Thought i'd pass this along for anyone that is interested. Microsoft is having a free Silverlight firestarter event at the Malvern office on 2/21 (yes, its a saturday). The series of firestarter events have been pretty good and in a day give you a really good intro and fundamentals on some of the new MS technologies coming out. In addition, I'll be speaking on using Silverlight with SharePoint, so if nothing else, you'll get the pleasure of listening to me blab on and on.

I'm pretty excited about the event and the chance to speak at it. It gave me the proper motivation to learn more about integrating Silverlight and SharePoint.

Registration is free

After the event I'll be sure to post all slides and code for everyone.


(Updated 02/22/2009) 

I've zipped up the sample code that I presented yesterday at the Silverlight Firestarter.  As mentioned the movie player is broken for some reason, I just haven't had the time yet to look into it.  I also want to add another silverlight edit control which will read and write to a sharepoint list.  I realized during the presentation that I really should have included that.  Once I fix a few small issues and add that control, i'll update the zip. 

The zip contains the sharepoint demo solution that I used during the demo which has a working .WSP file which you can deploy.

I presented on MOSS Search at the Philly Dot Net Code Camp 2008.3 yesterday and once again it went well.  This was the largest code camp to date and it seems like they just keep growing and growing in size. 

I gave this presentation for the first time a few months back at the Philly Office Geeks user group meeting and noticed that I went into too much detail in certain areas and skipped over other areas.  This time I focused a bit more on content sources and scopes since they are the heart of SharePoint search.  I think that it still needs a few more touches before I give this presentation again. 

There was also an "Ask the Panel of Experts" session that I think went pretty well.  Honestly, not a whole lot of questions were answered during the session but there was a whole lot of lively debate that now that I think about it, shows a few things.  First, SharePoint is a huge product and one can easily focus on one area and making a good living doing nothing but that.  Second, Bill Wolf made this point and I think its worth mentioning.  If you look at what SharePoint 2007 is built on top of today, its pretty safe to assume what the next version of SharePoint will be built on top of.  That being said, really learn SQL Server 2008, .NET 4.0, and most likely Silverlight.


As promised during the session, here are my slides and code samples that I used.

Last night we had our monthly meeting of the Philly Office Geeks User Group and I think it was another successful meeting.  Dave Mann, who runs the group, was on a much deserved vacation so I filled in for him and moderated the meeting as well as gave the presentation.  Also the company I work for Perficient, sponsored the meeting.  Many thanks to them for supplying the food and beverages!


I've noticed that SharePoint Search is one of those topics that is overly hyped/talked about, but not many people understand it.  I have been in the fortunate position to get down to some of the nitty gritty with SharePoint Search and wanted to pass along that knowledge to everyone and help them understand it as well.  My presentation went over the basic concepts of search (content sources, scopes, etc.) and also dived head first into using the SharePoint Search engine in your webparts/apps by using the web services and the API.


This was my first "draft" of this presentation so everyone got a trial run of it.  I noticed a few area's that I could have elaborated on more or explained a bit better, namely content sources and scopes.  I plan on refining this presentation and presenting it again at the next Philly.Net Code Camp 2008.3 which is coming up in October.


Thanks to everyone that attended and I hope you understand SharePoint search a bit better now and how you can leverage it in your applications/webparts.


Code and Slides :

...also up on Philly Office Geeks Site


Yesterday was yet again another great code camp.  Again, it was at DeVry  University (big thanks to them for letting us use the facility) which was the perfect place.  There were about 600 people that registered and I think roughly 550 or so actually showed up which is great! 

As for my presentation I think that things went really well.  Those who attended really seemed to get a lot of out it.  My demo application seemed to be of most interest because everyone wanted the source code, which really makes me believe that the attendees got a lot out of the presentation.  Thanks to those who attended, and I can't wait to see the reviews (which were web based this time, so hopefully we will get them a lot sooner).

Here is a link to the slides and the demo application as promised,

I'll be speaking tonight on the windows SharePoint API at the Philly Office Geeks April meeting.  I was supposed to speak back in February but due to weather the meeting got canceled.

I believe that I am to present at 7PM, before that though there is free PIZZA!!!! and also another presentation. 


All the slides and code samples can be found in my presentations section of my blog, download the presentation "The SharePoint front-end is for wimps, real men use the SharePoint API's".


Hopefully there is a good turnout.

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