SharePoint Fest Denver 2011 Demo Materials

Sharepoint Fest Denver 2011Last week (May 19-20) I spoke at SharePoint Fest Denver 2011 and also got to attend quite a few other sessions, which were, of course, educational and enjoyable.

I have posted two solutions files (WSPs) for SharePoint 2010 to my Sympraxis Consulting Demos site which contain the two main demos I showed in my Developing in SharePoint’s Middle Tier session.

<UPDATE dateTime=”2011-05-24T12:54″>I’ve uploaded a SharePoint 2007 analog to the 2010 solutions I used in Denver as well. It’s an earlier version without a few of the bells, but most of the whistles are there.</UPDATE>

“Middle Tier”

Middle Tier



Thanks to all who attended my session, took the time to chat in the halls, or sat down for a deep discussion during the conference.

David Wilhelm and the team from Ameriteach did a great job as usual, and from what I could tell everyone found the entire conference to be useful and fun – a great combination!


SharePoint Fest Dallas 2011 Demo Materials

SharePointFestDallasOn March 16 I was privileged to be able to speak at SharePoint Fest Dallas . I truly enjoy going to these conferences and being able to talk to people who are at many different stages of their SharePoint Journeys. Whether someone is at the conference to find out what SharePoint even is or is looking for some new deep technical knowledge, there’s always a little something for everyone. The chance to meet people in the hallways for a chat is as valuable as the sessions themselves.

I wanted to post links to the demo material I used in my session on Developing in SharePoint’s Middle Tier. If you were in my session and have any feedback beyond what you provided on the forms in the room, I’d love to hear it directly, so feel free to comment on this post. Life is an endless learning experience, and I want my upcoming presentations (SharePoint Saturday Boston on April 9, SharePoint Fest Denver on May 19-20, and SPTechCon on June 1-3) to be better, based on what I learned in doing this one.

DVWP Bar Chart


Using SPServices to Enhance Forms

Data View Web Parts and Script to Build Custom Navigation

Finally, a shout out to a few specific people I got to meet in person for the first time, after interacting for a long time on the InterWebs: Christophe Humbert (@Path2SharePoint), Shawn Finer, and Thaigo Silva. It was great to get the change to chat with each of you! (It was a pleasure to meet everyone, but these three guys and I go back a while.)

My Upcoming Speaking Events

Oddly, I’ve had some people asking me where I’ll be speaking in the coming weeks and months, so I figured I’d do a post with the details.

imageFirst up is SharePoint conference .ORG coming up March 7-9 in Baltimore, MD. I’ll be doing a session entitled Enhancing the User Experience with jQuery. While the title may look familiar, I never do exactly the same stuff twice, and the session is pretty much all demo. You’ll see some of the great functionality available in SPServices, but also some new things I’ve been working on.

dallas logojpgNext up is SharePoint Fest Dallas on March 16 in, well, Dallas. I’ll be doing a new session there called Developing in SharePoint’s Middle Tier. Though I’ve been talking about many of the bits and pieces I’ll cover here, including Data View Web Parts (DVWPs), JavaScript/jQuery, CSS, XSL, and the SharePoint Web Services using SPServices, I haven’t tied it all together in one session before except locally at BASPUG here in Boston. Based on the discussions that ensued during and after that session, we should have fun and good learnin’ in Dallas, as well.


At SharePoint Fest Denver, May 19-20, I’ll be reprising my Developing in SharePoint’s Middle Tier session. It’ll be a different crowd and the session in Denver will be unique, as most sessions are. Again, all demo, and I’ll have new things to show that I haven’t even thought up yet.

USPJ Academy - SharePoint TrainingFinally, you can hear me go on and on about these and other topics at the USPJ Academy anytime if you enroll as a student. I teach three courses there at the moment, and I’ll be starting a new session of my Enhancing the User Experience with jQuery course on February 28th. While a session that lasts an hour or two might cover some things, imagine a six week course with videos, forums, practical assignments and critiques to really understand this stuff. Come and join us!