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2012 SharePoint Technical Conference (SPTechCon) Presentations

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 3, 2012

I was fortunate to speak at the 2012 SPTechCon in San Francisco. I presented two topics:

1. Creating Native Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint Deck Source
2. Creating Silverlight Line of Business Applications for SharePoint Deck Source

I uploaded the decks and source to Skydrive.

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Slide Deck from SharePoint Saturday Charlotte 2010

Posted by Steve Pietrek on April 14, 2010

Thank you to everyone who attended my “Developing Silverlight 3 Applications for SharePoint 2007” presentation at SharePoint Saturday Charlotte on 4/10/2010. The deck and source code are available.

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SharePoint Saturday Charlotte

Posted by Steve Pietrek on April 4, 2010

I will be in Charlotte this weekend attending SharePoint Saturday Charlotte. Really looking forward to seeing everyone. My presentation will be:

Developing Silverlight Applications for SharePoint

Learn how Silverlight 3 can be used to integrate rich, powerful applications into SharePoint. Walk through Silverlight basics (XAML, styles, layouts, and application settings), retrieving data from SharePoint lists and document libraries, managing code using the MVVM development pattern, and deploying the Silverlight controls to SharePoint.

Hope to see you there.

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Slide Deck from SharePoint Saturday Indianapolis 2010

Posted by Steve Pietrek on February 1, 2010

Thank you to everyone who attended my “Silverlight 3 in SharePoint 2007” presentation at SharePoint Saturday Indianapolis on 1/31/2010. The deck and source code are available. I received many great questions and I will be working on updating my deck to incorporate the answers.

Thinking about starting a series of blog posts on my Silverlight in SharePoint experiences. Heck, have 3 blog posts based on my experiences today only. Any interest?

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SharePoint Saturday Indianapolis

Posted by Steve Pietrek on January 28, 2010

I will be in Indianapolis this weekend attending SharePoint Saturday Indianapolis. My presentation will be:

Developing Silverlight Applications for SharePoint

Learn how Silverlight 3 can be used to integrate rich, powerful applications into SharePoint. Walk through Silverlight basics (XAML, styles, layouts, and application settings), retrieving data from SharePoint lists and document libraries, managing code using the MVVM development pattern, and deploying the Silverlight controls to SharePoint.

Hope to see you there.

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SharePoint Saturday Charlotte

Posted by Steve Pietrek on June 18, 2009

I will be in Charlotte this weekend attending SharePoint Saturday Charlotte. My presentation will be:

Developing Custom Timer Jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Timer jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are similar to Windows’ scheduled tasks. Timer jobs are used by SharePoint to automate tasks such as search indexing, sending notification alerts, emptying the recycle bin, and removing unused sites. Developers have the capability to create custom timer jobs and integrate them within SharePoint. Custom timer jobs can be used in your organization to support IT governance, satisfy legal and audit requirements, plus many more scenarios. Come to this session to learn how custom timer jobs are created and how to deploy them into your SharePoint environment.

Hope to see you there.

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SharePoint Saturday Chicago

Posted by Steve Pietrek on June 10, 2009

I will be in Chicago this weekend attending SharePoint Saturday Chicago. My presentation will be:

Developing Custom Timer Jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Timer jobs in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are similar to Windows’ scheduled tasks. Timer jobs are used by SharePoint to automate tasks such as search indexing, sending notification alerts, emptying the recycle bin, and removing unused sites. Developers have the capability to create custom timer jobs and integrate them within SharePoint. Custom timer jobs can be used in your organization to support IT governance, satisfy legal and audit requirements, plus many more scenarios. Come to this session to learn how custom timer jobs are created and how to deploy them into your SharePoint environment.

Hope to see you there.

