Beginning SharePoint 2007: Building Team Solutions with MOSS 2007 is Now Available

Well the moment has finally arrived where our book is now available for order on Amazon and is no longer considered a pre-order.  For those of you just getting started with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and are looking for a way to learn about all the different features available out of the box, this should certainly help you out as it covers the use and customization of out of the box features related to lists, libraries, content types, workflow, publishing, Excel Services, InfoPath Form Services, web parts etc… 

If you do pick it up, I would love to hear what you think.  You can email me directly using the link on the side of this site.  Also if you are going to be at Tech Ed next week, definitely track me down as I would love to meet you.  There is a book signing at 3PM on Wednesday.

TechED 2007

TechED 2007 is just around the corner, I know you will all be taking in the great SharePoint Breakouts, Chalk Talks and BOF’s, but save a little room for the IE Booth.  There are some very interesting topics in the web standards space, and even more interesting speakers, including none other than Holly Holzschlag.

Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Amanda while you are there – she will probably be running around with a funny feathered hat again. :)
 Take a look at some of the sessions!

Breakout sessions:

CLI223 – Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 for the Enterprise (200)
Wednesday, June 6 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM, S310 A, Speaker(s): Mike Chan

This is an overview session on why you should deploy Internet Explorer 7 in the enterprise. We provide high-level coverage of features, IE7 as a developer platform, and finish up with a discussion about management and deployment techniques. Troubleshooting and application compatibility are also covered.

CLI229 – Building Trust with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Extended Validation SSL: Boosting User Confidence in Online Transactions (200)
Thursday, June 7 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM, N210 B, Speaker(s): Markellos Diorinos, Troy Kitch (VeriSign)

Improving the trust models for commerce sites is critical to help prevent consumer erosion of trust in online transactions from malicious Web sites and phishing attacks. This session discusses how Internet Explorer 7’s support of Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates, designed to promote strong identification for Web sites, allows users to easily identify the real identity of the Web site they are transacting with and thereby helps boost their confidence in online transactions. Web site owners will find out how they can implement EV SSL for their site and best practices in implementing SSL-protected Web sites.

SEC305 – Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Security In-Depth (300)
Wednesday, June 6 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM, S310 E, Speaker(s): Markellos Diorinos

This session is an in-depth discussion of IE7 security features (Protected Mode, ActiveX Opt-In, etc.) and real-life experiences from Web developers in the past eight months with IE7. Best practices are discussed, as well as dos and dont’s for creating Web sites. Finally, initial plans for security features in the next version of IE are discussed.

WEB321 – Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and the Route to Standards: Where Did We Start, and Where Are We Now? (300)
Monday, June 4 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM, N210 B, Speaker(s): Douglas Stamper

Internet Explorer 7 has fixed many of the rendering and other issues that caused headaches for Web developers and Web designers. We take a look at what caused Microsoft to bring IE back, where we started from, how far we got, and how our user base of over half a billion people affects the way we went about our work on IE7. Learn about where the platform started, why we didn’t take every fix you wanted, and what features we did add. Also, find out what we’ve learned since shipping IE7, and how that might affect future versions of Internet Explorer.

WEB322 – JavaScript Performance in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7: Making Your Web Applications Scream (300
Wednesday, June 6 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM, S320 E, Speaker(s): Cyra Richardson

What are the top five things that cause your code to run slowly in the browser? With the right optimizations, JavaScript can run quickly and efficiently in the browser environment. In this session, learn from the experts how you can make your AJAX/JavaScript applications scream. We look at the top five coding issues that cause JavaScript to run slow, how you can avoid memory leaks, ensure your don’t leave variables hanging around, and how you can avoid client side scripting errors.

WEB323 – The RSS Platform in Microsoft Internet Explorer: Pushing Out Rich Data to Your Users (300)
Monday, June 4 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM, N220 F, Speaker(s): Eric Lawrence

Internet Explorer 7 provides a rich RSS platform that you can use to push rich data out to your users. Many sites offer RSS feeds with simple text to their users, but most end users don’t know what that glowing orange button does, and fewer realize how they can use it pull down their favorite Podcasts, VidCasts, and other rich media. Learn how to add RSS to your Web site, create simple list extensions that enrich the data you push out, how to push include rich media in your feed, drive traffic to your site, get your user hooked to your content, and how you can create client side applications that use the built in platform.

Chalk Talks:

CLI01-TLC – Deploying Internet Explorer 7 in a Business Environment (200)
Thursday, June 7 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Yellow Theater 3, Speaker(s): Mike Chan

Come and discuss the value of IE7 to your business and talk about methods of distribution, customization, and how the IEAK can be used to meet your needs. Management topics and business feature requests for the next version of IE will be taken.

SEC03-TLC – Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Security Hands-on: Extended Validation SSL and Phishing Filter (300)
Wednesday, June 6 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM, Yellow Theater 2, Speaker(s): Markellos Diorinos, Eric Lawrence

You’ve heard about IE7’s EV SSL support and the Phishing Filter before. If you still have questions about how exactly they work (and want to look at the root certificate store, validation chains, network captures), join us for this in-depth session.

WEB02-TLC – Microsoft Internet Explorer: Interactive (200)
Thursday, June 7 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM, Blue Theater 14, Speaker(s): Cyra Richardson

Come join members of the IE team and give them a piece of your mind. What do you want to see the IE team fix, what are your most common headaches, what can we do to make your lives as Web developers easier. This is your opportunity to talk with the IE team and help shape the future of the next version of IE.

