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“First Look: Microsoft Office 2010” eBook for free download

March 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Announced today is the availability of an eBook that provides a look at what is coming for end users from Office 2010.

Lots of screen shots and clear and concise explanations of the new features.
This book is geared toward the end user that is familiar with the Office suite and wished to learn more about the new tools coming out.

Free e-book: “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010”

Part I
Envision the Possibilities
Office 2010 ushers in a new era in productivity software by making the reliable tools
you’ve come to expect from Microsoft easier to use and more powerful than ever. In this
part of the book, you’ll get the big picture view of how Office 2010 improves the way you
work every day.

  • Chapter 1: Welcome to Office 2010
  • Chapter 2: Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently
  • Chapter 3: Collaborate in the Office and Around the World

Part II
Hit the Ground Running

Each of the applications in Office 2010 offers new ways to communicate your ideas more
visually and effectively, features that enable you to collaborate easier than ever before,
and ways to access your work from anywhere, anytime. Whether you spend your time in
Office 2010 generating content, managing projects, or analyzing financial data, you will
discover
new capabilities that streamline your tasks, add professional impact, and add
flexibility
and creativity along the way.

  • Chapter 4: Create and Share Compelling Documents with Word 2010
  • Chapter 5: Create Smart Data Insights with Excel 2010
  • Chapter 6: Manage Rich Communications with Outlook 2010
  • Chapter 7: Produce Dynamic Presentations with PowerPoint 2010
  • Chapter 8: Organize, Store, and Share Ideas with OneNote 2010
  • Chapter 9: Collaborate Effectively with SharePoint Workspace 2010
  • Chapter 10: Create Effective Marketing Materials with Publisher 2010
  • Chapter 11: Make Sense of Your Data with Access 2010

Part III
Next Steps with Office 2010
Now that you have explored the new features in each of the core Office 2010 applications,
this part of the book helps you answer the question, “What next?” Because Office 2010 is an
integrated suite of applications, you can use the programs together gracefully to get more
out of the files you create and share. This part also spotlights the security measures you’ll
find in Office 2010 and introduces various ways you can learn more about the programs and
increase
your own proficiency.

  • Chapter 12: Putting It All Together
  • Chapter 13: Security in Office 2010
  • Chapter 14: Training Made Easy

Free e-book: “First Look: Microsoft Office 2010”

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SharePoint 2010 Certification LiveMeeting Events in May

March 16, 2010 Leave a comment

May is going to be a busy month for learning SharePoint 2010. Several events are scheduled surrounding certification and preparing professionals to get certified.

Here are some LiveMeeting sessions in May that will assist you in your efforts to get certified.

Certification Preparation session: SharePoint Server 2010 TS and Pro Exams: 70-667 and 70-668 by Telmo Sampaio

Certification Preparation session: SharePoint Server 2010 Developer: Exam 70-573 by Christopher Harrison

Career Specialization for Network Administrators: Skills necessary to become a SharePoint Administrator by Russ Kaufmann

 

Live Meetings: Exam Crams for Windows Server, Exchange, SharePoint and more!

-Microsoft Learning Born to Learn Blog

SharePoint the collaboration tool of choice for University of Texas at Austin

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

For departments, units and project teams wanting to work remotely with colleagues from across campus, SharePoint is becoming the collaboration tool of choice. As of February 2010, there were 9200 active student, faculty, staff, and affiliate SharePoint users on the campus. 112 SharePoint sites have been launched and are in use, creating a total SharePoint database size of 190 Gigabytes (GB).

Read more about the advantages, advice, and the do’s and don’ts that The University of Texas at Austin Information Technology Services (ITS) has published about their implementation.

SharePoint article from the University of Texas at Austin

Demo of adding SharePoint 2010 Project Items to a project in Visual Studio 2010

March 14, 2010 17 comments

This demo video includes a walkthrough of creating a visual webpart using Visual Studio 2010.

Deploying the webpart using the Visual Studio 2010 IDE is also included.

