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    Blog: Next Steps in using the Breeze JS Library with SharePoint’s REST API

    Back in March 2014 I published three posts that showed how you can use the Breeze JavaScript library to make your life as a developer so much easier when creating client-side solutions that leverage the SharePoint 2013 REST API. You can read up on all these posts here: Part 1: BreezeJS Makes Client-Side SharePoint 2013 REST Development a… BREEZE! Part 2: Understanding Challenges Using Breeze & SharePoint Out-Of-The-Box Part 3: Getting BreezeJS to Work with the SharePoint 2013 REST API To make this work we created a custom data service adapter that told Breeze about the oddities with the SharePoint 2013 REST API.
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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: Getting Started Developing for SharePoint 2010?

    Everyone is talking about SharePoint 2013 these days, but many are still using SharePoint 2010. Are you starting a project on SharePoint 2010 & not sure how to jump in as a SharePoint developer? A while ago I recoded a session for the SharePoint Pro Magazine on the basics of getting into the SharePoint 2010 platform. Well the guys at the magazine have decided to re-run the video later this month.
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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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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 6: Business Intelligence and Security

    This course covers all the security aspects in SharePoint 2010. New to SharePoint 2010 is the support for claims based authentication. Students will learn how to configure a site for claims based authentication and how to do various security programming tasks. In addition the business intelligence (BI) capabilities of SharePoint 2010 are covered. You will see how to create custom dashboards using KPIs and filters along with SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Analysis Services. By the end of this course you should be able to create dashboards using provided Dashboard Designer included with Performance Point Services.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 5: Content Management

    Enterprise Content Management & Web Content Management - this course will teach you about the content management capabilities in SharePoint 2010 including Enterprise Content Management features and creating Publishing sites with Web Content.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 4: Automating Business Process, Enterprise Data and Search

    Automating Business Process, Enterprise Data & Search - this course covers automating business process with workflow in SharePoint 2010 as well as the improved support for working with data that does not live in SharePoint.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 3: Information Architecture Storage and Data Access

    Information Architecture Storage and Data Access - learn how SharePoint 2010 stores data and how you can access that data both from server-side code (including using the new support for LINQ) and client-side code.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 2: Solutions, Features, Pages and Extending the UX

    Customizing and Extending SharePoint - this course covers the SharePoint 2010 user experience for developers.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 Developer Ramp-Up - Part 1: Understanding the Platform and Developer Experience

    Students will also get an introduction to the new developer tools included in Visual Studio 2010 as well as how to develop in terms of Features and Solutions.
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    Publication: Pluralsight: SharePoint 2010 No-Code Customization for Power Users

    Learn how to use SharePoint Designer, the browser and InfoPath to create robust business solutions for SharePoint 2010.
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    Blog: PSA: SharePoint 2010 Claims Based Web Apps on Win 2008R2 Pre-SP1 Blown Up with Recent Security Fix

    Little public service announcement. What follows applies to the following scenario: SharePoint 2010 Web Application configured as a Claims Based Authentication (CBA) Running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 without Service Pack 1 (if you have SP1, you’re ok) Were things working fine for you but then all the sudden when you try to login all the sudden you get the ASP.NET yellow screen of death telling you the following:
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    Blog: SharePoint Emulators for Making SharePoint more Testable

    In case you missed it, about a month ago the Visual Studio team announced an emulator for SharePoint classes which is basically a way for you to do unit testing leveraging Microsoft’s mocking and testing frameworks (or someone else’s). What happens is you wrap up your test code in a SharePointEmulationScope and that will keep the SharePoint objects from running calling a live SharePoint instance. One nice aspect is they are extendable so they don’t do everything you want, just have at the tweaking yourself!
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    Blog: Looking for SharePoint 2013 Developer Training? Join me in St Louis in February! Also 2010 Training in January!

    I’m bringing our ( Critical Path Training ) SharePoint 2013 developer course, the Great SharePoint Adventure 2013, to the St Louis area the week of February 11 - 15, 2013. There’s no better way to get ramped up on SharePoint 2013 development than with this class. It’s also a great class for those who are new to SharePoint 2013 development as we cover everything you need to know to be productive regardless if your deployment is on-premises and have the ability to use fully trusted farm solutions or if you are only the cloud with something like Office 365 and SharePoint Online!
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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: SharePoint 2010 MetaNav for WCM sites - How to Implement It

    In this post, I’ll explain what you’re going to have to build in order to implement a MetaNav in your SharePoint 2010 (SP2010) Publishing site (aka: WCM site).
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    Blog: Understand the Virtues of MetaNav in SP2010 Publishing Sites

