Thursday, October 30, 2008

A SharePoint Conference for $100! Wow!

I just finished recording three sessions for the SharePoint Virtual Conference hosted by the SSWUG November 5, 6, and 7. You're really going to love this conference!

I think this is the third virtual conference SSWUG has presented, but it is their first with a SharePoint track. The other tracks include SQL Server, Business Intelligence, and .NET Developer. When you register, you'll be able to attend sessions from all four tracks and even watch sessions again after the conference. There are over 40 speakers and over 120 topics in all, so this is a ton of great content.

And best of all is the price! It's only $100! Since it's an online virtual conference you won't even have travel expenses. Even if you only watch one or two sessions, the content should be well worth the price.

If you enter the VIP Code: RSPEVIP, you'll save $10 and the cost will be only $90!
I like to honest, so I should probably disclose that I'll get $5 if you use that code too. But don't use it for that reason—use it to save yourself $10! J

The conference is November 5, 6, and 7, so register today!

I had a blast working with the folks in the studio. If you're would like to get some idea of what the conference presentations will be like, you can watch the first 10 minutes of my presentation on Getting Started with SharePoint Master Pages for free! Here are the summaries for my sessions:

  • Complete Business Process Automation – For the past five years, InfoPath has been a wonderful tool for rapid development of electronic forms. With InfoPath Forms Services, those forms can now be rendered in a browser without the need for end users to need to know how to use the InfoPath desktop client. When InfoPath forms are saved to a SharePoint Form Library, the data form data can also be made available to SharePoint and to no-code workflows created with SharePoint Designer. In this session, you will see how Information Workers can now automate the entire business process using these client-side and server-side technologies.
  • Getting Started with SharePoint Master Pages – SharePoint provides a fantastic way of controlling the design of SharePoint sites through functionality known as Master Pages. However, Master Pages can be tricky to understand when you first begin creating them. In this module, you'll see how to modify an existing Master Page by changing its layout, adding controls, and custom CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) code. Then you'll see how to apply it to a SharePoint site.
  • SQL Server and SharePoint Data Integration – SharePoint's Data View web part can do much more than just view data. It can serve as a complete front-end to your SQL Server (and other data store) information allowing you to create robust applications without writing code. In this session, you will see just how to create such an application including conditional graphics. You'll even learn how to pass data from SQL Server into a SharePoint Designer workflow for business process automation.

I hope to see you there!

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