From this Sunday, 16th May, the TechNet and MSDN blogging platform that this and many of your other favourites are on is getting an upgrade. The main impact on readers is not being able to leave comments. The e-mail contact should still work – but as always, I don’t always keep right up to date with the e-mail feed. You will see some new posts on the blogs if writers have set publish dates in the future, but I tend to go live when I write – so don’t expect any new things next week. To keep up with progress, and also see what will be changing, see Sean Jenkin’s blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/seanjenkin/. I’ll probably come back on line with the default MSDN look and feel, and then get creative and perhaps bring the humming birds back later.
Great work Jim, and the rest of the contributors to the Project Server 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK). One of my favorite additions uses the new slicer feature of Excel 2010 to help you understand what is in the Reporting Database (RDB). This was thanks to Treb, and as an example, if you just want to see what date fields are in the MSP_EpmProject table:
How easy can it get? To summarize all the other good stuff:
The Microsoft Project 2010 SDK helps solution providers, value-added resellers, and other developers learn about new features in the Project 2010 client applications and the Project Server 2010 platform. The Project 2010 SDK shows how to extend and integrate Project Standard, Project Professional, and Project Server with other applications for enterprise project management (EPM). It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references for the Project 2010 clients and Project Server 2010. The pj14sdk.exe download includes two help files: pj14SDK.chm (conceptual topics and managed code reference), and pj14_ReportingDB.chm (the Reporting database schema reference). Additional references for reporting include the OLAP cube schema reference (OLAPCubeSchemas2010.xlsx) and a pivot table to help select fields in the Reporting database (RDB_Field_Selector.xlsx). The WINPROJ.DEV.hxs file is an update for VBA Help in Project Professional and Project Standard, along with instructions for installation. The SDK download also includes the default Project Guide files, the XML schema for Project 2010, and the XML schema for the ChangeXML parameter for Statusing methods in the Project Server Interface (PSI). To help in developing with the PSI, the SDK download includes source files, scripts, and instructions to compile and update a proxy assembly for both the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) interface and the ASMX (web services) interface of the PSI. In addition, updated XML files for Microsoft Intellisense include descriptions for many of the PSI types and members. Code samples in the SDK download include the following Microsoft Visual Studio solutions that relate to topics in the SDK:
Project 2010 SDK Download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=46007f25-b44e-4aa6-80ff-9c0e75835ad9&displaylang=en
Online (could be more up to date) - Project 2010 SDK in the MSDN Library
Online SharePoint 2010 SDK - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee557253(office.14).aspx Just a reminder, although details are given for loading SharePoint 2010 on to Windows 7 for a developer workstation scenario, this is not supported or possible for Project Server 2010. Sure someone will try and prove me wrong – but not on the ‘supported’ bit.
I’m really pleased with the amount of content we already have available, and have had available during the Beta. yesterday saw the update of the Project Server 2010 TechCenter at http://technet.com/projectserver. An excellent job by our UA team – well done Efren, Mike and Rob! Subscribe to the blog at http://blogs.technet.com/epmcontent/ to keep up to date on the new content as it comes along. Here are some words from Rob on the current content:
Current available content for RTM (with much more to come in the coming months):
· What's New for IT pros in Project Server 2010 This article provides a brief overview of the new main features and capabilities that are included in Microsoft Project Server 2010.
· TechNet Webcast: Overview of Microsoft Project Server 2010 for IT professionals This Webcast discusses Microsoft Project Server 2010 features, requirements, and deployment considerations that IT professionals need to know about the product.
Planning and architecture:
Join us at www.the2010event.com to see how Project 2010, built on SharePoint 2010, offers flexibility and choice by providing tailored work management solutions for individuals, teams, and the enterprise. See on-demand sessions led by customers, partners and Microsoft product teams, and participate in live Q&As and blogs.
*** Update *** The links were originally reversed. The server link is the 332 one – and on first!
May 12, 2010
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PDT
5:30 p.m. EDT
Live Q&A - Project Server 2010: Project & Portfolio Management
Project Professional 2010
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT
6:30 p.m. EDT
Live Q&A - Project Professional 2010 – Fresh, Simple and Intuitive
Also here is a link to an event schedule – it too will be working soon…
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/5/F/05FF69ED-6F8F-4357-863B-12E27D6F1115/Live Q&A Event Schedule.pdf
A couple of useful references from the other Project blogs:
http://blogs.msdn.com/chrisfie/archive/2010/05/08/microsoft-project-server-2010-rtm-demo-virtual-machine-is-ready-for-download.aspx details the SharePoint Server 2010 and the upcoming (soon – if you are reading this on the day of posting) Project Server 2010 installation pack. Go get the SharePoint main image today – and then Project can just be added as a small download. Get you HyperV hosting machine ready today.
To help you understand the installation process of this Virtual Image please attend (or review the on-demand recording after the event) tomorrow - http://blogs.msdn.com/project_programmability/archive/2010/05/10/upcoming-webcast-project-2010-virtual-image-getting-started-quickly.aspx
The installation of SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 is reasonably straightforward – thanks to the Pre-Requisites installer – but these demonstration Virtual Machines give you an even easier introduction to the 2010 Server family.