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Thanks to everyone that came out for my session at SharePoint Saturday "The Conference" ​that took place this past week in Washington, DC.

I only did one session this year, entitled, Creating a Custom Gatherer for the SharePoint 2010 Activity Feed.  As promised you can download a hi-res image version of the 3D-animated mindmap that was used in the presentation by clicking the thumbnail below:

In addition here is the Visual Studio project for the Twitter Gatherer Timer Job.  And lastly, here are links to some of the resources we talked about during the session:


The conference itself was pretty epic.  200+ sessions over 3 days time with experts from all around the world.  As always my favorite part of attending one of these conferences is interacting with everyone.  It was great catching up with old friends and meeting loads of new ones!  The SharePoint community is so special and it's amazing to see people sharing their "art" with each other.  It doesn't matter if you are hanging out with an SP rockstar or just someone that is passionate about their work-- it such a cool opportunity to learn, grow, and of course SHARE.

In the geek-irony category, I thought it was hillarious that a group of us ended up at a bar/club one night down in DC called "The Frontpage".

Thanks to everyone that made the conference possible, especially the organizers- they did an amazing job!

By request here is an image version of the mindmap that I used when presenting at last week's SPIN (SharePoint Users of Indiana​) meeting.  It had certainly been way too long since I've presented at my "home user group" (I think the last time was about 4 years ago! is that right?! wow).

This session was An Introduction to Electronic Content Management (yes the controversy between Electronic and Enterprise was built purposely into the title).  It is by far the least technical topic that I've presented on in quite a while, but as I've been doing quite a bit of work lately on ECM and Information Architecture Design the timing was great.  It will now go into my presentation rotation for potential future speaking gigs.

Anyway, if you click on the thumbnail below you'll get a large format picture version of the mindmap - sorry folks I don't really like powerpoint slide decks for these types of presentations.  What this means is that there is quite a bit of detail that I TALKED about during the presentation that isn't included here in the presentation artifact.  So if you didn't come to the meeting, make sure next time you do!  I supposed if enough people request it I might be persuaded to record a screencast.

Mindmap Thumbnail

Lastly, a special thank you goes out to Rob Bogue that provided some of the content for this presentation especially in the "History of Content Management" arm of the map.  Also, I don't remember if I mentioned it at the end of the meeting, but I highly value any feedback on my presentations from attendees.  If you have any you can either leave it below or my anonymous BetterMe inbox is always open at http://bit.ly/tokevin

I had a great time this weekend in Chicago at the SharePoint Saturday event held at McCormick Place.  It's always a blast to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones- and this being my first time presenting up in Chicago (other than some AIIM events) I did get to meet quite a few new folks.

The event organizers did an awesome job from the pre-communication leading up to the event (I think this was pulled together in just over a month), the speaker dinner, and at the event itself.  It was also a great new experience for me presenting in a "real" conference center / convention hall.

I had a great time in my session- the audience was great and it seemed pretty effortless.  Lots of good questions too.  So here are the resources as promised from the session on Social Computing with SharePoint 2010.  I've included the mindmap that was used during the presentation (in large pannable graphic format) as well as a slidedeck version, which may be easier for some to read-- just click on the appropriate thumbnail below.

 Mindmap Thumb

 SlideDeck Thumb

Also, since we didn't have detailed session evaluations, I'd love to hear any feedback from those that came!  Thanks Chicago-- I'll be back next week (next time for pleasure)!​


Wrapped up another DevLink today with my session this morning: Building a SharePoint 2010 Development Environment.  It was a full room and a great audience.  Thanks very much to all who made it in for the Saturday morning session (I know how rough that can be after Friday night shenanigans :)

Anyway, I've posted below a hires picture version of the mindmap used in the presentation as well as a PDF version of the basic installation walkthrough.  Below that is a list of all the places we talked about on the internet so that you have all the links in once place.  I'd love to hear any additional feedback from the folks that attended (since at least at the moment they appear to have misplaced the speaker evals from this morning-- I'm sure they will turn up though).

Click one of the two pictures below to download the presentation resources:



CKS LogoSharePoint 2010 Logo
So for those of you following me on Twitter or Facebook, you might know that this blog is now running on SharePoint Foundation 2010 and the newly released Community Kit for SharePoint Extended Blog Edition Version 3.0.  It was rumored that this may work, but also a little bit cryptic in the release notes, only saying:

*Preliminary SharePoint 2010 Beta 3 compatible (with web.config edits)

No mention what these web.config edits may be however, and when I tried reaching out to some of the folks on the dev team I didn't actually get an answer, but I did hear from Matthew McDermot that it did indeed work, and so I decided to just give it a go and deal with the problems as they came up.  So here goes, but first, if you need to download the software, do so with the following links:

Now I had an existing site running in it's own web application (and it's own content database) on WSS 3.0 and CKS:EBE 2.0 (never upgraded production to 2.5).  So my first step was to get that upgraded to SPF2010.  Since I had it in it's own separate content DB this was pretty straight forward.  I just detached and reattached the DB in the SQL servers, created a new web application on SPF, and then ran the following STSADM command:

stsadm -o addcontentdb -url http://thekickboard.com -databasename WSS_Content_TKB -preserveolduserexperience false

A couple notes about this upgrade process:

