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    Blog: MVP Global Summit Day 2-3

    I’ve been quite impressed with the MVP Global Summit & the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area. It’s been a blast meeting and hanging out with everyone (not to mention the content!… seriously… I’m not mentioning the content of the Summit). Some nights have turned into be quite rough (like last night), but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve added thumbnails to all my pictures at the end of this post. On Wednesday night I headed over to Quest Field where we had the Americas Regional Dinner.
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    Blog: I'd like to be your president (of your user group if you're in NE Florida)

    Next week on Tuesday, October 4 from 6–8p , the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( JAXDUG ) will hold elections for a new group of leaders of the user group. We are holding elections for the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The current President of the JAXDUG , David Strommer , recently announced his intention to step down from his responsibility to spend more time with his family (not to mention the recent birth of his 2nd child), career, and other interested including returning to school.
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    Blog: The virtual world is shrinking quickly

    Yesterday afternoon/last night was the first little MVP Global Summit event. There was a little portals dinner with a handful of CMS/WSS/SPS MVPs who were in town before the Summit starts (Wednesday) and some Microsoft movers and shakers within the portals group. As I posted yesterday, one of the coolest things about this week will be to acually meet some of the people who I’ve (as wel as many of you) come to know in the portals circles.
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    Blog: The start of a very fun week... my virtual world is shrinking as my physical one is growing...

    Yesterday might have been one of my longer days. After partying all Saturday afternoon & into the night at my wife’s friends’s wedding in Augusta, Maine, we were up at 6am EST (-0500) for the 2.5/3hr drive to Boston where our flights were departing from (along with another couple). My flight left at 3p (had to get there earlier for the other’s flights)… my first of three flights (jumping from Boston->Baltimore->Cincinnati->Seattle).
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    Blog: On my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus for the first time...

    I’m on my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus today for the first time for the 2005 MVP Global Summit. After missing PDC, I’m hoping (and probably a good guess) to see a lot of the O12 stuff first hand… especially the server products (SharePoint, MCMS 2002 [or as it seems to be known now as ECM], and Project Server) but I also have a keen interest in the client apps as well.
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    Blog: The "O12 UI Julie" Channel9 video

    No, it’s not officially known as the “O12 UI Julie” video, but that’s how I’m referring it to a bunch of people. Julie-Larson Green talks to Microsoft’s Robert Scoble about the new UI in O12. She is responsible for the overall direction of the new UI in O12. While the big draw to this video will no doubt be the op for everyone to see the new O12 client apps in action (after about 8m of discussion), what I find most interesting is the explination about the “HOW” & “WHY” part of the new Office UI.
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    Blog: Microsoft weaves workflow plan

    ComputerWorld said it first, I’m not disclosing anything here. This may be the biggest deal with SharePoint vNext this week (ok, next to all the screenshots we’re dying for). Microsoft is planning to unveil a new workflow subsystem for its client and server operating systems that will become a foundation service available on the Windows platform. The tool will be demonstrated at its Professional Developers Conference this week. The company will take the wraps off Windows Workflow Foundation, which will pull together a number of current workflow technologies spread throughout Windows products, including Windows Workflow Services (WWS, formerly called Windows Orchestration Engine).
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    Blog: Microsoft Showcases New User Interface for Office "12" Core Applications

    Some slick screenshots of the Office 12 UI in the core apps… the Access one towards the end is very cool… QUITE a step forward. There are a few other screenshots here . The new UI – the most dramatic change to the way Office applications work since introduction of the toolbar in 1997 – will help users become more proficient with Office and produce better-looking documents faster. » MSFT PressPass: Q&A: Microsoft Showcases New User Interface for Office “12” Core Applications
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    Blog: MSFT PDC 2005 - It all starts today

    Today is the first real day of the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Now I know what it was like for those who weren’t at TechEd… living virtually through the bloggers and the news that trickes out of the event. With over 1,000 bloggers at this year’s PDC, I’m sure we’ll hear all the news as it breaks! I’m bummed (I’m not there), I’m stoked, and I’m totally distracted!
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    Blog: Skelta CMS Accelerator (aka Lite, aka Express) ... NOW AVAILABLE!

