Wednesday 30 May 2012

I’m speaking at TechEd North America, June 11-14

techEdHeaderLogoThis year’s edition of Microsoft’s biggest and glitziest conference, TechEd, is nearly upon us, and I’ll be flying the SharePoint flag with two sessions aimed at SharePoint developers. TechEd is a great event in my eyes – with over 10,000 attendees, I love it for the scale, the speakers, and the focus on upcoming technologies. This year’s event is held in Orlando, Florida, and has now sold out. Several of the speakers are Microsoft Technical Fellows and Distinguished Engineers, and include the likes of Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich, Juval Lowy, David Chappell and Jeffrey Snover. It’s definitely nice to be on the same bill as such luminaries.

For us SharePoint folks, remember of course that the big unveiling of SharePoint ‘15’ is later in the year, in November – at the official SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas.

Here are the details of my sessions:

OSP433: Deep Dive on SharePoint Ribbon Development and Extensibility – Weds, June 13 - 5pm

Take advantage of the Ribbon in your SharePoint applications for a tightly integrated and great user experience! Developers can customize and extend the Ribbon for custom solutions. In this session we examine the different components of the Ribbon as well as how to create page components, asynchronous callbacks and prompt the user with intuitive dialogs. Best of all you can do all this from the sandbox and avoid getting admins involved in deploying farm solutions!

OSP432: Application Lifecycle Management: Automated Builds and Testing for SharePoint Projects – Thursday, June 14 – 8:30am

Whether experienced or novice, most SharePoint development teams can improve their processes, and this session looks at how Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio can help—specifically with automated WSP builds and Visual Studio 2010 UI testing (which can have a much lower barrier to entry than unit testing). When a few of these capabilities are strung together, the results are incredible for dev teams. Over several demos, we cover how to get started with automating the build, deploying the resulting WSPs to a remote SharePoint environment, then automatically running UI tests against the site. We show examples of testing custom functionality, and share lessons learned from implementing these techniques in the real world.

Here’s looking forward to a great conference!

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