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ShareCamp 2015 – Recap

01 Jun 2015
June 1, 2015

Germany’s latest and greatest SharePoint community event was last weekend (30.05.2015 & 31.05.2015 at Microsoft in Munich) – and it was awesome, once again!

ShareCamp Session Vote

ShareCamp Session Vote

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200 attendees!

ShareCamp & Community

What is so special about ShareCamp? Easy question, it is entirely community-driven. On both days, Saturday and Sunday, there is a session vote before the “conference” starts. So the attendees prepare presentations and do a short intro during the vote – if more than 3 people raise their hand there will be a session and there were lots of em. 6 tracks in parallel if I recall it right. And the concept works for many years now, more than 200 attendees had a good time this year! Not to mention the SharePint party. The good thing here? No only experienced and known speakers get the chance to present their ideas. And not only the mainstream sessions get voted – there were a lot of close to or far way from SharePoint sessions. And I met a lot of old SharePoint friends that are spread over the country – good to see ya! 🙂

Alegri Team @ ShareCamp

Alegri Team @ ShareCamp

Sessions & Discussions

So what sessions did we have this year? A lot of them. Here is a list of the sessions I attended or prepared.

1. Azure Search vs SharePoint Search (2x)

On Saturday I held a presentation about Azure Search. The title was on purpose a little bit baiting, you can’t compare the incomparable here and that’s good. But I started with a brief overview what SharePoint Search is, how it evolved and talked about its strength and weaknesses. Then I switched over to the brand new Azure Search I evaluated for a client project. And showed a demo app that is (Sourcecode) available here. Basically I showed the entire Azure Search workflow from service & index creation, pushing documents via SharePoint to Azure Search – and the options you have to get items back out of it. I had good fun. So much, that I presented the session again on Sunday 🙂 Here I showed a second demo (available here) that indexed a local folder and pushed the filenames and paths to Azure Search. Does that sound familiar? I tried to cover some of the typical SharePoint content sources: SharePoint Content and Fileshares. It’s not even close what I showed but similar.

I received some good questions during the talk (out of my head in my words):

  • Where is the content? The content will be stored in Azure Search / Cloud.
  • Can you index Office Documents? Yes, but you need to extract the content of the files.
  • How about item security? If you want them, you have to build them. Azure Search has a different focus than SharePoint Search – keep that in mind. Different product, not a replacement!
  • Can you push items to the cloud? YES!!!
  • How you get the items back? You get them via the REST interface and they are transported as JSON.
  • Can you combine SharePoint Search and Azure Search? Not out of the box – you would need to create an opensearch provider that translates the JSON to opensearch compliant XML.
  • Is it ready yet? Yes, definitely. But I have the feeling Azure Search will improve rapidly in the near future.

My slides (German most of it) are available here – but as usual they are not as good without the demo.

Expect some blog posts here, I really like Azure Search!

2. Governance & JavaScript Solutions – how does that fit together?

My second session on Saturday with my colleagues Marco Schmucker and Matthias Edom – we talked about the blessings and curses of JavaScript solutions – what you can do and what it will cost you/your clients. The entire session was based on the scenario that you upgrade you SharePoint to a next version and should estimate how much effort you have to put into it – and what could essentially break. And we discussed with the audience, we gather a lot of different aspects and experiences. Good fun!

Scripting and Governance session

Scripting and Governance session

 

 

 

 

 

Slides will be available once I get the link.

3. Provider-hosted App Framework

I am slightly interested into SharePoint Provider-hosted apps and all areas around it. Maybe because I recently started to learn MVC. Maybe because I like the idea of having all the great stuff outside of SharePoint. But in this session Christian GroĂź (Solutions2Share) showed what framework they use to create their apps. I was really surprised to hear what they experienced over the last year and what it means to build a product – and how important logging, supporting and ticketing is. Good stuff, I hope they will release it as open source sometime in the future…

4. SharePoint Toolbox

The ShareCamp evergreen, I think it’s the 4th time that we had this session at a ShareCamp. I am into tools and this session is about tools – so what could go wrong?! My friend Henning Eiben moderated a really entertaining session with lots of idea sharing and tool discussions. I think we gathered and introduced about 50 tools – commercial or Open Source that every SharePoint developer or IT-PRO should know. ULSViewer, SPDockit, CamlDesigner, SPServices, CKSDev, SearchQueryTool, LogParser, AutoSPInstaller family, SharePoint Patch Service – just to name a bunch!

Dont be a fool – use a tool!

Henning collected a lot of the tools in a delicious feed – go take a look!