    In this post, I explain the virtues of implememting a MetaNav: the idea of using taxonomies provided by the Managed Metadata Service (MMS) in SharePoint Server.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 Metadata-Based Navigation in Publishing Sites - Series Overview

    In this series, learn how you can use managed metadata to implement a metadata-based navigation in SharePoint 2010 Publishing (WCM) sites.
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    Blog: SPTechCon Boston 2012 - Session Recap

    This week I presented a pair of session at the SPTechCon show in Boston . Thank you to everyone who attended. We had some great discussions and some fun Q/A at two evening events! My sessions were: How to be a SharePoint DeveloperSo you’re a developer, and you’ve heard about this SharePoint thing and want to jump on the bandwagon? This is the session for you. Here you’ll learn about the various options you have in setting up a SharePoint development environment.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 at SPTechCon - and SharePint 2013!

    Next week at SPTechCon in Boston , there will be a Q/A like panel held on Monday evening from 8pm - 930pm hosted by myself, Rob Bogue & Todd Klindt . Here’s a great way to get some info on what’s new with SharePoint 2013 and ask a few questions. Afterwards if you’re interested, there will be a SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night where you can continue the discussion. This will be about a half-mile walk away from the hotel at the Rattlesnake Bar & Grill .
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    Blog: I'm Speaking at SP Tech Con in Boston Next Week

    SPTechCon Boston is next week & I’m looking forward to delivering a few sessions there again. I really like this show and the attendees… the organizers do a fantastic job with this show… I highly recommend it! My sessions are as follows: How to be a SharePoint DeveloperSo you’re a developer, and you’ve heard about this SharePoint thing and want to jump on the bandwagon? This is the session for you.
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    Blog: Critical Path Training: Special Two-For-One Summer Sale on SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint vNext Training

    During the months of July and August 2012, if you register for ANY 4 or 5-day Critical Path Training class, we will automatically enroll you in your choice of our developer or administrator beta webcast for the next version of SharePoint (a $995 value!). Andrew Connell will be teaching the developer class and Ted Pattison will be delivering the administrator class. Of course, the scheduling of our SharePoint “vNext” webcasts will be based on when Microsoft publicly distributes the beta of the next version of SharePoint and lifts customers from their non-disclosure agreements.
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    Blog: Join me in Atlanta in July for hands-on and in-depth SharePoint 2010 Developer Training (+ a bonus Windows 8 Dev Camp)

    The title says it all. Are you or your someone at your company looking for some in-depth SharePoint 2010 developer training? I’m teaching Critical Path Training’s SharePoint 2010 developer class, The Great SharePoint Adventure 2010, the last week of July (July 30 - August 3) in just north of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This class has a ton of detail and hands-on time in it. Check out site for more details on the class.
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    Blog: Free Webinar by Critical Path Training: Developer's Approach to Search Applications

    Next week Critical Path Training instructor Matt McDermott ( blog ) is delivering a free webinar on a Developer’s Approach to Search Applications. This session looks at what developers can do with the SharePoint Search API to create custom search controls and applications. Weather your goal is to enhance the SharePoint Search center or create custom search applications that take advantage of SharePoint’s powerful search engine, this session offers tools and techniques to help you build the solution and get the most from SharePoint Search.
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    Blog: Looking for hands-on and in-depth SharePoint 2010 Developer Training? Join me in Boston in June!

    The title says it all. Are you or your someone at your company looking for some in-depth SharePoint 2010 developer training? I’m teaching Critical Path Training’s SharePoint 2010 developer class, The Great SharePoint Adventure 2010, the last week of June (June 25-29) in Waltham, MA (just outside of downtown Boston, MA). This class has a ton of detail and hands-on time in it. Check out site for more details on the class.
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    Blog: I'm Speaking at SP Tech Con in Boston this July

    SPTechCon Boston is just under two months away & I’m happy to say I get to present a few sessions there again. I really like this show and the attendees… the organizers do a fantastic job with this show… I highly recommend it! My sessions are as follows: How to be a SharePoint DeveloperSo you’re a developer, and you’ve heard about this SharePoint thing and want to jump on the bandwagon?
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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: Wrapup - International SharePoint Conference 2012, London

    This past week I participated as one of the presenters in the developer track at the International SharePoint Conference show in London. This show was different in that each track was solution based. For the developer track we started the week by talking about the requirements gathering requirements and going through the process of what type of app to build, how to build based on the deployment (on-prem/cloud), what capabilities to leverage (farm/sandbox solutions, metadata, BCS, search, kitchen sink service app) and then we had detailed, deep-dive sessions on all the topics.
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    Blog: Little Trick for Building/Opening SharePoint Projects in Client OS' w/o Installing SharePoint