Using Visual Studio 2010 you have project templates.
These templates are known as SharePoint Project Items (SPI).

If you are used to using the VSeWSS tools with Visual Studio 2005 – 2008 then you are already used to the idea of creating projects using templates.

The templates that are included in Visual Studio 2010 include:

Application Page
Business Data Connectivity Model
Content Type
Empty Element
Event Receiver
List Definition
List Definition from Content type
List Instance
Module
Sequential Workflow
State Machine Workflow
User Control
Visual Web Part
Web Part
Workflow Association Form
Workflow Initiation Form

 

Demo of adding SharePoint 2010 Project items

Today is March 11 and AvePoint released their free tool for SharePoint BLOB Management – download available today!

March 11, 2010 1 comment

AvePoint Introduces Free Tool for SharePoint BLOB Management

Technical Advantages of DocAve Extender

Comprehensive Support:

DocAve Extender leverages Microsoft’s BLOB APIs to securely offload Binary Large Objects with full fidelity to tiered storage. No metadata is lost when content is transitioned to file-based storage.

Full-Featured Management of Content:

Content offloaded to file-based storage with DocAve Extender can be managed using all of SharePoint’s management and collaboration tools, including versioning, workflows, and alerts, all as if it was residing directly in SharePoint’s SQL database.

Administrator-defined Rules for Automatic Off-load Based Upon File Size:

Determine what BLOB files are transferred to file-based storage by file size. DocAve Extender will automatically analyze all content attempting upload and transfer it to the appropriate storage resource.

Transfer Content to any Network File Shares, FTP system, or Cloud Storage System:

Offload to any network addressable file share, File Transfer Protocol system, or cloud-based storage system (including Rackspace, Amazon, and Microsoft).

Seamless Integration with SharePoint Search:

All data residing in file-based storage is fully integrated with SharePoint’s native, full text search functionality, as well as all other search tools that leverage the standard SharePoint API.

Comprehensive Support for Custom Metadata and Column Types:

All content transferred to file-based storage via DocAve Extender can be associated with all of SharePoint’s standard and customized metadata fields, and appended with any variety of column types.

Integrated Permissions Management:

Securities and permissions for content residing in file-based storage are fully integrated with SharePoint’s permissions management. Both unique and inherited permissions can be delegated to extended content as if it were residing directly in SharePoint’s SQL database.

Total Interactivity with Client Office Applications and Third-party Tools:

Extended content can be presented and modified directly through Office applications, or acted upon by third-party tools, just as if the content resided in SharePoint’s SQL database.

How To Download the Free DocAve Extender

AvePoint’s DocAve Extender will be available for download free of charge from the AvePoint website (www.avepoint.com/download) on March 11, 2010. After downloading the free, fully enabled 30-day trial of the full DocAve Software Platform, North American based organizations that wish to continue using DocAve Extender can call AvePoint at 1-800-661-6588 or email Sales@avepoint.com to receive their perpetual license for DocAve Extender.

Preparation materials posted for Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment

On the Microsoft Learning site the prep materials for the 70-576 PRO exam have been published. It appears that the exam is scheduled to be released June 15 and the exam is still in development.

To see full details visit the Microsoft Learning Center exam description for 70-576

About this Exam

This exam is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and skills on designing developing applications on the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 platform.

Audience Profile

The candidate is responsible for designing custom code for projects that are deployed to SharePoint servers. This includes technology selection across the many ways to build code in SharePoint, ensuring the team development environment is configured, creating a strategy for code deployment, versioning, configuration, or structure.
The candidate also leads a team of SharePoint developers, has at least two years of SharePoint development experience, has at least three years of ASP.NET development experience

Credit Toward Certification

When you pass Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

PRO: SharePoint Server Developer

 Skills Being Measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

Creating an Application Design (19%)

  • Evaluate application data access and storage

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SharePoint List and relationships, Document Library, SQL Database, BCS, web service, file system, remote BLOB storage, and all other external data sources

