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A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

A Conversation with Alexa about SharePoint

If you could talk to you Amazon Echo about SharePoint, what would you discuss? Conversation as a Platform (CaaP) is a hot topic in technology in 2016. The Echo device just celebrated it’s second birthday, Facebook Messenger just launched a new commerce model and millions in China are using messaging apps to transfer money every day. My Story with Personal Digital Agents I’ve been exploring conversations with personal digital agents like Alexa, Siri and Cortana for more than 2 years

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Daft punk in code. The bells.

Daft punk in code. The bells.

Aerodynamic in Sonic Pi sounds great. There’s just one thing that bugged me. The bells. The walk-through, featured on Hacker News, Techcrunch, Twitter and more, explains the code for the song in detail. And, the author  writes that the sound, or timbre, of the bells in the intro isn’t quite right. Working on this project takes me back to my college days. Back when I was a Music Performance and Computer Science double major at Northwestern, I would get questions.

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OData BCS Code Sample from TechEd 2014

OData BCS Code Sample from TechEd 2014

Full Session Recording Last Wednesday, I presented a session on SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services at Microsoft’s TechEd 2014 North America. It’s mostly demo and the recording is available on Channel 9. To start, I show connecting to a SQL Database from SharePoint Designer, creating an external list, modifying it’s views, adding an external business Data Column to a Document Library and surfacing the External Data in a Word Document. Development Example Part of Demo When @jthake told me my session

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SharePoint Core Results Web Part Changes

SharePoint Core Results Web Part Changes

The Question A reader asks: I’ve been given a custom web part based on the SharePoint 2010 Core Results Web Part. The web part overrides OnInit to provide a custom search query to the web part. I need to modify it to add a button in a new column. How can I do that in a way that adapts to the proper document content type? Re-Factor Personally, I’ve used the Core Results Web Part to aggregate Document Results before, but I

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My First Week on Coursera

My First Week on Coursera

This week I started 2 classes on Coursera and even completed the lectures and assignments for 1. It started a month ago when some friends on Facebook turned me onto a Massive Open Online Course site, or MOOC, called Coursera. I looked at the offerings at the time and subscribed in an upcoming class titled “What’s Your Big Idea.” Then this week when the first class started, I ended up enrolling in “Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems.” Coursera

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Upload a file to SharePoint by PowerShell

Upload a file to SharePoint by PowerShell

Question from a friend A friend of a friend asks: I know there’s stuff all over the web that tells developers how to programmatically store documents into a SharePoint 2013 document library, but what source would you recommend? One of the groups on one of my projects has an image capture application built in Visual Basic. They need to be able to create folders within a SharePoint 2013 document library and store reports in that folder. And my friend adds:

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SharePoint Services Reference

Troubleshooting SharePoint requires understanding the 8 Windows Services the platform depends on. Use this table to help identify services while researching issues. Also, pay attention to the account the service uses to run.   Security All of the services run with the permissions of the Local System with the following exceptions: SPTimerV3 runs as the account you designate in the SharePoint Configuration Wizard as the Farm Account OSearch runs as the service you configure for it in Central Admin SPTimerV3,

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BDC Presentation in Austin Feb 10th

If you are in the Austin area, don’t miss my upcoming presentation to the Austin SharePoint User Group: ———————————————————– Join us for the February 10th Meeting of the Central Texas SharePoint User Group! “Integrating External Data with the Business Data Catalog” February 10th Meeting Description: This session will take an in-depth look into the Business Data Catalog (BDC) with Microsoft SQL Server. It will include an overview of the Business Data Catalog, an introduction to configuring the BDC, and a

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SharePoint 2010 Virtual Machine Downloads from Microsoft

If you haven’t already grabbed the new SharePoint 2010 Virtual Machine images from Microsoft’s downloads, read Barb Mosher’s Get SharePoint 2010 Up and Running with VM from Microsoft Barb writes an excellent summary of each VM’s purpose and how you can leverage these pre-configured systems to jump start your SharePoint 2010 learning. The two beta vm’s are available in 700MB chunks in RAR format from public MSDN and are free for evaluation and demonstration. Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit with

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A SharePoint 2010 Install Experience

My friend and Co-worker, Rich Olivieri shares his experience with the new beta of SharePoint 2010 below. -Tom   ———————————————————–   My Approach to SharePoint 2010 beta Development Rich Olivieri, rolivieri@microlinkllc.com This weekend, I finally got a chance to go to the mattresses and build out my SharePoint 2010 development environment. I have come away victorious, but it was a bloody fight. My approach was to create a throw away environment which would last until the initial release of SharePoint

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