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    Blog: FREE SharePoint 2013 Office Hours September 18th by Critical Path Training - What's New in SharePoint 2013 for IT Professionals

    I’ve blogged about some new things we’re doing at Critical Path Training for SharePoint 2013. One of these is something we’re calling Office Hours. Here you’ll be able to submit questions via Twitter (send to @criticalpath with the #sp2013officehrs hashtag). Then register & attend the live Office Hours to get your answers! We have another one coming up on September 18th with a special guest… Spence Harbar ! I’ll co-moderate with Spence… here’s what its all about:
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    Blog: I'm presenting at the SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas-November 12-15, 2012

    Earlier today I got news that I’ll be presenting at the SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas with my friend Ben Robb . Ben & I have a unique session that will cover Office 365, SharePoint Online, Office Apps, SharePoint Apps, Windows Azure and even Windows 8! Beyond the Boundary: Mashing up Azure, internal data and Office 365 Join Andrew Connell and Ben Robb as they explore the art of the possible when using a mixture of cloud technologies and internal data to provide rich, compelling user experiences using a web browser, Office clients and Windows 8.
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    Blog: I'm presenting at SharePoint Live in Orlando, FL on SharePoint 2013 December 10-14, 2012

    The people over at VS Live have started up a full show just for SharePoint! This December, in addition to their other shows like Visual Studio Live , SQL Server Live as well as Cloud & Virtualization Live , there will be a full show dedicated to SharePoint: SharePoint Live . I’m thrilled to be presenting a few sessions s as well a a full pre-conference workshop for developers. Looking to get a deep dive on what’s new for developers in SharePoint 2013?
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    Blog: I'm presenting at the FREE SharePoint Live Virtual Conference and Expo-September 20, 2012

    In about a month there is going to be a FREE online conference, the SharePoint Live Virtual Conference , on September 20, 2012. I’m doing one session on SharePoint 2013 Web Content Management, specifically: What’s New with Web Content Management in SharePoint 2013 In this session we’ll explore what’s new and improved with Web Content Management (WCM) in SharePoint 2013. Search now plays a significant role in WCM sites. You’ll learn how to create content the traditional, structured authoring way, as well as using the new approach with content catalogs and rollup pages.
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Critical Path Training's SharePoint 2013 Setup Guide for Developers

    I’m thrilled to announce we’ve published our complete SharePoint 2013 Setup Guide. This guide follows on our popular setup guide for SharePoint 2010.
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    Blog: Script to Help with SharePoint 2013 Workflow Debugging

    A few weeks back I blogged how to setup your SharePoint 2013 box to debug workflows and then showed how using that technique it really helped with an issue I was having . One aspect of doing this workflow is you have to fire up Fiddler, then recycle the workflow & SharePoint services so when they come back up, traffic goes through Fiddler. The trick is when you close Fiddler, you need should recycle those services so they aren’t stuck passing through some non existent process (Fiddler).
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    Blog: FREE SharePoint 2013 Office Hours Thursday (Aug-16) by Critical Path Training - What's New with Workflow

    A few weeks ago I blogged about some new things we’re doing at Critical Path Training for SharePoint 2013. One of these is something we’re calling Office Hours. Here you’ll be able to submit questions via Twitter (send to @criticalpath with the #sp2013officehrs hashtag). Then register & attend the live Office Hours to get your answers! We’ve already held three of these Office Hours sessions. Tomorrow, Thursday August 16th at 2pm EDT I’m doing another one focused on what’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013.
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    Blog: Troubleshooting Publishing and Executing Workflows in SharePoint 2013 Beta 2

    Earlier this week I ran into a weird issue with workflows in my SharePoint 2013 (SP2013) Beta 2 environment. Sharing the details of the issue as well as the resolution in this post just in case someone else runs into the same issue. If you were in my webinar last week, saw the issue The Issue I created a workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013 (SPD2013) and was trying to publish it to SharePoint 2013 (SP2013).
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    Blog: Reminder: Free Webinar by Critical Path Training: What's new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013

    Critical Path Training covering What’s New with Workflow in SharePoint 2013. In this session we’ll explore what’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability & development perspective. You’ll learn how the SharePoint 2013 now relies on Windows Azure Workflow, both on-premises and in the cloud, top provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform. We’ll explore new capabilities such as loops, web service calls and the new DynamicValue data type.
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    Blog: Registering SharePoint 2013 High-Trust Apps Using S2S the Easy Way

    If you’ve tried creating a provider hosted app for SharePoint 2013 onprem (not in Office 365) you know you likely need to go through some gyrations to set it up for high trust using the server-to-server (S2S) protocol. There’s a great article on MSDN that walks you through the details of this (linked below), but it’s a pain to have to type all that. Hopefully Visual Studio 2012’s SharePoint 2013 & Office 2013 Developer Tools will make our lives easier when we get to RTM, but for now in Beta 2 / Preview, I find it to be a pain.
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    Blog: Links and Resources from my SharePoint 2013 Office Hours on the new App Model

    Today I hosted our 3rd installment of Critical Path Training SharePoint 2013 Office Hours. Today’s time was dedicated to the new SharePoint 2013 App Model. We had some great questions and I promised everyone I’d follow up with a bunch of links on things I referenced during the talk… so here you go! SharePoint & Office 2013 Developer tools for Visual Studio 2012 ( link )…look in the Tools section.
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    Blog: FREE SharePoint 2013 Office Hours Today by Critical Path Training - The New SharePoint App Model

