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SharePoint Saturday Hartford Recap and Session Materials

altI was pleasantly surprised when about a week or so before SharePoint Saturday Hartford came around on January 29th, to hear the news that the event had sold out! We have had lots of success with SharePoint Saturday Boston, however, I was unsure if this was going to be overkill for the region, if it would all be SPS Boston attendees looking for their “fix” between our 6-8 month cycle there of events, I honestly was not sure what to expect, but, wanted to help get it going anyways, so I offered up Grace Hunt to sponsor the event.

And what a great event it was! Over 150 people attended, plus speakers and sponsors, which, by the size of the venue, was a perfect amount to fit in there comfortably. I made some great new connections with speakers and attendees alike, and had a chance to spend some time with some old friends.

165538_10150133897807642_612892641_8214470_4415448_nI presented two sessions at this event, and also helped out in our vendor-led session at lunch time.

My first session of the day was on “Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010”. I had a great group in the room, which asked some very good questions, and even dealt fine with the State Service in one of my demonstrations was broken, so I could not complete a custom action running a workflow (sorry about that!)

Thank you to all my attendees for that session, and even more importantly, having some fans of the Hartford Whalers in there. Below is my slide deck from my Custom Actions presentation.

My next session was done with Tim Farrell, also of Grace Hunt. We presented “Building a Custom Solution from the Ground Up” Since Tim did most of the heavy lifting in this session – I’ll refer to his blog for the session materials (Permalink to SPS-Hartford Presentation pt1 – The Beginning).

A big thanks to SB Chattergee, Talbott Crowell, Pradeepa Siva, and Bob Ohlheiser for putting together this great event, all of the attendees and sponsors of SharePoint Saturday Hartford, and the Grace Hunt team that made it to the event!

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Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Hartford – 2011

I found out this afternoon from Pradeepa Siva (@PipsTips), that I will be having two sessions at SharePoint Saturday Hartford! SharePoint Saturday Hartford will be taking place just outside Hartford, on January 29th, 2011. The other details have been kept secret up until this point… maybe we’ll host it inside an abandoned submarine in the middle of downtown Hartford? Or even better yet, the HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER! I hope I can do my session in the locker room of the Big Whale. That would rock. Being a hockey-playing Western-Massian, I love The Whale.

I will be there in my HFD Whaler’s shirt no doubt – so please Pradeepa, don’t bother ordering me a speaker shirt Smile

Oh – wait – what sessions am I doing might be good information to give out here…

Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

And, I will also be delivering, with one of my esteemed colleagues, Tim Farrell –

Producing a Custom Solution from the Ground Up

Should be a great event, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

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