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ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing

This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 – ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 – ALM… Read more

ALM for SharePoint Apps: Customizing the Build Process with a Custom Workflow Activity

This post shows how to create a custom customize the build process for provider-hosted apps with a custom workflow activity that will update the appmanifest.xml file for a provider-hosted app to point to different web servers. Overview This is part 3 in a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 – ALM for SharePoint… Read more

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

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

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

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

2 Coolest Things: Boot to VHD, and TFS Basic

This is an email that I sent to my co-workers, and decided that it’s something I should share with the masses.  I’ve been doing the same job for almost 6 years, not a whole lot gets me jazzed about technology these days.  This past week, I had 2 moments where I sat up in my… Read more

I Need Your Help Planning for SharePoint Training

It’s time to submit our FY09 plans, and I am looking for your help.  I’ve got a lot of really cool stuff to share with you around SharePoint this year (Enterprise Social Computing, integrating .NET 3.5 and Silverlight, creating solutions with SharePoint and Office 2007, integrating SharePoint and BI, and more).  Now, I need your… Read more

Joe DeCarlo on the Microsoft Certified Architect Program

I had the opportunity to interview a good friend, Joe DeCarlo, about the Microsoft Certified Architect program.  Joe is an Architect at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, and came from a deep developer background.  In this interview, we discuss the MCA program, its goals and requirements, and we also discuss the types of skills that are… Read more

Thanks to Lexis Nexis!

We are about to start a great day showing technologies like .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and SharePoint technologies.  I thought I’d be proactive and post the materials beforehand.  Make sure to check out Rob Cameron’s blog for additional information. Just about everything shown today came from the VS2008 Training Kit.  All of the demos… Read more