Welcome Aboard, PJ ‘n’ Pals!!!

Two new blogs have been created in the past few days that I thought you should bookmark: If you’re building applications for the U.S. Federal Government, the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism team just started up a blog for issues and knowledge sharing that’s unique to your universe, and they know how to speak your…


FitzBlog : Web Part Interoperability — Good News and Bad News

That post I made on Monday?  Namely:  “FitzBlog : Web Part Interoperability — Good News and Bad News”?  It’s out.  It was U2U’s news to break, and Mike Ammerlaan just helped them break it here at his PDC session on WSS “v3”/ASP.NET 2.0. The news?  Son Of SmartPart.  Jan Tielens and the U2U gang have…

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The Kimono Is Open, The Veil Is Lifted, The Gags Are Removed…..

I just got out of Steven Sinofsky’s keynote session on Office “12” here at the PDC, and that means one thing.  Actually, multiple, things, but the big thing is that I can stop being (as much of) a jerk about not saying anything about what we’re doing next.  Let the disclosure begin!!! Yesterday morning, Bill Gates…

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Web Part Interoperability — Good News and Bad News

So we’re getting ready to unveil a little bit tomorrow and a lot on Wednesday regarding WSS “v3” and our Office “12” servers, but a couple of things have popped up that are very, very relevant to people that want to develop Web Parts using ASP.NET 2.0 and use them in today’s versions of WSS…

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Supportable Customizations: Don’t Panic

I’ve been at a lot of conferences in the past few months, and the question I was asked most often had to have been around what we support and don’t support when it comes to site and portal customizations, modifcations to site definitions, and so on.  The thing that spawned these questions is this article on TechNet.  In a…

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Will Windows SharePoint Services Work With SQL Server 2005?

The short answer:  Heck, yeah! The long answer: For the love of God, don’t try it in production yet.  SQL Server 2005 hasn’t shipped.  But as we’ve been testing our beta code for WSS Service Pack 2, due out later this year, we’ve been testing it against SQL Server 2005 betas, and it appears to…

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PDC Sessions Have Been Posted!!!

Head over to http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/content/sessions.aspx to see a nearly-complete list of what we can tell you to date.  Specifically look at the “Office and SharePoint” track.  Joe Andreshak and I are producing this track (he’s doing Office client technology, and I’m doing Office server technology).  We’re both happy and relieved to finally see a preliminary list surface on…


I’ve Been Gone A While

I know that, while I’m travelling, I should just file blog postings from the road since it’s more dynamic and compelling ‘n’ stuff, but I didn’t.  I’m sorry.  On the plus side, I’ve been taking notes, and I have a lot to blog about for several days. I’ve been to TechEd North America, SharePoint Advisor…

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Site Definition KickStart Project

Want some help building and deploying site definitions, complete with resources like Web Parts, CSS files, etc.?  Get thee to http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/sharepointdevkickstart, the latest in our never-ending effort to plug information gaps in the SDK.  A corresponding whitepaper should surface soon on MSDN, but this code will help you all by itself.  We (i.e., those of…

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SharePad Has Been Updated

The SharePad workspace on GotDotNet has been updated.  It now supports getting/setting custom properties with every open/save.  If you want an example of how to use FrontPage RPCs, the URL protocol, etc., this one’s ready to go. I’ve already mentioned that the Interlink Group deserves special thanks for building this to our specs and running down…

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