SharePoint Daily for September 2, 2008

Top News Stories
SharePoint Eating Up the Portal Space (vnunet)
The success of Microsoft's SharePoint enterprise portal product has forced high-end vendors to differentiate by focusing on enterprise integration and Web 2.0 capabilities, according to a new report by content management analyst CMS Watch.

Microsoft Breaks IE8 Interoperability Promise (The Register)
Comment: In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: "use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default." Note the last word: default. Microsoft argued that, in light of their newly published interoperability principles, it was the right thing to do. This declaration heralded an about-face and was widely praised by the web standards community; people were stunned and delighted by Microsoft's promise.

Tool Ties Lotus Notes to SharePoint (Redmond Developer)
Tools vendors Unify Corp. and Casahl Technology Inc. have teamed up to ease integration of Lotus Notes with Microsoft SharePoint. Sacramento, Calif.-based Unify calls itself a legacy modernization company that provides software and services for extending the life of applications data. Unify's Composer is a Software plus Services (S+S) solution for migrating Lotus Notes apps to the Microsoft SharePoint and .NET platforms.

Open Source Partner (Redmond Developer)
Shaun Walker is the creator of the popular DotNetNuke open source Web application framework for the .NET platform, a Microsoft MVP and a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Redmond Developer News Editor in Chief Michael Desmond spoke at length with Walker about the genesis of DotNetNuke, his success in partnering with Microsoft on the open source project and how he thinks Microsoft can adapt to further support the burgeoning market of .NET-based open source development.

The Key Advantage of Cloud Computing is Portability (Sys-Con)
Saying that your business should never, never, ever use cloud-based applications instead of desktop or network/server based ones is about as ridiculous as saying that cloud-based applications will eventually replace IT completely. Mostly cloud computing is a way to provide an application at low startup costs in exchange for revenue over time.

Microsoft's Browser Breaks New Ground (redOrbit)
Microsoft's new Web browser, Internet Explorer 8, is now available in a beta version meant for ordinary users, and it is a pretty good piece of software. Besides the private browsing mode, called InPrivate, which Microsoft has already announced, there are other nifty features. When your cursor moves over, say, an address on a Web site, one of IE8's so-called Accelerators drops down a menu bar of different Web option, like showing an address on a map or searching a name. No more copying and pasting across Web sites.

Google 'Starting From Scratch' With Own Browser, Chrome (CNET)
Word surfaced Monday of a Web "comic book" introducing Google Chrome, the search giant's long-rumored open-source browser project. While the illustrations, created by cartoonist Scott McCloud, were not announced by Google, they do contain the quotes and likenesses of 19 Google developers.


Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint Backup – A Ripping Yarn (Andy Dale officetalk)
According to my family I have always been an unfortunate chap and if things can go wrong they often, in a ‘Frank Spencer’ style, do. So perhaps trying to ride a tandem bicycle around the Peak District last week after I hadn’t been on a bike for over twenty years was asking for trouble. I should have been more prepared for possible problems and this has got me thinking about the tricky issue of backing-up SharePoint.

Creating Workflows in Microsoft Office Live (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi all, Rohit Puri here.  SPD makes it super easy to create workflows on Microsoft Office Live site.  You should try to create one on your own.  Here are step by step instructions.

Podcasting Kit For SharePoint August Release Is Available For Download (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
If you have been following my blog then you know I am crazy about the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint. I have been seeing several major areas of focus amongst clients in the realm of Enterprise Social Computing. One of those areas, and one of the biggest, is along the lines of Social Media. Well the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint is now in its August release. If you haven’t yet taken a look at the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint but have Enterprise needs around training, corporate communications, tacit knowledge capture and re-use, then you need to take a look.

Just Published! WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 SDK 1.4 Download and Online MSDN Library (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
Hello SharePoint Developers! We are excited to announce the availability of the latest updates to the online MSDN Library + the downloadable SDKs for both MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0!

Announcing the SharePoint Best Practices Series (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
Over the last few months, the SharePoint product team has released a number of resources, updates and made supportability announcements to help our customers and partners deploy SharePoint solutions. Recently, we released the Infrastructure Update that provides fixes and even a new set of Search Federation features. We also announced support for Virtualization technology like Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008. And most recently, we announced the availability of the SharePoint Administration Toolkit 2.0 which provides functionality to help IT Professionals run highly available and geographically dispersed SharePoint deployments.

SharePoint Administration Toolkit 2.0 is Now Available! (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
I’m excited to announce that the second version of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is available for download!  As I said back in April, we would be offering regular updates to this toolkit with new features and functionality for both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services v3.0.   With this release we added functionality to address some of the challenges associated with running a highly available and/or geographically disperse MOSS 2007 deployment—particularly aimed at synchronizing user profiles in the Shared Service Provider (SSP).   Let’s look at these two areas:

SharePoint Magazine Articles for August (Arno Nel)
Customizing Search Series - Introduction, Writing CAML Queries For Retrieving List Items from a SharePoint List, Introduction to Master Pages, SharePoint Paradox Meets SharePoint Governance, Introduction to SharePoint Feature Stapling - Part 1, Leveraging the SharePoint Platform (Part 1), A tribute to the humble “leave form” - Part 3, SharePoint Jobs, Developing a SharePoint custom field type for displaying CRM 4.0 data


Around Bamboo Nation
SharePoint Versioning & the Importance of Ampersands (SharePoint Blank)
I needed to update a blogging tips & tricks document on our portal in order to add some recently discovered information about text editing options in Community Server (the platform on which Bamboo Nation runs).  Turns out there are a whole range of text editing toolbar options available in an "enhanced" display that, by default, don't appear in the default experience.  I mention this because I'd previously lamented the lack of font size and color options within the Community Server content editor and, well, it turns out I just hadn't looked closely enough.  Mea culpa.  If you're using Community Server and are similarly bewildered, drop me a line, and I'll be happy to enlighten you.

August E-news Shockers! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Maybe "shocker" is a gross exaggeration, but I'm sure the August e-news did shock some, especially with the announcement of our SharePoint Price Calculator!  Since when have we NOT wanted to understand Microsoft licensing?

Bamboo Solutions Welcomes MindBusiness to the Partner Advantage Program (The Bamboo Team Blog)
MindBusiness is a German-based training and consultancy company, specializing in Microsoft SharePoint technologies. Their focus lies in increasing acceptance of SharePoint within organizations, and integrating Web Parts as well as other tools to maximize employee effectiveness. MindBusiness has written several SharePoint books for Microsoft Press in Germany.  Welcome (or willkommen) MindBusiness!


SharePoint Events
September 1-3, Auckland City, New Zealand, TechEd New Zealand
September 2, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
September 2, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
September 3, New York, New York, NYC SharePoint User Group
September 3-5, San Francisco, California, Office2.0 Conference
September 4, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
September 4, Kansas City, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
September 8-9, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum
September 9, Chicago Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group September Meetup
September 9, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
September 10, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
September 11, San Francisco, California, San Francisco SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of Washington, DC
September 11, Brookfield, Wisconsin, SharePoint: What Can I Do With It?
September 12, Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane SharePoint Usergroup
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 16, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
September 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
September 18, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
September 18, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
September 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
September 20, Baltimore Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint Usersgroup
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10
September 23, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
September 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
September 24, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
September 25, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group

October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.


Microsoft Updates
Error message when you edit an .aspx Web page in SharePoint Server 2007: "Value does not fall within the expected range" (KBAlertz)
When you edit an .aspx Web page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you receive the following error message: Value does not fall within the expected range.


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