SharePoint at the Microsoft PDC 2008

I'll be at the Microsoft PDC 2008 and I hope to see you there. if you're going, please come to some of our SharePoint talks. In fact, go and add them to your My Sessions now and make us more popular.

There will be a Hands on Lab you can try at the show for your first experience developing with SharePoint. The PDC 2008 Hard Drives will have a SharePoint VPC containing 10 SharePoint Developer Hands on Labs. And we will have a SharePoint booth in the Pavilion with Mike Ammerlaan, Alex Malek, Chris Johnson, Steve Fox just to name a few.

Here are the SharePoint talks and a bit more about each of them:


SharePoint 2007: Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio 2008
Chris Johnson
Abstract: Learn how to use Microsoft Silverlight and SharePoint together. See us build a SharePoint application using the Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint.

A bit more detail: For this talk Chris will be building a SharePoint site from scratch in Visual Studio 2008 using the Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint. He will be adding branding to the site and the site will feature a list, event receivers, a wiki and a Silverlight web part. The Silverlight web part will include something new that is being announced at the PDC in a prior talk. You’ll be watching Chris code during the talk, but the SharePoint site he builds will give you ideas for your own coding and the completed sample will be available for download immediately after the talk.


SharePoint Online: Extending Your Service
Troy Hopwood
Abstract: Learn how to access and manipulate SharePoint files and data remotely with Web Services, customize your design and layout, and create workflows using Office SharePoint Designer 2007. See these extensibility points for SharePoint Online and more as we show you how to improve collaboration without running any on-premises servers.

A bit more detail: Troy will be showing various options for programming against SharePoint Online. You can’t upload binary code to the SharePoint Online servers but there are many ways you can still extend this. This talk will explain these extensibility mechanisms and show them coded against SharePoint Online. This will include use of the SharePoint Online Web Services, customizing SharePoint online with SharePoint Designer, calling out from the Data View Web Part to web services, building Silverlight controls with .NET code that run on SharePoint Online.


SharePoint 2007: Advanced Asynchronous Workflow Messaging
Alex Malek
Abstract: Learn how to build an employee on-boarding application that depends on a server located inside another company. We show how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to build the document workflow and have it asynchronously message a business service hosted behind another company's firewall.

A bit more detail: This talk will show SharePoint workflows making calls out to external systems. I don’t think you will have seen that before and it’s pretty advanced stuff.


FAST: Building Search-Driven Portals with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Silverlight
Jan Helge Sageflåt, Stein Danielsen
Abstract: The combination of FAST ESP and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 allows for the development of powerful search-driven portals. Learn about the architecture and functionality of FAST ESP, and see how FAST ESP can complement and extend existing search features in MOSS 2007. Watch a demonstration that shows how to create search user interfaces by configuring and extending the FAST ESP Search Web Parts, including the use of Silverlight to deliver unique search experiences.

A bit more detail: Heard about FAST search? FAST search offers structured search, faceted search, search driven site navigation, and search beyond the search box. This talk will drill into the integration of FAST with SharePoint. Come and learn more.