Monday, January 28, 2008

Sleepless in Dallas done

Sleepless in Dallas is over and what a whirlwind weekend! My brain is still swimming from all the SharePoint knowledge jammed in over the past two days. At 11pm Sat night they gave us our overnight assignment. It was to create something to include in the CKS (Community Kit for SharePoint). For my team’s project we worked on adding functionality to SUSHI, which is the SharePoint utility that I’ve been working on for almost a year now and have made available to the SharePoint community for free on CodePlex

Unfortunately for me, the rules of the contest say that you can’t use what you’ve already built, so the only item that was entered into the contest was a couple small features that we added to SUSHI that night. However, they wanted to present special recognition for SUSHI and gave me the Community award for having created a utility for the SharePoint community. So far, the CodePlex sushi page has gotten 6,000 page views, and over 600 downloads.

My team narrowly got 2nd place of 4 teams for the overnight competition so unfortunately I won’t get to fly to San Jose for the OBA conference, but I think our team fought a good honorable fight and I hope that I represented Catapult Systems well.

During training Saturday we would get quiz questions after each presentation, and I answered 4 out of 9 questions so I won some books and copies of SharePoint Search Edition.

Here is a blog post from Michael who was on the winning team. He actually has posted an audio MP3 podcast with some of the greatest highlights from the event which is very cool. Listening to this brought back some great memories of a crazy crazy 30 hours of SharePoint madness! Chris Catto also blogged on the event.



Monday, January 21, 2008

I got accepted to the Sleepless in Dallas SharePoint event

Hey great news, I found that I am a final candidate fro Sleepless in Dallas! Sweetness! The event is billed as the ultimate SharePoint developer's conference and put on by Infusion Development. Post by Chris Koenig on the event. Andrea from Infusion who interviewed me said that my application caught her attention because I mentioned that I had won the grand prize in a programming contest in the 8th grade, that she thought that the most successful programmers were people who had programmed all their lives and who were passionate about programming.


For the record, the programming contest involved using Apple IIe Basic to create an animated face that could express various emotions: happy, sad, angry, etc. This was part of the Odessy of the Mind contest and the challenge was to incorporate a robot that expressed emotion into a skit. So we perched our monitor on a cart and dressed it up with clothes. Our robot was a brilliant actor, let me tell you what! :) It was the cheesiest program ever, but let me tell you at the time it was way cool seeing an animated computer screen show "emotion", and I loved building it, I remember being so excited to work on that program, programming tedious PLOT command coordinates to make the face come to life. And when it won the grand prize I was thrilled. But I never knew it would get me into a programming contest 18 years later.


So wish me luck in the contest. Hopefully I can come up with another victory! Hopefully I can leverage my SharePoint experience and come up with something cool.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Version 2.18 of SharePoint SUSHI Released!

The latest version of SharePoint SUSHI has been released!

SharePoint SUSHI version 2.18


This version includes the new treeview SharePoint browser. This makes it easier to find a site on your local farm by browsing, rather than having to type it in. Click the "select a site" link button to use this new feature.