    If you’re like me, you stay away from installing SharePoint on your client OS (Windows 7) and just put it on your server OS and run within a VM. However there are times you want to pop into Visual Studio without firing up a VM and exploring the code. Of course you can do that, but it gets tricky when you want to build or run unit tests. One trick I use that works most of the time (not all the time) is to put the SharePoint assemblies on my machine and make my own SharePoint Root (aka “14 folder”) on my Windows 7 machine.
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    Blog: I'm speaking at the Jacksonville SharePoint Users Group

    Tomorrow night (Thursday, April 12, 2012) I’ll be presenting a developer topic to the local Jacksonville, FL SharePoint User’s Group . The talk will be at the Deercreek Country Club … anyone up for a round? :) Developing with SharePoint Server 2010 Metadata The Managed Metadata Service application in SharePoint 2010 allows users to create and utilize taxonomies in various ways. Microsoft has included a robust taxonomy API in SharePoint 2010 that can be leveraged in custom solutions.
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    Blog: Critical Path Training's "All Up" Training VM Now on Cloudshare

    Need a development environment for your SharePoint team? Don’t want to spend the time building out the environment? We at Critical Path Training recently built out what we call our “All Up” virtual machine which we use in all our developer & SharePoint Designer courses as a Cloudshare showcase solution . This means you can get a copy of it and use it yourself even if you aren’t taking one of our classes.
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    Blog: Check out my article in the latest Dutch IW User Group eMagazine!

    I’ve got a new article in the latest edition of the DIWUG , the Dutch Information Worker User Group. This is a great resource with a very diverse mix of articles for all disciplines for those in SharePoint. The latest edition contains articles by Spence Harbar , Wictor Wilen and many others. In this edition I tackled integrating SharePoint Online 2010 & Windows Azure & addressed some of the authentication challenges you might run into.
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    Blog: Developing Secure BCS Connections with WCF Services for SharePoint Online and Windows Azure

    Last November Microsoft rolled out an update to SharePoint Online, part of Office 365, that enabled users to leverage BCS connections to consume and work with data that doesn’t live inside SharePoint Online. Unlike an on-premise deployment, the only BCS option available to users is to create external content types that connect to WCF services using the declarative only approach. This differs from an on-premise deployment which external content types can also be connected to databases or be deployed as a .
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    Blog: The iPad Invasion: Leveraging SharePoint for Mobile Enterprise Security

    The iPad invasion is here, ready or not. Used for an increasingly wide range of business applications, iPads can be found at every level, from executives to assistants, board members to sales teams. With workplace use skyrocketing, these devices - whether corporate-sanctioned or personally-owned - present security, compliance, and legal challenges that cannot be ignored. Is your organization prepared? Join Ernst & Young’s mobile data security expert, Matthias Bandemer, as he explores the security challenges presented by mobile devices in the workplace, with a focus on leveraging your existing SharePoint infrastructure to secure corporate data on the iPad.
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    Blog: I'm presenting at the International SharePoint Conference in London April 2012

    I’m very much looking forward to this show every year. I’ve got a handful of sessions I’m co-presenting with other folks as the show is doing something a bit different. I’ll be in the Developer track and as it states on the site: This track is for all the Developers out there who are just starting a SharePoint journey of discovery and for those developers who have been developing for a while and now need to hone their skills to a more advanced level.
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    Blog: I'll be presenting at the SharePoint Connections FREE Virtual Conference - February 16, 2012

    The folks who bring you SharePoint Connections are putting on another free online virtual conference . The show, Afraid of the Dark? Keep SharePoint Running! , is on February 16th, 2012. This one day show has a killer price point - it’s FREE!!! I’ll be presenting one session, Out of the Sandbox and into the Cloud: Build Your Next SharePoint App on Azure. Hope to see you there! » SharePoint Virtual Conference - Afraid of the Dark?
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    Blog: Critical Path Training SharePoint Developer Roadshow in Boston and SharePint!

