Monthly Archives February 2012

Move your Silverlight skills to the web with KnockoutJS

Summary: Posted the slides for my recent, unconventional talk, “Move Your Silverlight Skills to the Web with KnockoutJS.” And a note about the bleak future of web plug-ins like Flash and Silverlight. I spoke at the Twin Cities Silverlight User Group yesterday afternoon on a rather uncomfortable topic: Silverlight’s imminent irrelevance. I told Silverlight developers they should stop writing Silverlight code and move to the native web.  🙂 It definitely raised some eyebrows. Fortunately, they didn’t throw rotten fruit at me; we actually had some great discussion back and forth about the software industry, Silverlight, and the future of the web. Overall, it
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Opened web FTW! How I used opened web APIs and standards to build a beautiful HTML5 web app

Summary: It’s a great time to be a web developer. HTML5, KnockoutJS, MVC3, RavenDB, and opened web APIs and services like Google Docs, IfThisThenThat, and RSS are combined to build a beautiful, useful web app. The opened web is coming to fruition. I recently released MessianicChords.com, an HTML 5 site for finding lyrics and guitar chords to Messianic Jewish religious music. Using opened web APIs to build this thing proved effective. Do web developers know these APIs exist? They should; these opened web APIs and standards are powerful tools that will make your app shine. The raison d’etra of MessianicChords
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Dynamics CRM Anywhere

Big news released today!  In April/May 2012, Microsoft will release the next iteration of Dynamics CRM 2011 code, which they package up into functionality internally codenamed “R8”.  There are lots of great features coming that you can read all about in the new Statement of Direction.  Here are a few of my favorites: 1) New Mobile Client!  It will be called Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile and will run as a native client on all the popular mobile devices (including tablets).  It was developed by CWR Mobility, but is now a standard branded and supported Microsoft application.  Mobile workforces will love
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SharePoint Productivity Hub–In Depth

One of my favorite add-on to SharePoint from a on going training perspective is the Microsoft SharePoint Productivity Hub. This free product from Microsoft allows organizations to have a self-help for training. Microsoft introduced the Productivity Hub back in SharePoint 2007. The hub took much of the content that on Microsoft Office and made it readily available within the SharePoint environment on a number of topics related to Microsoft products including SharePoint. Read more . . . </don>
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SharePoint 2010 Newsfeed security trimming

When Service Pack 1 was released for SharePoint 2010, a new set of features was introduced in the User Profile Service Application, however over the past few weeks I have encountered an unexpected result as part of the new security trimming option.  New after SP is a set of options to specify if you want links in the activity feeds, ratings and social tags and notes to be trimmed based on who has security to those items.  You can find a ton of detail on setting up My Sites here. The default setting for the security trimming is to check
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