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Archive for November, 2008

SPDisposeCheck tool for SharePoint Developers released

Posted by Brian Gough on November 13, 2008

A new console tool that will help to evaluate code against the recommended guidlines. You can get a lot more details here –



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Visual Studio 2010 tools for SharePoint announced!

Posted by Brian Gough on November 12, 2008

At TechEd EMEA, the new SharePoint tools for Visual Studio 2010 were announced!

Jason Zander (General Manager for Visual Studio) did a presentation on the tools. Here are a couple of the thinfs he covered…

  1. Server Explorer for SharePoint viewing Lists and other artifacts in SharePoint directly inside of Visual Studio
  2. Windows SharePoint Services Project (WSP file) Import to create a new solution
  3. Added a new web part project item and showed the Visual web part designer which loads a user control as a web part for SharePoint

To get more details see the post by Paul Andrew here –

Here is a link to the Visual Studio 2010 home page –

Looking real good folks!! Enjoy!!

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Training From Microsoft

Posted by Brian Gough on November 7, 2008

Microsoft’s Ramp Up program has just launched its latest learning track SharePoint for Developers, Part I

Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based program that can help users save time in learning Microsoft technology. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored to the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (whitepaper, v-lab, codecast and slidecast). This SharePoint track, along with the other currently offered tracks (eg, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. Currently, there are no assessments in the program, so it’s quicker than ever to graduate and receive the reward (25% off on certification and 50% off on e-Learning – only for graduates of Ramp Up).

· Ramp Up site
· Ramp Up forum

I hope to walk through some of the content to let you know more about it. I will blog on it when I can. But don’t wait for me, if you have been looking for training, you really should check it out!


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PDC2008 videos

Posted by Brian Gough on November 6, 2008

Unfortunately I was not bale to make it to PDC2008.
Fortunately, thanks to some innovative folks, we can get access to videos of the presentations and content.

Here is a link to a blog post that has all the content links broken out for you!
Very convenient!


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New Patterns and Practices for SharePoint

Posted by Brian Gough on November 6, 2008

If you are one that likes to have some nice documentation based on patterns and practices from Microsoft, you now have what you have been waiting for!

Microsoft Patterns and Practices has released its latest guidance for SharePoint. Here is a brief description from the guidance site….

This guidance helps architects and developers build SharePoint intranet applications. The guidance contains a reference implementation (RI) that demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and lifecycle management challenges.
This guidance discusses the following:
– Architectural decisions about patterns, feature factoring, and packaging.
– Design tradeoffs for common decisions many developers encounter.
– Implementation examples demonstrated in the RI and in the QuickStarts.
– How to design for testability, create unit tests, and run continuous integration.
– Set up of development, build, test, staging, and production environments.
– Managing the application life cycle including upgrade.
– Team-based intranet application development.

Here is the link to the guidance page with some more information…

This is the link directly to the download if you just want to jump right in….SharePoint Guidance – November 2008


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