    Seems the Skelta marketing group was throwing a few names around… but it looks like they’ve settled on the Skelta CMS Accelerator. This is a free add-on to licensed MCMS 2002 2002 installations, providing extended workflow to MCMS, as announced @ TechEd 2005 . Announcing the worldwide launch of Skelta CMS Accelerator - Express Edition (Free), a completely integrated out-of-the-box workflow solution for Microsoft Content Management Server. The CMS accelerator allows users to build extensive, customizable workflows for document approvals, automatically publish approved content and define separate workflows for multiple channels.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp MCMS Session

    For all those that were present, sorry I had to go so fast through my session. I started 10min late because of a late start of the opening keynote that ran into the first session blocks. Below you’ll find a link to the PPT and the code I implemented (or skipped) during my session. If you have specific questions or want the code from the brochure template we created, please feel free to email me.
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    Blog: We got cover art!!!

    Sweet! Our Advanced MCMS Development book now has cover art!
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    Blog: Just use the PAPI...

    Why does it seem this is such a MCMS 2002 topic? It’s come up with SharePoint, but not nearly as much as it does with MCMS? If you’ve worked with MCMS long enough, you’ll know there are a few things you just can’t do with the PAPI: create resource galleries create custom channel properties manage rights groups manage users in rights groups assign rights groups to channels, resource galleries or template galleries move channels, template galleries or resource galleries I’m not here to say that you don’t have the right to complain and say “I should be able to create a custom property for a channel in the PAPI!
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    Blog: Hey MVPs... are you going to the Summit?

    Darrell asked it first … I’m interested in meeting face-to-face my fellow MCMS 2002 MVPs for the first time as well as SharePoint MVPs. If you’re going, pleas drop me a line… I’ll be there all week! There’s a FrontPage MVP who created a site where we can indicate where we’re staying and when each attendee will be there… it’s very slick. Check the usual communication channels for more info, or email me directly for the URL.
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    Blog: Oops... seems I stole Heather's thunder!

    After seeing Heather ’s first post “ Have we lost the SharePoint vision? ”, I had to jump atop my soapbox and throw in my $.02 . Seems I stole her thunder for the follow-up post … my bad sista! In her post she mentions we (Heather & I work together for those unaware) often discuss (I wouldn’t say argue) about whether we should have used MCMS 2002 instead of SharePoint for our corporate intranet.
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    Blog: I'm not the only one to notice all the workflow talks at PDC...

    Seems Angus Logan picked up on it too via Michael Herman. When I saw the abstracts last Thursday/Friday, I was surprised how many came back with “workflow” in the title. Workflow is such a hot topic in the MCMS 2002 and SPS world, it’s not surprising to see it listed so much at TechEd… but… Is this a new offering/direction/focus for Microsoft? Man I wish I was going to PDC! Angus / Spence … take notes for me!
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    Blog: SPS & CMS underlying infrastructure to merge?

    I’m sure we’ll hear more about this as the PDC approaches. Microsoft is melding the infrastructure underlying SharePoint Portal Server and Content Management Server (CMS) for the Office 12 wave starting next year. » Microsoft Today: Microsoft To Ease Integration Of SharePoint Portal, Content Management Servers
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    Blog: Tampa Code Camp & my MCMS talk

    The Tampa Code Camp sure looked like it was a great success! Sold out (as much as a free event can be sold out) @ 350 people! I focused on hitting a bunch of SQL 2005 sessions, specifically a double-up on SSIS, since I skipped most of the TechEd SQL 2005 sessions. SSIS is very cool stuff! I also really enjoyed Ambrose Little ’s BOF on “DataSets vs. Business Objects”. Personally I side with the business object direction but it was nice to hear arguments on the other side.
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    Blog: Stefan's code for ASP.NET 2.0 site map provider article is up

    Cool stuff… the code from this article by Stefan Goßner is now on GDN. » GotDotNet User Sample: MCMS Site Map Provider for ASP.NET 2.0
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    Blog: Leveraging regular expressions within MCMS implementations

