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The guys rounding up the Jacksonville Code Camp have been hard at work! In the last week, the official site has been the recipient of a much needed face lift as well as the addition of a TON of content! Check out the site for the following additions:

Keep in mind, you MUST register even though this is a free event... space is limited so make sure you register! I like the addition of the speaker blog feed (unfortunately there's no RSS feed exposed, but still... cool (look at the bottom of the speaker page).

» Jacksonville Code Camp (official site)

So far we've got four SharePoint-specific sessions on the agenda... with the possibility of more to come! I'm presenting one (see below), John Holliday (my co-leader of the JAX Office Dev SIG) is presenting another on Using .NET Reflection to Create SharePoint Site Definitions in C#, and Stacy Draper (co-author of SharePoint 2003 Advanced Concepts) is presenting two: Using SharePoint Features to create, deploy and manage your own functionality & Resources and Responsibilities in a SharePoint environment.

And, for those two come to the SharePoint specific sessions, we'll have limited v3/MOSS 2007 swag we'll give out. We'll also have a bunch of the MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Tech Resource DVDs to hand out for those interested in getting their hands dirty with the latest bits! If you weren't at TechEd, you can only get these through your Microsoft account rep... or at the Jacksonville Code Camp!

I'll be presenting three sessions at the Jacksonville Code Camp this year:

Developing Advanced ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts for SharePoint 2007Microsoft introduced the Web Part framework in the second generation of SharePoint (WSS v2). Since then, ASP.NET 2.0 has adopted the Web Part concept albeit with a completely different implementation and this is what the upcoming release of SharePoint 2007 (WSS v3) now utilizes over the older WSS v2 Web Part framework. In this demo and code-heavy session you'll learn how to build a simple ASP.NET 2.0 Web Part and add it to a SharePoint 2007 site after briefly reviewing the differences between the three Web Part implementations (WSS v2 vs. ASP.NET 2.0 vs. WSS v3). Then we'll enhance it by customizing the verbs menu and creating a simple connection between two Web Parts. Finally we'll look at how we can add SharePoint specific features to the Web Part by implementing advanced Web Part connections and utilizing the SharePoint data caching mechanism.

Don't be a Tool, be a Better Developer Through Tools! (2nd Edition)As developers we are all looking for tools that help us with our daily jobs. Sometimes these tools perform tasks that we can't easily do, sometimes they automate steps we currently do by hand, and other times they are simply shortcuts. All in all, the goal is the same: tools should make you more productive and help you slam out more code faster with fewer defects and at a lower level of maintainability. In this talk AC will demo over 20 tools and shortcuts, most of which are free, that he's found help him be the most efficient and productive developer he can be. Come ready for a high-energy and fast paced session... we've got tools to see! Note this session is a 2nd edition... new and different tools will be demonstrated that weren't shown in the 1st edition of this talk.

Creating, Establishing, and Maintaining a Successful BlogEstablishing a successful blog is not as easy as simply creating it, throwing some content up on occasion, and throwing links to it all over the Internet. Nor is a successful blog the product of dumb luck. The process of creating a successful blog is much more of a science and practice that you have to manage over the course of many months. This short session will look at what it takes to create and maintain a successful blog as well as touch on common pitfalls to avoid. In addition, we'll talk about a few services available to help you promote your blog and analyze your syndication and content consumers.

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