Yesterday marked the completion of a successful 3-day SharePoint Saturday conference in Washington, DC. If you missed it and want to get a taste of the experience, check out the activity in the different social media streams that attendees engaged in.
I was honored to be among the 195 SharePoint thought leaders who spoke at the conference (my slide deck can be found below). I spoke on SharePoint Development, and why SharePoint 2010 makes developers like myself so happy! :) I think my audience agreed with me. They also asked some very interesting questions, a few of which I’d like to comment on:
“As a new SharePoint developer, what’s the best way for me to learn SharePoint development?” – Another reason why SharePoint 2010 makes me happy is because of the aggressive efforts Microsoft has put into providing training material for SharePoint Developers. Here’s a couple of the most popular training resources below. And don’t forget the dozens of great books out there as well:
“You mentioned that virtual environments for each of our developers is a best practice. What’s the most cost-effective way to implement that?” – SharePoint 2010 has created a few more challenges to the developer when it comes to creating their own virtual environment, thanx to the new 64-bit requirement. Despite this, solutions like Hyper-V or VMWare could be used to create your own VM. And you could also download a free time-limited VHD from Microsoft. But another option that I’ve been using is CloudShare, a great service that provides multiple remotely-accessed and shareable SharePoint environments. As I pointed out to the group, I’m not trying to be a CloudShare sales person – I’m just a happy customer! : )
“Why didn’t they put your overview talk at the beginning of the conference, so I would have known which sessions I should have attended for more info?” – I can’t imagine how challenging it was to figure out where to put the 280 sessions offered at this year’s event. I give kudos to the organizers for all their hard work. But I agree, it might make sense to put 100-level overview sessions at the beginning of a conference to give attendees a better idea of the kinds of technology topics they might be interested in getting more deep-dive info on.
“So what’s the deal with the cowbell?” – I had a cowbell on display during my talk that I borrowed from SharePointRyan. When one of the attendees asked about it, I could only tell her that I have a fever, and the only prescription is…. More SharePoint!