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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Top 10 SharePoint Blogs of January 2013

Completely scientific and impartial, the blog top 10 of Jan 2013 (max number of points is unlimited):

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Check your IP Address

Easy to do, but still, a handy site to find out about your IP address: http://www.dnsfrog.com/what-is-my-ip

Online RegEx Testers

Regular expressions are extremely important – some of the time. When you do need it, it helps to have access to a good online regular expression tester, such as RegexHero . This article also helps: http://extract-web-data.com/10-best-online-regex-testers/

Handy overview of user agents

We’re in the middle of working on a free performance/load/stress tool and found that the next web site provides a good overview of existing user agents and proved to be quite handy: http://www.user-agents.org/

Explore Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Free eBook

Well, it’s actually more like a big blog post, but useful nonetheless. If you missed it, this free eBook covers SharePoint 2013 new features: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35396

Query Error

Interesting, if you execute a search query programmatically for the first time after an iisreset (using searchExecutor.ExecuteQueries(keywordQuery, handleException);) it fails miserably. This is a known defect that will be fixed in the Feb CU.

Social awareness, SharePoint, and casinos

With SharePoint being heralded as Microsoft’s fastest growing product, little is left to the imagination with regards to Microsoft’s profit margin. Described by company officials as being a $2 billion per year business, this is certainly a milestone that few Microsoft products have ever achieved. At the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim in October 2011, Jeff Teper, the ‘father’ of SharePoint, stated that at that stage there were approximately 65,000 customers and 125,000,000 users of SharePoint. This figure is expected to have grown radically since then, so one can only imagine the exact amount. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Teper said that their goal was to simply build the largest-scale enterprise cloud service in the industry and to be able to take the billion Office users and be able to run the full back-end services in the cloud with Office 365.

What we do know for sure is that the 2013 version of Microsoft SharePoint will continue to draw the crowds. There seems to, however, be general consensus about the need for improved record and document management and many complaints about pretty dismal social networking facilities of the 2010 version of the product. Reports thus far confirm that considerable positive changes have been made, but as always, we need to see if the average Joe behind his desk in his three-by-three cubicle agrees.

The need to connect is such a deep primal emotion that no matter how sophisticated our job title, to be truly happy most will require a somewhat interactive environment. The casino industry experienced a similar situation a few years prior and through inventive thinking and swift action were able to correct the problem. Online casino science has revealed that socially aware players were disengaging from time to time due to the inability to connect with their friends and share their games with them, which in turn was placing a considerable dent in their coffers and thus online casinos were forced to adapt quickly and effectively.

If SharePoint delivers everything that it promises to deliver, users are going to have something to smile about. If all will be singing the praises of the new interface, remains to be seen, but for now the predictors remain positive.

ILSpy

Do you remember how Red Gate bought Reflector and promised they would maintain a free version of it? Then, do you remember how they said it would cease to do that by the end of February 2011? This is a typical pattern, beware when a vendor buys something and promises to keep it free? And, is Fiddler the next tool that this will happen too? Anyway, time for some love for ILSpy, a community alternative for Reflector: http://ilspy.net/

Flexible Exchange Hosting by Experts

There are times when our customers decide to take their hosting of SharePoint solutions outside. We’ve found that sometimes they have partners they trust, but don’t have specific SharePoint knowledge. This usually leads to a troublesome relationship, and we prefer to work with hosting parties dedicated to SharePoint.

Recently, we needed to do something different from what we normally do, find a knowledgeable partner to host Exchange and migrate existing content. We found it in SherWeb, 2011 Microsoft Hosting Partner of the Year at hosted exchange.

Field Of Dreams

For the TechNet Wiki Ninja blog, Margriet wrote about the movie Field of Dreams, heimwee and fernwee and the Ping tools for SharePoint: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2012/12/18/field-of-dreams.aspx