Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

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December, 2008

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    SharePoint Development – is it too easy?


    I was chatting to some community folk in the pub last night after presenting (on Architectural patterns on S+S – slides here) at the Sydney Deep .NET User Group*. I heard an interesting premise: “Good developers don’t want to do SharePoint development because it’s too easy”. To me, this passes the smell test. Developers like a challenge. As Nick intimated in his session on home-grown frameworks last night, there’s a significant proportion of developer work that happens because the devs enjoy solving the technical problems associated with, say, generalising access to back-end data sources.

    I hate to tell you, but someone’s already solved that problem! It really is all about the platform.

    Of course, this begs the question: “what about the move to model-driven development and composable applications?” Will developers be able to work by getting components and just linking them together? Discuss.

    If you want to learn more about SharePoint development, you could do a lot worse than visiting:


    * the site’s down temporarily, but will be back “rsn

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    The King is Dead! – Long Live the King!


    Many of you know that Norbert Haehnel long-time director of my team, Developer and Platform Evangelism, here in Australia recently departed to take up a position at Microsoft in Germany. In fact, his last gig here was to MC the Power To Developers event Steve Ballmer keynoted. The burning question (for me anyway, you might not care quite so much) was who would replace Norbert.

    pictureWe found out yesterday (and officially announced today) that the new Director is Gianpaolo Carraro (known to most as “GP”, so I guess that in the traditional Australian way we might have to start calling him “The Doc”). There’s a nice link here as GP was also a presenter at the Power to Developers event. I’m very excited to have someone with such a distinguished technical pedigree take on this role, especially one who’s speciality is S+S and particularly the Cloud.

    The Doc (we’ll see if it catches on) starts in mid-late January.

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