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Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET SharePoint
TechEd 2012: Office, SharePoint And More Office
I haven’t spent any time looking at Office 365 up to this point. I met Donovan Follette on the flight down from Chicago. I also got to spend some time discussing the product offerings with him at the TechExpo and that sealed my decision to attend this session. The main actor of his presentation is the BCS – Business Connectivity Services. He explained that while this feature has existed in on-site SharePoint it is a valuable new addition to Office 365 SharePoint Online. If you aren’t familiar with ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:15 PM

SharePoint Thoughts
I was listening to .NET Rocks episode #713 and it got me thinking about a number of SharePoint related topics. I have been working with SharePoint since the 2001 product came out and have watched it evolve over the years. Today SharePoint is one of the most powerful and flexible products in the market. Of course that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement (a lot of improvement in fact) and with much power comes much responsibility. My main gripe these days is that you have to develop on a ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2011 4:53 PM

Custom SharePoint Timer and ULS
Over the last few months we have been developing custom SharePoint timer jobs. Since the jobs run under a Windows Service it makes it difficult to debug them. The saving grace we found is called ULS. It gives you a logging location that is consistent with the native timer jobs and an API which resembles most other logging frameworks. In order write events you first need to include the Microsoft.SharePoint.Admini... assembly. Then it is simply a matter of getting an instance of a SPDiagnosticsService ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:07 PM

2011 Chicago Code Camp
It is that time again. Time to polish up you presentation skills on your favorite language or technology features. The Chicago Code Camp is accepting proposals for presentations. Show everyone in the Chicago area what you know and submit your own. I really enjoyed presenting last year and just had to submit a proposal for this year. This time around my topic is Increasing Collaboration with Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Office Open XML. I had a much longer title but the site forced me to shorten ......

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2011 3:04 AM

Writing Web Parts for SharePoint 2007
SharePoint has been around for quite some time. I first worked with it in its original version in 2001. And so began a love hate relationship that has lasted these many years. Recently I have been spending a significant amount of time writing custom web parts. Below are a number of notes I have accumulated while rediscovering what SharePoint can do. I don’t claim that these are best practices, only that they have worked for me. Environment General Creating web parts for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 requires ......

Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 3:19 PM

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