Posted on 11 May 2011 by
I’m finally going.. Vacation! For the first time in 1.5 years I’m finally having a well deserved vacation Got some nice SP 2010 posts lined up for january/february with all the new good stuff to know about developing with the new tools, as well as hacking about with the new object models. B … (More)
Posted on 07 April 2011 by Tony
Since Microsofts release of BizTalk Server 2006, there is a serious need for more documentation on this product. Foundations of BizTalk Server 2006 fills that void. The book will take you from novice to professional, equipping you with the tools youll need to get started in the world of BizTalk server integration.
From installation to deployment, you will grow increasingly more comfortable with the product as you work through a multitude of hands-on examples and demo applications. This book will demystify the product and emphasize the new 2006 BizTalk Server features. So even if youre a reluctant reader at first, youll gain full confidence in the product by books end.
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Posted on 06 April 2011 by Tony
: I am not an expert in Test Driven Development (TDD) but the SharePoint Retreat in London has made me think about using this approach for SharePoint 2010 development. There are various tools to help you perform TDD however, these 2 posts show the approach I am most comfortable with thanks to Andrew Woodward.
This whole article is based on Andrew’s session and I really would recommend to any serious development team to get Andrew in to do some upfront consulting and potentially training. Upfront costs and his experience would definately be quickly recovered. If you have already decided to use a TDD get Andrew in to get you dev team up to a good standard with TDD for SharePoint, anyway enough of my sycophantic
- Visual Studio (VS) 2010 any edition;
- NUnit - preferable to MSTest for SharePoint dev
- TestDriven.Net (optional)
- ReSharper (optional)
Part 1 focuses on using setting up a basic “Magic 8 Ball” to unit test the business logic using nUnit.
Tip: using coding Katas (really good approach to training, this is the 1st time I’ve used them and they actually really work) to get a full unit testing system working.
Tip: Write the unit test and then write the code to fix the test.
At the SharePoint retreat, each session started with a:
- Review of the last sessions code (if appicable),
- Followed by an overview of what will be the next bit of coding logic (instructor lead teaching/demo exercise),
- Break into a new pair programming team to code (old code is throw away and a fresh set of code is started that includes all the exercise from all the previous sessions), and
- Loop – Back to step 1 (Review each pairs code).
In this post I am describing the 1st session, what you are trying to do is setup unit testing and write a couple of tests for you “Magic 8 Ball”.
1. Open VS2010, create a new solution file (MagicPost1.Sln).
2. Create 2 new C# class projects, the 1st project contains the business logic code (BOL project) and the 2nd project contains the unit tests (BOLTest project).
3. Change the default class on the BOL project to Ball and the default class on the BOLTest project to BallTest.
4. Add 3 references to the BolTest project.
All 4 steps are shown below:
dll reference locations:
\Program Files (x86)\NUnit 2.5.9\bin\net-2.0\lib\nunit.core.dll
\Program Files (x86)\NUnit 2.5.9\bin\net-2.0\framework\nunit.framework.dll
5. Add the basic testing structure to you BallTest.cs code as shown below:
6. Add this basic code snippet to your Visual Studio code snippets (Resharper has better code snippet support). 7. Write you 1st unit test (the simpler the better) as show below:
8. Build your project to ensure it compiles. 9. Comptete the test code as shown below and run the test.
Tip: Strictly following TDD principals your test should fail and then you write code to fix it in the BOL code.
Andrew Woodward’s codeplex project on the magic 8 Ball which provides the code you can use to build the magic 8 Ball with TDD.
Here is a slide deck to a presentation on the Magic 8 Ball TDD project.
Part 2 of the series looks at testing SharePoint using Type Moch Isolator.
Posted on 06 April 2011 by Tony
Master Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Tools
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Posted on 06 April 2011 by Tony
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Posted on 04 April 2011 by Tony
Tap into the power of the newest member of Microsoft’s Office suite. Learn to use InfoPath’s robust set of tools to capture information that’s locked away in document-based forms. Quickly create forms and data-gathering applications that use XML to separate form and content. This raw information can then be integrated into back-end systems, providing an end-to-end solution for data capture in the enterprise.
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Posted on 03 April 2011 by
Combine the power of Excel 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and sound project management tools to boost your skill set and maximize your productivity. You’ll walk through a project and learn how to use these powerful tools to schedule jobs, create budgets, manage processes, and share project information. Whether new to project management or a veteran, you’ll discover techniques, hints, and examples you can use immediately.
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Posted on 02 April 2011 by Tony
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Posted on 02 April 2011 by
Deliver BI Solutions with Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007
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Posted on 01 April 2011 by Tony
Extract and analyze mission-critical enterprise data using Microsoft Office 2007
This authoritative volume is a practical guide to the powerful new collaborative Business Intelligence tools available in Office 2007. Using real-world examples and clear explanations, Microsoft Office 2007 Business Intelligence: Reporting, Analysis, and Measurement from the Desktop shows you how to use Excel, Excel Services, SharePoint, and PerformancePoint with a wide range of stand-alone and external data in today’s networked office. You will learn how to analyze data and generate reports, scorecards, and dashboards with the Office tools you’re already using to help you in your everyday work.
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