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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 Dev TidBit - It finally has an official name!

    OK, so technically it isn’t the official name, but we’re finally seeing some semblence of a name. As seasoned SharePoint developers know, you do a lot of work inside this nested location on the file system. In the two most current versions of SharePoint it was: SharePoint 2007 - c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12 SharePoint 2010 - c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14 We all called it by various names.
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    Blog: FYI - Interesting Little Bug in VS 2010 Beta 2 when working with the SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Client Object Model

    I’ve been struggling trying to work with the new SharePoint 2010 Silverlight client object model on a new environment I setup. This has SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2… nothing special, that’s it (along with the dependencies such as SQL Server and everything they require). To work with the Silverlight client object model you have to add two references to your Silverlight project. These two assemblies (Microsoft.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 Developer Videos on Channel9

    Check out what Microsoft just posted on Channel9… a whole slew of SharePoint 2010 Developer videos hosted by myself and Ted Pattison! » Channel9 - SharePoint 2010 Developer Looking to get comprehensive, hands-on instructor-led SharePoint 2010 developer training? Look no further than Critical Path Training! We’ve been teaching hundreds of Microsoft customers over the last year in the TAP, Metro and Ignite programs. Ted and I are teaching a few classes in December in Tampa, Boston and online to quench that SharePoint 2010 learning thirst!
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    Blog: Conferences and the Twitter Phenomenon #SPCONN09

    At the SharePoint Conference a few weeks ago in Las Vegas I found Twitter to be a very cool tool during the show. I really like it from two perspectives: the presenter and the attendee. From the attendee’s perspective… When you’re attending a session you post messages in Twitter and include a hashtag that includes the session number. This message can be an open question, feedback on what is going on in the session or letting others know how things are going in the session.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 Changes in Rendering

    In SharePoint 2007 many customers provided lots of feedback to Microsoft… ok, they complained… that the markup generated by SharePoint 2007 (which also meant WSS 3.0 and ASP.NET 2.0) was not clean, concise or friendly to accessibility requirements. What’s new in the SharePoint 2010 generated markup story Microsoft heard this loud and clear and committed to have SharePoint 2010 generate WCAG 2.0 AA complaint markup. However you may seen or heard in various places, even from a Microsoft person, in a blog or in some news report, that SharePoint is also generating XHTML 2.
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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: Doing SharePoint 2010 Development - What's in your rig?

    Over the last year I’ve been working with SharePoint 2010 in various ways. With the new requirements of x64 hardware in this release, I got a lot of questions at the SharePoint Conference , on Twitter and via my blog on what hardware I use to do my SharePoint 2010 development and demos. Here it goes… hopefully this helps someone else out there. The setup First, let’s get on the same page: SharePoint 2010 *requires* a 64-bit operating system in Windows Server 2008.
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    Blog: Top session at SharePoint Conference 2009

    Two weeks ago I presented two breakout sessions and a full-day post conference workshop at the SharePoint Conference . Before the show Microsoft setup a little contest for the top speakers for Microsoft and non-Microsoft speakers. I’m sure this was to incentivize many speakers to do the best they could do as this was a big coming out party for SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft wanted to put on a great show (that they did).
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    Blog: SharePoint 2010 Developer Documentation / Resources

    If you didn’t notice, MSDN went live with a special SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Center last week. There’s a ton of great information here… all public before the first public beta is even available for download (note: Beta 2 will be publically available in November). Those legacy folk all heard the complaints about the quality and quantity of the developer documentation for the last release of SharePoint (WSS v3.0 and MOSS 2007).
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    Blog: SharePoint Connections Fall 2009 - Las Vegas again!

    The SharePoint Conference 2009 is now behind us but in just under two weeks SharePoint Connections Fall 2009 show will kick off in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay the week of November 9-13, 2009. Are you going to be there? I will along with Critical Path Training ! This show has loads of great SharePoint 2007 breakout sessions on topics like document and records management, leveraging JQuery in SharePoint, social networking and SharePoint Designer.
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    Blog: SharePoint Live Virtual Conference and Expo - November 5, 2009

    Did you miss the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas last week? Shame on you! No worries… there are other ops for getting up to speed on SharePoint 2010! Next Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 11a-5p ET there will be a virtual [online] **FREE** conference: SharePoint Live Virtual Conference and Expo . This show will feature big SharePoint names like Ted Pattison , Scot Hillier , Shane Young , Bob Fox , Wouter van Vugt , Joel Oleson , Mike Watson , Martin Tuip, Mary Leigh Mackie and me!
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    Blog: SharePoint Conference 2009 Interview - one real, one fun :)