    What are regular expressions? Regular expressions (regex) is one of the few things that even some of the more experienced developers haven’t wrapped their brain around. As Roy Osherove puts it: .citation { quotes: none !important; } Regular expressions are among the most “mysterious” and “black art-like” technologies out there for developers. Reference: The Regulator help → For those who aren’t familiar with regex, they provide a flexible and powerful text processor.
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    Blog: Leveraging regular expressions within MCMS implementations

    In the course of some of my MCMS 2002 projects, I’ve noticed how powerful and helpful regular expressions can be. One such case is when you’re working on a navigation component. You could walk the channel tree to find specific points within your site structure, checking against the path of the channel etc, or you could use regular expressions to do the checks for you. When used correctly, they can have a very positive impact on your project.
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    Blog: Chester's MCMS Manager 3.0

    I’ve been remiss in mentioning the updates Chester has made to his MCMS Manager (now released at v3) . My biggest gripe was that the utility loaded everything in the CMS repository on load (earlier version)… something that made this utility useless for managers of larger sites (thousands or tens of thousands of channels/postings). It appears that Chester has addressed this. Looks like a nice utility! Now… a web version? Haven’t looked at the code, but a web version would be nice!
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    Blog: Tampa Code Camp - open seats & agenda

    The Tampa Code Camp opened up an additional 150 seats, which will likely go fast. Joe also posted the agenda today. My session is from 10:50-11:50a if you’re interested in MCMS 2002!
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    Blog: Interesting little tidbit on Visual Studio .NET 2003 & web applications

    File this one under the “interesting… this will come in handy again some day” like my other VS debugging issue. Others may know this, but I didn’t… and it’s likely someone else didn’t as well. This is for you (well, and documentation for me). All the sudden I started having an issue with my build server when I tried to obtain a new or updated VS.NET 2003 solution from VSS that had a new web project or web service or when I tried to create a new web application.
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    Blog: New "Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development" book officially announced

    It’s official! Our book, to be published by Packt Publishing (who’s been a pleasure and very easy to work with), was announced last week… just in time for TechEd EMEA 2005. This book has some killer content in it… a ton of original material you haven’t seen before in other mediums. Look for it next month! Stefan Goßner ’s announcement: Advanced Microsoft Content Management Server Development Lim Mei Ying , Stefan Goßner , Andrew Connell , Angus Logan This book has the most in depth-coverage of important MCMS 2002 development topics found anywhere.
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    Blog: I'll be speaking about MCMS at the Tampa, FL Code Camp - July 16th

    I’ll be speaking about the Tampa, FL Code Camp on July 16th at the University of South Florida. Joe Healy posted recently that its sold out, but watch his blog for more info as he’s trying to get some additional seats opened up! My session will spend a very brief time introducing MCMS 2002 for those who aren’t familiar, then dive into some of the most common tasks developers face when building out a MCMS site.
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    Blog: Blogging my way to the PDC...

    I’ve already blown my travel/training budget on TechEd USA , so I’m going for the long shot to PDC. I’m big into MCMS 2002 and SPS and I’m dying to see the futures of both products, which seem to be slated for more press at PDC 2005! Please… pick me!!! At TechEd 2005 in Orlando, FL , I was one of the first to post Arpan’s news (Senior Product Manager : Portals with Microsoft) to both my MoBlog as well as on my blog.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 6

    ::sniff:: The last day of my first ever TechEd. It’s been a hell of a week and well worth it. I plan to post a nice little wrap up of general TechEd stuff hopefully this weekend. If PDC is more hard core than TechEd, I’m dying to go. For now, I’ll likely just have to wait until next year. The day started off by hitting CLI335 - InfoPath: Developing Forms Using Managed Code in an effort to use TechEd and some web casts as my InfoPath crash course.
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    Blog: Arpan has the official scoop from TechEd USA

    I posted the big news from TechEd USA, but you really should also read Arpan’s post about it as well as it’s from the more official source. » SP2, CMS Future and Workflow partner
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 5

    Thursday was yet again a session heavy day. The end of the day brough the party at Universal Studios which included free rides, drinks (including beer & wine), and food (they even bought out a few buffets to scatter trough the park. The best part of all though had to be the lack of any lines… THE only way to hit a park in Orlando! The day started out with Rob Howard’s WEB325 - ASP.
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    Blog: TechED USA 2005 :: Day 4

