At the VBUG meeting in Bracknell this month, we had a couple of really interesting sessions.
To begin, Colin Byrne gave a session on SharePoint 2010. The demos that he gave illustrated the ease of developing and debugging web parts using Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Those who have developed for earlier versions of SharePoint will appreciate how much more easier it is with 2010.
There was a demo of Sandboxed solutions. The sandbox imposes security restrictions that prohibits web parts from accessing data outside of the site collection where the solution was deployed.
You can also set resource quotas on any code you deploy and configure SharePoint to disable your solution when the quota is exceeded.
Another really powerful feature which was demonstrated was querying SharePoint lists using OData. This essentially enables you to write construct a query in the SharePoint URL and to have it return the requested data in OData format. The data returned can be consumed in a number of different applications.
Afterwards, Colin mentioned the co-authoring capabilities of using SharePoint2010 along with Word 2010. This enables 2 users to work on the same Word doucment and to see each others changes as they occur.
Next David Parker gave a talk on Visio. David has released a new book which can be found here.
The topic of David’s talk was related to validating Visio diagrams. Out of the box, Visio doesn’t provide a user interface to manage Visio rules so David has created an add-in which you can find here.
An example of using a rule is making sure that certain elements in a flow diagram must have an input and output. Some innovative examples mentioned in the group were creating network diagrams and writing validation rules to ensure that each network node has the correct connections.
For more info, David’s slides can be downloaded here.