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Speaking at COSPUG Show-N-Tell

Posted by Steve Pietrek on May 18, 2009

I’ll be speaking at the COSPUG Show & Tell event on May 22nd. My topic is as follows:

Business Track: Legal & Regulatory Compliance through Advanced Document Management

SharePoint is a great tool for sharing, securing, and centralizing the management of documents and content. Managing these assets through SharePoint provides administrators with a number of capabilities to help satisfy legal and regulatory compliance initiatives (basic auditing, versioning, reporting and document policies). In this session we will examine how organizations can extend SharePoint functionality to automate document disposition and retention and provide legal holds throughout their SharePoint environment and in accordance with their regulatory needs and processes.

The COSPUG SharePoint Show & Tell is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from users within the SharePoint community. During each session, presenters will show real life examples of the different uses of SharePoint within their organization. SharePoint Show & Tell is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to learn firsthand what others are doing with SharePoint! The event details are as follows: Friday, May 22, 2009 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM @ the Microsoft Polaris office. Click here to register! Space is limited, so register early!

Link

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SharePoint Saturday Atlanta Presentation

Posted by Steve Pietrek on April 20, 2009

Last weekend I presented at SharePoint Saturday in Atlanta. My talk was building custom timer jobs. Good turnout and questions. Thank you if you attended. I plan on writing more on the event in a separate post but I promised I would upload my deck. The link is below.

Custom Timer Job Presentation Link

Update 1: I am still in the process of uploading the code. I will update this post when that is complete.

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SharePoint Saturday Atlanta Reminder

Posted by Steve Pietrek on April 9, 2009

A quick reminder that the SharePoint Saturday Atlanta event is almost here! The free, all-day event will take place on 4/18 at the Microsoft Office on Sanctuary Pkwy in Alpharetta, GA.

Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

This is an excellent opportunity to spend the day with SharePoint. If you are a SharePoint veteran or interested in exploring SharePoint, this is a perfect opportunity to learn more on SharePoint. There will be many sessions which cover all spectrums. Sessions are broken out by IT Pro, Developer, Architect, Designer, End-User, and Business. There will be many SharePoint MVPs and other SharePoint professionals speaking and in attendance. Come see why the SharePoint community is so incredible to work with.

The registration link is: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=136991

Hope to see you there.

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SharePoint Saturday Atlanta – I’ll be there…

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 30, 2009

Dan Attis was gracious enough to invite me to present at SharePoint Saturday in Atlanta on April 18th. I will presenting on custom timer jobs. It will be an awesome opportunity to finally put faces to so many SharePoint folks.

Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

The registration link is: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=136991

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SharePoint Conference 2008 – Day 4

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 6, 2008

Although the SPC2008 goes through today (Thursday), since I have a 11:41 am flight this morning, my last day at the conference was yesterday. Again it was a beautiful, yet cooler, day in Seattle.

I had some work to do in the morning so I only caught the last 20 minutes or so of Greg LeMond’s keynote. The summary was “keep setting finish lines and attempt to finish”. Wise

The only session in the morning was Joel Oleson and Bob Fox presenting on what’s new for SharePoint developers in Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. There were many nuggets of information. First, as I am sure most already know, SharePoint 2007 is the last 32-bit version – going the ways of Exchange Server 2007 and 64-bit only. Hopefully by then VPC2007 supports 64-bit clients – don’t think it does currently – but I know VMware Workstation (my primary tool) does. As noted by many posts, in order to install MOSS on Server 2008, it must be MOSS SP1. Currently there is no install program which allows you to do so but there are posts out there – search my blog – on what is needed to create your own slipstream. Joel did say we should expect a MOSS SP1 Slipstream install within the next few weeks. Joel mentioned there was a lab which covers installing MOSS in Server 2008 but I can’t seem to find it.

The second session of the day was Heather Solomon‘s presentation on “Advanced SharePoint Branding”. The presentation was labeled a 400-level presentation. Possibly it’s because I have quite a bit of experience branding SharePoint sites but I would not have labeled it a 400-level presentation. With that in mind, Heather definitely knows her stuff. The biggest thing on branding is you need to be very comfortable with CSS. Second, branding is definitely a trial and error activity. Heather echoed those sentiments.

