Notes on Microsoft Sharepoint Conference 2009

by Van 29. October 2009 14:37

Last week was, I believe, the second annual Microsoft Sharepoint Conference. I will have to admit I was not there. In the past I would have told you that Microsoft has only three great conferences for developers: MIX, Tech-Ed and PDC. Not saying that DevConnections or VSLive are not great conferences, but in my opinion these are the best. But, last week made me realize that there is a fourth great one for developers,  Microsoft Sharepoint Conference.

Following the tweets of some of the conference attendees made me realize how important it was. The keynote itself had many tweets which were very exciting. The announcements were what you expect at a great conference. Am I sure that the sessions were great I would expect no less from a Microsoft conference.

Another reason I thought this was great is in a year of IT cut backs, this conference sold out, and my other favorites did not. I know PDC has not happen yet, but I doubt it will sell out.

My advice is that if you’re a Sharepoint developer,  this is a great conference to go to next year. I am not one,  but with all of this excitement maybe by next year I will be.


Check out my previous post on Microsoft Sharepoint Conference 2009


Big News today Sharepoint 2010

by Van 19. October 2009 19:32

Today is the first day of the Sharepoint Conference 2009. You can checkout the key note at It looks like Sharepoint 2010 Beta 2 will be available in November.  It will be 64-bit only and will only run on Windows Server 2008 SP1. For more information check out Mary-Jo Foley blog (

Check these articles on developing Sharepoint with Visual Studio 2010 ( )

About Van

Van, a Senior Web Developer for Innervisions Software, Inc. since 1996, started programming Mainframes using COBOL, JCL for AT&T in 1979. While at AT&T, Van was part of many development teams that produced enterprise level applications and systems using CICS, IMS and other mainframe technologies. 

Van bought his first personal computer in 1982, an Apple II+, and started to write programs for home use in Applesoft (Basic Microsoft created for the Apple II) . 

Van first started working with Microsoft technologies using Access 1.0 and Visual Basic 3.0. In 2000, Van attended VS Live in Orlando where he was first exposed to .Net. He started programming .Net with Visual Studio .Net Beta 2. He became an Independent Consultant in 1996 and started Innervisions Software, Inc. 

In 2003 he wrote his first professional ASP.Net app. Since 2004 Van has been subcontracting on an IRS project using ASP.Net, VB.Net, and SQL Server.

He spends his spare time working on the web site for Prince William Special Olympics which was created using Dot Net Nuke.   Van is currently working on a Silverlight app for Prince William Special Olympics to manage their volunteers.

Van has a BA in Mathematics from Lehman College in New York City and a MS in Computer Science from George Washington University. Van holds MCP certifications in Visual Basic, Access, ASP.Net and SQL Server.

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