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SharePoint Shop Talk Thursday 11/19, 12:30PM to 1:30 PM

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SharePoint Shop Talk Tomorrow (11/12) from 12:30PM to 1:3PM EDT

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SharePoint Shop Talk for Thursday 11/05/09 @ 12:30PM EDT

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SharePoint Shop Talk Thursday 10/29 at 12:30 PM EDT

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SharePoint Conference 2009 – Get Your Real Time Raw Data From Twitter

I expect that nearly everyone knows this anyway, but I thought I’d toss out a quick note that there’s a tremendous amount of very interesting information available via twitter.  The hash tag #SPC09 seems to be the most popular.  Like always, there’s a lot of silliness and “in” jokes, but if you can get past that, check it out.  I do my best to respond to comments or questions directed to me and I know that a lot of others do as well, so it’s not just a one-way flow of information.

New sessions start in just under two hours and continue up until about 3pm EDT this Thursday.  It will start to pick up then.

Check out the twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23spc09

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SharePoint Shop Talk Recap for 10-08-2009

Today’s SharePoint Shop Talk covered its usual wide range of topics:

  • We discussed the issues around opening up parts of a SharePoint site collection to your trading partners.  It’s not the most complicated thing in the world, but when you start talking about out loud, you realize there are a lot of small individual things that need to be done to do this correctly.  You have to consider the firewall, licensing (your intranet SharePoint license may not be, and probably won’t be, sufficient), SharePoint configuration (AAM, extending web applications to zones that probably have HTTPS enabled), etc.  If anyone has a checklist of what to do and the sequence, I’d love to see it in comments.  This question wins the “Most Discussed Question” aware of the year (so far).
  • I got to ask a question about the image library functionality that generates those thumb nail images.  I speculated that an event receiver on the image library is generating the thumb nail.  I’m probably way off base, but it does seem like there’s an entirely separate image on the web server for the thumb nail itself.  Vamshi, a SharePoint Shop Talk regular, points out this blog entry: http://pathtosharepoint.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/picture-libraries-take-advantage-of-web-friendly-formats/.  That’s a pretty interesting post about images in SharePoint if you’re interested in it.
  • We discussed custom edit forms (that you create via SPD) and the fact that you lose the attachment functionality when you do that.  Laura Rogers has blogged on that subject here: http://sharepoint911.com/blogs/laura/archive/2009/09/10/fix-for-the-custom-form-attachments-issue.aspx

This week, we introduced a new feature where we spent about 10 minutes demonstrating an interesting tip/trick in a SharePoint environment.  This week, we showed how to added a content editor web part (and actually any web part) to a newitem.aspx page.  In this case, the objective was to show some extensive online help for that newitem.aspx page.  This is also one of the usual starting points for integrating jQuery into your environment.  Next week, we do plan to show a jQuery tip/trick.  We hope to see you there. 

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SharePoint Shop Talk 10/08/08 at 12:30 PM EDT

We’re hosting our next weekly SharePoint Shop Talk session tomorrow at 12:30 PM EDT.

This is an open Q&A and general kibitzing session on all topics SharePoint related. 

You can read various recaps of prior sessions here to get a sense of what we do on these calls here: http://paulgalvin.spaces.live.com/?_c11_BlogPart_BlogPart=blogview&_c=BlogPart&partqs=cat%3dPublic%2520Speaking

Registration is up and ready right here: https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/8000043750/Registration.aspx?pageName=0z40kg9nb0t0842f

Twitter your questions to me, @pagalvin.

Email them to questions@sharepointshoptalk.com or just show up on the line and ask them out loud. 

We hope to see you then!

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SharePoint Shop Talk Recap for Thursday 10/01/09

I’ve noticed that people seem to be waiting until the last minute to register for SharePoint Shop Talk sessions.  Last Thursday, at about 11:45AM, we had nine people register, which is a very small number.  However, at one point, we had 18 or 20 people signed in, so at least nine people signed up for it 45 minutes or less before the call.  I’m not complaining, just observing.

We had a full schedule of questions and discussion topics and couldn’t get to all of them.  As usual, we’ll pick up where we left off this coming Thursday.

Here’s the recap:

  • Vamshi asked about building a WSS environment that has SP1 and not SP2.  You can download that configuration here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4191A531-A2E9-45E4-B71E-5B0B17108BD2&displaylang=en.  And someone else suggested looking here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/bb400747.aspx.

  • We had a (welcome) surprise return visitor.  A few weeks previous, Blue had asked us a question that left everyone on the call a little sad because we couldn’t help.  His problem and solution are really fairly complicated, but it boils down to creating a data view web part with a range of filtered dates (not just one single filtered date, which is easier).  He may write up a blog entry on this and if does, I’ll link to it.  In the course of the discussion, he referred everyone to these two links:
  • Looping in SharePoint designer – can it be done?  The answer is “yes” in some narrow cirumstances.  However, to do it, you need to do some tricky stuff that is hard to conceptualize, hard to implement, hard to debug … it’s just plain hard.  The panel’s consensus – don’t do this if you can help it.  If you need looping, create custom actions or drop down into visual studio.  Of course, if you’re using SPD, you prob can’t easily drop down into VS, but it is what is is, sadly.
  • Speaking of sad, Nancy wins the “Make the Panel Sad” award by (futilely) asking about drag and drop from a data view web part.  The scenario is very interesting and if anyone has a clever solution, please let me know.  Here’s the problem: she has a DVWP that is doing some necessary filtering on a document library that returns back dozens or more documents.  This works great.  However, her users need to take those documents and burn them to CD.  This is doable using a windows explorer type view, but how to do it from DVWP?  We couldn’t think of a good answer.  Can you?
  • Laura Rogers, followed by Lori Gowan of www.endusersharepoint.com fame (and elsewhere) made us aware of the fact that attachments to InfoPath forms can be submitted via a web service to an image library in SharePoint.  Out of the box!  That is a very interesting fact with some very interesting implications.

That’s pretty much it.  I probably missed something, but hopefully you get the gist of it.

Even though I know you won’t actually sign up until noon, Thursday, here’s the registration link for the next session, Thursday 10/08 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM EDT: https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/8000043750/Registration.aspx?pageName=0z40kg9nb0t0842f

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SharePoint Shop Talk Thursday 10/01 @ 12:30 PM EDT (tomorrow!)

SharePoint Shop Talk registration is up and ready for tomorrow.

We have a few questions teed up that address some management issues (dev/test/prod and syncing up service packs), email notifications (how to select people to email based on metadata of a document) and some discussion around using InfoPath forms services in an FBA environment.

As always, if you want to talk about a topic:

You can read about past SharePoint Shop Talks on my blog here: http://paulgalvin.spaces.live.com/?_c11_BlogPart_BlogPart=blogview&_c=BlogPart&partqs=cat%3dPublic%2520Speaking

Register for the session here: https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/8000043750/Registration.aspx?pageName=h6hm9ptg8zt7302t

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