November 2007 - Posts
For those of you who were looking forwad to see this one at TSP Camp, Josef will be presenting at the Toronto SharePoint Users Group on Wednesday!
The “Awesome Media Gallery” -- Extending SharePoint with Silverlight
on the “SharePoint Silverlight Photoviewer WebPart” project on
Codeplex, this session will provide a brief introduction to Silverlight
programming with Blend and Visual Studio and then demonstrate how
it with SharePoint via a web part. (note that the Codeplex project is
currently broken due to changes in the Silverlight 1.0 RTM. I will have
working implementation ready for SharePoint Camp.
From Mark Jones, these should be required reading for all SharePoint development team leads, project managers and architects:
Architecture and Design Lessons Learned
SharePoint Development and Engineering Practices
I'm not at [SharePoint|Dev|Win|Exchange]Connections 2007 or TechEd EMEA 2007 Barcelona this week, but always interested in what's announced at the keynotes.
This year in Barcelona Soma announced that Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 will RTW before the end of November. And Popfly Explorer will be integrated with VS, allowing anyone to build and share pages on the supercool Popfly site. Soma also recently announced the inclusion of F# in VS2008, and the ability to publish from SQL Express out to a hosted database. [Soma's TechEd EMEA announcements]
Also today, Microsoft Search Server 2008 and the free Microsoft Search Server Express were announced both by Thom Rizzo in Vegas and at the Enterprise Search Summit in San Jose. The announcement was cross-posted to the SP&T Team Blog and the MSFT Enterprise Search Blog. Bill English was quick to follow with a detailed post on MSSX's installation and configuration, and then Daniel Webster with a nice summary of the pros and cons. Basically, now you can search across site collections with WSS rather than just sub-trees, though you're limited to just one search/index server per farm. Another benefit is compliance with the OpenSearch standard which provides a pipe from MSS into existing search engines both online, and in document and content repositories. The pipes are called federated Search Connectors and they're already available or announced for Live.com, Google, Yahoo, OpenText, Documentum, SAS and Cognos.
Another big recent release is the SharePointPedia. The vision here is a central source for all things SharePoint and the format is a blog hybrid featuring brief abstracts linking off to on-line articles rather than a wiki as you might expect. Comments and user-tagging allow for feedback, users are rated by contributions. It's simple and I like it.
Whenever you do something it's always great to get feedback, but here's one I definitely didn't expect -
Talking Chicken Reviews Toronto SharePoint Camp (YouTube video).
Thanks again to all our volunteers and speakers for making this happen, and to all the people who spent a beautiful Fall day with us at the Manulife building. Early signs would indicate that yes, Toronto's fantastic community of SharePointers will make this happen again next year!
We want your feedback! How can we make TSP Camp better? Whether through the comments below or your own hand-puppet videos: if you say it, we will hear it, so go ahead and say it. Be like the chicken.
Silverlight Presentation Rescheduled Nov. 21: For everyone who was looking forward to the Silverlight presentation, Josef had an unfortunate but unavoidable emergency en route. He's fine, sends his deep regrets, and will be delivering his session to the Toronto SharePoint Users Group
in February this month!.
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