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  • Blog Post: A simple conceit vs. questions left unasked

    Here's a fun mental exercise - on the one hand, we have the "everyone is lost but me" syndrome, where someone will charge off on a course of action, despite many many warnings about the perilous nature of his quest, until he runs smack dab into that windmill. And yet we have "there is no such thing...
  • Blog Post: Scorecards - SharePoint, SQL Server, or PerformancePoint?

    A few years ago, if you asked Microsoft how to build a scorecard, they may have shrugged. Then we released the "Business Scorecard Accelerator" - a free technology mainly designed to showcase SQL Server Analysis Services. It was so popular that Microsoft made a product out of it - Business Scorecard...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath & SharePoint screencast demo

    As follow-up to the "hook InfoPath to a database" demo, here I'm taking a step back to a simpler form - building an InfoPath form to be used on its own in conjunction with SharePoint. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=344635 In the next few videos I'm going to cover: InfoPath...
  • Blog Post: Bibliomeme

    1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. “Right-click the My Documents folder and select Properties” (from Hillier's book, reviewed below) Hmm... that may be...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Planning

    The centipede was happy, quite, Until the toad for fun Said, 'Pray which leg comes after which?' This worked her mind to such a pitch She lay distracted in a ditch, Considering how to run. -George Herbert Palmer It's entirely possible SharePoint offers the best out-of-the-box experience of any...
  • Blog Post: Why Smart Clients?

    ... or “Why is my client so fat?” InfoPath is really cool. To some degree, it actually delivers on the ancient promise of “productivity without programmers.” Fundamentally, it's a form design and publication tool - end users can design forms and publish them to a server where...
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