Microsoft SOA and Business Process Website

We’ve officially launched a new website dedicated to providing invaluable information around building Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) solutions using the Microsoft platform.  As a part of this site, we’ve released our latest roadmap and product strategy around the next generation of Microsoft SOA-based technologies, codenamed “Oslo”, to included updated messaging and workflow technologies…


Entire US Public Sector Virtual Earth Road Show content now available

I just received the slide decks from the other presenters and published them all to my SkyDrive:   Keynote – Increasing Agency Capabilities: Enabling data access, visualization, analysis and insight with Microsoft Virtual Earth Speaker: Kevin Adler   Vexcel – Extending the Virtual Earth Platform through Geospatial Expertise Speaker: John Lee   Adding Mapping Capabilities…


Windows Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

It was announced today on the Windows Server Team Blog that Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will return to being available via a separate download for Windows Server 2008 customers.  In early betas, WSS 3.0 was included as a component in the Windows Server 2008 configuration.  This decision was made to allow more flexibility in the…


Helpful tip on Virtual Machine Configuration using Virtual PC

I’d been racking my brain trying to remember the configuration steps for configuring a Virtual PC -based VM that’s running as a Domain Controller (with DNS enabled) to access the internet.  I’ve done this many times in the past and just couldn’t remember the steps.  This is a tricky thing because with a DC, DNS is…


SharePoint Object Model "Hidden Gems"

I was recently presented a scenario by a gentleman who wanted more control over a MOSS 2007 site, list, and item settings.  He wanted to essentially “track” changes that were made to these artifacts within a given site collection.  In addition, he wanted to know the type of change that occured. SPListEventReceiver or SPWebEventReceiver you might…


OBA Reference Applications – What would you like to see?

One of the biggest challenges I feel that we (Microsoft) face in showcasing the “value” of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I’ll call “solid reference implementations” along the lines of Duwamish Books, Fitch and Mather, Global Bank, LitwareHR, other many other solutions we’ve released.  Sure, we have the OBA Reference Architecture Packs (OBA…


Compuware IT Exchange Event (Raleigh, NC)

Please find the deck + demos from the event in this link. Thank you for attending and for asking many good questions. Good Luck! Joel


Best Practices: Common Coding Issues When Using the SharePoint Object Model

This is an interesting and very useful article for those of us who program against the SharePoint Object Model.  The author spends much of the article talking about the impact of how we as developers can have on the SharePoint server and some suggestions as to how to better approach accomplishing certain task. From the…