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    Blog: SharePoint Conference 2014 Registration is Open!

    Looks like the conference site is now accepting registrations. The show will be in Las Vegas, NV the week of March 3, 2014. If you’re interested in attending, best to jump on this sooner rather than later so you aren’t stuck in a remote hotel! Next question… what will be discussed at the v2014 show? » SharePoint Conference 2014 - Registration
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Developer-Designer-Implementer Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what SharePoint developers, designers and implementors type of work they are doing as well as how they do it. You’ll find the survey goes quite quick and it should only take about 60 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.
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    Blog: ANNOUNCING the SharePoint Browser Report - September 2013 Survey

    I’m running a research project on what browsers people are using / designing for in SharePoint. It should only take 10 seconds to complete. The survey will be available through the end of September to collect responses. After the survey closes, I’ll publish a comprehensive report. If you don’t mind, please fill out this form: http://aconn.me/spbrpt201309 . No, it doesn’t ask every single question as the goal is for it to generate as many responses as possible, thus the stream-lined bit.
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    Blog: ANN: Critical Path Training Strategic Partnership with Pluralsight for On-Demand SharePoint Training

    Today I’m thrilled to announce on behalf of Critical Path Training a new training offering and benefit to our customers through a new partnership. We have always offered the best instructor-led training either in a classroom as a hands-on offering or online via a live virtual instructor-led course. We pride ourselves in having the best group of instructors filled with long time SharePoint MVPs and a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), not like other companies in having the most class offerings or most instructors.
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    Blog: [Run, don't walk] CAML Designer (formerly known as CAML Builder) is Updated

    Browsing through my feeds I see this gem from a few days ago. Karine Bosch , the brains behind the CAML Builder we SharePointer’s lived by for so many years, has teamed up with Andy Van Steenbergen to release much improved and current CAML Designer. Looks and runs great! Bit congrats guys!!! This is a must have tool for every SharePoint developer: » Karine Bosch - CAML Designer
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    Blog: Upgrading a Site Collection from SharePoint Server 2007 WCM to SharePoint Server 2010 WCM

    In this article, I show you how to take a custom Publishing site fpr Office SharePoint Server 2007 WCM and upgrade it to a SharePoint Server 2010 WCM.
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    Blog: Upgrading a SharePoint 2007 WCM site to SharePoint 2010 WCM

    Over the last year I’ve demonstrated a few times how to upgrade a SharePoint 2007 WCM site to SharePoint 2010 at various conferences such as the SharePoint Conference in October 2009 and TechEd 2010 . While there are plenty of ways to do this, I thought I’d document my demo for others to duplicate in their own environment. You may be familiar with the Adventure Works Travel sample SharePoint 2007 Publishing site Microsoft released in 2009.
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    Blog: ***FREE*** Visual Studio 2010 Launch Event - Jacksonville, FL May 11, 2010 [TOMORROW]

    JAXDUG , my local developer User Group, is putting on local Visual Studio 2010 Launch event for free on May 11 from 9a-3p. The event, hosted at the 5 Points Movie Theater , will be presented by the community on a few areas of Visual Studio 2010. Topics include: Opening the Tacklebox on Visual Studio 2010 - by Joe Healy (MSFT) Silverlight & Windows Phone 7 Development with Visual Studio 2010 - by Henry Lee Simplifying Deployments with MSDeploy and Visual Studio 2010 - by Sayed Hashimi Introduction to Functional Programming with F# in Visual Studio 2010 - by Eugene Chuvyrov I’ll be doing a session on the new tools included in the base install of Visual Studio 2010 for SharePoint developers:
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    Blog: Looking forward to the SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference in London, just over a week away!