    A few weeks ago I blogged about some new things we’re doing at Critical Path Training for SharePoint 2013. One of these is something we’re calling Office Hours. Here you’ll be able to submit questions via Twitter (send to @criticalpath with the #sp2013officehrs hashtag). Then register & attend the live Office Hours to get your answers! We’ve already held two of these Office Hours sessions. Today at 2pm EDT I’m doing another one focused on the new SharePoint 2013 App Model.
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    Publication: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Create a Custom Action

    The sample workflow is bound to a list named Customers. After the user enters a value for CustomerID, they can manually run the workflow. The workflow uses the CustomerID to search for the customer using the public Northwind sample OData service.
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    Publication: SharePoint 2013 Workflow: Call an External Web Service

    The sample workflow is bound to a list named Customers. After the user enters a value for CustomerID, they can manually run the workflow. The workflow uses the CustomerID to search for the customer using the public Northwind sample OData service.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow Samples

    I just noticed that MSDN posted a ton of SharePoint 2013 code samples on their site… you can find them here: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/officeapps I contributed a few to this list, specifically around SharePoint 2013 Windows Azure Workflow: SharePoint 2013 workflow: Call an External Web Service - this one shows how to create a workflow in Visual Studio 2012 that calls a web service using the new HTTP activities and the DynamicValue data type .
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Getting Around Installation Issues, Creating and Executing Workflows

    I’ve received a bunch of questions & noticed a few people having issues getting the new Windows Azure Workflow Beta 1 installed for SharePoint 2013 Beta 2 / Preview. Microsoft has some instructions located on MSDN ( link here ), but there are a few other things you need to know in order to get it installed in addition to those steps. All of the following things helped me get it installed and working:
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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: Free Webinar by Critical Path Training: What's new with Workflow in SharePoint 2013

    On August 9, 2012, I will deliver a free webinar on behalf of Critical Path Training covering What’s New with Workflow in SharePoint 2013. In this session we’ll explore what’s new with workflow in SharePoint 2013 from an architecture, capability & development perspective. You’ll learn how the SharePoint 2013 now relies on Windows Azure Workflow, both on-premises and in the cloud, top provide a much more reliable and scalable workflow platform.
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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: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - advanced workflow debugging with Fiddler

    This post builds off my previous post about what’s new with workflow in SharePoint Server 2013. In this post, learn how to debug workflows using Fiddler.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Workflow - Dynamic Values

    In my last post about workflow in SharePoint 2013 , I mentioned this new data type called DynamicValue. This new data type, in combination with the new HTTP activities, makes it so much easier to work with services in SharePoint 2013 workflows. What Microsoft has given us are a few new activities that you use to acquire, create and parse these data types. Here’s a high-level how it works:
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013-What's new with Workflow

    Fundamentally, this is a MAJOR architectural change from previous versions of SharePoint. Previously SharePoint hosted the .NET Workflow Foundation Runtime. This mean that workflow was a native part of SharePoint. Many customers experienced issues with scale and some workflows simply being dropped. For me workflows were always a bit of a pain and the story was convoluted before SharePoint 2013… but everything changes now! Microsoft has taken a completely new approach that is very friendly to the cloud and on-premises in a uniform story.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 Developer and IT Pro Training Available on MSDN and TechNet

    Vesa Juvonen has put up a great post talking about the team behind the Ignite trainings that have been going on for a while now. There’s both an IT Pro and a developer class complete with recordings you can watch today. As I said earlier today we at Critical Path Training build & delivered the developer materials, specifically Ted Pattison, Scot Hiller & myself. Check out Vesa’s post for all the background.
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    Blog: SP2013 WCM: Forget Everything You Knew About SharePoint WCM!

    Microsoft has now announced the latest release of SharePoint 2013 and it’s filled with lots of stuff. As I talked about in a previous post , you’ll see there are a ton of changes and additions to the platform dedicated to bringing SharePoint 2013 to a great cloud-based platform with robust capabilities. There are a few things that are dedicated to only working in an on-premises deployment. In my eyes, there are three things that aren’t included in the cloud or their cloud offering won’t touch what you can do on-premise.
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    Blog: Understanding SharePoint 2013 Apps (aka: Apps 101)

    SharePoint 2013 introduces this new development opportunity called the SharePoint App Model. My goal in this post is to give you a crash course on what they are and when they make sense. Before I go too far, let me state a few things: Solution Packages (farm & sandbox) are not deprecated or going away. These two options that we’ve had starting with SharePoint 2007 (in farm solutions) and extended in SharePoint 2010 (in sandbox solutions) are still present and viable.
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    Blog: Critical Path Training is your source for SharePoint 2013 Training!

    Well now it’s out, SharePoint 2013 beta 2. One of the best parts of this announcement is the fact that they have also lifted their non disclosure agreements (NDAs)… this includes many of us at Critical Path Training! For the third SharePoint release in a row Microsoft selected Critical Path Training to teach their own developers & customers. In March 2011 Microsoft selected three of our senior instructors (Ted Pattison, Scot Hillier & myself Andrew Connell) to research, develop and deliver a 5-day SharePoint 2013 developer course that has been taught to hundreds of customers in the TAP and Ignite programs.
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    Blog: SharePoint 2013 - What you need to know

    Big news these days… Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2013’s public Beta! Before diving into all the new & improved stuff in this release, I thought it would help to share some of my thoughts on this release. Over the last 18 months or so I’ve been working with the SharePoint engineering & marketing teams at Microsoft learning, developing, building a delivering a 5-day developer course on SharePoint 2013. You can read more about why we’re the ones to be your go-to resource for SharePoint 2013 training on our website.
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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: ยป Karine Bosch - CAML Designer
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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: 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: ***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: 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: 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: 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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