Friday, March 21, 2014 #

Techstravaganza Slides

Thank you everyone who attended my session!  Here is a link to the slides compiled from John Patrick White & Jason Himmelstein's session:!295&app=PowerPoint&wdo=1.
You can view the original decks here: (John Patrick White) (Jason Himmelstein)

Posted On Friday, March 21, 2014 1:48 PM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 #

SharePoint Saturday NYC Call for Speakers & Sponsors

Hey guys as usual I am honored to be on the committee for SPS NYC as a co-organizer with four of my favorite people in the whole wide world - Jason Gallicchio, Tom Daly, Tasha Scott, and Greg Hurlman.  We have opened up the call for speakers and sponsors here:  We are doing blind votes again, so the process is the same as the past few years.  We are giving you guys an extra month or so for the submissions.  Go forth and submit!

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:38 AM | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 #

SharePoint Conference 2014 - Thank You Guys

When I was a kid things were not so great, so I only asked the universe for one thing to get me out of that situation.  I felt that it wasn't fair to ask for anything else from the universe, because I was given more than enough - a degree, a great job, awesome friends, etc.  So taking charge of my own life the past 4 years has been a struggle, because I felt like people are dying somewhere or they can't get out of their terrible situations.  It is not fair to ask for anything extra from the universe.  So I just sat back miserable for a while and let things just be in life.  I'll just be miserable if I dislike something.
The past few years were a roller coaster, because I just sat back in some ways to watch things play out.  Something happened in 2011 to justify the change in course - my boyfriend left me.  I woke up.  I realized maybe this was my life to live.  Maybe I shouldn't do what others want me to do anymore.  Slowly over three years I started to realize what I really wanted in my job, in dating, and in a friend.  It's really weird, because at 32 I think I'm still a work in progress, but closer to the end goal.
I finally have the job that I want.  I finally have the friends that I should surround myself with in my journey.  Thank you for voting for me.  This version of me is the happiest version that could be at this point in my life.  You got me my job.  You made me feel like I fit in somewhere.  You put me on a list of 25 people who you think are the top community members.  I know there are tons of people that could easily fit on this list.  I know I may not be the smartest or the most fitting.  I make fun of these lists a good deal through sarcasm, but I feel honored and privileged.
Here is a list of top people in my community and life:
Leah Wendleton
Tasha Scott
Greg Hurlman
Bob German
Neal McFee
Kris Wagner
Doug Hemminger
Susan Lennon 
Joel Oleson
Christian Buckley
Dan Usher
Scott Hoag
Kelley & Mario Urena
Heather Chadwik
Stephen Napoles
Pedro Jimenez
Lori Gowin
Don Kirkham
Patrick Curran
D'arce Hess
Luciana Lopez
Caitlin Dean
Marie Simmons
Amy Gradzewicz
Suzanna Tran
Jason & Ada Gallicchio
John Alexander
Paul Galvin
Ruven Gotz
Mark Rackley
Geoff Varosky
Chris McNulty
Jason Himmelstein
Pattie Jacobson
Tom Daly
Tony & Tracy Pounder
Chris Givens & Lidiya Ter-Markova

And the most important Sam Isserman, Ferd Isserman, Kathi Isserman, Nancy Isserman, Rick Isserman, and my slew of Horwitz cousins...I'm sorry if I forgot someone, but you all believed in me throughout the years.  You have helped me through some dark times.  You carried me through the past few years to get me to this point.  We all have light at end of tunnel days.  I think after all the trials and tests I am at the point in time when things are truly awesome.  I hope that I can carry you guys through the worst when you need it.  I'm around just let me know.  Time to go to sleep very soon-ish.  Thanks everyone who wished me a happy birthday!  This birthday has to be the best one yet.

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 2:39 AM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 #

Where's Becky? - How to Play

I am going to walk around the entire conference wearing a single BlueMetal Temporary Tattoos and $5 Starbuck's Cards at the conference.  I might also be wearing a funny hat that day to make it easier to distinguish me out of everyone else.  I haven't decided yet, but I will tweet the information when I figure it out.
The temporary tattoos will be given out if you find me and let me know by saying that you saw me tweeting and you want one.  Additionally once you find me I will ask you a SharePoint Trivia Question and if you get it right I will give you a $5 Starbuck's Card.  I will only give out two Starbuck's Cards per day at different points in each day of the conference, so watch @mosslover on twitter for the information.  Hopefully, this entire thing will be fun for everyone and worth it.  I've never tried to do anything like this before, but I think it could be interesting.  I hope to see you there at the conference next week.

Posted On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

SharePoint Conference 2014 - Requesting a Meeting with Me

I am inviting vendors, potential clients, and potential recruits to setup meetings with me.  If you are interested in partnering with BlueMetal NYC as an ISV or you have potential work for us in the NYC area or you would like to work for an awesome company like BlueMetal I invite you to setup a meeting with me next week.  All I am doing is attending sessions and networking next week after my birthday on Sunday.  I welcome you to contact me at to setup a meeting with me.  If you are interested I can include other colleagues from BlueMetal. 
If you are looking for a more social setting, then I urge you to find me during lunch or breakfast or perhaps at Ellis Island at 9 pm for some karaoke.  I will also be around at various social gatherings and will have Cards Against Humanity if anyone wants to start a game.

