Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:01:54 +0200
- The Dean's Office
SharePoint Conference 2008 – I was #1 (Thanks, everyone!)
Wow! My session was on the last day, I had a fever, and my voice was breaking and cracking like I was twelve years old. But I knew, deep down, that I had to continue spreading the news… SharePoint Designer: I didn't know it could do that! Indeed, based on the feedback I got from this session, a lot of people didn't know just how powerful the Data View Web Part can be!
The attendees completed evaluations of the session, provided some awesome feedback that I will be using to make future sessions even better, and ranked the session overall, the content, and the presentation. A week went by (during which a few more evaluations trickled in), and it was a fierce battle for first place between my session and a Joel Oleson / Shane Young tour-de-force. Shane and I traded a few e-mails, each of us gently reminding the other that paying for votes only works in Chicago council elections. It was a tense seven days! But finally, the last tally came in. You guys voted my session #1 for the entire conference (Joel and Shane's session was a VERY close second).
I'd like to say a heartfelt "thank you!" for not just taking the time to attend my session on SharePoint Designer and the Data View Web Part, but to sign on to the evaluation site and complete the online evaluation form. It means a lot to me, it really does!
So what's in the future for this session? Well, the last demo (the Amazon.com web services demo) was exclusive to the Microsoft SharePoint Conference, so that demo will be retired. Every time I do this session at a conference, you can expect a few changes to the early demos, and a totally new final demonstration. Could be web services, could be AJAX, it's hard to say. Next up? Well, that depends… If my session is selected for the SharePoint Connections conference in Vegas, that'll be my next public appearance with a SharePoint Designer session (I think, anyway), so you can plan on seeing a demonstration of a Windows Live service being integrated with your SharePoint data.
Maybe you have some suggestions? I'd love to hear them! If I use your suggestion, I'll give you credit during my presentation.
Thanks again for all those who attended and voted on my session at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference. I had a blast there, in spite of my fever-induced hallucinations of Bob Fox and Eric Shupps singing karaoke, and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at future conferences!
One last thing. The picture on this post is one of my favorites from the conference. Master Chief came by our SharePoint Bootcamp booth in the exhibit hall (after having lobbed a few frag grenades into some other booths, just for grins), and held up a fistful of dog tags like a war trophy collected from a deposed despot. Just marvel at how inspired he looks — he's ready to enlist, for sure!