Q and A on USPJ Academy

As you may or may not know, I’m starting the world’s first SharePoint academy. From the responses I’ve received so far, it’s going to be a blast. In fact, I’m starting to see this as one eternal conference as we’re attracting some of the best SharePoint speakers in the world to both create content and facilitate training.

In any case, I’ve received a lot of questions, both by email, in person, on Twitter, and as comments to the announcements. So I put together a short recording to answer some of those questions.

Check out the recording and let me know if you have further questions, either by sending an email to furuknap<[at]>gmail.com, on Twitter, or leave a comment on the Q and A page.


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First SharePoint 2010 Book Is Here! USP Journal Volume 2, Issue 1

I’ve just launched the first issue of volume 2 of USP Journal, titled Introducing SharePoint 2010. This issue, spanning a massive 180 pages, is the first independent book on SharePoint available on the market. It is also, by far, the longest USPJ issue ever.

Throughout this issue, I’ll introduce you to SharePoint 2010 whether you are a developer, an administrator, or an end-user (Sorry Mark, I had to put something in for end users since you’re not…)

Here is an overview of the content:

SharePoint 2010 New Features Overview
Get an overview of the new features of SharePoint 2010. In addition, I’ll walk you through installing SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 in a 40 minute video, including installing Active Directory, SQL Server 2008, and the pre-requisites for SharePoint 2010.

Getting Started with SharePoint 2010
This issue will get you started with SharePoint 2010 in record time and walk you through several exercises to show you many of the new features in action. I’ll also show you, in four accompanying videos, how to set up a metadata model in SharePoint.

SharePoint Designer 2010
SharePoint Designer 2010 offers massive improvements over the previous version. I’ll walk you through this new version, including setting up your first SharePoint Designer workflow using the new workflow editor.

Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint
Visual Studio 2010 completely changes the playing field for SharePoint development. Find out what features will benefit you and if this tool is really for you.

The New SharePoint 2010 Developer
It’s time to learn what the new SharePoint 2010 development model means for you as a developer. I’ll walk you through what you need to learn in order to harness the new features of SharePoint, including the client object model, LINQ to SharePoint, REST and WCF services, using the new UI features, and more!

SharePoint 2010 Administrator Update
The administrator’s job gets a whole lot easier in SharePoint 2010. I’ll walk you through the features that will make your life easier as an IT-pro, including upgrading sites from SharePoint 2007, PowerShell (I promise to make it easy), managing a SharePoint 2010 farm and performance and monitoring.

Oh, and I’ve also included six videos to walk you through important features of SharePoint 2010, including a 40 minute vide on installing everything you need for a SharePoint 2010 lab environment.

Here’s what Scott from Tampa, Florida said about the Introducing SharePoint 2010 series on which the new book is based:

“I do not usually read articles about Microsoft products from outside MSDN, since it is usually a rehash of the same information. However, I was pleasantly surprised on the quality of the material from the issue ‘Introducing Sharepoint 2010.’ There are great tips and practical advice on the installation of the SP 2010 Beta and a good overview of the new features of 2010. This is one site that will be added to my IE favorites.”

Here are Mohamed Mosallem’s thoughts, this time from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia:

“SharePoint 2010!! OMG I just started feeling comfortable with SharePoint 2007, I was feeling that I have to start all over again, well…. thanks to the help of the USP journal and the new series about SharePoint2010, after reading the first issue of the series I was relieved knowing that I have someone to ease the transition to SharePoint 2010.”

What’s keeping you? Get over to the Introducing SharePoint 2010 site and get your copy now!


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SPTechCon Report: Post-Event Thoughts and Thanks

I’ve made it safely and soundly back from SPTechCon in San Francisco and let me tell you right away: I had an absolutely great time.

The strength of the conference, as I’ve said many times before, is that it is large enough to attract some brilliant speakers but also small enough to maintain an atmosphere of intimacy. You get to spend time talking to people rather than running around and hoping to strike gold if you’re able, for a brief second, to make eye contact with Joel Oleson or Mark Miller.

I know that David, Ted, Kathy, and all the other people from BZ Media wants to have the biggest event possible, but frankly, big isn’t always beautiful. Keep the size that the conference is now and I think you’ll have happier and more loyal customers rather than a bunch of people who feel they’re losing out on something.

Oh, and of course, if you haven’t been to SPTechCon, you definitely should try it.

The bad thing this year was the location. Compared to last year, the hotel seemed like it had taken the blunt of the financial crisis. When you realize that all the restaurants are closed and your only option for getting lunch or dinner is a 15 minute walk from the hotel, well, it’s not really a good sign of the times. I hope that next year, the conference people finds a better location.

I would also like to say thanks to all the brilliant speakers who was there, and perhaps even an extra toast to Dux and Fabian who fought bravely to make an appearance despite the weather working against them. As Marc, I wont mention names (sorry Mark Miller, Joel Oleson, Mike Watson, Dux, Mike Fitz, Mark Rackley, Laura Rogers, and all the other people I met) because I’m bound to forget someone and they might take offence.

Well, honestly, it would only prove my bad memory; I don’t really care about offending anyone…

One person I want to mention specifically, though, is Danny Chin. Danny won the testimonial competition I ran this winter and got a free ticket to the conference, hotel stay, personal training and guidance, and, not least, got to personally meet some of the brightest minds of the SharePoint world and shake their hands. I know Danny appreciated meeting all of you and I’m certain that he came away from the conference knowing far more about SharePoint than he ever knew was possible.

The reason why I wanted to mention Danny in particular is because of his incredible stamina. He never got a break, we were either attending conferences, meeting people, or doing personal training at least 12 hours every day. I know how tiresome it can be to learn so much new stuff over many days, but Danny took it like a man, while maintaining his wonderful sense of humor and never complaining for a second about being tired or worn out.

Kudos to you, my friend!

I hope that you all have the chance to attend next year’s conference as I’ll definitely be back then. If you want to attend the conference in the meantime, there’s one in Boston this summer as well.


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