SharePoint Daily for July 23, 2008

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SharePoint in the News
Beware of ‘Chaos’ SharePoint Can Create (PC World)
A report from Forrester is warning customers to consider carefully how they plan to use Microsoft’s Office SharePoint Server product, which they say can wreak havoc in an IT organization when used as a custom application development platform.

SharePoint Challenges IT as the Excel, Access of the Day (Computerworld)
Just as the use Microsoft Excel and Access grew at unfettered rates in the 1990s — often under IT’s radar — the vendor’s Office SharePoint Server is spreading quickly through large companies as a development platform for users, according to a new study from Forrester Research Inc.

Don’t Shun Social Networking: Microsoft (eChannelLine)
While discussing the implementation and gradual rollout of Canadian Tire Corp.’s latest communications portal based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Corp.’s general manager of SharePoint platform and tools, Derek Burney, said organizations must cease shunning social networking tools such as wikis.

Microsoft Fights Back, but Does it Have Enough Ammo? (CNET)
For quite a while now, we’ve heard Microsoft claim that when it unleashes its barrage of advertising, Apple and the rest of the software industry will be put on notice. “You thought the sleeping giant was still sleeping?” Microsoft’s VP of Windows Vista consumer marketing said recently. “Well, we’ve woken up, and it’s time to take our message forward.”

Watch Out For SharePoint Gaps (ChannelWeb)
Office SharePoint Server has grown from a collaboration tool into a custom application development platform. But businesses that use SharePoint’s higher end features may run into unforeseen difficulties, according to a recent report by Forrester Research.

Do You SharePoint? (NetworkWorld)
Do you develop Microsoft SharePoint apps? Do you host them online via the Internet, either as extensions to business intranets or as S+S/SaaS applications? Microsoft claims there are over 100 million SharePoint users (end users I assume). With the announcement of Microsoft Online’s hosted and deskless SharePoint services at last week’s WPC 2008 conference, even more businesses will have access to SharePoint for their application needs.

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint and World Economics (SharePoint Joel’s SharePoint Land)
The economy is definitely on the mind of people in the U.S.  Maybe yours too?  I’ve spent time abroad lately and around the world gas prices and currency is a common topic.  What about SharePoint?  How does it relate to economics…

SharePoint Web Services (Mirjam’s blog)
Building custom applications for the SharePoint 2007 platform can be done using the WSS and MOSS object model. However, if you can’t or won’t deploy your code to the WSS server you can also use the WSS Web Services. I must admit that I hardly ever use them, and that I always thought they were not very well documented, but I found some great information here.

Public-Facing SharePoint? Here’s something scary… Please activate ViewFormPagesLockDown!!! (Rich Finn)
Recently, I’ve seen a bunch of announcements about new public-facing Internet sites being released out into the wild running on SharePoint.  This is awesome because it’s great to see people catching on to the web content management features in the product.  I do need get something off my chest, though…  If you’ve got a public facing SharePoint site that allows anonymous access, ACTIVATE THE ViewFormPagesLockDown FEATURE!!!!!!!

Using Generics and Anonymous Methods to Your Advantage – A Recursive Alternative (SharePoint Thoughts)
Awhile ago, I was conversing with someone about the features of the newer .Net Framework versions.  One of the features mentioned was generics.  My friend mentioned that he really liked the concept and recently started using them, but that he still couldn’t quite see how generic collections could really be put to work.  Ok… so that’s the lead in for today’s post – generics, collections, and 1 more “new” feature called anonymous methods.

Press Releases
NetIQ Delivers True End-user Experience Monitoring for Windows-accessed Applications (Business Wire)
NetIQ Corporation, an Attachmate business, today announced the latest version of NetIQ® AppManager® ResponseTime Module for Windows. IT organizations now have visibility into the end-user experience for any application accessed via the Windows desktop, including Microsoft Exchange (via Outlook), SharePoint, Siebel, SAP, and even custom or local desktop applications, without relying on programming or scripting expertise.

SharePoint Events*
July 23, Iselen, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
July 24, Richmond Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
July 24, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
July 24, Los Angeles (Irvine), California, SharePoint Hands-On Workshop
July 28, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
July 28, Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta .NET User Group Meeting

August 19, Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association

September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10

October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Knowledge Base
The Business Data Catalog does not support client certificates for authentication in SharePoint Server 2007 (KBAlertz)
SharePoint Server 2007 does not support Business Data Catalog application definitions that consume Web services when these Web services require a client certificate for authentication. This is a limitation of SharePoint Server 2007.

Error message when you subscribe to RSS feeds in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and in SharePoint Server 2007: Page cannot be displayed (KBAlertz)
You open a document library or a list in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When you try to subscribe to Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, you may experience the following symptoms:

Description of the Excel Services in SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: June 26, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Excel Services in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 issue that is fixed in the hotfix package that is dated June 26, 2008.

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