For anybody interested in workflow, I'll be speaking at the UK user group next week at Microsoft's London Victoria office on 10th Jan. There are two great sessions so I'd encourage UK SharePointers who can get to London to come down. Needless to say, I'll be posting my slides/sample code etc. for those further afield.
For those considering coming down, the meeting should be fun and it looks like a high turnout - we have over 100 people registered already. My fellow speaker is SharePoint MVP and all-round good guy Andrew Woodward.
The timetable and session abstracts are:
1800 - 1830 Arrive
1830 - 1930 Workflow: A deep dive into developing workflows for SharePoint using Visual Studio and Infopath - Chris O'Brien
Of the three types of workflow available to the SharePoint developer, only Visual Studio workflows provide complete flexibility and power. Without the right information however, the learning curve can be steep for the uninitiated. In this session we’ll start with initial decisions such as SharePoint Designer workflows vs. Visual Studio workflows, sequential vs. state-machine, and InfoPath vs ASP.Net for forms. From there we’ll cover the key steps to get a workflow up and running including retrieving data from an InfoPath form, configuring workflow activities, and deployment of the workflow. Over several demos, we’ll build a basic state-machine workflow, and show why workflow is a valuable addition to any SharePoint developer’s skillset.
1930 - 2000 Snacks and drinks
2000 - 2100 Search Server 2008 – What is it, how does it affect me and should I be testing it? - Andrew Woodward
A look at the recently announced Search Server 2008. We will walk through an installation and demonstration of the new Federated Search capabilities, what’s provided out of the box, what you can get from free, how to leverage sites using Live.com and how to federate results from Google. We will discuss how this fits in with your existing WSS and MOSS deployments and the release timescales.
Registration/more info is at http://suguk.org/forums/thread/7300.aspx - please add to the thread leaving your full name