Earlier this week the local user group JAXDUG posted an announcement on our news blog that we're starting a Office Development Special Interest Group (SIG) who's leadership will be shared between John Holliday and myself. The focus, as stated in the post:
The purpose of this special interest group is to bring the local SharePoint community together to share tips, tricks, ideas and best practices for developing solutions on the SharePoint platform. With the coming release of SharePoint 2007, and the many new developments surrounding the Windows SharePoint Services v3 (WSS) & Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), there is a lot to talk about. However, it won't be limited to the next version of SharePoint; the SIG will also have a focus of the current version of SharePoint: WSS v2 & SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS). In addition to informal discussion, the group will also feature speakers and experts from Microsoft, Microsoft Partners and the SharePoint developer community.» Office Development Special Interest Group (SIG)
So what does this mean? While I'm sure SharePoint will be a major focus, don't think we're limited to it. We are open, and most certainly interested in any type of Microsoft Office development from the server-side (which basically means SharePoint with the pending release of WSS v3 & MOSS 2007) to the client such as VSTO based projects. I'm particularly eager to see how much community interest there is in the greater Jacksonville, FL area for SharePoint.
Office Dev SIG Meeting Time & Logistics:This SIG will meet on the fourth Thursday of every month in downtown Jacksonville at the Modis Building (2nd floor; Conference Room A) from 6p-8p. If you have ideas, comments, suggestions, or want to volunteer to speak, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Parking is available on the downtown streets (metered), across the street in the Landing lot, or directly behind the Module building in a 9-story garage on East Bay Street.
Office Dev SIG Upcoming Schedule:Here's the schedule for the next three meetings (note the first one is next week!):
- Thurs, July 27, 2006 - "The Office 2007 Roadmap - What Does It Mean For Developers" by John Holliday
- Thurs, August 24, 2006 - meeting skipped due to Code Camp the same week
- Thurs, September 28, 2006 - topic TBD by Andrew Connell
Note: RSVP is requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in order to order enough food.