This weekend, Telerik sponsored the SharePoint Saturday event in Brisbane, Australia (#SPSBNE). The terrible day of Rapture (Thousands said goodbye to family and friends ahead of 6pm Saturday deadline) was on this day and it was all over the news. So I was a bit worried if I should spend the last day of the world here, but Mike Rhodes had said we had lots of great speakers and I was looking forward to meeting them. 

Figure: I could not resist the temptation to see those speakers

The day started out with a bang and it went from strength to strength. I found it was a very informative and educational day and I met a lot of great people there. Brian Farnhill and Mike Rhodes did a great job in organizing the event and making us feel comfortable, thank you guys. Michael Noel had flown all the way from USA to present on the event, we appreciate it, mate, and we love your SharePoint books!

Some of the highlight sessions for me were:

  • Using JavaScript and jQuery in SharePoint (good debut of Haylee Fox)
  • The new Client Object Model in SharePoint, by James Milne
  • Easy customizations of the Ribbon UI, by Chris OConnor (@GrumpyWookie)
  • Developing Advanced User Experience in SharePoint 2010 (an *incredible* YouTube-like demo including social media, fast search and script on demand by the almighty Brian Farnhill.
  • How to map Australia’s public toilet system
  • and many more

Ask the Experts session at the end was a great fun. “SharePoint built in MVC” and less restrictive sandbox-ed solutions were among the desired features of vNext of the platform.

Figure: The SharePoint Experts (and Adam Cogan) are answering the questions

Telerik gave away two licenses of the Ultimate Collection for .NET developers to two lucky Brisbane developers. It contained the best developer productivity tools for all major Microsoft .NET platforms. I hope they liked the new Telerik SharePoint WebParts that are included.

I look forward to the next SharePoint Saturday, Adelaide get ready!

P.S. Fortunately, the Rapture did not materialize that day:

Figure: Brian Farnhill enjoyed turning off the speakers. Image by @GrumpyWookie

About the Author

Vesselin Vasilev

is an MCTS. He moved to Australia to help Aussie and Kiwi developers build the most awesome web sites in the world. You can find him on twitter @vvassilev or LinkedIn.

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