Month: May 2009

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Dancing the Netbook Boogie

I have spent a great deal of time (and even greater amounts of money) getting my fancy new Macbook Pro kitted out to be a virtual machine hosting speed demon. With a 2.6Ghz dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a blazingly-fast Samsung 256GB SSD inside, this thing is truly a bit-crunching monster. I was extremely […]

Why Twitter Has Already Jumped the Shark

As most folks know I’m not a big fan of the whole Social Networking craze but I’m trying really hard to embrace the new, new thing (which, by tomorrow, will probably be the old, old thing). I once thought that Facebook was the biggest waste of time on the planet but I’m now convinced that […]

DAS vs. SAN in Enterprise SharePoint Architecture

For those who attended my webcast earlier this week, a question came up regarding the performance of Directly Attached Storage (DAS) versus Storage Area Network (SAN) that I felt was not answered adequately. Specifically, the attendee was curious as to why I would recommend DAS over SAN in a highly-scalable environment. The answer isn’t as […]

“Secrets of SharePoint” Webcast 5-20-2009

On May 20th, 2009 at 12:00PM CST I’ll be presenting a webcast entitled "Configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Optimal Performance" as part of the Secrets of SharePoint series. This is a 200 (Intermediate) level webcast for Administrators and Architects. I’ll be providing general tips and techniques for optimizing performance in your SharePoint farm […]

SPTDD Shootout Featured on MVP Blog

When Andrew Woodward and I got together to discuss SharePoint and Test Driven Development for the SharePoint Pod Show at the UK Best Practices Conference we knew it was going to be fun. We also had a blast taking shots at each other during our sessions and on the developer panel (just in case you’re […]

TechEd North America 2009 Wrap Up

Well, it’s finally over – TechEd North America 2009 is is done and dusted. It seemed like a really long week; waiting until Friday afternoon to speak sure didn’t help. Quite a few folks turned up for a late-on-the-last-day session and asked a lot of good questions. We slung some code, handed out a few […]

TechEd 2009 SharePoint Developer Panel

A number of SharePoint MVP’s – Andrew Connell, Rob Bogue, Todd Bleeker, Matt McDermott, Todd Baginski, Maurice Prather, Scot Hillier and myself – got together at TechEd North America 2009 to talk about SharePoint Development for TechEd Online. See what happens when we all get in a room together and talk SharePoint for an hour […]

TechEd North America 2009 Speaking Schedule

Hard to believe but TechEd North America 2009 is almost upon us. I’ll be presenting my high-performance programming session, which they renamed "Following Best Practices and Avoiding Common Errors with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Development" for this event (don’t ask me where they came up with that title), on Friday, May 15th at 1:00 […]

Error Importing Sites with Calculated Columns

I thought I was doing something simple – I created a site collection on a development server, built out everything the way I wanted it, then tried to export and import it into my production environment. The export went smooth with no errors but when I tried the import I got the following: "FatalError: The […]