  • Identify artifacts from application requirements

    This objective may include but is not limited to: web parts, event receivers, list definitions, list templates, workflows, site definitions, custom actions, content types, site columns, mapping artifacts to application requirements

  • Select a deployment model

    This objective may include but is not limited to: identifying artifacts and execution appropriate for sandbox and farm (i.e. GAC vs. BIN) implementation, designing solutions for single server or multi-server environments, dividing artifacts between sandbox and farm

  • Select the appropriate execution method

    This objective may include but is not limited to: in-page, workflow, event receiver (asynchronous vs. synchronous), timer job, and service application, selecting which logic execution model to use for a problem, determining where code or artifact runs

Designing UX (17%)

  • Determine presentation page type

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Web Part page, application Page, publishing page, page layout, static page

  • Determine SharePoint visual components

    This objective may include but is not limited to: web parts, silverlight, AJAX, ribbon, visual web parts, delegate controls, custom field types, dialog

  • Plan branding strategy

    This objective may include but is not limited to: determining usage of themes, templates, enforce consistency via site definitions, master pages and page layouts, determining usage of CSS styles and JavaScript, designing usage and role of Styles Library or Site Collection Library

  • Design application customization strategy

    This objective may include but is not limited to: supportable customizations allowed through SharePoint UI, SharePoint Designer 2010, VS 2010 (site columns, content types, page customization, themes, page layouts, personalization)

  • Design navigation strategy

    This objective may include but is not limited to: identify inclusion of navigational items (global/current/custom), consume an existing site map provider vs. create a custom provider, determine depth and inclusion of pages/sites, dynamic vs. static navigation, consume an existing navigation control vs. create a custom navigation control

Managing Application Development (18%)

  • Design for localization and globalization

    This objective may include but is not limited to: use and implementation of resource files, variations (content creation and workflow, multilingual content), selecting locales, date and time, regional settings, RTL vs. LTR

  • Develop a security approach

    This objective may include but is not limited to: authentication (NTLM, Kerberos, Forms-based Authentication, claims, Single Sign-On, Anonymous), authorization (SharePoint groups, AD groups, claims, permission levels) enterprise-wide security policies

  • Define application configuration approach

    This objective may include but is not limited to: defining "web.config" modifications, Lists as a configuration option, Property bags, declarative vs. programmatic, SP persisted objects

Optimizing SharePoint Application Design (15%)

  • Optimize page performance

    This objective may include but is not limited to: View State, Inline JS, Inline  CSS, HTML output, AJAX, Client side cache, .NET cache, BLOB Cache, Session State, IIS compression

  • Optimize data access

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SPQuery, SPSiteDataQuery, Large lists, Search (managed properties), SharePoint 2010 query throttling, Client object model vs. web service/rest/SOAP/RPC, Linq

  • Design for logging and exception handling

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Determining appropriate level of logging to include in a custom code project, Evaluating SharePoint log data, Instrumenting code to improve the ability to maintain the system, Determining when exceptions are raised, error values returned, and what should be written to the SharePoint ULS log, Debugger, and Event log

  • Identify and Resolve deployment issues

    This objective may include but is not limited to: single server vs. farm vs. multi-farm, infrastructure vs. content database, web applications, application pools, feature activation failures, pushing applications to front end, security context, feature scope, feature dependencies

  • Analyze memory utilization

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Memory profiling, Disposal of SharePoint objects, Load testing, Identifying memory bottlenecks (hierarchy), Analyze ULS logs, Monitoring memory counters, ensure implemention of IDisposable on custom artifacts containing IDisposable members

Designing SharePoint Composite Applications (13%)

  • Design external application integration

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Selecting appropriate BCS connection from Web Service, .NET Type, and SQL Connection, Defining authentication requirements, Defining solutions that include Office client applications

  • Determine data capture approach

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Evaluate when to use different forms technologies (InfoPath vs. ASP.NET), Office client, Silverlight, BCS, Infopath Forms Services

  • Design SharePoint information architecture

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Content types (local, global), Site columns, Site structure, Taxonomy (managed metadata)

