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Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy is the founder and President of BinaryWave, a leading provider of operational intelligence solutions for Microsoft SharePoint. Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy has worked with SharePoint Products and Technologies since 2001 as a consultant, administrator, architect, developer and trainer. he is an advisory committee member of the Dallas/Ft. Worth SharePoint Community group and participating member of user groups throughout the United Kingdom. Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy has authored numerous articles on SharePoint, speaks at user group meetings and conferences around the world, and publishes a popular SharePoint blog at http://www.sharepointcowboy.com. Presentations by Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy Webinar - Migrating Legacy On Premise Solutions to SharePoint Online and Windows Azure featuring Eric Shupps Who are you and what do you want - Working with OAuth in SharePoint 2013 SharePoint is Talking Are You Listening? Eric Shupps SharePoint 2013 Performance Enhancements Taking Advantage of the SharePoint 2013 REST API Eric Shupps on Improving Performance with New Features in SharePoint 2013 SharePoint 2013 New and Improved Migrating Legacy On Premise Solutions to SharePoint Online and Windows Azure Eric Shupps Presents SharePoint 2013 Real World Help Desk App End to End Windows Azure Apps for SharePoint 2013 Eric Shupps Demonstrates Customizing the Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Deployment Process Introduction to SharePoint Development SharePoint 2010 Unit and Integration Testing with Eric Shupps Building Enterprise Records Management Solutions for SharePoint 2010 Taming Information Chaos in SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2010 Performance and Capacity Planning Best Practices Building Dynamic Applications with the SharePoint Client Object Model Articles by Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy Eric Shupps' Ten Steps to Optimize SharePoint Performance Webcasts by Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy Secrets of SharePoint Part 5: Configuring Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Optimal Performance Creating End User SharePoint Solutions for Performance and Scalability SharePoint 2010 Performance Enhancements for Administrators by Eric Shupps Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for the ASP.NET Developer Eric Shupps on Following Best Practices and Avoiding Common Errors with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Development Eric Shupps - SharePoint Performance and Capacity Planning Essentials Troubleshooting Common Performance Problems in SharePoint 2010 Videos by Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy Channel 9 Interview with Eric Shupps SharePoint TechTalk with Eric Shupps - Different Views on Social Computing SharePoint Post-Deployment Planning and Management with Eric Shupps SmartTrack for SharePoint Feature Overview SmartTrack for SharePoint Podcasts by Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy SharePoint Pod Show - Design for Performance (Eric Shupps) SharePoint Pod Show - Test Driven Development with Andrew Woodward and Eric Shupps eshupps The SharePoint Cowboy Run As Radio - Eric Shupps Improves SharePoint Performance
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Tulsa TechFest, Day One

I arrived a bit late in the morning and missed the opening Keynote on Silverlight by Jason Zander and Sean Alexander. The SharePoint track started with Richard Oltmann from OakTree Software. His topic was "Preparing for SharePoint 2007", which primarily covered planning for a new SharePoint deployment. This is a really good topic and I agree with Richard that this is a stage often overlooked or relegated to a small group (such as IT) instead of having the enterprise participation that it should; although I can honestly say, at least as far as our clients go, that this is getting better with 2007 as people become more familiar with the product as a whole.

The first presentation was followed by a Birds of a Feather session that I hosted (actually, I was the only bird, for whatever that's worth). Great questions on v2 -> v3 migration and upgrades and, of course, licensing; two subjects that never seem to get answered to everyone's satisfaction. Miguel Wood of TekFocus did a great job in the afternoon walking users through the creation of custom site columns, content types, and SharePoint Designer workflows. It was a ton of content to cover and I think Miguel loaded up on some quad lattes beforehand but he managed to get through it all in fine fashion.

Kyle Kelin wrapped up the day on Configuring Forms Based Authentication – not the most exciting of topics but important nonetheless and he covered it well. Then it was off to the Oktoberfest 2007 festival for the real highlight of the day – free beer (where's Patrick when you need him?)! I ran into Nick Parker (C# MVP) on the way and we had a great conversation on the new features in C# 3.0, Lambda Expressions, NHibernate and various other programming topics. Once we arrived we discovered a quarter-mile trek to what turned out to be part county fair (complete with a ferris wheel and vomit-inducing spin-o-rama rides), part Oktoberfest and part polka dance. The beer was good – and served by the pitcher, no less – and the bratwurst was simply amazing. At the hoe-down we ran into Rafael Munoz, Microsoft MVP Lead for C#, XML, IIS, etc. About midway through the evening we concluded that the true reason for having an Oktoberfest celebration in Tulsa is to give people and excuse to do the Chicken Dance in public and get away with it (and despite Steve Walker's hilarious performance and claims to the contrary, the Chicken Dance was not introduced to America by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Puh-leeze).

After a boisterous bus ride back to the hotel we conclude with a few drinks and I had a lengthy chat with Rafael about the MVP program. It was very interesting to get the perspective of someone from the inside on what we do and how Microsoft views the entire program. Suffice it to say that they are very enthusiastic about all the MVP's and are working hard to make sure the program has value to the community as a whole, the internal product teams, and the MVP's themselves. Tomorrow we begin the SharePoint track with Corey Roth's talk on MOSS Search and wrap it up with my presentation on LOB development.

One final note on the conference – attendance was excellent. The last figures I heard from David Walker were about 650 attendees, which is a lot more than expected. I'm not sure how the other tracks were going but the SharePoint room was full in every session. Everyone I spoke with seemed to be enjoying themselves and getting a lot of valuable information from the various speakers. I think this is a great event for this market and David and the sponsors are to be commended for a job well done.


Ahhhhhh Hummmm Chicken Dance Correction :-)

Eric, I know it is hard to believe that something so culturally signifigant to the history of dance in this country happened in Tulsa Oklahoma but please refer to this article:


about halfway down, you will find:

The dance was introduced in the United States in 1981 during the Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oktoberfest by the Heilbronn Band from Germany. They wanted to demonstrate the dance in costume but there were no duck costumes available anywhere near Tulsa. At a local television station, however, a chicken costume was available which was donated for use at the festival. And that is how the "Chicken Dance" got its name.

I think maybe you owe us a dance next year (since you were the ONLY one who didn't I think.. and that was after your two pitchers of beer :-) )
System Account on 10/30/2007 3:16 PM

Not so fast Captain Chicken

Eric Shupps on 10/30/2007 3:26 PM

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