WEB03-TLC – Web Blunders: The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes On The Web (300)
Thursday, June 7 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM, Blue Theater 14, Speaker(s): Pete LePage

Using the Web is a great way to share ideas, designs, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other code. But it’s also a great way to share bad code! We show you the top 5 biggest Web blunders that cause problems for developers and end-users on the Web. Learn about the problem and how to fix it, and more importantly, how to avoid it!

WEB07-TLC – Web Standards Critique (200)
Monday, June 4 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM, Blue Theater 14, Speaker(s): Molly Holzschlag

Join Molly Holzschlag and her panel of Web experts to look at your sites and offer praise and suggestions on your HTML/CSS Web site. We’ll be as brutal or as gentle as you want, but come prepared to see some of the greatest (and worst) Web sites – yours!

WEB08-TLC – Web Development Tools for Microsoft Internet Explorer (300)
Thursday, June 7 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM, Blue Theater 14, Speaker(s): John Hrvatin

If you’re doing Web development, there are a number of tools available that work with Internet Explorer that can help to make your life easier. We look at some of the Microsoft tools like script debugging in VWD, the IE Developer Toolbar, Fiddler, and then some of the non-Microsoft tools like IE Watch, IE7Pro and some of the other great tools that are available. You’ll walk out of the session knowing new ways to make your development debugging easier.

WEB10-TLC – The Benefits of CSS and Web Standards Based Development (300)
Monday, June 4 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM, Blue Theater 14, Speaker(s): Molly Holzschlag

By now, most Web developers and designers are aware that Web standards are a critical industry concern. However, many people aren’t clear of the true benefits of working with a standards-based methodology. In this session, Molly E. Holzschlag, a Web standards and interoperability consultant for Microsoft, takes a look at the true benefits of Web standards. Learn how semantic markup, CSS, and intelligent script management can improve the appearance, performance, speed, accessibility, and search optimization of any site, save you money, and help you manage sites for the short and long-term.

Visit the IE website for more:

Breaking the Silence

To all those whom have emailed or posted comments wondering where I’ve been, not to worry – I’m still right here plugging away.  A small break from writing was in order after several (3) consecutive book projects (all SharePoint related).   I’m just about ready to jump back in the saddle, and I’ve been monitoring the comments posted in response to the “What would you like to see” post.  Stay tuned – I’ll be cranking out some new design related articles in no time!

Tech Ed 2007 | I Will Be There

I am always a little slow to jump on the Tech Ed blogging wagon but I will be there once again this year.  Look for me hanging out at the INETA booth, Birds of a Feather sessions as well a variety of technical sessions.  Chances are if the word SharePoint is being said, I will probably be around somewhere.

I have also been invited to be a panelist for the Women in Technology Luncheon which is a HUGE honor for me and something I am very much looking forward to.  This luncheon (open to any attendee) is one of the highlights of the week and has become very popular over the past few years.  To be asked to participate as a panelist is very exciting for me.

We are also in the talks about possibly doing a book signing at the conference as it looks as though our book will be available during that week.  I will update more information on this as it becomes available. 

In any event, should be another exciting and action filled week in Orlando.  Drop me a line if you are going to be there.


Update: For those that have been asking, the Women in Technology Luncheon is on Wednesday, June 6th from 11:30 A.M to 2:00 P.M at the Peabody Conference Room.  Also the book signing has been confirmed to be 3:00PM on Wednesday at the Bookstore.

INETA Community Leadership Summit

Join INETA User Group Leaders from Florida and around the world at this special event. The goals of the event or to bring together those involved with the leadership activities involved in running a .Net Developer user group. Through interactive sessions we will share ideas and address common issues being experienced. 

I have had the pleasure of attending this event for the past two years at Tech Ed and strongly recommend that you attend if you are a user group leader or are interested in building a technology community in your area.

Taking Place: 

Saturday June 2, 2007
Orlando City Hall
400 S Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

For more information, visit the registration site located here


INETA President Elect

For those of you that don’t know…

About a month ago, the INETA Board of Directors for North America held an election and I was elected to be their next President.  It is a pretty awesome thing for me on a number of levels.  First I am completely honoured that the current board chose to nominate and elect me.  It has been a great experience serving with them for the past year and a half.  I have learned a lot and truly appreciated the opportunity I had to work with each of them.  Secondly those who know me well understand how much I love working with the community and I truly cannot wait to spend the next two years working with the rest of the board to deliver some really awesome new services and programs to our members.  The past couple of years have really been about INETA maturing as a large organization and redefining our processes so we can properly serve the fantastic community we represent.  Moving forward I am looking forward to a much greater level of direct interaction and involvement with our members as we roll out new programs and activites.

It seems like only yesterday, I was just getting my feet wet trying to start up a small user group here in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.  Julie Lerman reached out to show me the way and pretty much launched me on my path.  So I guess on some level, you all have her to blame.  :)

The complete list of new board members was released in the April 2007 newsletter.  To highlight, we will have two women serving as President (myself) and Vice President (Morgan Baker).  Morgan was the one the recruited me into volunteering with the Community Activities division a few years back.  We also have two Canadians (Rob Zelt – VP of Community Activities) on the board this time around.  I really needed some support in that area as being the token Canadian was more than I could handle on my own.  :)

Anyhow I know this update has been slow but its only because I have been busy behind the scenes ramping up for some of our existing and new projects.  This includes some great things we will be doing at Tech Ed this year including the Birds of a Feather sessions, Community Leadership Summit and some other surprises.  Stay tuned for more!