    A month or so ago I blogged about a new offering we have at Critical Path Training, a 2-day SharePoint 2010 Developer Roadshow. Our first delivery will be in Boston, February 15-16, 2012 at the Museum of Science . After the first day of the event (February 15) head over to Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern for drinks and to shoot the breeze … it’s a SharePint after all! Registration for the event runs $599 but if you register before the end of the weekend (January 15) you’ll get $100 off to make it $499!
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Critical Path Training's Office365 AuthN Helper Library

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication In this last post in my Office365/SharePoint Online + Windows Azure + Authorization blog series, I want to introduce a little helper project I am using. To make life easier I created a little O365 authorization helper library that does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Workarounds and Fixes for Claims-Based Auth Sites

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication Now let’s see how we can address the authentication fixes for each of the different ways you can access SharePoint remotely. In this post I’ll cover each of the specific tools (REST or OData / CSOM / Web Services / WebClient) and how to address each of the tricks.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - How to Authenticate with O365, SPO & MSO

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication In my previous post in this series I talked about how authentication works with Office365 (O365) & SharePoint Online (SPO). You first authenticate with Microsoft Online (MSO) and then your browser passes along the SAML token with each request to site collections in SPO.
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    Blog: O365/SPO + Azure + AuthN - Overview of Challenges with O365, SPO & MSO

    This post is part of a series on Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication. The other posts in this series can be found here: Office365/SharePoint Online, Windows Azure and Authentication Creating applications in SharePoint 2010, specifically the hosted environment Office365/SharePoint Online, when you want to communicate with applications and services in Windows Azure you are limited to client-side communications or using Business Connectivity Services (BCS).
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure - Breaking Out of the Sandbox

    This post is part of a series on integrating SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure. The other posts in this series can be found here: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure While the sandbox gives developers an option to creating custom solutions in the cloud, the fact remains that it can be somewhat limiting. Some tasks developers are used to doing on the server in a fully trusted environment are simply not permitted on the server.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure - Why You Should Care & the Development Story

    This post is part of a series on integrating SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure. The other posts in this series can be found here: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure Historically SharePoint has been very popular with large organizations because they can shoulder the financial and resource requirements required to deploy SharePoint. However one place where SharePoint hasn’t grown as fast is in the small and medium side business (SMB) area.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure - Resources

    This post is part of a series on integrating SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure. The other posts in this series can be found here: SharePoint 2010 + Windows Azure Looking for some good technical resources? Here are a handful of the ones I’ve found to be quite useful. Windows Azure Developer Center Free Course: Windows Azure Platform Training Course (by Microsoft DPE) Free Course: SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure Training Course (by Microsoft DPE) Book: Programming Windows Azure: Programming in the Cloud Book: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Applications Using Windows Azure Book: Professional SharePoint 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions
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    Blog: Microsoft Cloud News-Positive Feedback From Independent Sources (Windows Azure and Office 365)

    I noticed two bits of news while catching up on my blog subscriptions. Gartner & Office 365 The first is by Gartner who issued yet another Magic Quadrant report. This one is on Unified Communication as a Service, which they define as: UCaaS is a cloud-based delivery of integrated UC capabilities spanning voice, messaging, conferencing and presence. Businesses of up to 3,000 employees are now deploying UCaaS, with expansion to larger accounts expected in 2012 as offerings from larger UCaaS suppliers mature.
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    Blog: Critical Path Training SharePoint 2010 Developer Training in Europe in Early 2012

    Have you wanted to attend a SharePoint 2010 developer class by Critical Path Training but been unable because you have to travel all the way to the United States? In the past that’s where we hold all our hands-on classes, but early next year we are coming to Europe and giving you a few options to take a week-long class with me! Oslo, Norway Earlier I blogged about a class I’m teaching on in Oslo, Norway through glasspaper the week of January 16-20, 2012.
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    Blog: I'm Presenting at SPTechCon in San Francisco - February 26-29, 2012

    The SharePoint Technology Conference (aka SPTechCon) is heading back to San Francisco in February. I love San Francisco and I’m looking forward to presenting a few sessions at this show: How to Be a SharePoint Developer: So you’re a developer, and you’ve heard about this SharePoint thing and want to jump on the bandwagon? This is the session for you. Here you’ll learn about the various options you have in setting up a SharePoint development environment.
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    Blog: Great Resource for SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight

    Bob German & Paul Stubbs have got together and published a fantastic resource on building SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight solutions. This new book starts with introductions to both SharePoint 2010 & Silverlight development as well as setting up your environment. The book contains great guidance on building custom applications using SharePoint and Silverlight and is filled with some great tricks. I was lucky to have an opportunity to review this book but what really got me was Bob & Paul asked me to write a forward for the book.
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    Blog: Best Description of Claims Based Security and a Great new SharePoint+Azure Book

    I was one of the presenters are a post-conference workshop at the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, CA this past October. When one of the other presenters, Donovan Follette , took the stage, he started discussing claims based security. He first started out with a great scenario based description of what it was. For me, it was the best and most clear explanation I had ever heard. Afterwards I asked him if he would please blog it so I could share it with others and point folks to it.
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