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  • Blog Post: Updating my book for SharePoint 2010

    With the lack of posts and everything, people have been asking me what I have been up to. Among other things, I am updating my SharePoint development book for the 2010 release. The new title will be Pro SharePoint 2010 Solution Development. Just like the last book, you can expect lots of examples that...
  • Blog Post: My Presentation for Tomorrow's SharePoint Best Practices Conference

    I just wanted to post the deck I will be using for my session (SPDev 314) at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference in Reston. My session includes mostly demos around document generation scenarios with SharePoint. There is a lot of use of the new Open XML SDK. Most of the code samples have already...
  • Blog Post: Demoing Geneva Beta 2 with MOSS 2007

    I put together a little video demo of using Geneva Beta 2 stuff with MOSS 2007. You can get these VMs using the links from the previous post, but it is an awful lot to download and setup. So I thought a video might be appealing.
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and CRM

    It isn't too often that I get to share publicly some of the work we do at the MTC for customers. Fortunately, the US Air Force let Microsoft turn a proof of concept I worked on into a case study. This POC was done a while ago - in fact you'll recognize some of it is on older technology than the current...
  • Blog Post: Workaround for the SharePoint Asset Inventory Tool ';' error

    I was preparing for the upcoming conference and wanted to demo some of the new tools coming for SharePoint. Often I have heard the customer's IT department talk about finding rogue SharePoint installations and getting better metrics on how these servers were being used, so I thought I would spend some...
  • Blog Post: Video: Building Presentations from SharePoint Site Content

    First sorry for the long time away from posting. It was quite a busy fourth quarter. But welcome to 2008! I put together a quick video blog of two demonstrations I show about how to automate the creation of PowerPoint presentations based on SharePoint site content. The first part of the demo shows...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Essential SharePoint 2007 by Scott Jamison and others

    This book fills a niche that has long been lacking in the SharePoint space. Where most books are targeted exclusively to developers or administrators, this book takes a fresh approach and focuses on the business impact of the technology. This book contains all the things you never find in most SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: How To: Display browser enabled InfoPath forms in a web part supporting connections

    Here is a little something from one of the chapters in the book ( http://blogs.msdn.com/edhild/pages/pro-sharepoint-solution-development-combining-net-sharepoint-and-office-2007.aspx ) With MOSS, there is the new Forms Services capability that allows you to take an InfoPath designed form and present...
  • Blog Post: How To: Connect web parts during site provisioning

    If you have been following the How To's recently posted here, you will remember that I have a site definition that has the BDC Item web part on it. And I have a custom filter web part that pulls an ID out of the web's property bag. The only remaining item is how to get these two web parts connected during...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Book Update

    Just chiming in on where we stand on the book. I just finished writing up the conclusion chapter. I've updated the TOC ( http://blogs.msdn.com/edhild/pages/pro-sharepoint-solution-development-combining-net-sharepoint-and-office-2007.aspx ). The chapter is called "Realizing the Vision". In this chapter...
  • Blog Post: The unwritten work-arounds for using the SharePoint Solution Generator

    So I have been working on a demonstration lately with the new SharePoint Solution Generator which is an included tool in the Windows SharePoint Services Extensions for Visual Studio. The promise of this tool is that you can point it at an existing site or list and get an equivalent SharePoint list or...
  • Blog Post: Almost finished my book... Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2007

    So I have not been posting for quite some time. The major reason is that every moment outside of work is being put into this latest effort. The book is called "Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2007". It is going to be published by Apress in the spring. I'm nearing...
  • Blog Post: Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint and Office 2007

    New SharePoint 2007 Book: Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2007 Overview and Goals for the Book First and foremost, this is a book for developers. It is a book about solving common problems of information workers by extending the foundation of Office...
  • Blog Post: Generate a PowerPoint Presentation based on Site Data

    Wow. Two posts in the same day. Hopefully that makes up for the long delay! If you couldn't tell I was heads down in a proof-of-concept, but I'm at least posting all the goodies :) So this next piece isn't something I highly recommend. But it is great eye candy and becomes much more a possibility...
  • Blog Post: Display InfoPath form data in the XML web part

    I recently was working on a proof-of-concept where we wanted a team site to display on the default.aspx page some of the data that existed in an InfoPath form. This data needed to be seen by everyone without requiring them to open up the form file. We also wanted to make sure that if the data in the...
  • Blog Post: Relationships between site directory, search, and WSS team sites

    I was asked recently if there was a web part in SharePoint that would display all the team sites where the current user was a member. My immediate push back was what did it mean to be a member? I began down a path investigating the relationship between team sites, the site directory, and search as well...
  • Blog Post: Secure crawls of Lotus Notes with SharePoint

    I recently had to prove SharePoint's ability to search Lotus Notes databases including honoring security. This meant that a user who did not have access to the Notes database should not see search result items in SharePoint. After having to dig through several how-to guides, knowledge base articles,...
  • Blog Post: Delegate Administration of Extranet Accounts for SharePoint

    While at Tech Ed in Orlando this year, I ran across a vendor with an interesting web part for SharePoint. The vendor is "The Dot Net Factory" and their web part is Active Directory WebManager. When I saw this in action, I immediately saw some value for customers. Basically it is a web part that allows...
  • Blog Post: Exploring SPS Calendar Views

    So I was asked a rather simple question recently. Here at the office, we have a custom SPS list that has start date / end date columns. Naturally, we take advantage of the ability to create calendar views of the list specifying these columns as the interval for the item. As it turns out, we also have...
  • Blog Post: SPS Single Sign-on article

    Just a note that I've posted my first article which walks through a sample of using SharePoint's Single Sign-on service. The article includes using impersonation as well as asynchronous threads for retrieving data. http://blogs.msdn.com/edhild/articles/377362.aspx
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