    Day 4 involved mostly sessions… not a lot of interaction at cabanas and such. Scott Guthrie’s sessions (WEB323 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 (Part 1) & WEB324 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview of ASP.NET 2.0 (Part 2)) included just a flat out killer rundown on the best of the breed in ASP.NET 2.0. He covered everything under the moon.. from themes, master pages, all the new intellisense things, some accessibility enhancements, the provider model, and some nice navigation as well as login features features.
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 3

    Yet again, more non-breaking news form your TechEd 2005 blogger AC. Wireless connection is useless for me… part because of all the RF interference from the mass power running through this place, but also because I think I’m having issues. That’s ok though… nice being disconnected at times. The day started off with a keynote that featured Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk 2006. The big news was that they are now all scheduled to go RTM the week of November 7, 2005.
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    Blog: MCMS News from TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 2 (Yes, there's more!!!)

    Arpan Shah’s second MCMS 2002 session at TechEd 2005 USA , PRT337 - Best Practices for Designing and Building Content Management Server Solutions, covered a ton of great information on best practices, things you shouldn’t do, things you should look at, etc. But first, the breaking news all MCMS developers have been waiting for! MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2: Expect this to be released after the .NET 2.0 Framwork is released (BTW: today’s keynote at TechEd announced that Visual Studio .
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    Blog: TechEd USA 2005 :: Day 1-2

    While I had intended to drive down early on Sunday morning, I decided sometime Saturday it was more appealing to drive down at night than get up very early to make it in time for some commitments that started at 11:30a Sunday.In the end, David (JAXDUG President) and I drove down Saturday night and picked up Heather from Downtown Disney (she had arrived earlier in the day via plane and caught a taxi over to Downtown Disney, so we gave her a ride back to the hotel).
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    Blog: MCMS News from TechEd USA 2005

    Today Arpan Shah held his first TechEd session of the week, PRT331 - Content Management Server: Accelerating Your Development and Deployment, packed in with lots of great news, demo’s, and a new offering for MCMS 2002! The best part: for those of us who are familiar with MCMS, only about 2 minutes of the entire presentation was overview for those not familiar. I’d like to highlight the key news that Arpan mentioned in his presentation…
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    Blog: telerik r.a.d.controls MCMS Edition Q2 2005 released

    From the telerik team: Dear Ajay, telerik is pleased to announce the release of r.a.d.controls MCMS Edition Q2 2005 - the special bundle of ASP.NET components tailored for tight integration with Microsoft Content Management Server 2002. The new volume introduces three major updates, which aim to significantly enhance the UI richness of MCMS-based application. In Q2 professionals will find the long-awaited r.a.d.editor MCMS Premium Edition v5.0 (based on its newest ASP.
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    Blog: Don't touch that MCMS database

    I don’t know why it seems this has hit the blogsphere more frequently lately, but yet again, someone else has written an article that involves working directly with the MCMS 2002 database. Stefan Goßner has explained why this isn’t a good idea, and how he doesn’t want to be the bad guy to be the messenger , but yet again had to say it today as well. Please, we are more than happy to help with MCMS planning/development/design questions, but if you’re touching the MCMS database, we can’t help you.
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    Blog: Jawad Khan's MCMS 101 articles on MCMS2002

    Jawad Khan has posted a handful of MCMS 2002 101–like articles on his blog: » MCMS 101 - Quick Tutorial … » How to maintain a Microsoft Content Management Server database » MCMS 101 - Getting Content out of Placeholder …. » MCMS 101 - How to point your Local Site Manager to another Environment …. » MCMS 101 … How to get List of Child Channels Name and Url for Navigation control … » Creating Custom XML Placeholder Control ……
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    Blog: What is MCMS? Stephen Cawood does a great job explaining it

    Need to know what MCMS 2002 really is? Stephen Cawood has a great post, ported from a 1999 email, that explains it. » about Content Management Server
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    Blog: Stefan highlights my CustomPropertyDbEx as his MCMS tip of the day!

