St. Louis Day of .NET Recap

The St. Louis Day(s) of .NET was a great success. This year the event expanded to two full days of content. Over 500 people attended over 65 sessions presented by subject matter experts and Microsoft MVPs throughout the region. This is by far the largest community driven developer event ever held in St. Louis and…


Practical Uses of Twitter

Today I noticed a billboard for a local hospital advertising the use of Twitter to alert followers about current ER wait times. I thought this was a very clever and practical use of Twitter and it left me pondering other ways brick and mortar businesses could leverage Twitter. Now the fact that this particular hospital…


Specify Default Scope for Advanced Search Box Web Part without Using Scope Picker

On a recent project I had a requirement to develop a search application for a specific subset of content within SharePoint. By creating managed properties for the site columns of my content type and then consuming them as properties in the advanced search box web part I was able to create a usable search interface…


St. Louis Day of .NET 2009

I will once again be speaking at the St. Louis Day of .NET conference. This year the event has grown and the conference will offer two full days of sessions on Friday, August 28, 2009 and Saturday, August 29. 2009 at the Ameristar Casino Conference Center. I will be presenting the SharePoint Development Jump Start…


SharePoint Saturday Ozarks Presentation Follow Up

In my session at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks I promised a blog with links to additional resources and the code snippets used in my demo. I will also hopefully eventually have a screencast of my demo completed and hosted at Until then, however, here is the additional information I promised during my session. Code Snippets…


SharePoint Designer Available as Free Download after 4/1/09

I received confirmation today that the rumors and suspected April Fools’ hoax regarding SharePoint Designer becoming available via free download are in fact true. Below is the customer ready announcement directly from Microsoft: “One of the key aspects of the SharePoint value proposition is its ability to support customized solutions built on our platform. Our…


Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 3.0 1.3 CTP contains 64-Bit Support

Previously I had posted the SharePoint product group’s explanation as to why VSeWSS 1.2 did not provide 64-bit support. I am happy to report that the product group announced this morning that VSeWSS 1.3 CTP includes 64-bit support. This incremental release is positioned as a bridge to assist SharePoint developers until the release of Visual…


Possibly Presenting at Kansas City’s SharePoint Saturday in February

Going to give my talk on aggregating content across site collections using search without writing code.  Should be a great event. Any suggestions for fun things to do in KC with a family in February are appreciated.


Speaking at St. Louis SharePoint User Group January Meeting

I will be presenting at the St. Louis SharePoint User Group meeting January 13, 2008.  The talk will cover how to aggregate content across site collections without writing custom code or purchasing a third party solution.  In this session you will learn how to use the Data View Web Part connected to the SharePoint search…


Speaking at St. Louis Day of .NET

I’ll be presenting at St. Louis Day of .NET tomorrow on Live Services and Mesh at the Center for the Application of Information Technology (CAIT) at Washington University in St. Louis.  Looks like quite a few people will be there.  Stop and say hi if you are attending.