USP Journal issue 3 is finally done!

So, I just spent the better part of 24 hours straight preparing for the launch of Understanding SharePoint Journal issue 3. Why so long? I’ll let you know in a moment.

USPJ issue 3 teaches custom field type development in SharePoint, and does so by explaining a new solution I put up on CodePlex today, called SPTags. In addition I’ll introduce you to web part development and show you how to set up a custom page in a SharePoint site.

The SPTags solution is a content tagging solution for SharePoint. Basically, you tag content using a set of keywords defined in a SharePoint list. You then display the tags used in a tag cloud, and the most frequently used tags are displayed larger than less frequently user tags.

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In case you haven’t heard, Understanding SharePoint Journal now features video as well. Yeah, that’s right, if you don’t like reading too much you can now watch instead, and I’ll explain everything to you. That’s why it took 24 hours, I had to record 14 videos to demonstrate and do walkthroughs of the solution creation. And I really just decided to do the video stuff on last Thursday, so everything had to be done this weekend.

You can purchase the issue for $14.95, and all 14 videos come as a bonus, no extra charge. How’s that for a deal?


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SharePoint and Women: 10 Tips on How to Succeed

This is a post about SharePoint. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.

With that said, I’d like to give you a few general pointers, completely unrelated to women in any form. Forget I mentioned that.

  1. It’s all about getting your “content” into the “site”
  2. You want two front ends and a huge back end
  3. If your “site” goes down on you, that is a good thing
  4. Don’t put your “content” in more than one “site”
  5. Never, ever, turn to your backup unless your “site” is completely dead
  6. Don’t skimp on the money for upgrades or the performance of your “site” may suffer
  7. Having a working “site collection” is very difficult, but the rewards can be great
  8. A well designed “site” is a good thing, but it is what is inside that really matters
  9. Don’t let multiple people contribute “content” to a single site
  10. Keep your “site” happy by continually provide more “content”. The occasional design upgrade can also help

I’m married, and extremely happily so. Luckily, my wife never reads my blog…


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WSS4: Official Name and Release Date for Big Brother Announced

CMS Wire broke the news, and twitter spread the word: The official name for SharePoint vNext, is Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Yeah, that means a late release, at least later than what some people hoped.

The official release date is to have a technical preview in Q3, 2009, and final release sometime in Q1-2 2010, more or less in tune with what I mentioned in an earlier post on the delay of vNext in February.

The long-awaited SP2, however, is set to ship a lot sooner, and should hit the shelves in late April, according to Joel Oleson. It is from the early previews of that service pack that several people, my self included, reported on the theory that CAML might be removed as the rendering language in WSS4. At least, CAML will be removed for custom list views and maybe also custom field types.

Good news or bad? Well, it depends on whether you enjoy CAML or not. If you do, you might want to pick up my book, which has a chapter dedicated to CAML.


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