The Mid Week Microsoft Fix

It is a Wednesday, though late morning I felt it was important to get out the latest collection of links for your reading and listening pleasure. It is always nice to have something new to review during that sluggish Wednesday afternoon. The Microsoft Broadcaster was lacking this week in anything exciting so here are a few links to some articles and blogs which I have found insightful.

Application Lifesycle Management in Microsoft SharePoint 2010

This is a link to a super intense, but very helpful article posted to the Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team Blog explaining the different approaches and steps to developing for SharePoint 2010. In this article, they explain the different setup options for development, QA/Testing, and deployment. They even explain how SharePoint Designer fits into the application lifecycle and code tracking. The second half of the article gives a detailed explanation of how feature version and solution version can allow for different upgrade and deployment management in a farm. This is a must read for any shop looking to get involved with performing SharePoint customizations. If you read only one thing this week this should be it!

SharePoint in Pictures

I like diagrams and pictures a lot, hence why my How-Tos contain a lot of them. I find it is the fastest way to understand a new complex concept or understand what needs to happen during a step. For this reason I have found the newest Microsoft SharePoint blog, SharePoint in Pictures, fascinating. Every couple of weeks the post a series of diagrams explaining some aspect of SharePoint 2010. These diagrams have been very helpful to me in explaining different SharePoint concept to users.

Tech Ed Europe 2010 SharePoint Videos

I wasn’t at Tech Ed Europe this year, but no fear, a number of the talks have been video d and posted for viewing. This is a link to all of the videos that were associated with Office and SharePoint.


Mid Week Microsoft Fix

Wednesday is here already, which only means one thing can be true. You are reading through the Mid-Week Microsoft fix.

With that mini intro, I’ll let you get to the goods.

Communities in SharePoint Server 2010: How Do I: Using Social Capabilities in SharePoint 2010 (Part 1)

This module concentrates on communities in SharePoint 2010. There are numerous great improvements and enhancements available to utilize in deployments. Understand the new social feedback, social network, user participation, and people and expertise…

Collection 10276: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

The courses in this collection teach existing ASP.NET developers how to develop solutions on the SharePoint 2010 development platform.

Deep Dive – Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint 2010

Virtualizing business-critical applications can deliver significant customer benefits, including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, and an agile and efficient management solution. In this webcast, we discuss virtualizing Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

Your Mid-Week Microsoft Fix

It’s hump day, and what better way to make it through the mid week point then to engage in a little mid-week education.

Before we get to this weeks links, let me point out that the Microsoft Professional Developer conference will be starting on Thursday, October 28 on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. If your October schedule is as busy as mine, getting to Redmond wasn’t an option, we are in luck. They will be live web casting all of the sessions. You can check it out at Microsoft PDC.

And now back to your mid-week fix.

Course 10522: Developing Rich User Interfaces for Microsoft SharePoint 2010

This course teaches developers how to develop solutions that use the new user interface platforms for SharePoint 2010.

The course covers the following topics.
– Building Ribbon Controls and Custom Actions
– Developing on the Dialog Platform
– Developing Silverlight Applications by Using the Client Object Model
– Deploying and Debugging Silverlight Applications for SharePoint 2010

This course prepares you for the exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development.

Course 10521: Developing Solutions Using the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model

This course teaches developers how to develop solutions that use the new client object model provided by SharePoint 2010.

The course covers the following topics.
– Overview of the SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model
– Types of Solutions that Can Use the SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model
– Remote Client Types
– Working with the Client Object Model for .NET Applications

This course prepares you for the exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development.

Upgrading to SharePoint 2010: How Do I: Preparing to Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 (Part 2)

This module concentrates on upgrade considerations. What are the practices and actions to perform when you upgrade your previous SharePoint versions to SharePoint 2010. Understand different methods and practices to follow before the actual upgrade is…

Your Mid-Week Microsoft Fix

Sorry to all those who look forward to some lunch time reading each week. Last week, was just one of those weeks were anything you wanted to do just kept getting shuffled further down the queue. In the process of compiling this weeks links, I decided for a name change to “Your Mid-Week Microsoft Fix”. I hope you like the name change, I’m not sold on it yet, so if you have any suggestions leave them in the comments..

So without any further ado…here is this week’s Mid-Week Microsoft Fix.

Security in SharePoint 2010: How Do I: Use the New SharePoint 2010 Security Model (Part 1)

This module concentrates on the security aspects in SharePoint 2010. We’ll concentrate on securing the deployment and also to new claims based authentication option. Learn about the new claims-based identity model available in SharePoint 2010. Presented

How Do I: Create a Business Data Connectivity Model for SharePoint 2010 Using Visual Studio 2010?

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 provides a project type that enables developers to build Business Data Connectivity (BDC) Models that produce Microsoft .NET connectivity assemblies for Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

TechNet Radio: Security with SharePoint 2010

In this session we spend time with Microsoft Certified Master and SharePoint Ranger Bryan Porter to discuss security with SharePoint 2010, its various implementations, and supporting technologies that help to ensure your data remains secure and protected

Your Mid-Week Microsoft Dump

This weeks dump is mostly some new courses now available from Microsoft and a pretty good looking podcast about PowerShell and .NET development.