    In just over a week’s time, the week of April 19th - 21st, I’ll be presenting two sessions at the SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference in beautiful London. My two sessions are related to Web Content Management (shocker, I know): What’s new with Web Content management in SharePoint Server 2010In this session attendees will learn what improvements Microsoft added to SharePoint Server 2010 for hosting content-centric sites including one-click authoring, leveraging metadata, improvements to the Content Query Web Part and event the new Web Analytics service for monitoring the status, health and activity of a content-centric site in SharePoint Server 2010.
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    Blog: Roadmap (or lack there of) of my Visual Studio DX CodeRush/Refactor SharePoint Extensions

    Over the last few months I’ve fielded quite a few questions in person at conferences, via email or via Twitter from folks who were interested in what my plans were for my DevExpress CodeRush & Refactor extensions I wrote for Visual Studio 2008 for SharePoint developers. If you aren’t familiar with what I’m talking about, back in 2007 I created a few extensions for those customers who had bought a copy of DevExpress’ CodeRush & Refactor Pro!
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: SharePoint Administrator's and Developer's Guide to Code Access Security

    An article I worked on has recently been published on MSDN. The article, SharePoint Administrator’s and Developer’s Guide to Code Access Security , introduces CAS to SharePoint administrators & developers and then walks you through why it’s important & relevant to SharePoint. Then I dig into how to trouble shoot, the different deployment options for custom code and finally how to create deploy custom CAS policies. While the article is written for SharePoint 2007, everything applies to SharePoint 2010 as well.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: Designing and Developing High-Performance SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    An article i worked on has recently been published on MSDN. The article, Designing and Developing High-Performance SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites , explains some tips and tricks on getting the most out of your WCM sites built on SharePoint Server 2007. Here’s the article summary on MSDN: Learn about the Web Content Management features in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that enable organizations to deploy Internet-facing publishing sites, and considerations for developers and designers when designing and building high-performance publishing sites.
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    Publication: SharePoint Administrator's and Developer's Guide to Code Access Security

    Understand Microsoft .NET Framework code access security (CAS) and how to work with it in custom SharePoint solutions. Explore configuration options, get best practices for managing CAS in SharePoint environments, and walk through a complex CAS scenario.
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    Publication: Designing and Developing High-Performance SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    Learn about the Web Content Management features in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that enable organizations to deploy Internet-facing publishing sites, and considerations for developers and designers when designing and building high-performance publishing sites.
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    Blog: Upgrading a SharePoint 2007 Publishing Site Master Page to SharePoint 2010

    At the SharePoint Conference in Vegas two weeks ago I co-presented a session with Chris Johnson from Microsoft on how to upgrade a SharePoint 2007 Publishing site to SharePoint Server 2010. We covered some pre-upgrade stuff, things to watch out for, but what I think was likely the most interesting piece of the whole session was when we took a content DB backup of a 2007 site, restored it and added it to SharePoint 2010 ( using a similar process I wrote about previously and then modified created a new master page from the sites custom branded 2007 master page and added the 2010 stuff like the ribbon and developer dashboard.
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    Blog: Avoiding those "Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page" in IE8 when editing SharePoint Publishing sites

    Just stumbled across this via Randy Drisgill’s blog . It’s nagged me forever, but never had a clue what was going on. People get this when they are editing their Content Editor Web Parts… not that they are good or anything . Basically IE8 acts a bit different when calling certain JavaScript methods. The quick and dirty fix is to uncheck the Enable native XMLHTTP support option in IE’s advanced options.
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    Blog: Patterns and Practices - Developing SharePoint Applications

    Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices group released the latest update which is basically the final version of the current iteration. There’s a ton of content there on helping people create LOB applications in and on SharePoint such as code samples, documentation and videos. Check it out!: https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd203468.aspx I was one of the contributors on the advisory board who helped in creating this fine resource… along with many others .
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp Recap

    This past Saturday, August 29th, 2009, Jacksonville (my hometown and where I reside) held it’s annual Code Camp: www.jaxcodecamp.com . I presented one SharePoint session and covered for someone else who had a family emergency that turned into a fun “anything goes” Q/A session (well… not anything… it wasn’t a truth or dare type session). What really took me back was how professional the JAX Code Camp was this year. With over 700 registrations and 400+ in attendance at varying points of the day, they even had a charity spin on it, raising over $12,000 for the Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital!
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    Blog: Indy SharePoint User Group (SPIN) Recap

