SPC14 Session Wrap Up

The write up from my SPC14 session (Deep Dive: REST and CSOM comparison) is posted here: http://blog.mannsoftware.com/?p=1521.  I’m a little late getting this posted here (the post itself has been up for 2 weeks), but I wanted to make sure to point folks to it as I mentioned I would during the session. Also, if you’d rather watch the session recording, it is available here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/SharePoint-Conference/2014/SPC423. Continue reading →

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A New Project and New Tools

A few months ago my primary client asked me to take over a project that had been developed in-house. I’ve spent some time since then getting acclimated to the project, fixing some high-priority bugs and am now beginning to look at truly taking ownership of the codebase. As part of that I’m looking at trying out some new tools to help. Thanks to the folks at Telerik for giving me a copy of their tools (JustCode, JustTrace, JustDecompile, and JustMock) to kick the tires on. I’m also using Visual Studio 2013. To a certain extent, using a whole new toolset (I have previously used DevExpress’ CodeRush, which I still love but I wanted to try something new to see if there’s something better) is going to slow things down, but the client is OK with that and I’m looking forward to it. Things may get a little confusing as I try to figure out whether something new is VS2013 or Telerik, but I’ll do my best to keep them straight. Continue reading →


YASSC – Yet Another SharePoint SKU Comparison

So, there’s already a couple of these on the web (see here, here, and here, for example). These are all great resources to browse, but it seems to me that I’m always trying to answer one question for clients as I review these resources – what do I lose by dropping down a license level? So, with that in mind, here’s my unofficial list – note that this is strictly for on-premises licensing. I’ll get around to an online version the next time I need to address that for a client. This is based on the “official” feature matrix available here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise as of 9/20/2013. Click on any item to see more information about it. Continue reading →