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  • Blog Post: Just released from Patterns & Practices: Developing SharePoint Applications

    The Patterns & Practices team has recently released new guidance around building collaborative applications on the SharePoint platform. The goal of this release is to help customers understand how to develop large scale, content-driven SharePoint applications that extend the value of existing...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensions for WSS (VSeWSS) v1.2 Released

    Version 1.2 of the Visual Studio extensions for WSS has been released and available for download . Version 1.2 provides support for Visual Studio 2008 in building SharePoint-based solutions. The following tools are included: Visual Studio 2008 Project Templates Web Part Team Site Definition...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Schedule for June 2008

    Register today for our upcoming webcasts! DATE TIME LOCATION TITLE AND REGISTRATION LINK PRESENTER S OWNER TARGET AUDIENCE June 20 , 2008 14:00 -15:30 EST Webcast Overview of Office Open XML Joel Reyes Joel Reyes...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) Released

    [Cross-posted from Lamont's Blog ] Announced on the SharePoint Team Blog , the SharePoint Deployment Planning Services program has been launched and is geared at helping our Software Assurance (SA) customers sucessfully plan and deploy SharePoint Products & Technologies. I think this program provides...
  • Blog Post: FOLLOW UP: Public Sector Developer Conference (Downers Grove, IL)

    Thanks to everyone who attended!  Here are the links to the decks and code for the sessions.  I don't have the content from the LINQ & VSTO sessions yet, but will update this post when I get them.  However, I did promise to have a post up this morning. How Visual Studio Team System...
  • Blog Post: OBA Composition Reference Toolkit version 2.0 Released

    [Cross-Posted from Lamont's Blog ] Version 2.0 of the OBA Composition Reference Toolkit was released to the web today, on schedule and with all the great new features promised for the release. Version 1.0 of the toolkit was released at the Office Developer’s Conference in February 2008. Watch the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - May 15, 2008 - Downers Grove, IL

    Conference Title Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference Venue Microsoft Downers Grove Office 3025 Highland Parkway, Suite 300 Downers Grove IL 60515 Date & Time May 15, 2008 9:00AM – 4:00 PM CST Registration Information: Click here About the Conference...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Schedule for April 2008

    Register today for our upcoming webcasts! DATE TIME LOCATION TITLE AND REGISTRATION LINK PRESENTER S OWNER TARGET AUDIENCE April 9 , 2008 14:00 -15:30 EST Webcast Geospatially Enabling SharePoint with IDV Solutions’ Visual...
  • Blog Post: Binary Documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) and Translator Project Site are now live

    Brian Jones, Senior Program Manager just broke the news in his post today. Quoting from him: "As promised last month , the binary documentation (.doc, .xls, .ppt) is now live. In addition to this, the project to create an open source translator (binary -> Open XML) has now been formed on sourceforge...
  • Blog Post: FREE TRAINING: SharePoint, Office Dev, and Silverlight - Only a few days left to apply for the SLEEPLESS ROADSHOW

    My team is sponsoring a pretty interesting free training opportunity in the DC area January 19th-20th. I'll be there for the whole event. Hope to see you there! Here are the details: Infusion Development and Microsoft are calling all Insomniacs Sleepless – is back and this time bringing the best of SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference - Seattle, WA - January 16, 2008

    On behalf of Microsoft, I invite you to the Public Sector Developer conference in Seattle, WA on January 16, 2008. Please read on for agenda and registration information ACTION REQUESTED: Please register today as space is limited!! Conference Title Microsoft Public Sector Developer Conference...
  • Blog Post: SLEEPLESS ROADSHOW – The Ultimate Office Dev Weekend

    Beginning January 19 th , 2008 Deadline to Apply (Sleepless in DC, Atlanta): Friday December 28th th @ 11:59 PM Deadline to Apply (Sleepless in Dallas, LA, Silicon Valley, Chicago): Sunday Jan 6 th @11:59 PM Apply at www.infusion.com/sleepless ULTIMATE TRAINING...
  • Blog Post: Live "How-to" Web Cast: Building Document Workflow in SharePoint with Visual Studio 2008 (Robert Shelton will be the presenter)

