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Apples and Mangos and Raspberries, oh my! A fun day of fruit…

Apples and Mangos and Raspberries, oh my! A fun day of fruit…

I spent a good portion of my day watching phones update today.   My iPhone 3GS had finally ground to a halt and I decided to go back to baseline and reimage it.  It took almost 2 hours for my iPhone to reinstall the base iOS and restore a backup, but at the end it is performing like a new phone.  I highly recommend doing that every 6 months to improve performance of your iPhone. The really big news of the…

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Breaking the silence–a personal note

Breaking the silence–a personal note

Some people have noticed the unusual lull in my posting.  Others are probably wondering why in the world they are still reading after the title doesn’t have anything to do with SharePoint. The out of the norm silence is due to several things happening in my personal world, which I normally try to keep out of my blogging, but since this has a direct correlation to my SharePoint community involvement I have decided to share it here. Since my vacation…

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Office Web Apps Service Pack 1 is here!

Office Web Apps Service Pack 1 is here!

It has almost gone overlooked, but Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 are not the only products to get a Service Pack 1 release today.  I know that the Office Web Apps are a bolt on to SharePoint 2010 and so they don’t get a whole lot of attention, but from an end user feature enhancement perspective, I am almost more excited about the Office Web Apps SP1 than anything else released today (Office 365 not withstanding). Sourced directly from Microsoft’s…

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Review of TechEd PreCon: “Microsoft Silverlight Inside and Out” by Jeff Prosise

Review of TechEd PreCon: “Microsoft Silverlight Inside and Out” by Jeff Prosise

I attended the terrific “PRC03 Microsoft Silverlight Inside and Out” presented by Jeff Prosise.  The session was packed with a good background on Silverlight development and a bunch of great tips, tricks and samples.  Some of my favorites were: Dynamic XAP Loading: you can break apart your xap file into pieces to allow for faster load because you aren’t loading all of your assemblise on initial load of your silverlight app.  You have the ability to do the initial load…

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Silverlight with RIA Services GroupBy in a DataGrid

Silverlight with RIA Services GroupBy in a DataGrid

There are lots of examples for Silverlight 3 and before when System.ComponentModel was directly accessible, however in Silverlight 4 with RIA Services none of those patterns work.  We looked at the sample videos, some great blogs by Tim Heuer and others, and even looked at the most recent Silverlight Toolkit but had no luck. After an hour or searching for the proper way to do grouping in a DataGrid in Silverlight 4 with RIA Services we found that it is…

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The definitive BCS in SharePoint 2010 book now available

The definitive BCS in SharePoint 2010 book now available

My friend and colleague Scot Hillier has just published his new book with his co-author, Brad Stevenson, called “Professional Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010”.  Scot brought me a copy today and from the brief bits that I have had an opportunity to read so far (plus what I was privilege to review prior to the printing), it far exceeds the expectations one might have for simply being THE BOOK (yes I know there is only one out there) on…

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