There’s an Office/SharePoint Development Track at This Year’s PDC…

The fact that there’s an Office/SharePoint Development track at this year’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles, CA from the 13th from the 16th of September is a big break for you, for us, for everyone.  Bill Gates mentioned a few weeks ago that the next versions of our entire like of Office technologies (as…

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I Am Back In The Saddle and Ready to Pontificate

My blog isn’t so much a running news log as it is an opinion column and platform for communicating practical advice.  That having been said, I’ve been slacking off for too long.  Well, take heart, as I’ve built up a backlog of things to cover, so you can expect quite a few postings for the next…

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WSS Isn’t Just For Collaboration

A number of times, people have said that we can solve the problem of confusion around the word “SharePoint” by just getting rid of the word.  For example, we could just have “Portal Server” stand on it’s own, and we could rename WSS “Windows Collaboraiton Services”.  In fact, our own Windows Server team at one…

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SharePoint Advisor Magazine Hits the Newsstand!!!

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am about the first issue of SharePoint Advisor magazine.  I just got an advance copy, and the regular copies are leaving Advisor Media’s warehouses tomorrow morning.  I’m biased — I’m on the editorial board — but it looks good. The magazine is striking a balance between…

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One More Time…

Comments like “Unless of course you want to use them next year” made in reponse to my posting “Keep Writing SharePoint Web Parts Until (at least) 2006” make me wonder if people actually read my posts before commenting on them.  Well.. just to be painfully clear: Any Web Part you write using today’s technology will work in…

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One more thing a good “SharePoint subject matter expert” ought to know…

I’d add one extra item to Tim Heuer’s fantastic article on what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know…  Somewhere between “mid-level consultant” and “SharePoint Architect”, there needs to be an extra criterion that requires one to: Stop, think and say/write what you really mean when you’re tempted to simply say “SharePoint”. Seriously…

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Dev Tools: What We Can Do and What You’ll Have To Do

Renaud Comte made a great observation on my CAML comments (see CAML ? Stay for long time dixit Mike Fitzmaurice).  If CAML is here to stay, how about more than just reference info (which we have) and examples (which we’re going to provide — and if you want to help, contact me)?   Why not tools? That’s a…

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Early Xmas Present from the Search and BDC Teams: Custom Security Trimming

While we generally lock down features many months before we get to RTM and spend all of the remaining time on performance and stability, there are a few – very few – number of times when we find we really have to squeeze in one more feature at the last minute. It happened with the…

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I should clearly be more careful when I contribute to threads…

A colleague of mine emailed me last weekend to tell me I’d been quoted in the blogosphere.  Patrick Tisseghem commented that Microsoft hasn’t said a thing about the SmartPart, a useful tool for building Web Parts.  He mentioned that I’d said that it embedding user controls in Web Parts and supporting everything the Web Part…

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Update on the ASP.NET 2.0 warning

Several of you have reported having successfully installed the .NET 2.0 runtime on a machine running WSS/SPS. If you set the IIS Web Application for WSS/SPS to use ASP.NET 1.1, things appear to continue to work.  We’ve done some more checking and — at least at first — have found similar results.  So I’ll downgrade my earlier warning slightly:…

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