Course 50468A: SharePoint 2010 End User – Level I

This 3-day Instructor Led course Explores all the basic end user features of SharePoint 2010 including all basic lists and sites.

Course 50468A: SharePoint 2010 End User – Level I

This 3-day Instructor Led course Explores all the basic end user features of SharePoint 2010 including all basic lists and sites.

Course 50470A: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for the Site Owner/Power User

This two-day instructor-led course is designed for the site owner/”power user” of a SharePoint site who needs to know how to create sites and lists, manage user access and customize lists and pages. This class uses the SharePoint Server 2010 version of SharePoint. While it is of equal value for users of SharePoint Foundation, it does include a few features not found in Foundation.

geekSpeak: PowerShell for .NET Developers with Doug Finke

In this episode of geekSpeak, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Doug Finke takes us on a deep dive into PowerShell from a developer’s point of view. Doug shows techniques for integrating/debugging PowerShell from and to C# code as well as using

Your Mid-Week Microsoft Dump

As promised, here is a collection of cool links to Microsoft content thanks to the Microsoft Broadcaster.

Good reading and listening!

Course 50429A: SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence

This 5-day instructor-led course teaches you how to use SharePoint as your platform for Business Intelligence. Journey through the SharePoint Business Intelligence Center, Excel Services, Reporting Services, Analysis Service, Performance Point and PowerPivot to implement your BI Strategies and enable your decision makers to see data in new and dynamic ways! This course will take you down a path of building a BI environment from scratch to full interactive dashboards using the Microsoft BI Stack….

Breakthroughs in Social Networking, Search and Collaboration with SharePoint 2010, Exchange 2010, Office 2010 and Visio 2010

In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of business, enterprise collaboration is no longer just an afterthought it is a fundamental business capability that forms a foundational part of any company’s IT strategy. Collaborative processes play a part in almost…

Clinic 10277: What\’s New in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Developers

This two-hour clinic describes various new features and enhancements that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 provides developers. It describes how you can create and deploy SharePoint 2010 solutions using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. It also describes how you can develop remote clients for SharePoint 2010 and develop SharePoint 2010 solutions that incorporate data from external line-of-business applications.

How Do I: Correctly Terminate Multithreaded .NET Compact Framework Applications?

Create a managed multithreaded application for Windows Mobile Devices using the Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, and create and use multiple threads inside that application. Join Maarten Struys as he demonstrates this and, more importantly, shows you…

geekSpeak: Business Intelligence for the .NET Framework Developer with Andrew Brust

In this episode of geekSpeak, Microsoft regional director Andrew Brust answers the question: “Why should developers care about business intelligence?” Andrew gives an overview of Microsoft business intelligence (BI) and discusses why BI is advantageous…

Microsoft Broadcaster

Microsoft Broadcaster

The other day I was poking around the Microsoft’s site for certified professionals and came across a new public service they are testing out. It is a cross between an RSS feed and a magazine subscription.
You select the general technologies as well as specific Microsoft products you wish to get information about, it then generates a list of new and old media regarding these filter values. The list of media options you can get is quite long and includes articles and case studies all the way to virtual labs and web casts. It is a really nice mash up to see some of the content that Microsoft puts out but you might not ever discover.

Right now signup is by invite only, you fill out a little application and they either accept or deny. You can apply at

My goal is once a week to post a collection of the most unusual as well as most beneficial feeds that come across my broadcaster filters to you. I give my couple cents worth if I have had the time to fully review the material, but many will be posted based on the intro provided.

So here we go:

Bytes by TechNet: John Campbell and Harold Wong on how SharePoint 2010 can help Excel users avoid spreadsheet chaos

Excel Services is a service application that enables you to load, calculate, and display Microsoft Excel workbooks on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. Join Harold Wong as he interviews John Campbell, program manager with the Excel Services team for Micr…

Learning Plan for Developing Solutions on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

This learning plan is intended to help IT professionals and developers learn how to develop solutions by using Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.
Scott’s Comments: I have reviewed this one, and plan on making use of it myself. It provides articles and training coursed in a given order to help you achieve knowledge to develop for SharePoint. I’ll post again with a review of how it did or did not work in ramping me up.

SQL Server 2008 R2: Upgrading SQL Server Business Intelligence Components

Unless you are dealing with a totally new Microsoft SQL Server installation, the upgrade process is clearly an important part of the installation story. In this webcast, we explain what you need to consider when upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R

Clinic 10279: What’s New in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for IT Professionals

This two-hour clinic describes the various benefits that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 offers IT Pros. It describes improvements to the user interface, including the ribbon and enhanced Central Administration console. It also describes features that help you monitor your SharePoint site, such as large list resource throttling, Unattached Content Database Recovery, and the SharePoint Health Analyzer.