the deck has been uploaded.  Get it here. Also, please remember to tweet about the event.  The event hashtag is #spprosummit, and my Twitter name is @kaevans…. Read more

Microsoft Shows Off Single Game Running on Windows, Windows Phone, and XBox

This made my jaw drop. I cannot wait until the upcoming MIX 10 event to see what else is announced. … Read more

SharePoint as a Composite Application Platform

I had the pleasure of speaking at the SharePoint TechFest 2010 event today in Dallas, Texas.  Over 650 people at this event, holy smokes it was a great time.  I had the first time slot of the day, and when I first started the talk the room wasn’t even 1/4 full (maybe about 30 people). … Read more

SharePoint Live Virtual Conference & Expo

Register today for the free SharePoint Live Virtual Conference & Expo! Hard to get out of the office?  Training dollars are limited?  We’re bringing you a FREE virtual event on one of the most anticipated software releases – SharePoint 2010 – live from the convenience of your office. We’re kicking off the SharePoint Live conference with… Read more