SharePoint Saturday Brisbane

A week or so ago, I took a trip to Brisbane to present a session at the SharePoint Saturday event. 

There was a great turn-out on the day – with close to 80 in attendance.

I’d flown up on Friday (the day before), and spent the day in the OBS office – thanks to the local team for making me feel so welcome & part of the group – viva OBS !

A bunch of the presenters headed out on the Friday night beforehand – to the Bavarian Bier Cafe (looking over the Brisbane River) for an awesome feed of pork knuckles, sausages, mash and wiener schnitzels – and of course, some big biers – about 20 or more on tap…!

The Saturday began early – with breakfast, and registrations – and first sessions at 8.30am.

My session was at 11.30 – just before lunch – with the title of “Adding Bells & Whistles to the SharePoint ribbon”.

The presentation covered the following :

  • What is the ribbon – the different elements & items – tabs, contextual tabs, groups & controls
  • Elements on the master page, and how to move them around – eg. Site Actions on the right
  • How to add items to the ribbon – starting with a quick Hello World example
  • More advanced ribbon manipulation – adding tabs, adding controls – and the ‘enable’ JavaScript
  • Adding different types of controls – buttons, text box, spinners, dropdowns, etc
  • Adding notifications and status messages for user interaction
  • Real world example, for Project Server timesheets (how we use it within OBS)

Lots of demo’s – and then “how I did it” – via ELEMENTS.XML files and JavaScript, from within Visual Studio 2010 + SharePoint 2010 ‘features’.

I’d had 5-6 pre-baked demo’s – and one of them was a DUD – and failed on me during the session !   Luckily, this was the least important of the demo’s – about how to ‘remove’ controls – but all the other ones worked nicely.

If you want to check out some of these demo’s, I’ve loaded a ZIP file onto my SkyDrive – containing the Visual Studio solution – as well as the PowerPoint presentation (PPTX).

Some great sessions on the day – covering XSLT, TFS and lots of infra’y sessions about Search, Databases – as well as a very cool “ShareTube” project, with a ‘mock-up’ video site fully integrated into SharePoint.

The day ended with a Q&A panel – some good discussion about Office 365, and what changes it might bring – to infra & developer roles – as well as lots of vNext speculating.

We all adjourned to a little bar next door for a quick #SharePint session, before I had to jump in a taxi and off to the airport, to head back to Melbourne.    *phew*

Thanks to everyone that came along, and all the sponsors – and speakers who had come from near & far – Brian Farnhill from Canberra, Alex Bacchin & Adam Cogan from Sydney – as well as myself & Shyam Narayan from Melbourne – as well as some local presenters, from companies like OBS & Myriad.

Always a great community of people – great to see/hear what people have been doing.

The next SharePoint Saturday is in Adelaide on June 18th – and then Sydney on August 6th.   Melbourne is a little while after that (October).

Thanks again Brisbane – you rocked ! 


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