Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies
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March, 2006

  • Erika Ehrli - Adventures with Office Products & Technologies

    Getting ready for the Microsoft Office System Developers Conference 2006


    The Microsoft Office System Developers Conference 2006 will be held in Redmond, WA next week; so expect to see more buzz related to the 2007 Office System in blogs.

    Office has evolved a lot as a development platform and the best part is that you will be able to watch it with your own eyes. No matter where you are, you can watch and listen to Bill Gates and Kurt DelBene showing investments done to Office programs, servers, services, and tools.  Bill and Kurt will deliver keynotes next week that you should not miss, so here is all the information that you need to get ready:

    Start Time: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) 
    End Time:   Tuesday, March 21, 2006 11:00 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) 

    How can I sign-up for the Live MSDN Webcast?
    Go to: and register.

    This keynotes are for developers, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn about new development opportunities and potential ideas to build tools and business solutions using the 2007 Office System.

    Another hint, some great cool “things” will be announced next week, so stay in touch...

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    Project and Project Server resources for developers


    I have the honor of sharing an office with Jim Corbin, who is the programmer writer for Project. Jim is the guy responsible for writing developer oriented documentation, articles, and the SDK for Project. So as you can imagine, he has great knowledge, expertise, and experience with everything related to Project and Project Server.

    One of the advantages of sharing an office with Jim is that I get to learn a lot from him about what's coming for Project Server. Another great advantage is that Project PMs and developers come often to discuss about new features and cool enhancements related to  Project and/or Project Server and I am lucky to overhear their discussions (I know I should mind my own business, but sometimes, I just can't help it).

    So yesterday, the Evil Doctor PorkChop (Treb Gatte - Project Server Program Manager) came to visit Jim and we all ended up taking about Project blogs and books. So here I am passing up the word of great blogs and books about Project Server that Treb and Jim recommend:

    Microsoft Project bloggers:

    If you want to learn more about Project and what's new for developers in Project 2007 and Project Server 2007, be sure to visit the following blogs:

    External Project bloggers and Web sites:

    Treb Gatte compiled a list of great Project blogs that you should not miss:

    • MPA blog: Bill Raymond, Microsoft Office Project MVP.
    • Do More Than Manage: Gord Schmidt's site on Project Server technical aspects.
    • Mark Schneider: Project Server Training and Implementation
    • Jack Dahlgren's blog: Project Management, Software, Training...
    • Project Server Experts: Gary Chefetz & Dale Howard's site.
    • Scott Wagner: Microsoft Project 2003 and MS Project Server 2003 along with items on SharePoint, SQL Server, Analysis Services and OLAP for use in the MS Enterprise Project Management Solution.
    • Faisal Masood: FM's Blog on Microsoft Project Server & Microsoft Project.

    Great books about Project Server:

    These books were recommended by the Treb and Jim as great books in the market for Project Server:

    Managing Enterprise Projects Using Microsoft Office Project Server 2003
    by Gary L. Chefetz, Dale A. Howard
    Administering an Enterprise PMO using Microsoft Office Project Server 2003
    by Gary L. Chefetz, Dale A. Howard

    Don't forget to visit the Microsoft Office Project 2003 Developer Center  to find technical articles, reference documentation, downloads, solution starters, code samples, multimedia and more resources related with Project.

    Thanks a lot to Jim and Treb for allowing me to dive into their conversation and for sharing these useful resources.

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    Office 2007 and SharePoint PDC recorded sessions


    Some time ago I shared a pointer to the Office & SharePoint PDC '05 slide decks. I just got in my Inbox a pointer to the PDC '05 recorded sessions and I just wanted to share the pointer with all of you in case you didn't know about them:

    Slide decks are quite informative, but it's never the same compared to the opportunity of watching the speaker in action talking about a feature/product and of course, you get to see more than a slide that says : Demo.

    This recorded sessions are public. However, they won't be live for much longer, so you'd better hurry up and have fun watching some of these sessions.

    I hope you like 'em.


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