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  • Blog Post: Retrieve SharePoint List Data with XLINQ using VS 2010 Beta 1

    One of the key things you’ll likely want to do with SharePoint is interact a lot with lists. In earlier posts on this blog, I’ve discussed adding data to a SharePoint list using both custom and native SharePoint services (i.e. services that ship with either WSS or MOSS—when I say SharePoint I include...
  • Blog Post: OBA Sample Application Kit for SAP & Siebel Released to Web

    Over the past few months, we’ve received some very positive feedback on the OBA Sample Application Kits that we’ve released. Well, today we release to web the latest in the family of kits, the OBA Sample Application Kit for SAP & Siebel . Included in this kit are: Overview whitepaper Source code...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight, SharePoint, Services…Oh Yeah!!!

    The last blog post I wrote was on interacting with SharePoint using services. One of the things that I’ve been quite involved in over the past year or so has been Silverlight and SharePoint integration. You will definitely see more of this type of development, so building off of my last post I decided...
  • Blog Post: Web Services and SharePoint: How do I do it?

    When building an OBA, you’re often going to want to either integrate with the native Web services for SharePoint (when I say SharePoint, in this instance I’m referring to both the WSS and the MOSS services) or you’ll want to create your own custom services. The question often comes up is how? In this...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight RTM and SharePoint Blueprints Ship on Codeplex

    Today, additional SharePoint and Silverlight Blueprints on CodePlex were uploaded to include two more Silverlight RTM samples: custom navigation in SharePoint and the colleague viewer. These blueprints provide samples for you to build and explore using Silverlight as an alternate way to develop and integrate...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Connections Deck

    I'm just wrapping up my week here in Las Vegas for SharePoint Connections, and one of the requests I had was to post my decks for those who attended my sessions. I've posted my decks to a public skydrive folder here: http://cid-40a717fc7fcd7e40.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/SharePointConnections/Final...
  • Blog Post: End-to-End Sales Forecast OBA Released To Web!

    It's been a while, but I wanted to let all you OBA developers out there know of something cool that we recently released, which is the End-to-End (E2E) Sales Forecast OBA. As you know from reading this blog, you know that OBA is an Office Business Application and involves mutltiple technologies within...
  • Blog Post: Use Silverlight to Enhance your SharePoint-Based OBAs with the Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint

    Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint Released to CodePlex! Today we released the source code for the Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint—based on the Silverlight Beta 2 release. The Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint provide a way for developers to better understand how to integrate Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 5

    Hey gang, It's been a while since I've posted, but I've been on the road. I attended TechEd 2008 (USA), our internal field conference TechReady 7, and then travelled to South Africa to TechEd 2008 (S. Africa). Now, I'm back in Seattle--albeit a little jet-lagged. Over the past few weeks, I've continued...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 4

    Wow, it's been a while since I blogged on this...time flies. If you've been following along with my previous posts, you'll have seen some of the other Create Your First OBA posts. Here they are if you haven’t seen them: 1. Creating the VSTO document-level solution (i.e. the custom document) ; 2. Deploying...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Development Conference (FireStarter) at Microsoft on June 11th

    OBA is a broad area and we're seeing an increase in the number of developers who are building SharePoint solutions--both internally to an enterprise and externally on the web. Microsoft is hosting a 1-day event for those of you interested in learning more about SharePoint development. More information...
  • Blog Post: Create Your First OBA: Part 3

    Hey gang, If you've been following along with the Create Your First OBA series, I've published the first two of the six parts - see below. 1. Creating the VSTO document-level solution (i.e. the custom document) ; 2. Deploying the VSTO document-level solution ; 3. Integrating the VSTO with SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Integrate Office with SAP...

    You may have heard of Duet, an out of the box OBA that supports a number of different scenarios for the enterprise ( http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/duet/FX101686211033.aspx?ofcresset=1 ). Duet is a great solution and covers a wide variety of scenarios. If you're looking to hook the Office system into...
  • Blog Post: The ramblings continue...starting out on OBA

    It's been a while since I've blogged last, and things have been very busy. Over the past three months, I've been to a number of conferences including the most recent Office Developer Conference and SharePoint Conference. It was great to see more OBA-centric content at these events. Coming up, I'll also...
  • Blog Post: The ramblings begin...

    Well it's December 13th, and I have not really started my Holiday shopping yet...how sad is that. But alas, I'm sure you're not tuning into this blog to hear about the lameness of my shopping habits, but you're probably looking for a little info on this mysterious thing called OBA. And if you have, then...
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