SharePoint Daily for October 6, 2008

Top News Stories
Steve Ballmer Talks Up the Cloud (vnunet)
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has used his trip to Paris this week to discuss many of his firm's latest ambitions, including how it hopes to innovate in the area of cloud computing.

Why CIOs Aren't on the Chrome Straight (
Google's recently launched web browser, Chrome, will have to overcome a number of major obstacles before it can break the business ubiquity of Internet Explorer and counter the rise of Firefox.

Enterprise 2.0 and Business Collaboration (ZDNet)
GroupSwim Collaboration, in a nutshell, is a SaaS social and business collaboration tool, solution, application - whatever you want to call it. With “Collaboration“, it’s a hosted service by GroupSwim which could well be used as a replacement for SharePoint. Although it doesn’t have all the features of SharePoint, it still works extremely well, if not better, than SharePoint in small to medium enterprises.

Windows Enters the Cloud With New Microsoft, Amazon Services (ars technica)
In the run up to this month's Professional Developer Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has started talking up Microsoft's new cloud computing infrastructure. At PDC, MS will unveil a "cloud operating system" that will run .NET applications in the cloud.

Strategies: Free Office Applications from Google (USA Today)
To run any business, you need a few critical tools: email, word processing, a calendar, probably a spreadsheet and presentation program. The standard of all these office programs comes from Microsoft. But even buying it at a discount, the Microsoft Office Small Business program costs nearly $400.

Cloud Computing: Automation's Great - But I Trust Humans More (Sys-con)
We need services like Feedburner and Yahoo Pipes to provide the service they say they will. I know they’re not bound by the kind of service level agreements that would be in place if we were actually paying them, but they surely have to operate within the bounds of, well, operability. Because if they don’t, someone else will.

Green Tech (PCQuest)
There has been a lot of noise around companies adopting 'greener' technologies related to IT equipment of late. The greener approach not only saves on power costs but also lets you do your part for the environment. Vendors have been pretty restless as well pushing their power friendly equipment to catch on with the pulse. Through this story we look at technologies that enable a green data center, relevance of cloud computing as a green technology, the concepts behind building a green office; plus a tour of some of the newest green buildings.

Google Chrome: Did you go back to Firefox or IE8? (Product Reviews)
It has now been one month since the release of Google Chrome, the search engine giant’s first web browser. As with all things, Google wanted to show Microsoft that they had what it takes to develop a great browser.

What’s the Advantage to Surfing in Stealth? (
Q How is using a private browsing mode in a Web browser any different than just clearing out the temporary Internet files in a computer? A Certain Web browsers — including Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s coming Internet Explorer 8 — have a private browsing feature that is intended to let you surf the Internet without leaving any evidence of your travels on the computer. Although it has already been nicknamed “porn mode” by some, using the private browsing feature can help protect your personal information when, say, checking Web mail at a public computer.


Around the Blogosphere
Secrets of Independent Consulting - What They Won't Tell You (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
After I left Microsoft at the end of March, I had a few offers for big consulting gigs and had some horrible experiences.  Let me share what they won't tell you...

Software as a Service, and Surprises (A Matter Of Degree)
Yesterday morning as I was getting ready to leave for work, my husband came into the kitchen, iPhone in hand, and said to me, "Updater!" "Huh?"

Best Practice to Create Designer Friendly Server Controls (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
SharePoint Designer 2007 is a ground breaking design tool to help information workers and designers create context rich composite applications without writing single line of code. SharePoint Designer enables many interesting customization and app building scenarios that might not have been originally envisioned by the control developers. Moreover the control preview and persistence mechanism is built on top of the Whidbey control designer framework which is inherently different from the ASP.Net runtime behaviors. That’s the reason sometimes control developers might be surprised to find out controls which work perfectly in browsers might not work at all in SharePoint Designers. Most of the time to fix the issue we need to tweak or redesign the server control in a way that is more compatible with the Whidbey and SharePoint design time framework.

A Humble Tribute to the Leave Form - Part 5 (SharePoint Magazine)
Welcome again students to part 5 of the CleverWorkArounds Institute Body of Knowledge (CIBOK). As you know, the highly prestigious industry certification, the CleverWorkarounds Certified Leave Form Developer (CCLFD) requires candidates to demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of vacation/leave forms. Parts 1-4 of this series covered the introductory material, and now we move into the more advanced topic areas.

