When: August 20th, 2005
Where: Microsoft Office in Charlotte, NC
Overview of the event
Theme: Web Portal Application development with Microsoft technologies. Sponsorship by Microsoft and my company, Faith Interactive.
Web Portals are not new to the scene, but enterprise adoptions to our technologies on a larger scale are just now beginning to take place. Microsoft has a number of products and technologies on the market to empower users to build web portals. SharePoint (SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services) technologies are one of these products. The SharePoint community has grown and embraced the open-source nature of developing these products. One product that will be demonstrated was developed by Jan Tielen. His product is called SmartPart Web Part. Microsoft doesn’t provide official support but thousands of developers have embraced the development of SharePoint portals through the use of it.
In areas where SharePoint products fall short, for example ease of UI customization through skins and custom login mechanize, open-source DotNetNuke portal is a great solution. I will be sharing from my production experience (1) why I choose this product for large portal implementation in big corporations and (2) the lessons learned from my experiences.
Technology will never become stagnant and we can predict that the next version of ASP.NET 2.0 is just around the corner. It will include Portal Framework out-of-the box. The ability to code today in such a way that allows a smooth migration path is very important, so we will be examining the newer features of Web Parts framework and the best choices of technologies available today in order to escape the headache of a complete rewrite of portals.
Yes, the cost of the event is completely free and the quality can be likened to that of TechEd or VSLive.