    Stefan Goßner ’s MCMS 2002 tip of the day today highlights my CustomPropertyDbEx . Thanks Stefan Goßner ! I have many more ideas planned for it that I will release within the coming months. Just a little busy these days with the book in my spare time.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp **update**

    The Jacksonville Code Camp is now official… and has its own spot on the Jacksonville Developers User Group website! For all official information, check out http://codecamp.jaxdug.com . I’ll be giving two sessions: one on an introduction to what MCMS 2002 is all about (high level… so welcome marketing & sales folk!) and another on building a site with MCMS (yup, hands on building a site)! Now the challenge… build a site in less than an hour!
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    Blog: New MCMS book is in the works!

    Stefan announced today that there is another book in the works for MCMS 2002. The book is a combined effort with Stefan Goßner (Microsoft), Joel Ward ( MVP MCMS ), Mei Ying Lim ( MVP MCMS ), Angus Logan ( MVP MCMS ), and yours truely ( MVP MCMS ). This new book will build on the success of the first book, Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server , that Stefan Goßner , Joel and Mei Ying Lim published with Packt Publishing in December 2004.
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    Blog: Stefan's MCMS tip of the day..

    Stefan Goßner has started a tip of the day series… as with anything that comes off those fingers, it’s a must read. He’s also created a seperate RSS feed just for the tips. » MCMS tip of the day series
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    Blog: Received Microsoft Award for MCMS MVP

    It’s been a fun process, and one where my anxiety peaked quite a few times over the last few months… and tonight it all paid off. Tonight I received word from Microsoft that I have been awarded MVP status for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS)! I couldn’t have made it this far without the help of Stefan and (my now fellow) MCMS MVPs Angus , Joel , Mei Ying , and Spencer … thanks guys.
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    Blog: MCMSFAQ.com updated...

    Spence updated the www.mcmsfaq.com
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    Blog: Creating a IE right-click context menu item

    [jotting this down so I won’t forget…] I found this little tidbit via tariq’s post , linked to Philip’s post , linked yet to Michael Earl’s post . It’s a cool little HOWTO in adding items to your IE right-click context menu. I can think of endless possibilities of this… for MCMS 2002, for SharePoint, and for Michael’s idea of A right-click menu in IE that allows me to “Mark Harrison for Follow up”.
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    Blog: TechEd 2005: Shared Schedule & Session Registration

    I noticed today the sessions are starting to be populated with abstracts and no longer just the titles. I wonder when we’ll be able to start signing up and creating our calendar of the sessions we’ll attend? Sure would be cool if they provided some sort of an export where we could show our sessions in blogs. Regardless, I’ll post the sessions I plan to attend. If anyone is up for grabbing a drink and shooting the breeze about MCMS 2002 or SharePoint during the week, please contact me.
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    Blog: MCMS SP1 -> SP1a ... one tidbit to check

    I recently upgraded one of my Virtual PC’s from MCMS2002 SP1 to SP1a. After some flakyness, and a little input from Stefan Goßner , I realized that the SP1a upgrade added two new ISAPI filters, but didn’t unregister the old MCMS 2002 ISAPI filters. This doesn’t happen all the time, it’s just a fluke thing. It wasn’t documented anywhere that I could find ( MS Support , Spencer’s MCMS KB list , Stefan’s FAQ , a Google search of the web & the MCMS newsgroup , or an MSN search of my Outlook where NewsGator stores all my blog feeds), so I’m documenting it here for those other souls who hit it.
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    Blog: SharePoint customization anyone? Introducing a new member to the blogsphere [UPDATE]

    The last 1.5 years I’ve worked closely with one specific co-worker on a MCMS 2002 and an MCMS-SPS project. She has a design background and is a great developer as well. More importantly, she just “gets it”… great problem solver. Over the last two projects, she’s gotten herself into being quite the expert on SharePoint UI customization not to mention grasping countless gochas and undocumented nuances within SharePoint and MCMS.
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    Blog: Is your background processing working?

    I recently ran across something that I thought I’d share as you may have done the same. We had a ASP-based website that was completely database driven that we were porting over to MCMS 2002. New UI, new organization, you name it… this site was going to replace our old one completely. Beacuse we elected to not use a data conversion application and port all data manually (we had our reasons… for one, we wanted to proof everything as we had recently undergone an acquisition and we wanted to examine all text & links), and some other reasons, we started putting content into the DEV database.