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…

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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…

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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…

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Unit Testing in SharePoint

Typemock is offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here. The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it,…

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SharePoint Development Guidance

The Patterns & Practices group has released a Codeplex project on SharePoint development best practices and guidance.  This is a very comprehensive guide and will eventually be released to MSDN.  The team is asking for feedback and has released it on Codeplex to faciliate collaboration within the community.  I encourage you to review the information…

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Why do Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 3.0 not support 64-Bit Platforms?

With the recent release of VSeWSS 1.2 I have had a number of customers inquire as to why Microsoft does not provide support for 64-bit platforms. I wondered this myself as our prescribed guidance to users is to run MOSS and WSS 3.0 on 64-bit platforms. We even announced that 32-bit support will not be…

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St. Louis SharePoint User Group Meeting for May

The St. Louis SharePoint user group is having their bi-monthly May meeting Tuesday, May 13 at 8:30 am in the Microsoft office.  Visit the STLSUG site and register to attend if you are interested and have not already.  The group will be presenting best practices on how to upgrade to SP1 for MOSS 2007 and WSS…

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MOSS/WSS 3.0 Deployment Guidelines

Anyone that has considered or has actually deployed MOSS or WSS 3.0 is most likely familiar with the “Plan for Software Boundaries” article on TechNet.  Recently when researching an architecture for a customer I noticed some significant updates to this guidance document due to the release of SP1.  Most notable to me was the increase in…

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MOSS/WSS 3.0 Dispose Pattern Reference

Anyone doing MOSS/WSS development has most likely at one time or another encountered the gotchas with knowing when to explicitly dispose of an object.  While I will try to limit posting links to other blogs, this resource was so good I wanted to share it in as many ways possible.  Roger Lamb covers dispose patterns…

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