    Presenter:   Robert Shelton, Microsoft Evangelist When: December 14th from 2:00-3:30 PM EST Registration Link: Click here to register Abstract: Join me for a 90 minutes demonstrated (i.e., Very few if any PowerPoint slides) on building Document Workflow's for SharePoint (MOSS 2007) with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: How to Video: Using Active Directory Searching/Lookup in a SharePoint/MOSS 2007 Workflow (with Visual Studio 2008)

    This is the eighth in a series (the series is listed at the bottom) of "How To " Videos that I have created to show .NET Developers how to build document workflow in a SharePoint environment.  In the How to Videos that I produced on "Building Approval Workflow's" and "Escalating...
  • Blog Post: How to Video: Building a Multilevel Approval Workflow with SharePoint (MOSS 2007) and Visual Studio

    This is the seventh of a series (the series is listed at the bottom) of "How To " Videos that I have created to show .NET Developers how to build document workflow in a SharePoint environment.  In this scenario, I take the workflow that I built in the How To Video on Building a Basic Approval...
  • Blog Post: Free Utility for Testing SharePoint/MOSS 2007 Email Sending.

    If you do your development in an environment where you cannot setup your own email server and you don't want to use the production server, here is a solution for you.  It's called "Dummy SMTP Server", and I found out about it on Matt Morse's blog ( Click here to see Matt's Blog), the direct...
  • Blog Post: Reminder Live Web Cast: Advanced SharePoint Workflow techniques with Visual Studio 2008

    Presenter:   Robert Shelton, Microsoft Evangelist When: November 14th from 2:00-3:30 PM EST Registration Link: Click here to register Abstract: Join me for a 90 minutes demonstrated (i.e., Very few if any PowerPoint slides) on building Document Workflow's for SharePoint (MOSS 2007) with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Free Series of SharePoint Workflow How-to Videos

    This is the series of "How to" Document Workflow with SharePoint using Visual Studio 2008 (using the .NET Framework 3.0 for backward compatibility to Visual Studio 2005).  I have created video's that show the most common requests that I have seen around MOSS/SharePoint 2007 workflow &...
  • Blog Post: SharePointPedia 1.0 Goes Live

    Taken from SharePointPedia's " About Us " page... SharePointPedia.com is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: How to Video: (Programmatically Escalating an Overdue Task) Document Workflow in SharePoint (MOSS 2007)

    This video (#5 in the series of How To Videos on SharePoint/MOSS 2007 "Document" Workflow with Visual Studio) addresses one of the most common questions/needs: "How can I build an Escalation workflow in SharePoint?".  It turns out that this is a very Advanced Workflow scenario...
  • Blog Post: How to Video: (Programmatically Creating a User Task) Document Workflow in SharePoint (MOSS) 2007

    The question that I get most often when I talk to developers about SharePoint Document Workflow is on Sending and Tracking tasks for the people participating in a document workflow.  So, in this 4th part of the series that I am doing on "Building Document Workflow" in SharePoint/MOSS 2007...
  • Blog Post: OBA Reference Applications - What would you like to see?

    One of the biggest challenges I feel that we ( Microsoft ) face in showcasing the "value" of architecting/developing Office Business Applications is providing what I'll call "solid reference implementations" along the lines of Duwamish Books , Fitch and Mather , Global Bank , LitwareHR , other many other...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Document Workflow Example: Extracting document details with your workflow

    This is a 2nd part of a series that I am doing on "Building Document Workflow" in SharePoint/MOSS 2007 that I am producing. You can find the freely downloadable workshops that accompanying these videos on my blog here . The scenario is a company has created a portal which will accept resume's for job...
  • Blog Post: VSTO Virtual Labs

    For those of you not familiar with Virtual Labs, they are a great way to try out technology without having to install a bunch of stuff or download a VPC. As Robert likes to say, "Virtual Labs = Free Training:)." I just came across these Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) 2008 labs. Haven't tried em...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint Document Workflow Workshop - Part 4 on Workflow Task

    The fourth and most likely final (they take a lot of time to write) part of this workshop series tackles one of the most common questions that I run into with SharePoint developers. The question revolves around creating, sending (via email), and handling tasks within SharePoint. In this workshop, I build...
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