New blog location

December 11, 2007

Hi there, I am in the process of migrating this blog from here at WordPress to my new MSDN blog. I will be transferring all of my previous articles over to this new blog. I will be adjusting the RSS feed to the new location and you will also be able to access the new site via So pretty much you won’t need to do anything.

Old blog:
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New blog:
Community Server (MSDN) (

MOSSIG Christmas Party

December 10, 2007

The MOSSIG End of Year Christmas party is on this Wednesday 12th December 2007 at 5:30pm at Microsoft Southbank.  To register for the meeting/party please email by COB Tuesday 11th December 2007.


Ben Walters – Will be your MC for the night and will provide an overview of plans for MOSSIG next year and the Melbourne Office Devcon 2008.

Office System 2007 Solution Showcase and Contest – These sessions aim to show what members have been up to in 2007.  The MOSSIG Board have selected five solutions which will be presented by the selected members. These presentations will provide a great look into what’s possible with the Microsoft Office System 2007 and the presenters have been asked to pay special attention to the real world experience their project has to offer and share with the group.

1. Tim Wragg, Professional Advantage – WSS Extranet using forms Authentication and Integration into Dynamics GP and CRM.

2. Elaine Van Bergen, Strategic Data Management – South East Water’s CMS Implementation with Excel Services

3. Eben Illingworth, Professional Advantage – Rolling out the MOSS Enterprise Platform to a scalable, secure infrastructure

4. Kevin Ramsey, The Online Workshop – VSTO and Outlook – the creation of the SmartAsset product.

5. Rai Umar, Uniqueworld – Forms and Workflow using MOSS

After the presentations the audience can ask questions and vote for their favourite solution presenter who will win a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate.

Rai Umair – Rai will be launching the brand new MOSSIG web site.

Plus plenty of networking opportunity, giveaways and bubbles!

DON’T FORGET  – Bring your business cards for prize draws!  Just for showing up you will be eligible for the draw of a copy of Visual Studio Professional, and don’t forget bring your business card to enter.

Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team Blog

December 10, 2007

The Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team have started blogging, if you are a SharePoint developer, then this resource is going to be essential.

Visit their new blog at:

There first couple of blog posts are fantastic;

  • Extending Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer
  • SharePoint Resource Center Pages Now Live
  • SharePoint SDKs Machine Translation Pilot
  • Creating new .ACTIONS files for code-free workflow editors
  • Content Migration in SharePoint
  • Content Migration in SharePoint (Post 2)
  • Customising Alert Notifications and Alert Templates in Windows SharePoint

Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

December 4, 2007


On the Windows Home Server Team are posting a series of hilarious videos that both describe the product and help solidify the definition of the category.

They have also commissioned a funny fake children’s book titled “Mommy, Why is there a Server in my House?” which will help parents explain why there is a new member of the family. A teaser of the book is on right now; it will soon be available in many other forms…they’ll actually be selling it on Amazon.

Check out the Microsoft Windows Home Server Team blog at

Calling all SharePoint developers!

November 29, 2007

Chris Johnson from the SharePoint product team wants to hear from the SharePoint developers.  This is your chance to give your feedback directly to the product team.

Go to his post and leave your comments.

“Something I take great interest in and spend a bunch of time thinking about are SharePoint Developers.  I was one before I moved up here to Redmond and joined the SharePoint product team.  Of course that means I hold a dear place in my heart for all you pro developers out there who are stuggling with the lack of developer tools targeted at the hard core SharePoint developer.  Dont worry … we hear ya!!!

Something I have been doing recently is quizzing other sharepoint developers out there about their development practices, tools and environments they use in their jobs.  Now i want to take that to anyone (is there anyone?) reading this blog.

So here are my questions for you:

– What does your development environment look like?  Do you develop in a VPC (what products are installed) or on a dedicated machine?  Does your team use a single SQL server? or do you each run your own?  Do you run standalone MOSS/WSS installs? or are they connected to a Farm with other developers machines connected?

– What are the tools you use and how do you use them?  Do you only use Visual Studio?  or do you use a mix of VS and SharePoint Designer?  Do you have a bunch of scripts or batches for things yout cant do in Visual Studio … like package up your Features into Solution files etc… Do you use any third party tools?

– If you use source control what do you store in it?  Do you just store your Feature files & code? or do you store scripts to automate a build and upload content to it etc…?  Is this all integrated with Source Control?

– Do you use any tools to help you build Feature & Solution files etc…? or do you manually write them?

– Have you looked at the Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services?  if so .. 1.1? or just 1.0?  What do you think is missing from that tool that you have to do using manual steps or scripts you built etc… (for more info see:

– What sort of applications are you building?  one off sites? or templates etc… for many sites?

– Do you sell the things you build many times?  or are they usually one offs?

So many questions I know 🙂  I want to make sure we stay focussed on delivering the tools that make the most sense to you the developers.  That is why I think it is important that you get to have your say about what direction we are should head in.  So go ahead … make my day … and add your comments below. (your comments might take a while to show up as i have comment moderation on to stop all the spam … but i will approve when i can). Also …I am totally happy for people to reply anonomously if they like.”, Chris Johnson (Microsoft).

Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS) released

November 29, 2007

Just caught wind that Microsoft and HiSoftware have announced the official release of the Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS) Version 1.0.


MOSSIG Christmas Party

November 29, 2007

MOSSIG Christmas Party
5.30pm on the 12th December @ Microsoft
Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place
Melbourne, Australia.

MOSSIG will be having drinks and nibbles over the night for a casual end to the year topped off with some great presentations of the work done by our MOSSIG members over the year.

For more information check our website at or register for our monthly newsletter at

Also 2 Prizes (Office 2007 Ultimate – worth $1000) will be awarded on the night for the best solution and the most informative. This will be judged by the audience.