SharePoint Daily for October 23, 2008

By Chris DooleyNo Comments

Top News Stories
Office 2007 SP2 Due in Spring (VNUNet)
Microsoft has confirmed that the next service pack for Office 2007 will be released February-April next year. “Historically, we have waited to communicate details about service packs until their release (or very shortly before),” said the Microsoft Office Sustained Engineering Team in a blog posting.

IBM Undercuts Exchange With Hosted Notes (TechWorld)
IBM is set to launch its first hosted Lotus Notes service for as low as $8 (£5) a month, per user, as it attempts to compete with Microsoft’s hosted Exchange messaging service.

Review: Desktop Search with X1 Professional Client (The New York Times)
If X1 Professional can help one person save time, you can imagine how powerful the software becomes when used throughout the enterprise. When paired with the Xl Enterprise Search Suite, it allows users to search shared directories on a network and enterprise systems such as Exchange, SharePoint and document management systems.

Financial Crisis Set to Hit Technology Industry Hard (ComputerworldUK)
Technology leaders are feeling the strain of the economic crisis and do not see it improving in the near future, according to a new survey from international law firm DLA Piper.

Browser Wars: Google’s Chrome vs. Microsoft’s IE8 (Sci-Tech Today)
Which browser is the best? It depends on what you use it for. Some will opt for Google’s simple, pared-down design, while others will prefer IE8′s Web development tools. Both IE8 and Firefox are quick, but Chrome is quicker, according to independent tests. Chrome and IE8 both have address bars that try to anticipate what you want to search for next.

PCMag Radio: Making Vista Great (PC Magazine)
The gang debates how to make Vista great: load some utilities, hack it, or wait for SP2 or Windows 7? We also take a look at the new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops from Apple.

More Reasons I’m Ready to be Stoked About Windows 7 (CIO Weblog)
Earlier this week I linked to a post on the Engineering Windows 7 blog called “A View from the Bottom” by Larry Osterman, a Microsoft veteran whose own blog is a pretty good read if you are a development type. Osterman’s post for the Engineering Windows 7 blog is all about organization, however, and it’s a great read for CIOs or anyone overseeing software development projects.

Windows 7 release date: October, 2009? (PC World)
If you have been toying with the idea of cutting your users over to Vista as part of a PC refresh, you may want to hold that thought. In less than a year, Windows 7 will likely be available.

Around the Blogosphere
Customizing Search Series – Creating New Managed Properties (SharePoint Magazine)
Welcome to the fourth article in the customizing search series. This article, although one of the shorter ones, continues the journey in customizing search and builds upon the previous articles in this series.

One Week to Rule them All – Mark your Calendars for May 11-15 (SharePoint Joel’s SharePoint Land)
Teched which was 2 weeks last week will be one week this year.  That’s awesome news for the SharePoint family.  That means we all can get together for one happy reunion at Teched US!  Registration opens December 10th in Los Angeles.  See you there May 11-15!

SharePoint Event Handler (List, Content Type etc.) vs Custom Workflow Activity (zevenseas)
In the past I followed a few discussions on using event handlers in SharePoint or building a workflow activity. I noticed that programmers seem to favor the event handler a lot of times while I think it is a wrong choice many times. The reason they fancy the event handler is simple, it is easier to build with less overhead. I’m not a very skilled .NET programmer anymore but as far as I can see indeed it is easier to build an event handler.

Streamline Your SharePoint Code Using Extension Methods (John F. Holliday)
The SharePoint API can be vexing for developers who are not used to the little ‘gotchas’ that pop up here and there.  This can lead to lots of wasted time when all you want to do is determine if a list contains a certain field, or perform a standard operation on a list.  For example, say you have a task list and you want to get the list of overdue tasks or the list of tasks that will become due in the next week.  Of course, you could write the code in a separate utility library and pull it out when you need it.  But wouldn’t it be great if you could simply extend the SPList object so that it included your custom properties and methods?

My Top 5 WCM Tips Presentation (Chris O’Brien’s blog)
Had a great time presenting my WCM tips presentation over the last week or so – first to a record attendance at the UK SharePoint user group (we hit 200+ attendees for the first time!) and then to a Gold partner audience at Microsoft today. I’d like to think the user group record was due in part to the great agenda, but suspect it was really down to the draw of free beer, pizza and curry from LBi ;-) Instead of posting a simple link to the slides, I want to run through the info here because:

Change Password Script (STSADM Custom Extensions)
I’d been meaning to post this for quite some time but just haven’t gotten around to it – as paranoid administrators we often find the need to change our service account passwords and doing so with a product like SharePoint can be a rather significant effort if you consider all the various accounts that may be used in a least privileges model.  If you’re just about to make hit this situation you’re likely to do a quick search and find the following support article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934838 – this article provides you with the stsadm commands you need as well as a sample script that you can use.

SharePoint Branding Install Instructions (SharePoint Branding & Design)
After all branding files have been created we as designers sometimes don’t get the option to install and implement the visual design ourselves. So the creation of an Install Guide can be important in two ways.

Maximizing ROI – Building a Business Case for a Knowledge Base (The Bamboo Team Blog)
When making any purchase decision, there are two primary questions you need to ask, “How much does something cost?” and “How much benefit will it give in return?”. At a high level, those are all you need to answer to determine the potential return on investment, or “ROI”. Whether the decision is buying a new pair of sneakers, or an enterprise level software solution, the logic is the same. There are also some secondary questions you need to answer, such as “Can I afford it?” and “Would something else provide more benefit for the same cost?”, but answering the first two questions tells you whether something is worth its price tag.

Create a Wiki Site in SharePoint (SharePoint Blank)
The fact that some of my fellow relatively new-to-SharePoint colleagues here at Bamboo use this blog as a reference when tackling new-to-them SharePoint tasks provides me with a sense of accomplishment.  Having said that, however, there are also occasions when I let them down in this regard, having not yet gotten around to covering a particular area of SharePoint, and today was one of those days.

SharePoint Events
October 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
October 23, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group: SharePoint Sprint
October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
October 28, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
October 28, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
October 28, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio SharePoint User Group

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 4, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
November 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group November Meetup
November 5, New York, New York, SharePoint User Group: New York City
November 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 11, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Sharepoint Users Group
November 12, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
November 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 13, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
November 13, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
November 13, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
November 19, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
November 20, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
November 20, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
November 20, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

* Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Updates
The upgrade schema does not consider the v3Type attribute when you upgrade SharePoint Portal Server 2003 customizations to SharePoint Server 2007 (KBAlertz – Microsoft Knowledge Base Article)
Consider the following scenario. You upgrade a custom list from Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Or, you upgrade a custom list from Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. In this scenario, the v3Type attribute for the custom list in an upgrade definition is not considered. Therefore, the upgraded custom list has an incorrect content type.

Add or change a workflow for a list, library, or content type (Windows SharePoint Services)
By default, a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site includes only one predefined workflow: the Three-state workflow, which is designed to work with an Issue Tracking list. If your organization needs additional workflows, these must be installed and enabled for your site by a server administrator. There are two ways in which custom workflows can be created for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0:

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