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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

My New Dev Rig: Boot to VHD and Hyper-V

I have a Lenovo T61P with 8 GB RAM.  That’s what I use to do demos.  To many devs, they’re thinking, “oh man, wish I had that much RAM”.  I wish you did, too, because the ROI of adding RAM for developers is an easy justification.  But here’s the thing… I don’t just dev with… Read more

Got Oracle? You Want to Read This!!!

For the past 18 months, a few members of our team have been begging working to convince the data team at Microsoft to help support Oracle as a database schema provider for Visual Studio.  I just got the COOLEST email in my inbox that I am happy to share! Quest Software and the Visual Studio… 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

Connecting to Oracle from Visual Studio

Man, I am spoiled.  I am spoiled by how simple the free edition of SQL Server 2008, SQL 2008 Express, is to set up and connect to.  I found myself needing to connect to an Oracle database this week.  I haven’t had to connect to an Oracle database in years, I forgot how painful this… Read more