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.


In my daily rss readings I ran across this little nugget of information that hasn't burned me yet, but something good for anyone working with the SharePoint Search API to tuck away for later.


Long story short, make sure that the query text that you pass to the FullTextSqlQuery is less than 4096 characters otherwise your going to run into some errors.

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 : Philly_Office_Geeks_Moss_Search.zip

...also up on Philly Office Geeks Site

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