    After my last session on Thursday last week at the SharePoint Conference, I sat down with Sean Bordner for two quick interviews for his user group: TheSUG . One was more serious than the other (as you can see from my inability to keep a straight face). Check ’em out: The real interview The fun interview
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    Blog: SharePoint Conference 2009 - Wrapup

    Wow… what a great show last week. It was filled with a TON of fun! We started it off with a great SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night at EyeCandy. Plenty of folks lit up Twitter and the blogs repeating all the great info that was now available now that the NDAs were lifted. I thought you’d see a flurry of a TON of blog posts on Monday morning at 12p ET when the NDAs were lifted, but only a handful came out.
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    Blog: The New Service Application Architecture in SharePoint Server 2010

    One of the most interesting and powerful new things in SharePoint 2010 is the shift away from shared service providers (SSP’s) and the move to service applications. This area is of great interest to me as I see this as having huge potential for SharePoint to have it’s own internal cloud! Later this week, Thursday, October 22 @ 12p specifically, I’m presenting a session at the SharePoint Conference on creating custom service applications (session SPC406).
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    Blog: Part 3 - What''s New with SharePoint Server 2010 Web Content Management

    This post is part of a series on what’s new with Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint Server 2010. The other posts in this series can be found here: Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint Server 2010 Now for the part most are probably waiting for… what’s new with SharePoint Server 2010 Web Content Management! I’ll touch on just a few things in this post… obviously you can leverage a ton of the new stuff in SharePoint that’s available across the board such as Silverlight, leveraging the ribbon, and so much more.
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    Blog: Part 2 - What's improved with SharePoint Server 2010 Web Content Management

    In this post, I explain what’s improved with Web Content Management in the SharePoint Server 2010 release and how it’s going to benefit your WCM sites.
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    Blog: Part 1 - Improvements to the core SharePoint platform and how they benefit SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management

    This post is part of a series on what’s new with Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint Server 2010. The other posts in this series can be found here: Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint Server 2010 I’ve waiting to write this post for a long time. Actually… I’m going to break it up into three parts… in this first part I want to take a moment and talk about what is important to take note of the things that changed around and under WCM that directly impact it in a positive way:
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    Blog: Critical Path Training, SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Conference

    The time is near… Microsoft is ready to lift the covers off SharePoint 2010 to the public in Las Vegas this upcoming week and share all the details with the world! It’s sure to be an exciting week. I can speak first hand that SharePoint 2010 is quite an exciting new version of SharePoint. My blogging has gone down quite a bit over the last year… why? Well… What I’ve Been Up To… Since late 2008 I’ve been part of a small team led by Critical Path Training that’s been teaching hundreds of developers in the Metro and Ignite programs all the new fun stuff you can do with SharePoint 2010.
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    Blog: I'll be presenting at the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas

    In just under two weeks time the center of the SharePoint Universe will be at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for the SharePoint Conference 2009 . I absolutely love Las Vegas… can’t wait for some blackjack! For this show I’ve got two breakout sessions and one big post-conference workshop with Ted Pattison. The post-conference workshop has been sold out for quite some time so if you’re interested in going, your either out of luck or should check Stubhub!
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    Blog: Critical Path Training to give away $15,000+ of free SharePoint 2010 training and Amazon Kindles at the SharePoint Conference!

    Last week in our monthly newsletter, Critical Path Training had some exciting news! We’ll be at the SharePoint Conference in full force the week of October 19th. Many of our instructors are presenting breakout sessions and presenting the two post-conference workshops on SharePoint 2010 administration (by Shane Young and Todd Klindt) and development (Ted Pattison and myself). In addition, we’ve got some killer giveaways! Not only will we be giving away multiple Amazon Kindle 2’s throughout the week, we’ll also be giving away over $15,000 in SharePoint 2010 developer and administrator training that week to lucky winners!
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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: 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: Looking for a sneak peek into SharePoint 2010? Check out these free videos!

