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Intergen Blog: SharePoint 2013 Search
October 2, 2012, 8:33 pm
Filed under: 2013, Intergen, Search, SharePoint

I wrote a post over at the Intergen blog on SharePoint 2013 Search:

Search is an area of SharePoint that has been greatly improved with the forthcoming SharePoint 2013 release from Microsoft. The changes range from a new richer user interface through to a completely revamped back-end architecture…

Read more from this post at the Intergen Blog and while your at it have a look at the rest of our SharePoint 2013 series.

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My Tech Ed NZ Session: What’s New in SharePoint 2013 Search?
September 15, 2012, 5:01 pm
Filed under: 2013, Search, SharePoint, Tech Ed | Tags: ,

I was luckily enough to attend and present at Tech Ed New Zealand again this year. My session was OSP206: What’s New in SharePoint 2013 Search?

It was a 200-250 level session to look at the changes from a few different perspectives:

  • The new UI
  • The new architecture
  • Administration changes
  • Developer changes
  • A demonstration of customising search results using Display Templates and Query Rules

I had a lot of fun attending and speaking at Tech Ed and really can’t wait for SharePoint 2013 to be released! Until then here are the slides from the session.



The First SharePoint Saturday New Zealand
December 19, 2010, 3:13 pm
Filed under: Development, jQuery, SharePoint, SharePoint Saturday, WCF

The first SharePoint Saturday was held in New Zealand on Saturday the 11th of December. I may be a little biased but I think the event was a real success with at least 80-100 people, close to 20 sessions and 17 speakers. A big thanks to all our sponsors, the speakers and also the other organisers. These events are a lot of work to put on so it wouldn’t have been possible without all of these people!

Any of the session slides that have been made available by the speakers are up on the site and we will continue to try and get the rest. Look forward to seeing everyone at next years event…

My session was in the developer stream and built a SharePoint 2010 Alerting solution to show how 1) to build a custom WCF web service that returns JSON, 2) how SP.UI JavaScript namespace is used to interact with the status bar, notifications and modal dialogues and 3) how to call web services from jQuery. The session slides are provide below for anyone that wants them:



Christchurch SharePoint User Group Session 26/10/10: SharePoint Development With Visual Studio
October 27, 2010, 10:08 pm
Filed under: 2010, Development, SharePoint, SPUG, Tips & Tricks

I did a joint presentation with Alex Dean at the Christchurch SharePoint User Group which was a brief overview of SharePoint Development 2010 with Visual Studio 2010 and a discussion of some (not all) of the challenges. Alex kicked it off and did a great introduction and then I talked about a few of the problems I have experienced and how they can be worked around.

A big thanks to Alex for coming down from Wellington and doing two presentations. Great effort!

The slides (and of more use the links inside them) are on SlideShare and embedded below:



Code Camp Session: SharePoint 2010 Developer 101
September 7, 2010, 9:31 pm
Filed under: 2010, Development, Presentations, SharePoint

During the recent (August 29, 2010) Auckland Code Camp a buddy of mine Chaks had to pull out of a planned SharePoint 2010 developer session. Luckily Chan and myself were on hand to put together the following session which is a high level overview of SharePoint 2010 Development.

Feedback is always welcome on these sorts of things…but be kind we only had a couple of hours to prepare 🙂



5 Reasons to Attend the 2010 New Zealand SharePoint Conference
May 8, 2010, 1:48 am
Filed under: 2010, NZSPC, SharePoint

Ok so does anyone really need any reasons to attend a conference, let alone a SharePoint conference? Probably not…but maybe, just maybe, you need a little ammo to justify getting your manager, your wife/husband/partner/significant other/whoever to let you come along.

So in Letterman-like fashion heeeere’s tonight’s top 5 reasons to attend the 2010 New Zealand SharePoint Conference:

NZ SharePoint Conference

1. SharePoint 2010

The NZ Conference is on June the 9th and 10th (less than 5 weeks away) and SharePoint 2010 gets its public launch on May 12th. That’s only about 30 days between the launch and the conference. How many other SharePoint Conferences are going to be so close to the launch date? What better place to come and learn about SharePoint 2010?

2. SharePoint 2007

SharePoint 2010 is getting a lot of attention at the moment but this conference isn’t all about SharePoint 2010! There is still going to be a lot of 2007 focused content so if you want to hear about SharePoint 2007, maybe listen to what great things people have done with it, talk to people who have worked with 2007 for the last couple of years then “this will be the New Zealand conference to learn about SharePoint 2007”.

3. World Class Speakers

This year’s speaker line-up is really impressive!

There is a mix of international and local speakers which includes a number of MVP’s, a Certified Master, not to mention a whole other range of fantastic speakers from diverse backgrounds. The internationally renowned SharePoint experts are making fairly lengthy trips to get here and share their knowledge and there is some great home grown talent too so come and listen to what they have to say. I bet you learn a thing or two!

<Plug> Gary Payne and myself will be giving the session 2007 and 2010 Head to Head in the Real World to compare building a solution using 2010 vs. 2007. If you want to see what has changed, been made easier, or just want to see two SharePoint solutions built in under 50 minutes then come and see our session!</Plug>

4. It’s THE New Zealand SharePoint Event of the Year

Unlike other technology-focused conferences (such as TechEd) this will be about SharePoint, SharePoint and more SharePoint. If you want to know anything about SharePoint (2007 or 2010) and you’re in New Zealand between June 9-10 then this is the place you should be.

The session content will range from beginner (100 level) to deep-dive (300 level) in either Business, Technical, Vendor and Voice of the Customer streams. Whether you’re an IT pro, developer, consultant, business analyst, decision maker or end-user, there WILL be something at this conference for you.

5. It’s a Conference!

This is a two day event. Its a great way to get away from the office – of course the primary focus is on the sessions but conferences are sooo much more than sessions. SharePoint conferences are a fantastic way to network with other SharePoint people, maybe meet some of those individuals you interact with online, and there is more than likely going to be at least one world famous SharePint happening too.

So if you haven’t already it is high time to go get your conference ticket before they sell out!

Check out the online interest around the NZ conference on twitter and if you’re at the conference come and find me and say hello. I’ll be at the User Group Community booth, delivering a session and generally wandering around chatting to people.



New Zealand SharePoint Conference
February 22, 2010, 8:50 pm
Filed under: 2010, SharePoint

If you’re in New Zealand and work with, use or just want to hear about SharePoint then I recommend heading along to this years Community SharePoint Conference. If it is a good as last years then this will be a great event for New Zealand SharePoint people!

New Zealand SharePoint Community Conference 2010




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