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  • May.28.2014

     I am riding again in this year's Ride to Conquer Cancer June 7-8. For those not familiar with the ride, it is a 200 km ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls, split over the Saturday and Sunday. Yes there are other directions now that you can take, but I’m going to stick with the classic route that I did in 2010 and 2011. It really is an incredible experience to be out with a group of several thousand riders, all pedaling to support the work of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres​ in the world.

    I'm dedicating this year's ride to my Dad, who lost his battle with colon cancer this past February. Help support this great cause by donating at the link below.

    http://www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/Toronto2014?px=3036696&pg=personal&fr_id=1513 

    Funds raised in The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer will support breakthrough research, exemplary teaching, and compassionate care at Princess Margaret.

    For those of you with a keen eye for bikes, you will notice that the bike to the left is my classic Rocky Mountain road bike. My son Brett has inherited it, and is now commuting 2-3 times a week to my office where he is working this summer. I’ll be running my Cervelo, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t mix it up again and add some additional miles to the front and/or back of this year’s ride for old time’s sake. 

  • May.27.2014

    ​I was speaking today on Cloud Business Apps at the SharePoint Summit in Toronto.  This was a combination of a developer and customer case study talk.  It went through the different approaches and lessons learned from three client projects:

    • SharePoint 2010 Extranet portal for Toronto Stock Exchange
      • Customized SharePoint forms on a SharePoint list
      • Integration of Salesforce.com forms
      • JSON and Knockout implementation of an Event Calendar in SharePoint 2010
    • Self-service HR forms for Baxter Canada
      • Provider-hosted high-trust apps in an on premise SharePoint 2013
    • Case management system for the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
      • The journey starts with Office 365, a custom identity provider, and provider hosted apps in Azure
      • Ultimately we landed on a combination of REST APIs and Knockout non-SharePoint apps, and a number of full-trust web parts, all hosted in RackSpace

    The SharePoint Summit Cloud Business Apps deck is available for download.

  • May.08.2014

    ​Last day of the conference and my second talk is in the can.  This one was on Office 365 REST APIs.  It started with some background and history on APIs, and then dove into the Documents API for SharePoint.  We then went into the Search API, and talked about REST and Search Driven Apps.  Some customer samples were presented, and then we proceeded into the bewildering world of authentication with REST and Apps.  This included Form Digest, OAuth, High Trust (Server to Server), Office 365's new Common Consent Framework, the Graph API, rolling your own REST, JSON Web Tokens (JWT) and frameworks such as AngualrJS and KnockoutJS.

    A lot to cover, including getting right into the code and walking through how it works.  The ESPC14 TH3 Office 365 REST APIs presentation is available for download.

  • May.07.2014

    ​It's been a whirlwind trip to Barcelona for the European SharePoint Conference 2014.  It's bee a great event, very well organized and a fantastic lineup of speakers from around the world.

    I did two talks, and this was the first one.  Titled Cloud Business Apps, it a case study of Apps work we're currently doing on client projects.  The three clients highlighted are:

    • Toronto Stock Exchange
    • Baxter Canada
    • Supreme Court of Victoria

    The ESPC14 W7X Cloud Business Apps presentation is available for download.

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