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Wellington SharePoint User Group Meeting Resources

As promised here are links to all of the resources discussed tonight:

User Group Links



Community Sites


Community Projects

Upcoming Wellington SharePoint User Group Meeting

I will be speaking at the upcoming SharePoint user group session on the 27th of Feb.

Topic: Getting the most out of your SharePoint Community

Speaker: Zac Smith

There is more to the SharePoint community than just turning up to user group meetings for free pizza and beer. Over the last year SharePoint developers around the world have been creating all kinds of enhancements, utilities, tools and extensions for SharePoint. This session aims to demonstrate how some of these can be incorporated into your SharePoint environment. Zac will showcase SharePoint community initiatives such as the Community Kit for SharePoint and some of the many CodePlex SharePoint projects . This will be a great opportunity to catch up on some of the exciting things happening in the SharePoint community space.

The session is suitable for all SharePoint enthusiasts.

We will also have a question and answer session after for any other SharePoint related questions you may have.

Please RSVP to:

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2008.Venue: Intergen Limited, Level 7, Plunket House, 126 Lambton Quay.

Presentation Starts at 6PM.

Wellington SharePoint User Group Meeting - October 25th

This month's user group meeting will be held on 25th Thursday at Microsoft New Zealand. This month is also the 1 year anniversary of the User Group. Seems like only yesterday that it was kicking off.

Tomorrow nights meeting is broked up into two parts:

"SharePoint Search - I didn't know MOSS Search did that" presented by Brendan Law.


Ask the Experts session with Myself, Chan Kulathilake and Jonathan Stuckey.

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Wellington .NET User Group Session

On the 1st of August, I will be presenting a session on WSS development to the Wellington .NET User Group. Although we have a Wellington SharePoint User Group, it is focused on more high level MOSS topics. This session is intended to be a very technical, dev focused affair. The session description that I submitted goes along the lines of:

Developing with Windows SharePoint Services v3.0
- Delivered by Zac Smith of Provoke Solutions

With Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, IT professionals can tailor or extend the Windows SharePoint Services foundation to create new, efficient, Web-based tools and services specific to the organization, department, business process, or industry vertical. Through a highly customizable and extensible platform, companies can tie these new tools and services to existing line-of-business applications, capitalizing on existing IT investments and valuable information stored in back-end systems.

WSS is often thought of as just a document collaboration platform. This session will demonstrate how to use the Windows SharePoint Services platform to build rich, flexible, and scalable Web-based applications and Internet sites specific to the needs of your organization. As of version 3.0, WSS is now built on top of the ASP.NET 2.0 Framework. This allows modern .NET development techniques to be employed. With the major architectural improvements in version 3.0, WSS can now be realised as a powerful application framework.

The development topics being covered in this session may include the following:

  • Object Model Basics
  • Object Model Best Practices
  • Cross Site Queries (CAML)
  • SharePoint Designer Basics
  • WebPart Basics
  • WSS Event Handling
  • Microsoft and Community Developed Tools & Utilities
  • Features & the Solution Framework
  • WSS as an Application Framework

The session is intended to be at a technical level and there will be many code based demonstrations. It is targeted at competent .NET web developers. No in-depth WSS knowledge is required, however a basic understanding of SharePoint related technologies will be beneficial.