SharePoint Saturday DC was this past weekend and it was a huge success. This is one of my favorite events to present at. Thank you to everyone in attendance. As promised, I posted my slides for my building custom, accessible SharePoint sites at: http://cid-edc29fe0d60f1fc3.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/AccessibleSP.pptx.
I am presenting at SharePoint Saturday DC on December 5th (http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/dc/default.aspx).
My presentation is on building custom, “accessible” SharePoint sites.
Most of the projects I work on in SharePoint are custom websites built on top of the SharePoint framework. I constantly hear “can you make this site not look like SharePoint”. Most SharePoint developers, architects and designers know the tricks to do this now a days.
Also, the start of my career was in government services. However, the last 5 years have been on the commercial side. It was in the commercial world that I primarily worked with SharePoint. I am now back in the government world again and 508 accessibility is a common requirement. I learned about 508 accessibility when I started my career in government and now I am trying to mesh my SharePoint knowledge with my accessibility knowledge.
This presentation is my attempt to show tricks and tips to make a SharePoint site accessible. This presentation focuses on building “custom” SharePoint sites because I am showing proper custom master pages, page layouts, control adapters, web part zone customizations, etc… I am not concentrating on out-of-the-box SharePoint Intranets, but a lot of the techniques will work either way. The intent of this presentation is to not only show 508 accessibility tricks, but to also show web standard and css tricks that lead to a more accessible/cross-browser websites.
I look forward to this presentation now that this is one of my passion areas that most people don’t concentrate on in SharePoint. However, everyone should think accessibility when using SharePoint as a framework to build custom websites, regardless if you are in the government or not.
I am speaking at the SUGDC annual users conference on June 27th. It should be a good event with a lot of good speakers!
My presentation isn’t on my usual development topics. I am switching it up this time and presenting on the administrative/setup track. My topic is on using Site Collections vs Sites in SharePoint. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound interesting, but I promise I will try to keep everyone interested. I do feel it is one of the most important topics to understand in SharePoint. Almost all the issues I see when I go into my clients stem from an incorrect topology and permission setup. We will cover these situations with a fictitious company walk-through to see how they messed up, what they can do to correct their mistakes and what considerations they need to make.
Below is more information on the conference as a whole:
The SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.’s (SUGDC) Third Annual Regional SharePoint Users Conference is taking place at the Holiday Inn Dulles June 26-27. With over 40 speakers (including keynoter Bob Mixon), 15 SharePoint software, consulting and resource exhibitors, and four thematic tracks appealing to experts and non-experts alike, this year’s conference is shaping up to be an exciting event! Anyone interested can check out the conference agenda, and pre-register at the extended early bird rate of $299.
My slides on ADO.NET Data Services, as well as the other slides yesterdays TechDays event “A Day of REST with WCF, ADO.NET Data Services, and ASP.NET MVC” have been posted to PPT slides from today’s sessions according to Dr. Z’s blog http://blogs.msdn.com/zxue/archive/2008/10/30/techdays-dc-event-contents.aspx. Thank you to everyone that attended, it was a great session.
Here are some upcoming engagements I will be presenting at in October:
RDA SharePoint Best Practices Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
12012 Sunset Hills Rd.Reston, VA 20190
CMAP Code Camp – Discussing the SharePoint Object Model
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008
8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m – my session: 10:30 – 11:45
Loyola College Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Road. Columbia, Md 21045
Microsoft Techdays – Discussing ADO.Net Data Services
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – I am doing session number 2 of 3
Sheraton National Hotel
900 South Orme St. Arlington, Va 22204
Recently I had the opportunity to discuss UI patterns with Dr. Zhiming Xue “Z” (Microsoft Architect Evangelist). This interview discusses the MVC and MVP patterns and also the ASP.Net MVC framework. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages inherent in each pattern, and attempt to explain when to use one versus another when creating Windows forms applications and Web applications.
The interview can be found here.
I will be speaking at two events in the Northern Virginia area. Both of my subjects have to do with SharePoint custom development.
Saturday May 18th – Nova Code Camp : Using .net as a development platform for creating SharePoint solutions
Friday June 27th – SharePoint User Group of Northern Virginia : Developing publishing portal solutions for SharePoint in .net