• Migration to sitefitiny

    I just migrated from CMS 2002 to sitefinity.  I looked at a lot of different options and decided that sitefinity was best for me.  The migration was fairly strait forward with a few minor hiccups here and there.  All in all I’m pretty happy with sitefinity.

    How I decided which WCM tool to use.

    First of all free was a qualifier.  If I couldn’t get it for free then it didn’t get looked at.  A logo at the bottom of the page is a small price to pay for me, which is the requirement of sitefinity and others.

    I looked at community server which I ended up using for the South Florida SharePoint User Group SFSPUG.  Community Server was really more geared to a community site, as you would expect by the name.  Telligent also makes a product called Graffiti and I looked at that as well.

    I almost ...

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  • Microsoft Terminal Services Client /admin replaces /console

    Clients love me so much they want to see me in their building everyday.  I wouldn't say that my clients have crappy equipment they just don't buy the same stuff I would.  So I go to work.  Terminal services into my network from the clients office.  So I used to use mstsc /v:myServer /f /console  v is for serVer f is for full screen and console . . . well that puts me on the console session.  It's nice this way because when I get local I can just log in and everything is the way I left it.  well as of recent mstc 6.1 I believe console has been replaced with admin.  so instead of /console its now /admin.  /console doesn't give you an error, it just doesn't do any thing.  I wonder why they couldn't have just reused the console switch to maKe ADMIN DO WHAT IT DOES ...

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  • Apply Versioning to Features: A How To for SharePoint Developers

    It's a well known fact that versioning webparts is a real pain in the butt. Big Jim in DC and I have been pondering, searching the Internet and discussing what are some good ways to version web parts and features.  Today we decided to do something about it and came up with a simple strategy.  Use pre-build events to call a script that writes a value to the AssemblyFileVersion attribute of  the assebmlyInfo.cs (sorry vb'ers your just going to have to modify the scripts on your own ).  Then with another script read that value from the assemblyInfo.cs and write it to the feature.xml.  The description attribute to be specific.  That way from the user interface you can see the version and time built.

    Jim wrote the script to update the Assembly and it can be found here.

    This is what my pre-build events look like:

    CD "$(ProjectDir)UTILS"
    cscript /nologo ...

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  • SharePoint Jobs

    My pal Pirooz just showed me http://www.justsharepointjobs.com/

    This is a pretty interesting site not only does it have jobs but it seems to have some pretty good references.  They list some blogs and sites, but they also listed conferences.  I thought that was cool.  You can't even get a list of all up coming conferences from the Microsoft site.

    They have a great start I hope they keep up the good work.

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  • Solution

    Patrick Tisseghem has just written a couple of articles for MSDN on building Windows SharePoint Services solution with Visual Studio 2005 Extensions.  Well a couple of articles is putting it lightly it's 58 pages of printed material that is more than a starting point it's everything you need to know to build solutions on WSS.

    Part 1: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530302.aspx
    Part 2: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530301.aspx

    On the surface this seems like it's only for WSS but it also applies to MOSS as well.

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  • DevConnections

    I just got back from devConnections.  It's actually still going on, but I had to come home and forage.  I'm not going to make the mistake of writing a blog post like I did for the MVP summit again, but suffice it to say I met a lot of people and cemented more relationships.

    Lawrence Liu was to do the key note presentation and he was stuck in Chicago, on his birthday no less, so I ended up having 2 hour to prepare for it.  I literally had 15 minutes of fame, it was a lot of fun and the best part was when attendees told me how much they appreciated it.

    It was a great event and I'm glad I went.

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  • Hey, my name's Stacy Draper, who the heck are you?

    I just got back from the MVP summit 2007 and as with all conferences I tried to meet as many folks as I could. I met Sean O’Driscoll who, as it turns out, is the person ultimately responsible for the MVP award program. I must say Sean has a great sense of humor. Met Jason Medero for the first time, we are working on the same Wrox book. We discussed everything from balance of life issues to crazy clients. Because of our conversation I’m getting a kayak, canoe or something and paddle up and down the intracoastal in the morning and making some time for me.

    When it comes to balance of life we all decided to take Monday off and shoot each other with paintballs. Besides doing the Macarena, I think paintball is the most fun I’ve ever had. Dan Larson has some video of paintball, ...

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  • Berlin SharePoint

    So the European SharePoint conference was outstanding.  The beer was especially good and the people were great.  I had opportunity to meet a lot of people who work with and around SharePoint.  A lot of folks that I already knew of but hadn't had opportunity to meet yet.

    I stayed at the Estrel Berlin hotel, where the conference was held.  I bought a wireless lan internet access coupon for 8 hours.   The username is EST0085587 and the password is 38127656.  I didn't use much of it so there should be close to 8 hours left.

    The was the largest SharePoint focused conference to date.  There was quite an exhibit hall, many sessions and just an all around great experience.  I think  the most surprising thing was that everyone spoke great English.  It was freezing cold so I decided to see Germany from the inside out only going out 3 nights ...

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  • I am a Microsoft MVP

    I can only imagine how pleased my wife is now that she's found herself living with a Microsoft MVP awardee.  I told her "You may bring the MVP his glass of water now." While the MVP waits for his water, the MVP will complete his profile on https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=7AE15364... 

    The MVP is growing quite parched.  I think the MVP will have to go get his own water.

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  • My first contract with Microsoft

    I’ve been to the Microsoft campus a few times. I’ve gone for an authors and publishers briefing, MMIT training (during the week of 9/11 and decided to drive back home) and I was there earlier this year for a SharePoint conference, but this was the first time that I’ve ever been paid by Microsoft. I’d have to say that it was an outstanding experience!

    I met Todd Baginski for the first time and as it turns out I had a lot of explaining to do. Todd asked me why I thought he’s full of crap. I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what he was talking about. He jogged my memory by referring to a blog post I made last month. Back peddling as deftly as I could I explained I felt the first post I read was aggressive and via my blog I was trying to communicate ...

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