SharePoint Daily for November 10, 2008

Top News Stories
ECM Provider Clearview Gets Cozier with SharePoint (CMSWire)
Being that Clearview Enterprise Content Management is, as they say, the first SharePoint-based solution, we think they rock pretty hard. Well, in the world of Microsoft at least.

Girouard: Google Apps is More Than a Distraction For Microsoft (eWeek)
Every now and then a batch of stories cooks up that Google Apps, primarily its Docs suite of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications, is intended primarily to distract Microsoft from competing with Google on the Internet.

What Microsoft Giveth, Jive Taketh Away (CNET)
The Web has been aflutter with the news that through its new BizSpark program, Microsoft is seeding startups with its software to entice them to steer clear of open source. That's the view from OStatic and others that I've read, and it's probably true, at least in part.

Opinion: The Next Windows: 7Up (the Un-Vista) or New Vista? (Computerworld)
Running away as fast as it can from Vista, Microsoft rolled out an alpha version of Windows 7 at its recent Professional Developers Conference. But is Windows 7 going to be 7Up, the Un-Vista, or is it going to be (gag) New Vista?

Windows 7 Meets PC Makers (RedmondMag)
With the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) barely over, Microsoft conference organizers have already moved onto WinHEC, the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference. PDC was all about Windows 7. Guess what? So is WinHEC!

Ballmer Disses Google's Android (TechFlash)
Steve Ballmer is doing a little trash talking about Google's Android system. The Microsoft CEO let loose on his archrival's new mobile operating system at an event in Sydney, according to this report.

Hell Freezes Over: Ballmer Considering Open-source Browser? (CNET)
I fully expected to die never having heard a positive word escape Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's lips with regard to open source. Based on Ballmer's comments made in Sydney on Friday, however, it may be time for me to start picking out my funeral arrangements.

Microsoft Working on App Store-like App Distribution (ARN)
Microsoft is working on a software distribution scheme along the lines of Apple's iPhone App Store, CEO Steve Ballmer said at a developer's conference in Sydney last week.

IE8: Microsoft Thinks Different (RedmondMag)
When it comes to Internet Explorer 8, it's not business as usual for Microsoft. The 'Softies have been doing more than a few things differently with their upcoming browser, most notably some rather quiet but important changes involving testing.


Around the Blogosphere
Ooh Matron - Now Hospital SharePoint (Andy Dale officetalk)
Many NHS (National Health Service for the readers outside of England) and Private Hospitals in the UK are now starting to see the benefits of SharePoint. This week I have been working as an Officetalk Consultant on a SharePoint implementation at a leading Private Health Group. The kind whose premises are in grand old houses (the type where Dr. Nookie opened his private clinic in ‘Carry on again Doctor’). Unfortunately I didn’t bump into a young Barbara Windsor lookalike. Also this week I had to visit my local NHS City hospital for some tests. I must admit I was quite impressed with the improvements made to the NHS hospital which now even has a Greggs Bakery just outside the ‘Heart & Lungs’ Centre. Just what I needed on the way to my cholesterol level checked.

Using the KeywordQuery Class to Get a List of Department Employees (Adam Buenz)
Along the same lines as this post, once one has located the relevant department that they desire from a collection, how is it possible to use that department string name in order to get a list of the relevant employees? As we used the KeywordQuery class the last time, we are going to take the same approach in order to return a new DataTable with those values.

SharePoint Guidance from the Patterns and Practices Group (Rob Foster's House of Southern-Fried SharePoint)
am absolutely thrilled with the new SharePoint Guidance that has been released from the Patterns and Practices group.  It covers the following areas: Creating a SharePoint Development Environment, Overview, walkthrough, deployment, and upgrading a sample application that is provided, Best Practices on development activities, Technical Guidance, Quickstarts.

Microsoft Talks About Hotfixes, Service Packs and Project 14 (Penny Coventry)
Yesterday I listened to an excellent webcast organised by the Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG). Ludovic Hauduc, the General Manager of Microsoft Office Project, discussed hotfixes, service packs, the infrastructure update and Project 14. Much of what he said was also relevant to other Office products such as Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and SharePoint Server (MOSS). More information on this webcast can be found on the MPUG blogs.

Page Versioning v2 (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hello again, Eray Chou here. We’re hitting the tail end of this year’s conference season, and a question I’ve been asked a few times on the road is whether there are solutions or best practices for rolling back changes to page edits in WSS. One best practice is to put pages into document libraries and turn on versioning. There are limitations to this solution, which I’ll get into shortly, but it is a quick and easy way to handle changes to page content.

2008-11-07 Friday Tips for SharePoint End Users (EndUser SharePoint)
Let’s head for the weekend with three quick hits: Bill English on Findability, a new search engine called PDFGeni for finding SharePoint files, and Marwan Tarek on how to use a mind map to help plan your information architecture.


