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    And here is the PowerPoint for the WebCast...

    Seemed to hit some limit with everything in a zip - so here is the PowerPoint.
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    Project Server Developer Webcast Samples


    Thanks to all of you who joined the Webcast today.  I have attached a zip with the PowerPoint and some samples that were presented. For those who couldn't make it a brief summary so the samples make sense.

    First I re-hashed an old sample showing creation of a list item and linking to a task (LoginDemoWithIssues).  I also covered the challenges you might run into in a multi language environment.  So here is an automatically created "Issue" linked to Task 1 in my Project.


    As I have created the Object Link Provider entries this is also exposed in the Project Center view of the project (highlighted).


    I then showed an example of getting the SSP context programmatically.  A better example can be found here.  Thanks Martin!  My lame example is in EnumerateItems.cs and requires reference to Microsoft.SharePoint and Microsoft.Office.Server.

    The best bit (in my opinion) was around the Business Data Catalog.  Thanks for Christophe for the work he did on BDC search in his blog and posted at CodePlex- which guided me to get this done,  Here are a couple of screenshots with the addition of a Project "Data Column" to an appointment,


    and the addition of a Business Data Catalog List and Item which are connected Web Parts and the adding of a data column to a WSS list (which shows extra related information - pulled in this case from the Project Server reporting database).  And all without code!


    In the zip file is the XML used for the application definition.  Hopefully you can understand what you need to change to get this working for you. 

    Thanks to Joyce too for the logistics - look out for the recording soon!

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    More Role Guides for Project Server 2007 Now Available!


    You may have already picked this up from some or all of the other Project blogs - but worth repeating as I know you have all been waiting for these!

    They are now available (similar to EPM 2003) here: Learn about available roles for Project Web Access

    Depending on your role in your organization and what security permissions are assigned to you, you will have access to different features of Microsoft Office Project Web Access. The following role guides present broad overviews of Office Project Web Access functionality from the perspective of the different roles you might have.

    Role Guide/Description

    • Administrator role guide
      Use this guide if you are an administrator of Office Project Web Access. You can also use it as a guide to help evaluate Office Project Web Access for your organization.
    • Project manager role guide
      Use this guide if you are responsible for day-to-day project management tasks such as creating, maintaining, and updating schedules, and coordinating with other project managers, resource managers, and team members.
    • Executive role guide
      Use this guide if you are responsible for a portfolio of projects, such as all the projects for an entire department.
    • Resource manager role guide
      Use this guide if you are responsible for managing resources and their skills and capabilities.
    • Team member role guide
      Use this guide if you are responsible for any of the day-to-day activities in one or more projects.
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    What were you doing in 1984? Hopefully not updating tasks in your current projects!


    If this blog had a sub-title it would be "Task updates never get to Project Professional - even when they (eventually) say 100% Success".  And the error message you might find in the ULS logs would be:

    Microsoft.Office.Project.Scheduling.SchedulingException: The engine's event horizon was extended beyond the maximum length of 36500 days. This may be caused by invalid task or assignment data. You can also change the value of the InitialProjectDays scheduling parameter.

    This error led us to review the project timescale, and at first glance the Project Information was showing reasonable start and finish dates - from late 2007 to mid 2008.  But when looking at the plan the project summary task went back, and back, and back...  There was a milestone task 100% complete for 1/4/1984 driving the start date of the project summary.  Not sure at this stage how it got in that state - but this makes the scheduling engine work very hard processing status updates (you may see the queue service using LOTS of RAM) and eventually it gives the above error (in my case after 30-40 minutes) but the job appears to have completed OK.  However no updates appear in the plan.

    The current workaround is just to correct the date, save and publish and then re-submit the time.

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    Developer Webcast this week!


    If you remember my blog about the Developer Community from a few weeks ago - and joined up, then you should have seen an invite to a Webcast this week.  I have been invited to talk about extending development from Project Server to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.  The topics I am going to cover are:

    • The programmatic creation of list items in the WSS lists project uses, and the use of the Object Link Provider to expose these item in PWA
    • Finding your way around the parts of a SharePoint farm - such as identifying the Shared Service Providers in the farm
    • Using the Business Data Catalog as a way to get Project Server data exposed in other parts of SharePoint.

    This final topic has been the most interesting to work on and is related to the work Christophe blogged about on searching Project data - but this time using Project data in SharePoint lists.  I will be showing how you could add a column to your SharePoint lists that shows Project names - and other related information.  Other uses of this might be to show Resource names, or the RBS as a Business Data column.  While I am on the topic of Christophe - he has been very busy lately and has some great postings on TechEd 2008, SQL Server 2008 and general performance improvement tips. And finally a very useful link to the Project Server 2007 hot fixes RSS feed

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