  • Design a workflow solution

    This objective may include but is not limited to: workflow tool (Visio, SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio), Sequential vs. State Machine, Item vs. Site, Declarative vs. Code, custom actions

Designing SharePoint Solutions and Features (18%)

  • Plan SharePoint Features

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Feature Sets, Feature Stapling, determine feature scope, Create a new Feature (vs. extending), activation dependencies, feature receivers

  • Plan SharePoint solution packaging

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Create a new Solution (vs. extending), Manage reference assemblies in a SharePoint WSP solution, solution sets,  solution dependencies,  solution targeting

  • Establishing application modification and version upgrade strategy

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Designing an artifact upgrade strategy,  Feature and solution upgrade,  Site upgrade,  Versioning custom assemblies,  Versioning workflows (new feature, new assembly version, new code),  Resolving incompatible changes between dev and production

  • Develop a strategy for delivery of application modifications and existing data transformation

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Formulating a new version of custom code,  Updating Web parts while retaining properties, connections and other user entered settings,  Content maintenance, Developing a content upgrade strategy, Deployment configurations, Deploying modified code safely (data safe), Preparing scripts (PowerShell, EXE), packages (WSP, MSI), or installers

Preparation materials published for Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

March 8, 2010 2 comments

On the Microsoft Learning site the prep materials for the 70-573 MCTS exam have been published. It appears that the exam is scheduled to be released June 15 and the exam is still in development.

To see full details visit the Microsoft Learning Center exam description for 70-573

About this Exam

This exam is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and skills on developing applications on the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 platform.

Audience Profile

A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development should be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Write code that extends SharePoint 2010
  • Add and support code to an existing project
  • Write code for and test custom features in a SharePoint solution such as a Visual Web Part or Event Receiver
  • Implement a solution designed by lead SharePoint Developer

The candidate should also have the following experience:

  • 12 months with ASP.NET 3.5 with Visual Studio 2008 (or later)
  • 6 months develop with SharePoint 2007 or later
  • 3 months with SP 2010 and VS2010 (includes beta releases)

Credit Toward Certification:

When you pass Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

TS: SharePoint 2010 Developer

Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):PRO: SharePoint Server 2010 Developer

 

Skills Being MeasuredThis exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

Working with the SharePoint User Interface (19%)

  • Manage SPSite and SPWeb programmatically by using Visual Studio 2010
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating sub webs, referencing SPFiles, manipulating property bag, when to call Update, referencing SPContext, SPSite, SPWeb,  SPSite.OpenWeb, SPWeb.Webs, feature activiation and deactivation

    This objective does not include: trivial cases such as setting title and other loose properties of the objects

  • Implement a dialog by using the Dialog Framework

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Create dialogs from JavaScript or from server side, display dialogs

  • Create a custom ribbon object

    This objective may include but is not limited to: adding custom actions to the ribbon, customizing groups, customizing tabs, customizing the existing ribbon

  • Customize navigation programmatically
    This objective may include but is not limited to: TopNav bar, quick launch, custom actions

    This objective does not include: custom menu controls, custom site map providers

  • Create and apply branding to a SharePoint site
    This objective may include but is not limited to: applying custom master pages to content pages and application pages, placeholders, page layouts, programmatically working with themes, deploying CSS, CSSlink, ScriptLink

    This objective does not include: graphic design, creating a CSS

Developing Web Parts and Controls (21%)

  • Create Web Parts
    This objective may include but is not limited to: including properties, controls using Render vs. CreateChildControl, life cycle,  visual, standard Web Parts,  

    This objective does not include: trivial case where developer uses Visual Web Part project template

  • Create connectable Web Parts

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Implement consumer/provider interfaces

  • Debug Web Parts

    This objective may include but is not limited to: ULS log, and event log, debug.log tracing, developer dashboard

  • Create and implement delegate controls

    This objective may include but is not limited to: overriding existing controls with lower sequence, developing and using .ascx files

Developing Business Logic (19%)

  • Implement a custom workflow in Visual Studio 2010
    This objective may include but is not limited to: work with inititation data or association data to create a SharePoint task, extend a workflow imported from SharePoint Designer 2010, use a HandleExternalEvent and CallExternalMethod to interact with a custom local service, work with inititation data or association data in a site workflow, corelation token

    This objective does not include: trivial cases such as workflows with no custom actions, initiation data, association data.

