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June 8, 2008

Some Happenings, New CodePlex Project and More

I’ve been swamped with a few big projects lately, but I wanted to alert everyone to a couple of happenings:

  • I’m down at TechEd 2008 IT Pro this week in Orlando until Thursday afternoon with a few other members of the B&R Team – Jason Medero, Michael Lotter, Bob Fox & Josh Carlisle.  If you’d like to get together with any of us and talk SharePoint, feel free to ping me on the blog or via email – chrisr (at) bandrsolutions (dot) com.
  • Monday night is the famous ‘SharePoint by day, SharePint by Night’ event… more information on it can be found here on Bob’s blog and here on AC’s.  I’ll be there with the guys mentioned above.
  • Jay will be running the SharePoint 2003 -> 2007 Migrations Birds of a Feather session on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30PM… it will run about an hour, and Jay will be more than happy to stay after and answer all of your questions (as long as you take him out for a drink).  Jay has done more migrations then I can count at this point, and all of different sizes.  He is a great resource to talk to (or bring it to your shop) if you need some assistance. I highly recommend this BOAF session if you are thinking of making the jump to 2007 from 2003, or you are in the middle of it.
  • My BOAF session – ‘Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows Server 2008: What a Match’ is on Thursday, June 12 at 10:30AM.  Some more information on this session:  “With the launch of Windows Server 2008, there have been many discussions in the SharePoint community around whether or not SharePoint farms should be upgraded to the latest and greatest server operating system, or if administrators should take the “wait and see” approach. Based on experience so far, the answer is pretty clear—by upgrading, your life as an administrator is going to be made easier, and you will see performance gains with SharePoint. This Birds-of-a-Feather session focuses on both the technical and business drivers for upgrading sooner instead of later, and how you can go back to your manager and make a convincing argument… one that will not only save you time, but will end up helping your organization as well.”  I hope to see you there!

And then on another note, I’ve been working with Josh Carlisle on the AMD Developer Cental site, http://developer.amd.com, and Josh just released a really cool feature – ‘SharePoint Smart 404’ on CodePlex, which got its roots from the work we’ve done for AMD.  Essentially, instead of giving your users the same old boring 404 page when they type the wrong URL, the ‘smart 404 page’ will provide them with search results based on the url they were trying to hit.  To see an example of this in action, try hitting the site http://developer.amd.com/processors – this Processors site doesn’t exist – but note that you now have relevant search results around the word ‘processors’ (note the ‘Best Bets’ area).  I look forward to contributing to this project.

Until the next post,

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