Chris Johnson

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  • Blog Post: How we demo…

    I get a bunch of questions at events etc… on how our team do demos. I don't mean the content of the demos, i mean the actual setup and execution. You might think this is a simple question to answer, but it is more complex than you think. First up there is no single answer to this, but it basically...
  • Blog Post: BB13: SharePoint 2007 Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio -- Sample Code

    Here are the code samples I demonstrated in my PDC Session last week as promised. You can watch the recorded session here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB13/   (Silverlight streaming Video & slides + demo side by side) Please read the “Contoso Sample Setup.rtf” file for setup instructions...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008: SharePoint 2007: Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio 2008

    I hope everyone is getting as pumped as I am for the PDC next week.  So much dev geek goodness in one week … its all good! Plug for my session: SharePoint 2007 Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio Thursday 8:30am Abstract:  “Learn how to use Microsoft Silverlight and SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: RoundTable

    So i was in a meeting today and we had a remote participant.  We were using Live Meeting to do the presentation and demo.  We were in a meeting room with a Round Table … so i decided to plug it in and see what happened :) 20 seconds later the video popped up and we were up and running. I had...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions User Guide, Version 1.1

    Big title for a big user guide! :)  This is a great step forward for people starting out with SharePoint development, or for people looking at starting with the VS extensions for SharePoint. Anyone looking to build things like Webparts, Site templates, List temlates, Event handlers etc... should...
  • Blog Post: Loving the new Zune update

    Finally managed to get around to updating my Zune software to the new update.  Great to see TV shows in there like Battlestar Galactica and The Office. I really like the Zune Card integration too.  Feeling more social already :)  It is cool to see what your fiends are listening to and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint protocol documentation released...

    We have just spent a great deal of time head down writing documentation on all sorts of SharePoint protocols.  They are split into two groups Front End and Back End.  Front end protocols are all the ones that typically talk to a front end web server and the back end ones are mostly how the...
  • Blog Post: SharedView is very cool.

    Every once in a while I am blown away by something.  Not because it is the latest and greatest, but because it does what it does in such a simple and easy to use way... this is one of those things. SharedView is a very nifty little remote application sharing tool.  I was shown it yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Floor cleaning robots...

    We moved into our new house last week and it is a lot bigger than the last. That means lots of vacuum cleaning. So becoming more accustomed to being lazy in my old age ... there was only one thing for it... a Roomba & a Scooba. Floor cleaning robots from www.irobot.com . One for carpet, another that...
  • Blog Post: What do Mix 08, Silverlight, the Beatles & New Zealand all have in common?...

    At Mix08 today Hard Rock demo'ed their new web based Silverlight 2.0 application that allows a user to browse (in amazing detail) their catalogue of rock history. ( http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/ ) If you zoom into the middle left of the bigger image you will find a note from the Beatles to their security...
  • Blog Post: It almost made me cry too.... kinda...

    Scoble recently had a wee cry about a new Microsoft Research project called World Wide Telescope that he saw prior to it being announced. See here: http://scobleizer.com/2008/02/27/what-made-me-cry-microsofts-world-wide-telescope/ Well, today I got a chance to check it out at our TechFest (where Research...
  • Blog Post: Office Developers Conference 2008: SER325 SiteFeed.Demo session files

    Today Alex and I delivered a session about using the VSeWSS toolkit for developing applications on SharePoint. I am going to do a separate post fully detailing the step by step process for building this demo from the ground up ... so stay tuned. If you cant wait and want to take a look at the finished...
  • Blog Post: More fun marketing ... this time with comics.

    This time for the Heroes happen here campaign. A comic series about tech stories... http://www.microsoft.com/heroeshappenhere/cool-stuff/comic/default.mspx
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office System Developers Conference 2008... I'll be there!

    The ODC is shaping up to be a great event for SharePoint developers. This year it is on Feb 10-13th in San Jose, CA. I will be there with Alex Malek doing a session on developing SharePoint solutions using the Visual Studio extensions for WSS. There are a lot of developers out there that use these tools...
  • Blog Post: Deploying files under the \TEMPLATES directory in a SharePoint VSeWSS project

    A common thing you might want to include in a SharePoint solution is to include various files that are deployed to the \Template directory. These might be images (\Template\Images) or Aspx pages that you would like put in a folder in the Layouts directory. Typically to do this you would include in your...
  • Blog Post: Turn your Windows Mobile phone into a mobile Wireless Router to the Internet (Seriously Geeky Stuff).

    I came across this the other day and thought I was far too geeky to let pass. This tool will let you turn your WiFi capable Windows Mobile device into a Wireless Router that routes to the phones Internet connection! Just like a portable wireless broadband router at home! :) http://www.jongma.org/WMWifiRouter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office System Servers Service Pack 1 is out!!!

    For all those people waiting to get their hands on this ... here it is: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936984/ WSS SP1 install: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4191A531-A2E9-45E4-B71E-5B0B17108BD2&displaylang=en MOSS SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId...
  • Blog Post: Great SharePoint Training...

    I get lots of comments and emails from people asking about how they can learn to do development on SharePoint. Fair Question! If money is no obstacle then hands on training is by far the best option. You get to learn direct from experts, actually build code and get your hands dirty ... all while under...
  • Blog Post: Skiing, GPS & Live Maps!

    Ryan, Angus & I hit the slopes this weekend for our first day of skiing this winter. Had a great time! Angus carried a small GPS logger the whole time and uploaded our trace. This site combines the trace and Live Maps to give you a reply of the day. This would be great for runners or sports people...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Developers ... what are your tools and environments like?

    Something I take great interest in and spend a bunch of time thinking about are SharePoint Developers. I was one before I moved up here to Redmond and joined the SharePoint product team. Of course that means I hold a dear place in my heart for all you pro developers out there who are stuggling with the...
  • Blog Post: New MOSS & WSS Sdk released....

    You can browse the SDK online through the following links: · Office SharePoint Server 2007 SDK · Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SDK For a full breakdown of what is new check out the SharePoint Team blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/08/22/just-published-major-update-to-the-moss-and...
  • Blog Post: New Visual Studio SharePoint Extensions CTP released....

    Very cool to see a new release of these tools for SharePoint developers using Visual Studio. Cool stuff in this release: - Edit your WSP package. Drag and drop your features and components to get your solution just right. The tool will figure out the right XML in the feature and element manifest files...
  • Blog Post: LINQ to SharePoint

    Recently I have been brushing up on some topics that I had sidelined on my todo list to catch up on later. Well I finally managed to learn more about Linq in more detail & even crank up the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPC and try out some this stuff. I totally think it totally rules! Very clever and...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint WhitePaper -- SharePoint Products and Technologies customization policy

    If you are a ITPro/Developer working with custom SharePoint solutions this whitepaper will interested you. It talks about many techniques for modifying/customising your SharePoint environement/solution and talks about issues/suggestions around each. It is also a great guide on what is supported and what...
  • Blog Post: Using ASP.Net user controls in your WSSV3/MOSS ASPX pages...

    Following on from my post of application dev on SharePoint ( here ), I have had some people ask how to embed ASP.Net User Controls in the pages you can add to your site using Option 4 (see post for more details on what this option is). Well ... i did some digging/research and have this set of steps...
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