    Last week I presented at the Indy SharePoint User Group on the topic of High Performance SharePoint solutions. I had a great time as it was my first time in Indy (Indiana for that matter) meeting everyone and talking about all sorts of stuff. After a bit of a snafu, we ended up at the Indy Cigar Bar for a SharePint event. For those who are interested, you can check the speaking page on my blog to get a copy of the session.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    An article I worked on has recently been published to MSDN. The article, Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites , walks designers through the process of creating a custom brand in SharePoint Publishing sites as well as helping developers take the design and implementing it as a custom brand using Features and Solutions. Here’s a summary on what the article is all about: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites make use of the Office SharePoint Server Publishing Features to provide capabilities for creating engaging Web content management (WCM) sites.
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    Blog: *** NOW AVAILABLE *** Chapter 4 from our Real World SharePoint 2007 book for free on TechNet

    Hey… it’s only been hour for a few years, right? What great timing! :P This is my chapter on creating Publishing sites in a structured and repeatable way. I wish I hadn’t used the term “smart” because it implies the other way is stupid… » Wrox Press: Real World SharePoint 2007 - Chapter 4: Developing Publishing Sites the smart and structured way
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    Blog: SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night - SharePoint Conference 2009 Edition

    Going to the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas the week of October 19-22, 2009? No? Well, are you a SharePoint person that’s going to be in the greater Vegas area? We’ll be doing another SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night in Las Vegas at the regular conference time: the Sunday evening before the show starts: Sunday, October 18, 2009 from 7p - whenever. After you register, come join other SharePoint professionals for a good drink and banter at the EyeCandy sound and lounge bar, right in the center of the Mandalay Bay casino!
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    Blog: Restoring Production MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites Into Development

    When creating new content-centric Web sites using something like ASP.NET, developers usually follow a set lifecycle. I’ve been involved in my share of content-centric sites using tools like Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management . The process is pretty easy getting a site off the ground: Figure AA We first create a basic site with the core templates, just enough to enter some dummy content in.
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    Blog: Restoring Production MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites Into Development

    When creating new content-centric Web sites using something like ASP.NET, developers usually follow a set lifecycle. I’ve been involved in my share of content-centric sites using tools like Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web Content Management . The process is pretty easy getting a site off the ground: Figure AA We first create a basic site with the core templates, just enough to enter some dummy content in.
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    Blog: Hiding Empty Content Areas in SharePoint 2007 [WCM] Publishing Sites

    Ever had the desire to hide or not render anything on a part of the page when one of your content fields is empty? If not, you will… seems I get this question all the time… it even goes so far back as the Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 days! I had that need when building out the Critical Path Training site. Our course agenda pages need to have room for lots of modules as each class is very different.
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    Blog: I'll be presenting at the SharePoint Users Group of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN (August 26, 2009)

    Suddenly all these speaking engagements have come through or been publicized at the last minute… hence the flurry of blog posts. This should be it for a while… I’ll be speaking at the SharePoint Users Group of Indiana (SPIN) in Indianapolis, IN on August 26, 2009 @ 6p. Rob Bogue , my friend and colleague on a few projects including www.mssharepointdeveloper.com , got me to finally commit to coming up after I had to reschedule a few times on him.
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    Blog: I'll be presenting at the Jacksonville Code Camp in Jacksonville, FL (August 29th, 2009)

    I mentioned there was an open call for speakers the other day… looks like my session was picked! Hope to see you there! High Performance Solutions on SharePoint Server 2007Performance should be one of the top areas of focus on everyone’s mind when embarking on a Internet facing SharePoint Server 2007 site. In this session we’ll look at the built-in caching capabilities. Topics include object model techniques, how to properly manage memory in order to avoid the dreaded OutOfMemory exception, key sizing numbers to keep in mind when architecting your implementation and minimizing the page payload to speed up those page load times.
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    Publication: Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites (part 2 of 2)

    Learn the essential concepts needed to create an engaging user interface design in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites. This article is part 2 of 2.
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    Publication: Real World Branding with SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites (part 1 of 2)

    Learn the essential concepts needed to create an engaging user interface design in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites. This article is part 1 of 2.
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    Blog: 5th Annual Jacksonville Code Camp - Saturday, August 29th (open call for speakers)

    The 5th annual Jacksonville Code Camp is coming up… just under two months away! This year’s event will be held at University of North Florida and like all others, is free to all who want to register! Make sure you register early… it’s sure to “sell out” with an average attendance of 300+ in previous years. I’m helping them arrange a SharePoint track of sessions if we get enough speakers. Interested?
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    Blog: Sample MOSS 2007 WCM site now available - Adventure Works Travel