64-Bit and the Admin Toolkit Download Trend (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
Just over a month ago I announced the release of the second Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit.  We’ve been getting great feedback and lots of interest—and I wanted to share our download results:

Sigh…Use Your Heads Please People (or “Arguing the Use of SPD for Workflow”) (David Mann - SharePoint and the Office System)
On the one hand, this is pretty funny; on the other it’s quite sad. I recently came across a post (which I will neither name nor link to) that introduced the typical argument for why people build workflow for SharePoint using SharePoint Designer (i.e. lack of developer expertise to build it in Visual Studio). This one was more eloquent than most and tried to present both sides of the issue. I thought it was pretty good…

Just Say ‘No’ to Basic Install (Todd Klindt's Blog)
When installing WSS, MOSS or Microsoft Search Server (MSS) you have the easy way, and the hard way. This is one case where the hard way is the right way. They all offer a "Basic Install" to help speed though the setup. On the surface Basic Install seems like a good thing. You don't have to fuss with installing SQL or configuring accounts. You just click install and Setup.exe does the rest. Unfortunately it's not all wine and roses. Going with a Basic Setup sets you up for trouble down the road though. If you believe Shane Young, a puppy dies every time a Basic install is done. In this blog post I'll give you an overview of how to avoid a Basic Install, how it differs from an Advanced Install, why it's bad, and if it's possible, how to fix to it.


Around Bamboo Nation
SharePoint Troubleshooting: A Critical Analysis of the Bamboo System Log Manager (The Bamboo Team Blog)
This is SharePoint Joel and I'm back with a follow up to a recent post on SharePoint logs and troubleshooting.  I promised to follow up my post with a review of Bamboo Solutions' SharePoint System Log Manager.  Yesterday I spent some time with the Bamboo System Log manager and I am happy to share my thoughts here.  I want to provide a critical review, so you'll see what I was looking for, and what I would want to see in future releases.

Customizing SharePoint with Web Parts: Web Part Advanced Properties, Part 2 (SharePoint Blank)
Welcome to the exciting conclusion of my little Web Part properties tour.  I covered the first section of the Advanced properties yesterday, so we're going to end the series by working our way through the remainder of the available Advanced properties:

Using Stock Quote Web Part with Non-US Stocks (The Bamboo Team Blog)
I know, I know. You've had your fill of stock-related news and Stock Quote-related posts, but I thought I would take a moment while the markets were bouncing back to slip in one more tidbit. The initial release of Bamboo's Stock Quote Web Part was primarily built to support the US stock markets (NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX), but that doesn't mean you can't already use it to track stocks from international markets as well. There are some limitations (more on that in a second), but if you use the right syntax, you can already get display quotes for stocks from most major markets around the globe.

Tell Us Why You Love (or) Hate SharePoint Winners (The Bamboo Team Blog)
A few weeks ago I announced a giveaway and asked you to tell me Why You Love (or) Hate SharePoint and the response was even better than I had hoped. We had a tough time picking the winners but, after lots of debating, I am finally able to bring you the announcement of those winners. Check out all the responses on the original blog post, and you'll be sure to see why we had such a difficult time picking the winners. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our winners!


SharePoint Events
October 7, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group October Meetup
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 7, San Diego, California, San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting
October 8, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
October 8, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 9, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 9, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
October 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
October 15, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
October 16, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
October 16, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
October 16, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
October 16, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
October 16, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
October 21, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
October 21, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 22, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
October 22, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
October 22, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
October 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
October 23, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

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


Microsoft Updates
Displaying SharePoint Lists in Web Parts (Windows SharePoint Services)
When you create a built-in or custom list in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Windows SharePoint Services creates a Web Part, a basic building block of a SharePoint site, to display that list. These Web Parts are called List View Web Parts. Windows SharePoint Services stores List View Web Parts in the site collection Web Part gallery. (The site collection Web Part gallery is the most central gallery of Web Parts for a work group. By default, the gallery name is the name of the site, such as "Our Team Site Web Part Gallery.")

Six Easy Ways to Customize Your Site Using Web Parts (Windows SharePoint Services)
You don't have to be a professional Web site designer or software developer to customize your Web site created in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. By using built-in Web Part features described in this article, you can easily customize your site's home page other Web Part Pages that are stored in your site.

How To: Creating a VS web application below a SharePoint IIS web application (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
In certain scenarioes it would be very convenient to create a full Visual Studio web application below a SharePoint web application. This can be when you have a lot of files which do not have many connections or use of SharePoint functionality, still the must be hosted on the SharePoint server, either due to the hosting scenario or the need for some functionality or connection.


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