The third presentation of the day was Steve Peschka of Microsoft giving a presentation titled “Rendering Data in SharePoint using AJAX and LINQ”. This was one of the few presentations which just showed code. This was definitely a presentation where you rolled-up your sleeves and got down to business. The first part of the presentation was creating a JSON web service which read a SharePoint list and returned data. The data was then displayed in an AJAX web part. Very cool. Definitely something I will be playing with the next few weeks. The code using a serializable Dictionary which is not available out-of-the-box. To get the code for a serializable Dictionary, check out this post. I would definitely like to review this code but unfortunately, Steve doesn’t have a blog. The second part of the presentation was using LINQ against MOSS. Now this wasn’t using the LINQ to SharePoint CodePlex Project but rather just using SPListItemCollection as an enumerable type. There were a few tips he had such as how to parse a lookup field to use in a join but most of the examples were your typical LINQ ones.

My final presentation of the day was by far the best of the conference for me. Ted Pattison gave a presentation on Advanced SharePoint Solution Deployment. Now I have seen Ted give a workflow presentation at Cincy’s SPUG but yesterday, he was at the top of his game. He is such an awesome presenter. Knows his stuff and using his time perfectly. The presentation was generally review for me but was outstanding. He has a link on his blog which covers the examples he used in his demo – there is lots there. Also, check out Ted’s STSDEV tool. It helps build DDF, manifest.xml, and WSP files.

All in all, it was an outstanding conference. My disappointments: definitely lack of development tracks (though I guess that is what ODC is for), my schedule not allowing for me to take any certification tests (which were free), it was definitely crowded, lunch on Wednesday was box lunch (definite departure from the awesome lunches the first two days), and being a way from my family since Saturday (I know…). I had an awesome time with Andy and Sean, my cohorts from Cardinal. I look forward to next week where I can put some things I learned into practice. I already have a list of 10 items I need to do next week. Yikes!

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SharePoint Conference 2008 – Day 3

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 5, 2008

Beautiful day in Seattle yesterday. Sunny, high 40’s. Too bad I was inside all day but it was definitely worth it.

First session of the day was Adam Buenz and another fellow who’s name I did not catch since I was late titled “Your Data is in SharePoint, Now What?”. Adam started off covering Custom Routers for moving documents to the Record Center. Very cool! Next Adam covered Auditing and all the goodness you can build. Working for the USAF, security is, as you would expect, very important and Adam makes it super easy for his users to review auditing reports by using Word (he created some OBA’s using VSTO). Finally, Adam covered Information Management Policies – specifically focusing on labeling. The other fellow (if someone has his name, please forward to me), spoke on Rights Management Services (RMS). Very good topic but one I have very little experience with. As a side note, Adam is another great presenter (up there with Andrew Connell). Would love to spend a few weeks sitting with these guys and soaking in the information.

Second session of the day was Asif Rehmani titled “Build an Automated Expense Reimbursement Process using InfoPath and SharePoint”. Asif has created an interesting web site where he has tons of webcasts, screencasts, and knowledge maps on SharePoint – http://www.sharepoint-elearning.com/. The only downside to the talk was it was rated level 400 so I thought there would be more meat. It was a very good presentation and Asif, although it started slowly, had a good message.

Third session of the day was one I was looking for the most and one that was the most disappointing (in a good way). Andrew Connell was giving a presentation titled “Structured Approach to Building MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites”. It is no mistake I have a man-crush – in a platonic way 😉 – on AC. He is such an awesome presenter and super smart. Plus AC was very helpful when I was looking to make a move to full-time SharePoint consultant. He listed the two approaches of customization and development and the pros/cons of both. He then jumped into Features, Solutions, etc. Very educational presentational – for someone who has not been down that road before. I have created numerous Features/Solutions and whole-hearted believe creating custom code is the better alternative than customization. If anything, splitting code out helps the process of reusing code when you go from client to client. If it was at least verification I am doing the right process.