    Recently you’ve seen a few people use a sample MOSS 2007 WCM site that Microsoft had a partner develop them. The site, Adventure Works Travel, is one that I’ve used in demos at TechEd EMEA in November 2008, the SharePoint Best Practice conference in London in April 2009 and TechEd US in May 2009 in addition to a few MSDN articles I’ve published ( like this one ). Finally you can download it too!
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    Blog: I'll be presenting at SharePoint Connections Fall 2009 in Las Vegas

    I missed it last year, but looking forward to it this year! The annual SharePoint Connections Fall 2009 show will be in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay November 9-12, 2009. I love Vegas… I’ll be at the SharePoint Conference a few weeks prior (same city and venue), but you just can’t ever get enough Vegas… right? Maybe going there twice in a matter of a few weeks makes up for almost 2yrs away from the city?
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2009 - Session recaps and follow-ups

    I’ve been a bit delayed in getting these out… apologies for that. The week following TechEd we packed up and moved houses. That, coupled with having a 8mo pregnant wife and some last minute getting some baby prep out of the way kept as well as a few deliverables for clients delayed me in getting this update out. I’ve updated [my speaking page](https://www.andrewconnell.com/tags/presentation/ with links and code downloads for two of my sessions at TechEd ( OFC303 and OFC401 ).
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    Blog: TechEd North America 2009 Wrap Up

    Almost home and have a bit of time on a layover to post a little recap from the week. All in all, this was a huge week for me. On Sunday my [business] partner :) and I launched a new company , Critical Path Training which is the result of evolving the SharePoint education company Ted Pattison Group into something bigger and better. Within 1.5 hours of launching the company, we were at SharePint where many folks had already heard the news!
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    Blog: ***Announcing*** Critical Path Training

    It is with great excitement that I announce Critical Path Training ( Critical Path Training ), a new company and joint venture between myself and Ted Pattison. You may already be familiar with the industry leading SharePoint training company I have been affiliated and have been promoting for the last few years, the Ted Pattison Group . Well, Ted and I decided we wanted to formally join forces and create *the* industry leading SharePoint education company!
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    Blog: SharePoint (WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007) SDK Updated April 2009 (v1.5)

    Microsoft has released the April 2009 refresh (v1.5) of the downloadable version (CHM files) of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDKs. WSS 3.0 SDK (online) WSS 3.0 SDK (downloadable CHM v1.5) Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK (online) Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK (downloadable CHM v1.5)
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    Blog: Recapping the UK SharePoint Best Practices Conference in London last week

    Time for a quick little recap to my trip last week to London for the UK SharePoint Best Practices Conference . It was my first trip to London and I had a blast. It started out well too. I was booked in coach but had an exit row seat all the way through because business class was just too pricy. But when I arrived at the airport there was the always fun equipment change and I was moved to the middle seat 3 twos from the back.
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    Blog: New SharePoint User Group in Orlando, FL - First meeting April 14, 2009

    Orlando has a new SharePoint User Group (O-SPUG?). Check out next Tuesday night, April 14th at 6:30p by John Ross: 10 things everyone should know before getting started with SharePoint - A compilation of 10 common “gotchas” that you can run into when first working with SharePoint. Some of the topics that will be covered include server administration, governance, branding, and development. » http://www.orlandosharepoint.com
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: Configuring and Deploying Anonymous Publishing Sites for SharePoint Server 2007

    An article I worked on has recently been published on MSDN. The article, Configuring and Deploying Anonymous Publishing Sites for SharePoint Server 2007 , covers things you should consider both in the early and late stages of a Publishing site project. Here’s the article summary on MSDN: Explore and learn how to address security and performance issues of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites before launching them as Internet-facing publishing sites.
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    Publication: Configuring and Deploying Anonymous Publishing Sites for SharePoint Server 2007

    Explore and learn how to address security and performance issues of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites before launching them as Internet-facing publishing sites.
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    Blog: Looking to get into Silverlight and doing SharePoint work? Get this FANTASTIC book!