6. Provider Hosted Apps Hackathon

I prepared nothing for it – and expected a lot of this session – fun most importantly. We only had one hour to “create” something that looks like an SharePoint app. So what did we do? We decided do a simple app that shows two buttons and asks the key question: “How was your day today?” So we had two buttons with good and bad. The strech goal here was to ship a minimal viable product that simply stored the value in a SharePoint list – in one hour impossible? Damn right. But during the hour we talked and discuss a lot about the problems we face with Provider-hosted apps, whats good and bad – and what challenges & opportunities we see. We almost got it working tho, very close to storing the results – soooo close! 🙂

6. Azure Workshop

I only attended the very last 15 minutes. Too bad, it must have been awesome. At least I heard that many of the attendees said it was their highlight. Okay Patrick Heyde (Microsoft) had some advantages: Firstly he had 3 hours to show how to provision a SharePoint environment on Azure and the experiences he collected over the past 4 years in his role – and he “bribed” the attendees with 75€ Azure vouchers to play with it. Too bad there were so many sessions in parallel – there will hopefully be a next time!

In general I think there should be more sessions that have more time – I would love to talk about SharePoint/Azure Search for a day… or two 🙂

Summary

The weekend was packed and I learned a lot – I totally enjoyed it. I am really looking forward for next year!

Thanks again to all sponsors, organizers and speakers – Germany’s SharePoint community would not work without you!

ShareCamp raffle - lots of prices and gadgets!

ShareCamp raffle – lots of prices and gadgets!

What happened to ‘the’ ULSViewer and how to still get it?

04 Jun 2014
June 4, 2014

MSDN Archive has been retired this week – I do not know why they retired it before there is an adequate replacement for the majority of the tools, but it has a huge impact on my work. One of my favorite tool, the famous ULSViewer is was hosted there.

You will be greeted with this beautiful page when you try to download the ULSViewer

You will be greeted with this beautiful page when you try to download the ULSViewer – no alternative download location so far!

ULSViewer – why would you miss it?

Why I love the tool?

  1. its tiny – with just 487kb you can grab it, copy it over the slowest RDP connection and start working in less than a minute.
  2. its super fast – even with the biggest ULS Logs you can still filter and search for correlations, full text and what not.
  3. its just one file – no installation, plain .exe file, it can not be simpler.
  4. the filtering and coloring is superb – reading the uls can be very challenging (sometimes you need true SharePoint Ninja Skills), but the filtering and coloring really helps me a lot.
  5. it has real-time support – watching what happens right when it happens – I hate wait times.
  6. it supports all versions – support for SharePoint 2007 – 2013 is just great!
  7. its free – I  used it for roughly 30 clients – no licensing costs helps quite a lot.

Additionally, just yesterday I solved an issue with the ULSViewer where the coloring and the real-time functionally was a major part of the issue identification.

Formatting, highlighting and real-time support

Formatting, highlighting and real-time support helped me solving an authentication issue

BringBackULSViewer.com

Trevor Seward (@NaupliusTrevor) launched a page to express that we want the ULSViewer back – most favorably released with an Open Source license hosted on Github or Codeplex.

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If you did not participate in the survey – please do so now! Collecting our voices helps!

30 Seconds Survey

30 Seconds Survey

How to still get it?

There are three options:

1. You downloaded it already

Easy one – just don’t loose the file. OneDrive it and you cant loose it, right ?

2. You can download it from Todd Klindt

If Tood uses ULSViewer, it has to be good, right? Todd mirrors the ULSViewer on his blog – download it here.

3. Coolest solution: Download it with PowerShell

Install chocolatey (takes 30 seconds) and use the following command

This downloads the ulsviewer and creates a shortcut on your desktop – in less than a minute in total – quite handy and super fast!

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More chocolatey?

  1. Install SharePoint Designer with Chocolatey
  2. Updated Chocolatey with more tools
  3. Little helpers for “lazy” developers
  4. Install ULSViewer with Powershell

Install SharePointLogViewer with PowerShell

13 Jan 2014
January 13, 2014

Another essential SharePoint tool found its way to the chocolatey gallery – this time it’s the awesome and feature-rich SharePointLogViewer.

SharePoint Log Viewer

Key Features:

  • View multiple SharePoint log files at once
  • Search by any field
  • Filter the log by any field
  • File drag & drop support
  • Live monitoring for entire farm
  • Export filtered log entries
  • Bookmark log entries
  • Get popup notification of SharePoint log events from system tray
  • Receive email notifications on errors
  • Redirect log entries to event log
  • Supports SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013

Installation

After installing chocolatey you can install SharePointLogViewer with one line of Powershell:

as you can see in this screenshot:

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The result is a nice shortcut on your desktop – everything ready to go.

Chocolatey?

Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

In other words: You can install tools/software with this tool.

I wrote several blog posts about this:

  1. Install SharePoint Designer with Chocolatey
  2. Chocolatey and SharePoint
  3. SharePoint Search Query Tool
  4. Install all the great SharePoint Tools with one line of PowerShell

and even created a video:

Do you miss a tool?

If you miss a tool, I would be happy to add it. Please leave a comment.

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