Fourth presentation of the day was giving my Todd Baginski on the BDC. You can get the source code and demo here. BDC and BI are two areas of MOSS I have very limited experience with. I fully understand the high-level concepts of the BDC. Amazing what you can do with the out-of-the-box BDC web parts. In my past life, I wrote BI software for a small ISV and we wrote our own BDC-like application which could query multiple databases and display the data in a client OLAP cube – still something I have yet to see. If anything, seems the BDC only allows you to access one table at a time. What happens when you want to two tables from the same database or even multiple tables from multiple databases on multiple platforms? With SharePoint’s popularity, seems like there is room for that.

Last session of the day was Jonathan Stynder of Microsoft giving a presentation titled “Information Architecture for MOSS 2007”. The session was in one of the larger rooms. At the beginning it was quite full. After around 5 minutes, quite a few people started leaving. The reasons were either: it was the last session of the day (more likely) or everybody knows how they need to architect their SharePoint data (less likely). I admit Jonathan got off to a slow start but there were many good nuggets of information. Some included when you should split out content into separate site collections (he even had a cool Feature which set the Global Navigation of two site collections to have the same site map for consistency), when to create new site templates, and do create reuable code (Features/Solutions).

Last night, the Gala was a the Museum of Aviation. Very good food. I didn’t stick around too long. Was way to tired. I know, boo-hoo!

Today looks like it will shape up to be a good one. Greg LeMond will be giving a keynote this morning. Good sessions.

Finally, sorry about missing SPLinks. Been busy outside of SPC and have not had the time to go through my feeds. Wireless at the hotel has been mixed too – sometimes up/sometimes down. Looks like I won’t get to them until this weekend.

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SharePoint Conference 2008 – Day 2

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 4, 2008

Beautiful day in Seattle yesterday – rain. Attended the live keynote with Bill Gates. Interesting keynote. A few announcements such as Microsoft Online (SaaS), release of Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, Solution Accelerator Tools, Silverlight BluePrint for SharePoint, and GearUp. During Kurt DelBene’s keynote, he mentioned numerous SharePoint sites from well known companies. It was quite exciting to see Kroger.com. My team lead, who was sitting next to me at the time, was instrumental in the architecture of the Kroger site. Congrats Sean!

After lunch I attended the “Silverlight BluePrint in SharePoint” presentation given by Patrick Tisseghem. Silverlight is getting more and more interesting for me – my issue – not sure how quick clients will want to include it.

For my next session, I wanted to attend “Code Based List Form Customization in WSS 3.0” but the room was sold out – 25 minutes before the session was supposed to start! Mark Miller has echoed lots of the frustrations attendees are facing. I attended a InfoPath Crash Course presentation instead. Since I have dabbled in InfoPath already, most of it was review. Oh well.

My last session of the day was attending Andrew Connell‘s ECM presentation. Right away he mentioned he was not going to cover code – more of a ECM 101 presentation. Since the rooms were typically already full – this one was no exception – I stayed. Very good presentation but most of it was review. As a SharePoint consultant, it is always valuable to get another take on presenting topics – Andrew did not disappoint – even with a cough.

Today looks to be good. For most session slots I have between 2-5 different sessions for each time. With limited space in each room, definitely need to ensure I pick the right sessions.

Finally, sorry about missing SPLinks. Been busy outside of SPC and have not had the time to go through my feeds. Wireless at the hotel has been mixed too – sometimes up/sometimes down.

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SharePoint Conference 2008 – Day 1

Posted by Steve Pietrek on March 2, 2008

Flew into Seattle yesterday. What a beautiful city! Amazing food, beautiful, clean. I will be attending the SharePoint Conference this week. Should be very interesting. Looking forward to meeting people I have only met on-line.

If you want to get together for a beer, send me an email.

Tonight we are going to register and eat at Ray’s Boathouse. Mmmm crab legs.

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