    I know many folks who are SharePoint developers who are still getting into Silverlight development. I fall into that camp. There’s plenty of information out there on how to do SharePoint development and how to build Silverlight controls. A smart cookie and figure out how to do data binding and pulling data from the SharePoint Web Services. A few weeks ago I saw that my pal Steve Fox and Paul Stubbs released a book on the exact subject: Pro Microsoft SharePoint 2007 Development Using Microsoft Silverlight 2.
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    Blog: Looking for a good MOSS BDC Book? Check out SP 2007 Dev's Guide to BDC

    Do you do any work with the Business Data Catalog (BDC) in Office SharePoint Server 2007? If you do and you’re looking for some help, you no longer have to buy a book that has just a single chapter on the topic. Thanks to Nick Swan and Brett Lonsdale you get a complete resource on the topic. These are the guys behind BDC Meta Man . I’ve had the good fortune to get an early look at this resource and can say it’s quite good.
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    Publication: Understanding Field Controls and Web Parts in SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    Learn the details of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 field controls and Web Parts and how they differ, and best practices for when to use each type of control.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: Understanding Field Controls and Web Parts in SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites

    An article I worked on has recently been published on MSDN. The article, Understanding Field Controls and Web Parts in SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites , documents the differences between using field controls and Web Parts in Office SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Sites. It contains a lot of explanation on the underpinnings of each technology and implications of picking one over the other. In addition, I spent a good bit of time talking about the Content Editor Web Part.
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    Blog: MOSS 2007 WCM Development Training in Las Vegas - special promotion!

    A few months ago I blogged about my upcoming class, WCM401 Developing Publishing Sites with SharePoint Server 2007 WCM class offered through the Ted Pattison Group the week of April 20-24, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. Not only did we add an extra day to the class and a new module on search, but we’ve also introduced a special promotion for this class in our newsletter this week. For those who register for the class, we’ll give you a $200 AMEX Gift Card on the first day of class.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** MSDN: Approaches to Creating Master Pages and Page Layouts in SharePoint Server 2007

    An article I worked on has recently been published to MSDN. The article, Approaches to Creating Master Pages and Page Layouts in SharePoint Server 2007 , demonstrates the two different options available to developers when creating custom master pages and page layouts within a MOSS 2007 Publishing site. Here’s a summary on what the article is all about: Every Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 publishing site-also known as a Web content management (WCM) site-consists of one of more master pages (.
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    Blog: I'll be at TechEd North America 2009 - Will you?

    Got word this week that I have three sessions that are confirmed that I’ll present at TechEd North America 2009 this year in Los Angeles, CA the week of May 11-15, 2009 . I’ll be co-presenting two of my sessions with some great folks. In addition, TechEd will be a great week… with lots of great news to share! Todd Baginski (MVP) and I have an advanced session where we’ll show you how to take the Content Query Web Part and extend it to aggregate content not only across the existing site collection, but also across multiple site collections, web applications, non-SharePoint sites and even remote content sources like Azure!
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    Blog: Getting even better IntelliSense for CAML when doing SharePoint projects - thanks John!

    A while back I showed you (as have so many other developers in the blogosphere) how to add IntelliSense to SharePoint when you are editing CAML for use in SharePoint projects . Unfortunately there are a handful of places where the WSS.XSD is not fully complete… but more importantly, it doesn’t provide a lot of context. CAML aficionado and good friend John Holliday has recently offered up a more complete, with context documentation, better schema files to give us even more robust IntelliSense when working with SharePoint CAML!
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    Blog: Free MOSS 2007 WCM Learning Resources

    Microsoft post a few free learning resources for those of you wanting to pickup MOSS 2007 WCM sites. This goes well with the MSDN webcast series they posted a while back, but it only goes so far. Good for self-paced stuff… don’t forget you’ve also got my book on the subject for self paced stuff. Of course this short class only goes so far. If you’re looking for a good classroom experience with some cutting edge content, check out my class I teach on the subject through the Ted Pattison Grou p.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Office Geeks: February 2009 Meeting: Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight

    Our *last* scheduled monthly meeting for a while is on Thursday, February 19, 2008. Here’s the session title and abstract to help you get a better idea of what we’ll be discussing: Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight Silverlight and SharePoint are two up and coming technologies in the development world. SharePoint developers can create robust applications with a variety of tools, such as web parts, user controls, and workflows. Silverlight Developers can create aesthetically pleasing interfaces by harnessing the power of Expression Blend 2.
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