Posted On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:22 PM | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 #

Re-Visiting KPIs using a Lookup Field & XSLT in SharePoint 2010

So I was building a standard dataview in SharePoint 2010.  I had the $thisNode information, but I couldn't figure out why my $thisNode/@Priority was not working for my Priority field.  I realized it was a lookup field.  Thanks to Marc Anderson I could do a print statement and figure out how to parse out the Priority from after the #.  Here is a nice snippet to get information for a Lookup in a condition in XSLT:

<xsl:param name="thisPriority" select="substring-after($thisNode/@Priority.,'#')"/>
First you want to put your parsed out data into a parameter

<xsl:if test="$thisPriority = 'High'" ddwrt:cf_explicit="1"><img alt="{$thisPriority}" src="/_layouts/images/kpidefault-2.gif" /></xsl:if>
<xsl:if test="$thisPriority = 'Medium'" ddwrt:cf_explicit="1"><img alt="{$thisPriority}" src="/_layouts/images/kpidefault-1.gif" /></xsl:if>
<xsl:if test="$thisPriority = 'Low'" ddwrt:cf_explicit="1"><img alt="{$thisPriority}" src="/_layouts/images/kpidefault-0.gif" /></xsl:if>

Next you can put the parameter data into a condition to determine based on high, medium, or low priority the proper picture to show. 

Hopefully, this post helps save countless hours for someone else parsing out conditions in XSLT using a lookup field.  Enjoy!

Posted On Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:38 AM | Comments (0)

Monday, January 13, 2014 #

SharePoint Saturday - Year 6: Look How Far We've Come...

This is the time of year when I look back & reflect on all the people who have risen in the ranks through SharePoint Saturday.  I believe the mission was fulfilled that Michael Lotter & Susan Lennon set forth during the first year is working.  They wanted to nurture new local speakers and I have noticed a trickle of people coming through SharePoint Saturday as a stepping stone on the way to bigger & better things.  I mean look at Eric Harlan, Mark Rackley, or Jason Himmelstein.  Some of us have stuck around at the lower levels speaking at a SharePoint Saturday here and there, but there is a lot of refreshing every few years from what I'm noticing.  I see some people criticizing the veterans sticking around, but I feel like there is a place for some of us.  Some of the SharePoint Saturdays would not sustain the amount of speakers needed to survive if they did not look outwards for non-local speakers.  I'm not going to get into a debate, but this is what I've seen over the past 6 years.
I love SharePoint Saturday.  I will continue to evangelize and support the cause.  I am still on the fence about speaking at bigger conferences again.  As you guys know I lost my confidence a few years ago that made me go through a huge withdrawal from the community.  As a revelation I don't need to attend bigger conferences as a speaker.  I go to SharePoint Saturdays and other events mainly to continue my mission to stay social.  I have been and always will be somewhat of an introvert.  I need to sustain a certain amount of public speaking to continue to keep that social aspect of my life flowing.  So if you really want to see me speak at something like SPTechCon it will probably not happen again.
I had fun going to The Experts's Conference, speaking at SharePoint Conference, and going to KC Developer Conference.  I will probably submit again to KC Developer Conference and maybe some day something like Codemash, but I don't see myself going to a bigger conference anytime soon.  I have to give up a piece of my life that is devoted to friendships, family, kittens, and living life.  I looked at my life one day and realized I had very few local friends.  Now I have tons of friends all over the metro area.  As you guys know my focus will continue to be and has been for the past few years working on those pieces of my life.  I think in the year 2013 I will continue balancing a few speaking engagements alongside my social life.
I look back at the kid I was in 2009, a 27 year old, doughy eyed who freaked out when Joel Oleson sat down, and think I was just starting to grow up.  I feel like I am continuing to grow into who I will be as a fully baked adult about to turn 32.  
I will say thank you to the SharePoint Community for helping me the past 6 years.  I think that first SharePoint Saturday was a stepping stone.  I wouldn't have gone to so many places & made so many friends without it.  I wouldn't have the job that I am at today.  I wouldn't have taken two trips to Europe and an entire month-long road trip without the SharePoint Community.  I know a lot of people who think I am the bravest person they know for the things I have done.  I know at 27 I would have never had the courage to do these things without the groundwork that was laid out that year.  I am grateful for all the people out there who continue to support and nurture me.  You are amazing.  I wouldn't be where I am or who I am without you.  Here is to a great year of SharePoint!

Posted On Monday, January 13, 2014 11:41 PM | Comments (1)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 #

SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach, Hartford SharePoint User Group, and Beyond...

Hey guys I will be at the following event and user group:
SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach on Saturday, January 11th.  I will be doing two sessions on Office 365.  The first one at 9 am will discuss building Sandbox vs. App Solutions in Office 365.  The second one will involve actually building a full solution or at least discussion a solution that I have pre-built and how it should be done in Office 365.  Here is the event information:

Hartford SharePoint User Group on Thursday, January 16th at 5 pm with Bob German on SharePoint Apps vs. Sandbox Solutions.  Here is the user group information:

I am going to try and do SPS South Florida, SPS Philly, SPS Sac, and a few other events.  I will be at SPC as an attendee too.  See you guys in the future!

Posted On Wednesday, January 8, 2014 6:03 PM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 #

To the New Year and Beyond

2013 was an amazing year.  I met some really awesome people.  I left a job that no longer fit.  I had the courage to take a road trip across the country that I talked about since I was 18.  Every year I think I can no longer top the amazing year I had and I do.  I'm not going to look back and reflect.  I am just going to state that 2014 will be an epic year.  I look forward to the insanity that is in store for 2014.

Posted On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 4:54 PM | Comments (1)

Thursday, December 5, 2013 #

BlueMetal Architects NYC Open House

Hey guys I wanted to let you all know that we are having an open house at BlueMetal Architects NYC Office here are the details:

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We invite you to join us for an evening of food, drinks, and great conversation at our new office space on 36th St.  Come network with your peers and start the year with us in style!

We're also celebrating the launch of the NYC Open Device Lab, where you can explore and test apps and websites on our collection of devices, and see what’s possible for your mobility strategy with our showcase of custom applications.

Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time:  4-6 pm
Location:  53 West 36th Street, Suite 1002, New York, NY 10018
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