I’m Back!

First, a note to all previously NDA-clad MVPs, TAP customers, and others who had SP2010 access, but couldn’t utter a word: You have my deepest and sincerest respect for your incredible self discipline. Staying mute for a week has given me a glimpse into what you have endured for several months. Congratulations.

Now, however, the leaf is coming off my mouth, at least, and while this post won’t be specifically on SharePoint 2010, I’m certainly going to post a lot of content on SP2010 from here on. Right now I just need to get a few things off my chest.

First of all, to the inevitable Microsoft employee reading this to figure out if I’m pissing someone off again: My email address is furuknap<[at]>gmail.com. Ask me, if you have something on your mind, don’t email someone else asking if I can change the content of my blog. Geez…

Second, Issue 7 of Understanding SharePoint Journal is just finished and will ship within a few days. The topic is Low-code Visual Studio workflows for SharePoint. More on that in a separate post.

Third, the SharePoint 2010 Beta series of USP Journal will be taken off the market today, Monday October 26 (in just a matter of hours, actually). If you are still lagging, get over there now. If the site is closed, you’re too late.

Fourth, start buying RAM if you’re planning on running SharePoint Foundation 2010. Drop by Amazon.com and start adding these to your shopping cart. I’ll tell you in a later post when to stop.

Speaking of which, I’ve registered the domain name www.SharePointFoundation2010.com, and I’ll make a formal announcement on the USP Journal mailing list within the next couple of days describing what will be there. (to that inevitable Microsoft employee again: Relax, it wont be midget porn). If you want the news first, sign up for the mailing list.


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Yes, I Will Keep Quiet

You may wonder why I’m not flooding the blogosphere with content about SharePoint 2010. I won’t. In fact, I’m going to keep my blog very quiet this week.

You see, for the past months, due to a slip from Microsoft, I’ve had legal and non-NDA access to SharePoint 2010. That’s why I’ve already posted a lot of content on what’s coming in the next version. I’ve tagged all the articles so you can find them in the SharePoint 2010 category somewhere in the menu. You’ll find the first public showing of the SharePoint 2010 Features, the first look at SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows, information on how to get and installing SharePoint 2010 Beta,  the first build of a bone-fide SharePoint 2010 custom application (OK, I’ll admit, the application was rather pointless, but still…) as well as many other SharePoint 2010 articles.

In addition, I’ve kept the subscribers to the SharePoint 2010 Beta series of USP Journal up to speed with what’s been known publicly and partially ‘behind the scenes’.

Now, however, I will keep my mouth shut.

I see this as a giant sports event, where everyone will be shouting the same chants to root their teams on. I wont, even if I really, really want to. However, the noise from the crowd will overpower any individual comments on how the teams are really playing. To make this analogy even worse, consider the roar when a verbal diarrhea from hundreds of previously NDA-clad MVPs and others is suddenly unleashed. Trying to talk in such a setting wont help anyone except those who happen to listen to your lips.

However, I will make a couple of announcements before the game begins:

1. Understanding SharePoint Journal will, from Volume 2, focus solely on SharePoint 2010. For a few months, this means that there will be two volumes running at the same time, one covering SharePoint version 3 and one covering SharePoint version 4.

2. There will be a special issue of the SharePoint 2010 Beta series that sums up the first week of public beta information and from the SharePoint Conference. I’m hoping to get this issue done and released early next week.

3. Starting next Monday (that’s October 26 for those who find this post later) I will begin writing on the 2nd edition of the Building the SharePoint User Experience book. As such, I will be later than usual with replies to email or blog comments. And yes, I realize I’m already way behind, but I’m trying to answer as much as I can.

However, while I will shut my face up (I did it myself since you didn’t manage, Bil) in this blog, I will continue to keep you apprised of anything I learn via Twitter, so feel free to hook up there (@furuknap).

Regardless, good luck with the launch, and have a great week :-)


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SharePoint Sucks – And Here’s Why I Still Love SharePoint (AKA Part 4)

Have You Lost Your Mind?

OK, so by now, most readers, especially those who know me or are regular readers of this blog, probably wonders if I’ve gone complete over the edge. Why would I bash the product I spend so much time using? Are all my previous posts about how cool SharePoint can be just rubbish? Did I wake up an see the Linux light at the end of the very long Microsoft tunnel?

To answer those questions, I would like to quote an ancient Chinese saying, rumored to be one of the first responses ever to a proposal. Hell no!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve said quite a lot of things about SharePoint that may lead you to think I hate SharePoint. I don’t. Quite the contrary, I love SharePoint. Yeah, it sucks, but so does my wife, and I’ve married her twice. Thankfully, she doesn’t read ancient Chinese.

So what’s going on here? Why the attitude? Well, it’s really very simple. SharePoint does suck. It does suck on the topics I’ve mentioned. Yes, if you don’t set up security properly, and that’s far from easy, SharePoint isn’t secure. I did ‘hack’ Microsoft’s own SharePoint security by clicking on a link posted in public and entering my LiveID. Yes, the workflow engine has the limitations I mentioned. Yes, blogging in SharePoint isn’t really a viable option if blogging is an important thing for you, and it sure as hell sucks if it’s the only thing you want out of your software package.

I’ve focused on the bad stuff in the previous three posts, and these are really bad things. And I also meant that there are a lot of other areas too, such as documentation, validation, compliance, artificial limitations, in addition to the areas I explicitly mentioned.

However, SharePoint excels in far more areas than the areas in which it completely sucks. How much is ‘far more’? To put this in a cosmic scope, let’s say that the suckage of SharePoint equals the size of the… I don’t know… Something huge… The Sun! As in the celestial body, not the newspaper. That’s pretty huge, right?

OK, let me quickly take 2 minutes and 39 seconds of your life, and show you one of the coolest videos I know.

SharePoint coolness is the size of the Pistol star. Yes, I know, it’s nothing compared to the biggest stars, but then again, the SharePoint team needs something for which to strive.

So, in the interest of cosmic balance, since we’re on that topic, I’m going to post a series on some of the true beauty of SharePoint. I’ll focus on the topics that I find to be most important to me, just like I focused the suckage series on the topics that most annoyed me. I’ll show you why I think that SharePoint as a platform is not only the best platform available, because that really isn’t saying much, but also why it is a good platform for future development, on which you can and should build your organizational information infrastructure.

To answer the question, once and for all, of whether I hate SharePoint, let me put it this way: SharePoint, will you marry me?

(answered with a roar of ancient Chinese, I’d guess)


NOTE: This article is part of a series. Make sure you read the entire series to get the full picture, especially the thrilling conclusion in Part 4.

People who just get half the picture are, well, half-witted.

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