I was lucky enough to present at the recent SharePoint Connections conference held here in our very own Amsterdam. It was a fantastic event, great venue, lots of SharePoint people and good sessions.
My first session was titled SharePoint 2010 Social Computing Overview, and it was done in true social style, with the help of Mark and Robin. We added an “Experimental” twist to the session because we wanted to demonstrate some of the SharePoint Social capabilities without having to swap backward and forwards between users on a single screen. Instead we setup a server, and actually connected two laptops and two beamers/projectors. This way you could always see both sides of the interaction, nice for showing concurrent editing!
The cool bit is (and a big thanks to Matthijs Hoekstra), that since it was recorded, I can leave you to decided if it actually worked. I think it was definitely worth trying out.
View the session: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/matthijs/SharePoint-2010-Social-Computing-Overview/
P.S. I’m not sure what Marks obsession with the clock on the My Site was all about!
My second session was titled Server Free Solutions: Sandboxed and Client-Only Solutions with SharePoint 2010. This session wasn’t intended to be “Experimental” but actually turned out to be. I was struck with vindictive Demo-Gods, resulting in every presenters worst nightmare. My demo machine just wouldn’t project.
This is my fault, as it seems I needed to install some drivers on Windows 2008 to make it work, I just thought it would see it as an external monitor and “just work”. I thought that whole business operated at a lower level than display drivers. Anyway…..
We quickly tried to think of a solution, with Mark and I first trying to setup an ad-hoc wireless network, that way I could display his computer on the projector, and I could RDP from there into my server. This didn’t work, of course (!), because the network would drop out whenever we got the RDP session connected. Next we setup a physical network, which got us some of the way but not all of the way.
Anyway, a big thanks to everyone for bearing with me, I think that in all my years of presenting this was one of the worst situations in which I have found myself. So, if you would like to watch someone in a spot of bother, and see if I do manage to salvage something from the session, then check it out here: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/matthijs/Server-Free-Solutions-Sandboxed-and-Client-Only-Solutions-with-SharePoint-2010/
This session includes a new “Twitter” like solution for small workgroups, taking advantage of the new Client ECMAScript API, we will be publishing this shortly. Its a follow-up to our previous Twitter solution for SharePoint.