A few weeks back, I presented at the SharePoint intersections conference in Las Vegas. This was a terrific show! The conference was actually a collection of shows covering SharePoint, SQL, Development and web topics (called AngleBrackets).
One evening, the SharePoint speakers gathered in a palatial room occupied by Andrew Connell and Dan Holme. (See what talent at the BlackJack table can get you!) AC and Chris Johnson broke out their microphone and recorded an episode of their new podcast: Microsoft Cloud Solutions.
The shows has a wide range of opinions and comments. Anything attributed to me is purely by accident – I was only there for the beer! But I encourage you to give the show a listen.
Over the last week, I have been working on a sample application and companion document that discusses using WCF Data Services to use the SharePoint REST API. The WCF library provides strongly-type objects and management of the communication infrastructure when interacting with OData services.
The document is 15 pages, making it a bit too large for a blog post or web article. I am looking into methods for getting this document published. I appreciate any feedback. Thanks!
At the DevIntersections conference this week in Las Vegas, the speakers in the SharePoint track were gathered in the “intersections” room waiting for the seats to be setup. (An intersection is where the attendees and speakers can intersect during a break in the sessions. Sometimes it is called an Q&A.) The topic of the metadata endpoint for a REST interface came up, and Rob Lefferts (PM for the Office Apps team) mentioned that he thought it was released in a CU for on-premises installations. This was encouraging news!
I had a VM with the March CU on it. (It just so happens that it is a VM I use to teach the GSA2013 course for Critical Path.) So, I thought I would start applying CUs to see if/when I could find the metadata endpoint.
Well, turns out that I didn’t have to apply too many. The April 2013 CU has it!!
I have a Surface RT. I put the Win 8.1 preview on it minutes after leaving the store, and have enjoyed the experience.
Until yesterday. The 8.1 RTM upgrade would not kick in. I tried every troubleshooting tactic suggested by every web site I could find. I even reset the device to the factory settings. Nothing.
I finally gave up. I really wanted to avoid lugging the big laptop all over the upcoming conferences (Intersections in Vegas, SPLive! in Orlando) but I had resigned myself to doing so.
But then I received a tweet from Gabor Fari (@gaborfari). I had no idea who he was, but he took the time to reach out. So I looked at his Twitter profile. Works for Microsoft. Maybe he knows something I don’t. But his title is “Director, Business Development and Strategy, Health & Life Sciences. In New Jersey. Not exactly the technical creds I was hoping to see.
Gabor’s suggestion was the page to buy Windows 8. There is a big download button on that page. Unless you browse from a Surface RT with 8.1 preview. In that case it is just a link. Gabor then suggested the ms-windows-store:WindowsUpgrade shortcut. (Which, by the way is the url of the link I was seeing on the page.) I had tried this a dozen times over the last two days, but I clicked on the link on the Surface. I figured I owed it to Gabor. While I was typing the “been there, done that” response in the Twitter window on my main machine, the upgrade launched!
I credit Gabor for his pay-it-forward attitude. (He claims it was pixie dust. That is OK with me!) Just a ‘softie hanging out on Twitter, trying to make life better for others. Job Well Done Gabor!
October 27-31, 2013
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Register Now! [Use the code SCHAEF for a discount]
SHAREPOINT INTERSECTION 2013 is an entirely new type of event, and it’s the one event you won’t want to miss. Join the world’s top SharePoint experts, Microsoft’s own product team, and hundreds of peers representing IT, business, developer, and design communities as we intersect to solve business problems and to maximize the value of SharePoint for our organizations.
SharePoint Intersection features more than 50 sessions presented by the best-known names in the industry. As if that’s not enough, five full-day workshops dive deep into key challenges and workloads.
