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I'm teaching my WCM401 Developing Publishing Sites with SharePoint Server 20007 WCM the week of August 4-7 at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Irvine, CA. There are still a few open seats available, so if you're interested, go here to get more info & register. There's a special 15% discount code available to people in the area on the SoCal .NET Events site that you can use when you register for the class.

While in California I'll be speaking at two user groups in the area. First on Tuesday, August 5th I'll be doing my session Don't Be a Tool, Be a Better SharePoint Developer Through Tools! @ the LA C# user group in Manhattan Beach.

Developers know all too well that development in a Microsoft SharePoint environment can be a challenging experience with so many moving parts. However, with the rights tools and shortcuts, you can mitigate the challenges and let the tools do most of the work so you can focus on the more challenging business requirements. In this session, we cover numerous shortcuts and tools, most without spending a penny, that will help you be the most productive SharePoint developer possible.

Then, on Wednesday, August 6th I'll be presenting my Structured Approach to Building MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites to the SoCal Dot Net user group in Buena Park.

"SharePoint doesn't support source control." "SharePoint doesn't follow good SDL or change control processes." "Developers have to use SharePoint Designer to create Publishing sites." Heard these before? Guess what? All these myths are completely untrue. Unlike many traditional SharePoint projects, Publishing sites frequently require following an organizations change control process, software development lifecycle processes and integration within source control. Not only is it possible to follow all of these common development guidelines in SharePoint, it is a lot easier than you may think. In this session we'll take a look at how this is possible by obtaining a better grasp of the inner workings of SharePoint, how you can make sure your development team leverages this, as well as some tips and tricks in how to achieve it.

Hope to see you there! Both events request RSVP so hit the user group sites to RSVP.

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