  • Create a custom workflow action

    This objective may include but is not limited to: create a custom SPD action, create and add a custom activity to a Visual Studio workflow, define an action.xml file

  • Create and implement event receivers

    This objective may include but is not limited to: accessing event properties, list, item, site, email, avoiding recursion, cancelling events, choosing synchronization state

  • Customize Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating a content type that inherit from appropriate parent, creating and implementing a custom publishing field control that is page mode aware, activating a master page programmatically including token usage

    This objective does not include: page layouts, formatting

  • Create, implement and debug a Timer Job

    This objective may include but is not limited to: configuration, programmatic scheduling, queueing, attaching debugger to the Timer service

  • Create and modify Business Connectivity Service model in Visual Studio 2010

    This objective may include but is not limited to: create a BDC model in Visual Studio 2010, define insert, update and delete methods, create and read items, make data searchable

  • Manage Users, Groups, Permissions

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SPGroups, SPUser, permission inheritance, all securable objects, SPRoleDefinition, SPRole, SPRoleAssignment

Working With SharePoint Data (22%)

  • Access list data by using the Server object model

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SPQuery, LINQ, SPList, SPSiteDataQuery, schema management, working with a query Governor, create LINQ query that includes a join statement, SPQuery Vs. SPSiteDataQuery

  • Access SharePoint Data by using ADO.NET Data Services

    This objective may include but is not limited to: WCF ListData.svc, RESTFUL URLs conventions, create and use a client service reference

  • Access (CRUD) data by using the Client Object Model

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Javascript, .NET, Silverlight, Build Silverlight User Interface for SharePoint using Client Object Model, Query data by using CAML over the Client Object Model in Silverlight, non data API (site, web, list, access)

  • Work with documents programmatically

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SPFile, SPFolder, SPVersion, upload document and set meta data

  • Work with the meta data

    This objective may include but is not limited to: Access data from user profiles, taxonomy, folksonomy

  • Extending SharePoint Search

    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating a custom query using full text query or keyword query, customize the look and feel of the search result using XSLT

  • Implement and debug code that executes in an alternative security context

    This objective may include but is not limited to: create code that uses the RunWithElevatedPrivileges delegate (including debugging), create code that uses the System Account, create code that impersonate a different user

  • Create and modify a custom content type

    This objective may include but is not limited to: declaratively and programmatically creating and upgrading content type using Visual Studio 2010, modifying an exisiting content type, site columns

Stabilizing and Deploying SharePoint Components (19%)

  • Manage a solution in Visual Studio 2010

    This objective may include but is not limited to: modify the contained features in the solution, add an assembly that is not included in the visual studio solution, manage mapped folders for localization, sandbox and farm solutions, customize manifest.xml 

  • Manage a feature by using Visual Studio 2010
    This objective may include but is not limited to: upgrading, localizing, versioning, developing features, feature receivers (activating and installing) that interact with their parent object, customizing feature.xml

    This objective does not include: features without elements

  • Store and retrieve configuration data

    This objective may include but is not limited to:  App config, web config, persisted object, list, xml, file system, cookies, property bag

  • Create a site definition by using Visual Studio 2010
    This objective may include but is not limited to: feature activation, site provisioning, localization

    This objective does not include: list definitions and modules defined in ONET.xml, SharePoint Designer

  • Manage SharePoint object life cycle by using the Dispose API

    This objective may include but is not limited to: SPWeb, SPContext, IDisposable, Try…Catch…Finally, using blocks

  • Develop, debug, and deploy sandboxed solutions

    This objective may include but is not limited to: APIs that are allowed or not allowed in sandbox, use a full trust proxy