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SharePoint Saturday Copenhagen – Recap

August 26th, 2009 by Tobias Zimmergren

Author: Tobias Zimmergren | | @zimmergren

Thank you, event coordinators

Being the first ever SharePoint Saturday in Scandinavia, I must admit that I was overly impressed with the event coordinators (Isaac Stith and Jens Nordgaard) work on this event.

I’m hoping to see some more SPSaturday events around Scandinavia, and hopefully we’ll be able to pull one together in Sweden as well.

My Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Developers and WSS as a public site

I did a very successful presentation of "SharePoint Development Tips & Tricks" which covered some ground that I think is important as a developer. Things you’ll need to consider in your development environments and development projects.

Along with that, I summarized the presentation by presenting how WSS can easily be used as a public web site.
Best part: Click one button and you’re converting your current Team Site to a 100% XHTML validated WSS public web site.
Best part 2: Click the same button, and you’re back at your normal Team Site.

Download presentation: Tobias_Zimmergren_SPSaturday_Copenhagen

The Sessions

Some great speakers attended, and some great sessions were presented during the SPSaturday event in Copenhagen.

Following are the presentations that were made, along with the names and twitter-names of the presenters:


SharePoint Saturday Copenhagen – 1 day left

August 21st, 2009 by Tobias Zimmergren

Author: Tobias Zimmergren | | @zimmergren

SharePoint Copenhagen is going down tomorrow

I hope to see you at the little community meetup tomorrow. There will be some cool people, and we’ll have a chance to network a bit. (The best part, though, is the beer we can grab after ;-)


I’ll be giving a short presentation titled "Developer tips & tricks" which is nothing more fancy than the name implies. There’s a couple of things that I’d like to share with the world, that I often see in projects (or the lack of) and would like to bring some of those things to attention once again.

Another thing I’ll be presenting in the same session, is how you can utilize WSS 3.0 (Windows SharePoint Services) to host public Web Sites. Don’t believe me? Check out which not only is a WSS 3.0 site, it’s also 100% XHTML 1.0 Strict validated ;-)

See you there!

Microsoft SharePoint Conference – Info and Sneak Peaks

August 15th, 2009 by Tobias Zimmergren

Author: Tobias Zimmergren | | @zimmergren


Most of you (awesome SharePoint people) may already know about the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas this year. If you are planning on attending, that’s great! I hope to meet as many of you as possible for a chat and a (lot of) beer during the week :-)

I’m flying in on Friday the 16th together with some other awesome SharePoint people, and flying out on the 23rd.

If you are still trying to decide weather or not you should attend, please consider the following information in this post and foremost on to help you decide.

Quote from Microsoft, as I couldn’t possibly say it any better myself:

"You’ll get to listen, talk and network with Microsoft Product experts, SharePoint MVPs, Customers, top Industry Analysts and over 140 SharePoint Partners.  There won’t be anywhere else on the planet with this concentration of SharePoint knowledge and experience in one place and at one time."

"That’s 15,000 minutes of SharePoint, SharePoint and more SharePoint that you’re simply not going to get anywhere else"

Sneak peak of some of the sessions at SPC in Las Vegas

Microsoft SharePoint Conference (SPC) sent out an email to the registered attendees today with a little sneak peak of some topics that will be presented. These are amongst others:

  • SharePoint 2010 Overview and What’s New
  • Upgrading to SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint 2010 Capacity and Performance Planning
  • SharePoint 2010 Security and Identity Management: What’s New.
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Development
  • SharePoint 2010 Ribbon, ECMAScript and Dialog Framework Development
  • Developing with REST and LINQ in SharePoint 2010
  • Upgrading SharePoint Server 2007 Code to SharePoint 2010
  • Building SharePoint Composite Applications with the Microsoft Application Platform
  • What’s New in Business Connectivity Services (The Business Data Catalog Evolves!)
  • FAST Search for SharePoint – Capabilities Deep-Dive
  • Advanced Dashboard Creation with PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint 2010
  • Overview of Visio 2010 and Visio Services for SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management Deep-Dive
  • If You Build It, They Will Come: Driving End User Adoption

Register for the conference today!!

Visit to register for the event, or visit www.mssharepointconference to read more about what’s going on!

My tip: Register, attend the sessions, mingle with the experts and be part of this huge family we call the SharePoint family!

Welcome, and enjoy!

What is SharePoint – A simple explanation

August 14th, 2009 by Tobias Zimmergren

Microsoft just posted this brilliant post about how you explain what SharePoint is – in the most simple of ways:

SharePoint in Plain English

This is a video that talks about "SharePoint in general" and doesn’t necessarily highlight any specific area of the product.

Makes it a bit easier to explain to people what you’re really working with, and not just "IT".

Enjoy :-)

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If you are a SharePoint developer, you often need to dig into the logs in the 12-hive in order to find out why things are behaving the way they are.

You and me both know that this can be a pain in the buttocks if you don’t have an appropriate tool to read the logs with.
I’ve been trying out around 10 different log viewers, including SharePoint-specific log viewers, in order to save some time reading the logs.

What I found out, was that the tool called SPTraceView that you an find on, is the by far most complete SharePoint logs parsing tool I’ve tried.

Bear in mind though, that there’s plenty of good tools out there – and this is the one that I find to be most suitable for my needs. Your requirements may differ.

Why SPTraceView for me?

The reasons as to why I chose SPTraceView are as follows:

  • Balloon notifications when new events occur (e.g. an exception is thrown and shown in the logs)
  • Filtering
    • Filter based on Monitoring Level
      • Critical Event
      • Unexpected
      • Exception
      • Warning Event
      • Assert
      • Unassigned
      • High
      • Medium
      • Information Event
      • Monitorable
      • Verbose
    • Filter based on Process
    • Filter based on Message
    • Filter based on Product
    • Filter based on Category
  • Big "View Events" button to quickly parse and view the logs, applying all the filters you’ve configured
  • Farm event logging / Cross-server logging
    • You have the option to use SPTraceView across multiple servers in your farm (!)

An example

The plain-text logfiles in SharePoint looks something like this


Viewing the SharePoint ULS logs with SPTraceView

If I make a simple configuration like this:


And if I now click the big "View Events" button (you really can’t miss it!) – it’ll look something like this:


Summary and Download

I urge you to check out this tool if you’re (like me) diving into the logs every now and then, but find it unbearable to read plain-text and don’t find that any of the other tools really fit the blueprint of what you need.

With that said, go to and get it now!

SharePoint Saturday Copenhagen – Meet me there

August 4th, 2009 by Tobias Zimmergren

Author: Tobias Zimmergren | | @zimmergren


I’m going to be on the SharePoint Saturday in Copenhagen, so make sure you pop over and say hi if you’re attending! Did I mention it’s FREE?

A quote about SharePoint Saturday from the SharePoint Saturday Copenhagen website:

"Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!"

Details and Registration

The SPSaturday takes place at "Lyngby Kulturhus" on August 22nd.

Read more about it here and REGISTER HERE if you’re planning on attending.

See you there!