  • You have to run that command from stsadm or powershell. The GUI doesn't support adding content databases that require upgrading.
  • You need to make sure if you are using all the default database settings (server, username, password, etc...) like I did above that you give the appropriate accounts access to your newly attached content DB
  • You can use other methods for doing this upgrade of course (in place, etc..) If you want to do the DB attach method but don't have the site in it's own content DB, you can do a site collection backup with stsadm, then restore it to a new web application (with it's own content DB).  Don't try restoring your backup directly to the SPF server though, that will fail since there's no "upgrader" in that process (that would have been a nice feature though). For more information on how to migrate to SharePoint 2010 see the TechNet Resource Center on the topic.
Next we need to install CKS:EBE 3.0 on the server. You might be thinking that would have been a good idea to do before, but I tried that and ran into some troubles. It probably doesn't matter, but I'm sure it works this way.  So anyway, on your server deploy the CKSEBE.wsp file.  Make sure that you activate both the web application scope feature as well as the web scope feature.  If you navigate to the site, you will notice some things working (like all your previous settings should have migrated over into the new CKS:EBE settings page in Site Settings), but a lot that isn't working, like your theme.

First of all, it's not necessarily your theme or the MTF that isn't working, but rather the HTTP module that does the URL redirection needs some attention.  This, I gather is the "with web.config edits" the note above was referring to.  So crack open web.config on the site and find the following line:

<add name="CksEbeModule" type="CKS.EBE.BlogHttpModule, CKS.EBE, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3e8b700c069fb747" />

You will find the above in the <httpModules> section.  Go ahead and CUT that line above (we'll be pasting it somewhere else in a minute).  Next find the section simply labeled <modules>.  In this section you will probably find 5 <remove> tags and 4 <add> tags.  Paste the "add" tag that you cut above so that it's after all the removes, but before the add's in the modules section.  Also, you need to add a preCondition="integratedMode" attribute to this element.  So, your whole <modules> section will look something like this (with your additions bolded below):

<modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true">

      <remove name="AnonymousIdentification" />
      <remove name="FileAuthorization" />
      <remove name="Profile" />
      <remove name="WebDAVModule" />
      <remove name="Session" />
      <add name="CksEbeModule" preCondition="integratedMode" type="CKS.EBE.BlogHttpModule, CKS.EBE, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3e8b700c069fb747" />
      <add name="SPRequestModule" preCondition="integratedMode" type="Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationRuntime.SPRequestModule, Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" />
      <add name="ScriptModule" preCondition="integratedMode" type="System.Web.Handlers.ScriptModule, System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" />
      <add name="SharePoint14Module" preCondition="integratedMode" />
      <add name="RSRedirectModule" type="Microsoft.ReportingServices.SharePoint.Soap.RSRedirectModule, RSSharePointSoapProxy, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=89845dcd8080cc91" />

[EDIT: 7/25/2010] I also discovered that for some things to work like the RSS feed and other items controlled by httpHandlers (like pingbacks if you are crazy enough to enable those) need to be moved from the <httpHandlers> section of web.config to the <handlers> section.  Just cut and copy them as you did above, it would also be good to give each element a name attribute as well. [/EDIT]

Ok, so now at this point you can hopefully pull up the EBE site and have the MTF working.  If not, then try going into the CKSEBE settings and change your default theme to DEFAULT (and make sure you have that one deployed).  This will eliminate any issues in your customized theme for a baseline.  Another gotcha (which got me) is that you need to make sure that you have all of your access mappings done correctly.  It seems like under SPF the BlogHttpModule is a lot more finicky that it was under WSS3. In my case I have my blog server being reverse proxied by an IIS 7.5 server, so it can get a little confusing with all the host headers flying around.

So now we are at a point that the OOB CKS themes should be working on SPF 2010. Yey! The next step is to get your theme working.  If you made any changes to the "content" pages, like home.aspx, post.aspx, categories.aspx, and month.aspx, then now is the time to go and make those again since when you activated the new CKS:EBE web feature it would have overwritten those that were upgraded from your old content DB.  For example, in mine, since I don't use webparts on my blog, I changed all of these pages to not inherit from webpart page since that does lots of crazy things like pushing down core.css and core/init.js which we don't need.  I also don't have a placeholder for blogcomments in my theme's masterpage since I use JS-KIT Echo.  If I didn't remove those from the content pages, then they would throw errors.

And finally, the one last thing that I had to tweak to get my blog working again was related to the tagcloud.xsl where it was rendering all of my tags tiny (w8 class).  After a little debugging it appeared that the PostCount variable was not getting set for each category that came back in the <EBE:CategoriesList> webcontrol.  A quick look in reflector showed me that this control has a property IncludePostCount.  It seems that in the past this defaulted to true and now it defaults to false.  Not a big deal, just make sure you set it to true in the <EBE:CategoriesList> webcontrol if you want those populated so that the TagCloud.xsl can do it's thing and calculate relative frequency styling.

I have a feeling I will find other little quirks along the way- which won't be a suprise since this version doesn't actually make claims that it is "SP2010 Ready" or anything.  I may start trying to take advantage of other SP2010 native functions over time, but for now if nothing else, I recommend this upgrade for the sole reason that the post editing interface is so much nicer!

If you want to read more about how this blog is put together and more about customizing the CKS:EBE (older 2.0 version), then look through the kickboard tag on this blog.

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