FOR ALL YOU’RE DOING: Training at SharePoint Intersection is not just “50 random sessions”. Instead, the event’s sessions have been carefully laid out to deliver end-to-end guidance and solutions across 11 scenarios or “workloads”
- Developing Apps and Enterprise Solutions
- Administering and Managing SharePoint
- Upgrading and Migrating to SharePoint 2013
- Strategy, Governance, Adoption, and the Business of SharePoint
- SharePoint in Office 365, the Cloud and Hybrid Environments
- Collaboration and Content Management: ECM, IM, RM and DM
- Search with SharePoint
- Workflow, Business Process Management and Automation
- Insight, Business Intelligence and Data Visualization with SharePoint and SQL Server
- Branding, Design, and User Experience
- SharePoint Social and Yammer
I am presenting a couple of sessions on Identity. The first will discuss how to get the proper identity (and permissions) for your code. The second will extend that concept into the cloud.
Application Identity: Getting Your Application the Permission It Needs
Scenarios: Development,Office 365
Every operation attempted within SharePoint is subject to the security settings and policies that apply to the objects and principals involved. This session will review how to ensure your program can do what it needs and still keep the farm safe from unauthorized use. Topics covered include the new SharePoint 2013 OAuth model as well as full-trust solutions using the server API.
Securing Your Cloud Applications with Azure Active Directory
Scenarios: Office 365
Writing cloud-based applications to work with SharePoint online provides tremendous value. But is that value at risk to unauthorized use? Just because your computing resources are in the cloud does not mean that they must be available to any internet user. This session will cover the capabilities of Windows Azure Active Directory for securing your cloud applications.
This past weekend, Fabian Williams (@fabianwilliams) posted a tale of woe regarding permissions that are in effect during a workflow. (Starts here, with follow-up posts here and here.) Fabian finally resolved his issue, and the core cause was something that has affected every SharePoint developer – permissions!
Under the covers, SharePoint 2013 platform workflows communicate with SharePoint 2013 just like any Provider-hosted App. So, even workflow developers need to understand the security and identity concepts at play. Fortunately, I will be presenting a couple of sessions on these topics at the upcoming SharePoint Intersection conference. This conference presents the opportunity to learn from many experts in SharePoint as well as ASP.Net, Visual Studio, Windows Azure and SQL Server.
The show offers incentives for attendees (Surface RT or XBox One) and I have an additional incentive. Use the discount code SCHAEF when you register to receive a discount off the conference fee.
I hope to see you there!
All throughout this month (June 2013) I will attending community events. (The full list of community events is on the right side of the blog,) It all started on the 1st at the SharePoint Saturday Chicago event. Our host was the Addison, IL campus of DeVry University and I have to say that is a top-notch facility.
I presented two related sessions. The first was a broad overview of using SharePoint to solve a business problem titled “Zero to Solution in 60 minutes.” I thought it went well and that was confirmed by an attendee on their feedback form:
Thanks to whoever you are! Oh, and by the way, since this was a Chicago event, the attendees would not let me vote on their behalf. (Where is Mayor Daley when you need him!)
I am happy to be presenting this same session in the Washington DC area: at SharePoint Saturday DC on June 8th and the Reston SharePoint User Group on June 10th. I have many friends in the DC area and I’m excited to see them again.
Finally, at the end of June, I’ll be in San Francisco for the //build/ conference. The sessions for //build/ are still under wraps, but I am personally excited to learn about the attendee giveaway!
For document libraries that are targets of Content Organizer rules, the upload link will redirect to the Drop Off Library. Contributors can also navigate directly to the Drop Off library and click upload. But, in the scenario where all the libraries in the site use the Content Organizer, why force the contributor to click into a library? In reality, they could choose any library they want and the document ends up in the correct place.
So, I created a web part to help.
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I am very happy to announce that I have signed on as an instructor for Critical Path Training. (I have no doubt that this is the direct result of discussing 1980’s computing technology with Ted at a SharePint in Las Vegas.) I am excited to have the opportunity to work with friends and colleagues. Like most instructors at CPT, I will still be an independent consultant. This allows me to bring real-world experience into the classroom.
I’ll be teaching The Great SharePoint Adventure 2013 course in Calgary in July (register here), and will have more opportunities for my adoring public to see me coming up soon!