Around Bamboo Nation
Working with the My SharePoint Sites Web Part (SharePoint Blank)
Before we pick up with the sequel to yesterday's post on how to add a My SharePoint Sites Web Part to your site, I'd like to acknowledge the mighty Mark Miller of for his gentle suggestion that I mention that this particular Web Part is a MOSS-only feature.  Since I'm working in a MOSS environment, and since pretty much everything in SharePoint is new to me, I sometimes forget to make the MOSS/WSS distinction (when applicable).  Mark's comment on yesterday's post served as ample reminder that I need to bear this fact in mind when I'm documenting my adventures in SharePoint.  Cheers, Mark.

Announcing the Launch of MashPoint - A Free Data Integration Platform for SharePoint (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Today, Bamboo Solutions has launched MashPoint, a new, free data integration platform for SharePoint.  MashPoint enables the integration of external data sources in Windows SharePoint Services or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.  MashPoint makes it easy connect to databases, line-of-business systems, and web services within SharePoint.  Data from these sources can be displayed in a SharePoint list, visualized with Web Parts, or leveraged by custom applications.  MashPoint is standardized against the Business Data Catalog architecture, ensuring backwards and foward compatibility for your applications and SharePoint solutions.

Introducing Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer (The Bamboo Team Blog)
SharePoint Analyzer is the latest beta product available as a free download from Bamboo Labs, our Research and Development incubator.  We developed this tool for two reasons: to provide our customers with the means to easily assess their own SharePoint environment, and to provide our support team with a powerful new diagnostic tool when assisting customers.  SharePoint Analyzer provides the IT Admin a tool which will quickly discover the configuration of a SharePoint installation.  Specifically, you can display the following information about your SharePoint farm:

Bamboo's Recent Releases Webinar - Register Now! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
If you're familiar with Bamboo Solutions or have visited our online store lately, then you know that we come out with new products for SharePoint every month.  Wouldn't it be cool to spend 30 minutes on a live webinar where you'll get to see quick high-level overviews of our recent releases?  Wouldn't you rather do that than spend time sifting through application notes or product pages?  Well, we're now offering a 30 minute quick hitter on our recent releases every two weeks.  We'll cover five of our most recent products and you'll be able to sit back, relax, and see what new we have to offer.  Not only that, but there will also be time for Q & A at the end.

Guest Blog by zevenseas' Robin Meure: Extending SPBoundFields (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Are you, like me, also fed up when you are using the SPGridView and lookup values look like this? And Date (so not the time) values look like this? And HTML values look like this? Well.. then just simply create your own class that inherits from SPBoundField class like this!


Microsoft Updates
The "Check Names" button does not work as expected after you set a "Peoplepicker-searchadcustomfilter" LDAP filter in a Windows Consider the following scenario: SharePoint Services 3.0 site - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KBAlertz)
You set a "Peoplepicker-searchadcustomfilter" LDAP filter in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site. For example, you set the following LDAP filter.

The index is corrupted when the SharePoint Server 2007 index server experiences power failure or restarts unexpectedly - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KBAlertz)
When the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 index server experiences power failure or restarts unexpectedly, the index is corrupted.

Security trimming is not honored when more than one List View Web Part is displayed on the same page in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site - Microsoft Knowledge Base Article (KBAlertz)
If a page in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site contains more than one List View Web Part, and if the total number of uniquely secured items from these lists is larger than 1,000, security trimming is not honored in one or more of these Web Parts.


SharePoint Events
November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10, Houston, Texas, Houston’s SharePoint User Group
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 10, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
November 11, Live, Online, EndUser SharePoint's Create a Master Calendar in SharePoint
November 11, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
November 11, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Sharepoint Users Group
November 12, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
November 12, Bryanston, South Africa, Information Worker
November 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
November 12, Huntsville, Alabama, MOSSMosis Huntsville
November 12, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
November 12, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 13, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases
November 13, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
November 13, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
November 13, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
November 15-16, Sydney, Australia, Office DevCon
November 18, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
November 18, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
November 18, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
November 19, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
November 19, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
November 19, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
November 19, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
November 19, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
November 20, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
November 20, Evansville, Indiana, Evansville Indiana's SharePoint Group
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
November 20, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
November 20, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
November 20, Raleigh, North Carolina, Raleigh SharePoint Users Group
November 20, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
November 22, Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint User Group Code Camp
November 25, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
November 25, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
November 26, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group

December 2, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
December 2, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
December 2, Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
December 2, San Diego, California, San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting
December 3, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 3, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 4, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
December 4, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases
December 9, Tampa, Florida, TOGA User Group Meeting
December 10, Online, SharePoint Project Management Webinar
December 10, Online, SharePoint Administration Webinar
December 18, Online, Bamboo Recent Product Releases

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

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