Presenting at SharePoint Summit Toronto 2014 on Tue May 27 on “How to be Social in SharePoint 2013”

I’ll be speaking at the SharePoint Summit Toronto 2014 on Tuesday, May 27, 9:50am on the topic How to be Social with My Sites in SharePoint 2013.

In this session learn about the social features in SharePoint 2013, why you will absolutely love them, and how they will make you more productive. My Sites and user profiles have huge improvements, follow sites, people and documents, micro-blogging with mentions and hash tags, ratings and likes, People search, and other professional social network capabilities.

If you are going to be at the conference be sure to look out for me and say hi.

Presenting at IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Breakfast Roundtable on Thu May 1 at 7:30am

Come out to hear me present at the IIBA Ottawa-Outaouais Breakfast Roundtable this coming Thursday, May 1 at 7:30am on the topic of “Is a Business Analyst required on SharePoint projects?”

SharePoint offers the promise of instant functionality for all sorts of business needs: collaboration, document management, Internet/intranet web content management, search, business intelligence, etc. In addition there are seemingly endless possibilities for configuration and customization, much of it easily accessible to business and power users. Do SharePoint deployments and customizations need formal requirements gathering, business modeling, and functional analysis as part of the project plan? Or is it all about the technical infrastructure and IT configuration? Let’s discuss some real-world project scenarios and share our experiences to answer this question.

This is an informal, interactive event, the first 30 minutes is for open networking, followed by the structured roundtable at 8:00am. The event is free and open to everyone whether or not you are a member of IIBA, the International Institute of Business Analysis.

http://ottawa-outaouais.iiba.org/index.php/chapter-events/event-listing/details/125

Presenting at SharePoint Saturday Ottawa 2013 on Sat, Nov 23 at 8:30am

Come out to hear me present at SharePoint Saturday Ottawa 2013 this coming Saturday, November 23 at 8:30am on the topic of “Practical SharePoint 2010/2013 for the .NET dev: Crash course on coding in SharePoint for the .NET dev, what is different and what tools you need to have.”

In this session you will learn how to transfer your .NET experience into effective designing and coding for SharePoint 2010/2013. Learn what tools and tips will help make the transition easier.

Some topics we will cover:

  • 2013 app model vs packages & features
  • APIs – client-side, server-side, OData/REST,
  • getting data & documents into and out of SharePoint
  • debugging
  • logging
  • deployment
  • LINQ in & for SharePoint
  • managed metadata vs code tables vs lists

Presenting at the Ottawa IT Community on Thu, Nov 7 at 5:45pm

Come out to hear me present at the Ottawa IT Community on Thursday, November 7th at 5:45pm on the topic of “Cloud-based development for .NET / SharePoint using CloudShare and Team Foundation Service.”

Cloud-based developer environments are a hot topic these days. Why bother hosting, managing and licensing dev project VMs and software yourself when they are often only required for a few months. Explore the possibilities with CloudShare for your .NET / SharePoint development environment and Team Foundation Service for your TFS infrastructure.

CloudShare is offering a door prize for this event: a free one (1) year subscription for an 8GB environment. Be sure to attend for your chance to win.

The presentation will take place at the Microsoft Canada office in Ottawa at 100 Queen Street, Suite 500.

WordPress ‘After the Deadline’ Proofreading technology needs an update – can’t add words to user dictionary

I’m relatively new to WordPress, used it for a few projects but don’t generally author content in its online editor. I’ve been wondering for a while how to set the dictionary language to Canadian English and how to add words to a user dictionary, both things that are standard since forever with any decent editor. I finally got around to checking the WordPress online help for proofreading and it turns out you can’t do either:

Can I add words to the dictionary?
No, but you can add phrases to an ignore list so they don’t show up as errors.

Do you differentiate between American, British, and Canadian English?
Not yet. For now, American, British, and Canadian variations of words are in our dictionary.

WordPress has so many great features it is really hard to understand why they haven’t bothered to add these two features. Here is a shout out to the community, is there a solution?

Presenting at the Microsoft Federal SharePoint User Group in Ottawa on Tue, Sept 24 at 5pm

Come out to hear me present at the Microsoft Federal SharePoint User Group in Ottawa this coming Tuesday, September 24 at 5pm on the topic of “Cloud-based development for SharePoint / .NET using CloudShare and Team Foundation Service.”

Cloud-based platform and software environments are a hot topic these days. Why bother hosting, managing and licensing VMs and software for your development projects and test labs when the VMs are often only required for a few months or a year. Explore the possibilities with CloudShare for your SharePoint 2013 development environment and tools and Team Foundation Service for your source control and ALM infrastructure. We will examine the types of environments and virtual machine templates available and how to create your own custom templates. We will demonstrate how to spin up, configure and manage a SharePoint 2013 development virtual machine, and how to collaborate in a team environment, both with active collaborators who fully control the SharePoint VM and more passive collaborators who are sent their own private snapshot of the SharePoint VM.

The presentation will take place at the Microsoft Canada office in Ottawa at 100 Queen Street, Suite 500. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

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