Thursday, June 18, 2009

Learning a New Development Platform

This past week at work we have been having some in-depth training.  The interesting thing is it hasn't been SQL Server, although the Microsoft product involved uses it extensively, it has been Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

The reason I thought I'd talk about it briefly is what I have learned about it during the last 4 days.  My previous employer used it, and based on one f my co-workers who also worked there with me, its use there exploded after I left.  Everyone in the company used it extensively.  We started using Windows SharePoint Services about three years ago a little bit.  I implemented a small team site when we first started our Data Warehouse project, but it didn't go anywhere beyond that for a quite awhile.  We developed a small POC site last school year hat went over pretty good at the school where it was used, but it wasn't really a ready for prime-time site.

We have put together a site just recently that went into production for our Professional Development department.  We'll see how this site goes.  The interesting thing here is that the developer that put it together wishes we had had this class first.  Found some things he would have done quite differently had he known more about the product.

I have learned quite a bit myself.  WSS and MOSS are both extremely powerful development platforms.  WSS for department level applications, and MOSS for Enterprise applications.  If you get the opportunity to work with either product, take the time to really learn it in depth, I think you'll be quite surprised.  For me, there are a couple of minor issues, the most glaring is the lack of scheduled backups for Farms, Site Collections, and Sites.  You either have to use Task Scheduler (I haven't figured out yet how to get a job in SQL Server Agent to run the STSADM tool to run a backup) or purchase a third party tool to accomplish the task.

I'm actually looking forward to learning a lot more about WSS and MOSS over the next few months.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Latest Articles

A few weeks ago I mentioned my blog that I would have two articles published on  Well, they have been published and are available to members of

The first article, published on May 26th, is titled Deleting Large Number of Records.

The second article, published on June 1st, is titled The Dynamic Tally or Numbers Table.

I am a somewhat disappointed that only paid members can read these articles at this time, as I am sure they would have been read by many more people by now than have read them on

Once I am able to republish these two articles, I will submit them to Steve Jones on SSC where I am certain they will get a much wider reading then they have so far to date.

Although disappointed by the low number of views, I do plan on writing additional articles for, as it is one way to get free monthly memberships.  But I am also going to try and write more articles so that I can also have some published on SSC as well.  Hopefully as I get more proficient and prolific, I'll have multiple articles be published on multiple sites at the same time, and be able to republish the more restricted ones later.