SharePoint Fest 2012 Chicago

Presentations Delivered!

I just finished my sessions at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2012. I want to thank everyone who came. There where many great questions which I will follow up with on this blog post. Feel free to ask additional questions and I will reply as quickly as I can.

Here are my slides and supporting code/scripts:

SIA 102 – SharePoint 2010 Extranets and Authentication: How will SharePoint 2010 connect you to your partners?

How will SharePoint 2010 allow organizations to collaborate and share knowledge with clients and partners? SharePoint empowers organization to build extranet sites and partner portals inexpensively and securely. Learn what exactly is Claims Based Authentication and how can to use it. Learn about the new multi-authentication mode in SharePoint 2010. Learn how SharePoint 2010 can help your organization open its doors to its clients and partners securely.

SPFest2012Chicago-Extranets & Claims Authentication

SPFest2012Chicago-SP2010 Performance

Is your farm struggling to server your organization? How long is it taking between page requests? Where is your bottleneck in your farm? Is your SQL Server tuned properly? Worried about upgrading due to poor performance? We will look at various tools for analyzing and measuring performance of your farm. We will look at simple SharePoint and IIS configuration options to instantly improve performance. I will discuss advanced approaches for analyzing, measuring and implementing optimizations in your farm.

Useful MOSS Tools

Below, I am making a list of the tools I use most frequently for MOSS development, diagnosis and some maintainance.

SharePoint Manager 2007

This tool is a MOSS swiss army knife. It traverses the MOSS object model and displlay the properties for a vast number of MOSS objects. The tool also allows the user to make changes on the spot and commit the changes to MOSS. I can’t emphasize enough how good this tool is.

U2 CAML Tool
This tool makes building and testing CAML queries a simple task. It connects to MOSS and allows you query build live queries and test them accordingly.

Web Service Studio 2.0
This tool allows you view SharePoint through it web services. I use this tool for verifying data, extracting xml to verify and assimilate MOSS objects. Through it you can invoke webmethods interactively by providing a WSDL endpoint. The tool fetches the WSDL, generates .NET proxy from the WSDL and displays the list of methods available. Then you can invoke any method (with custom input parameters). The SOAP request is sent to the server and the response is displayed in the UI.

WSP Builder
This tool This tool is used for create web solution packages (wsp) from a folder structure. There is also a Visual Studio Add-in which allows you to build a wsp for a project at a time. This tool saves hours of configuration and testing per project. This tool is a must for building SharePoint solutions.

FireBug (for FireFox)

This tool integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. It allows you to explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page. This includes the styles, style sheets and other resources. The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Firefox browser window or floated separately.

IE Developer Toolbar

This tool allows you to explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page. This includes the styles, style sheets and other resources. The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Internet Explorer browser window or floated separately.

I will add more tools as I remember and/or encounter them. I will use the MOSS Tools label.