    Microsoft just published three brief videos offering a sneak peek to what you’ll see in SharePoint 2010. The videos, an intro one, one for IT Pro’s and one for developers, is the first news Microsoft is sharing on the new version. Want more info? You got to hit the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Vegas in October! All three videos are available from the SharePoint blog: » SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peek Videos Looking for some cool insights into the Office 2010 clients?
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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: Sneak Peaks into SharePoint Developer Tools in Visual Studio 2010

    Check out Soma’s post first , then check out Reza on Channel9 talking about the new SharePoint developer tools that we’ll get in Visual Studio 2010. Your first sneak peak at the developer tools that are finally coming in Visual Studio!
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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: A Quicker Way to Create Custom SharePoint List Templates

    Ever tried to create a custom list template for a SharePoint 3.0-based site? Something you thought was likely to be not such a big task quickly turned in to a nightmare of XML and GUIDs, right? Creating custom list templates is not a trivial task… nor is it a terribly good story. It’s pretty darn complicated and can be quite an undertaking. In fact, last year when Rob Bogue , Paul Andrew and I were coming up with the content ideas and reviewing the labs/webcasts for the Introduction to SharePoint for ASP.
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    Blog: So what's on your SharePoint development machine?

    Occasionally I get a comment from someone who hit an old page on my blog called What’s on My PC… an oldie that others were doing at the time. In the last few weeks I’ve been hit by a higher than normal amount of these in part due to my Setting up your SharePoint development environment post at the end of August. After migrating my virtualization rig to Hyper-V last week , I build out a brand new clean SharePoint development machine.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Office Geeks: May 2008 Meeting: Understanding and Making Code Access Security Not so Intimidating

    Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 15, 2008. Here’s the session title & abstract to help you get a better idea of what we’ll be discussing: Understanding and Making Code Access Security Not so IntimidatingEver dealt with that SecurityException error in the yellow-screen-of-death? That’s fun troubleshooting. The easiest way to address it is to just bump the trust level up to WSS_Medium, Full to throw your assembly into the GAC.
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    Blog: Subclassing the Content Query Web Part: Adding Dynamic Filtering

    The Content Query Web Part (CQWP) is an absolutely killer for MOSS 2007 Publishing sites. It is one of the best performing rollup Web Parts available to developers and should always be considered before rolling your own solution. You can even do some really sick customization to the presentation of the results produced by the CQWP as shown in this post on the ECM team blog by George Parantatos, a PM on the product team:
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    Blog: Using ASP.NET 2.0 Code Behind Files in SharePoint v3 Sites

    In this post, explain not only how it can be done, but also to explain what is different between the native ASP.NET 2.0 and SharePoint development experience.
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    Blog: Creating Custom SharePoint Timer Jobs

    After 40+ comments showed up on my timer job post from a few weeks back, I thought the post needed some clarification. That’s what this post is about.
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    Blog: Creating custom SharePoint timer jobs... part deux

    A few weeks back I posted about how you can create custom timer jobs for use in the latest release of SharePoint to perform scheduled tasks. However, considering there have been almost 40 comments to the post in the last three weeks, I figured the post needed some clarification (duh, ya think?). In an effort to hopefully be a bit more helpful, I’ve posted the timer job I explained in my original post in a new article, complete with the Visual Studio project & source used to create and install the timer job as well as a prebuilt WSP solution file you can use to kick the tires.
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    Blog: Automatically Publishing All Items in a Publishing Site in MOSS 2007 WCM

    When developing a new site (or adding a new section to an existing site) with Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Web Content Management (WCM), you will likely find yourself having to go back through and check-in, approve, and publish numerous items throughout the site. This is a tedious process. It sure would be nice if you could just flip a switch and say “check-in, approve, and publish everything”… wouldn’t it?
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    Blog: HOWTO: Configuring a Office SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Site with Dual Authentication Providers and Anonymous Access

    In this article, I’ll explain how to configure your SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites (WCM) for dual authentication & anonymous access.
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    Blog: Web Content Management in MOSS 2007: Terminology Explained

    In talking to various people over the course of the last few months, I’ve found that there is a bit of a disconnect with some of the names and terms surrounding Web Content Management (WCM) in MOSS 2007. This post is an effort to try to clear it up a bit and explain how it fits into MOSS at the same time. Windows SharePoint Services v3 (WSS v3) This is the free version of SharePoint that gives you the core SharePoint functionality: sites, lists, document libraries, workflow (via Windows Workflow), alerts, Web Parts (via ASP.
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    Blog: Microsoft Application Versions

    The following list contains an index of the major build and version numbers for a few Microsoft products. This list is primarily for the Office Server System (OSS) developer so it doesn’t cover all Microsoft products. It’s a work in progress… if you would like to contribute, please post to the comments of this article and include a citation where the version number can be validated. Why create a list like this?
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