Monthly Archives: October 2011

SoCal Code Camp IV @ USC T minus 8 days and counting

Please join me for the following sessions

Mission Control here for our final general promotional announcement.  This ship is launching.  Get ready for a great ride!

  • Latest stats as of 10/6/2011 are
  • Current Sessions:  106 (up from 75).  Thanks to all the presenters who submitted sessions!  We breached the 100 mark.  Way to go!
  • Initial Schedule PostedSchedule
  • RSVPed: 438 and climbing rapidly. 
  • Sponsorships:  Continued thanks to DevExpress and  Telerik our Gold Sponsors, and all other sponsors!
  • Value of Raffle Prizes & Giveaways:  $107,947 (up from $90,626)
  • Ground Crew (Volunteers): Check
  • Facilities:  Check
  • Logistics:  Check

Thanks for all who RSVPed. 

Thanks in advance for those of you who have decided to come and will RSVP in the days ahead (please do so today).

What are your BIG reasons for attending?  Please give us a tweet using #SoCalCodeCamp!


For those who are on the fence… are you okay with being left behind to miss:

  • Great topics presented by developer gurus and professional peers
  • A real likelihood of walking away with $100+ worth of prizes and giveaways
  • A chance to interact with developer peers to exchange best practices and other great ideas
  • Sponsored Saturday night Geek Dinner and Sunday lunch

Check out the tweets in the next couple of days…  are you sure you want to miss out?



As always, we are so very thankful to our sponsors who help make this event possible.  Please be sure to visit our financial and raffle sponsors at and companion-site

This Code Camp is brought to you in part by, DevExpress, Telerik, PDSA, Microsoft,, Outsource Technical, Crescent Solutions, and SMCI


Thank you from your Mission Control for SoCal Code Camp LA IV @ USC

Art, Janet, Woody, James, Adnan, Mike, Bret, and Michael


Book Review – Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 by Gary Lapointe and Shanon Bray

The title of the book ”Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0” would give most people the impression that the book is all about PowerShell and while this is true. The book is “The most Comprehensive Guidance to SharePoint 2010 Administration”.

Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0



If you ask how I came to this conclusion open any page of the book and you will find not only the PowerShell reference and scripts but an explanation for every Service Application from Search to Business Connectivity Services both from a configuration and integration perspective as well as the physical and logical alternatives you have when building out your environment.

Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 is “The most comprehensive administrative guide on SharePoint 2010”. It’s obvious the work put into the STSAdm Extensions for SharePoint 2007 and the PowerShell CmdLets for SharePoint 2010 that Gary has given to the SharePoint Community freely has also given Gary deep insight into SharePoint 2010.




Thank you Gary, Shannon, and Spence for being a reference for us all..






SPC 2011 “with a little help from my friends”

I was reminded today of one of my favorite songs as a kid listening to the Beatles on a small FM Radio when I supposed to be asleep… (I tell you at the end or something if you don’t know the name)

My favorite part of the SharePoint Conference this year was not the just great speakers like Spence Harbar, Scott Hillier, Gary Lapointe, Todd Baginski, Andrew Connell or Israel that left me knowing how much work I still have left to polish my delivery skills. But to hang out with my friends who have become my family..

I was lucky enough to spend almost 2 days with 2 MCM Candidates Jim Duncan and Dave Milner, an evening with an MCM Paul Stork, an afternoon chasing the sun after the conference with Chris Givens. 30 minutes with Becky Isserman, who if you think my schedule is insane Becky is planning on doing more sessions at more SharePoint Saturdays than Christian Buckley who I think did 17 SharePoint Saturdays this year who coincidentally Jim and I bumped into during breakfast at the Marriott Concierge Lounge. I spent 20 minutes or so with Kris Wagner where it was  so cool I got a hug after I interrupted a client meeting, lol (Sorry Kris) or while walking to Marriott after the show bump into Dan Holmes walking the other way or my friend Chris Riley who is loving CloudShare, Greg Dovidio rockin at AvePoint (I finally met TJ, can you imagine growing an SharePoint ISV from 1 person to over a 1000)..

What would you think if I sang out of tune,
Would you stand up and walk out on me.
Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song,
And I’ll try not to sing out of key.
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm,I get high with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends.

I have been doubly blessed this year in that I was awarded the MVP Award again and I get to work with some of the most talented and dedicated folks ever with MCS on the Foundation and Fusion teams Pankaj Surit , John Spinella, Mac McCluskie, Bill Wolff, Yi Wen Yiu, Amit Tak, Olaf Cames, Sampath Vuyyuru, Mickey Young, Brian Marten, Norm Lambert and many more that I don’t remember @ 3am (I couldn’t sleep without getting this post out) and I hope I spelled everyone’s names right, if not shoot me…

The simple truth is these are dreams that have come true for me this year… The MVP Program and the SharePoint Server MVP Award specifically and now the opportunity to work with an extremely talented MCS Team just left me thinking today after the show looking back on SPC11 and the last 7 years of NothingButSharePoint (jthake)…

Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends,
Mmm, gonna try with a little help from my friends
Ooh, I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends,
with a little help from my friends

Thank you all for putting up with my BS and providing the guidance I have needed when I needed it. Now would Y’all just slow down for like a year so I can catch up with everyone, LOL…

I love SharePoint, the SharePoint Community and All of You (well most of you)

Also, my son Jon the best part of me. Happy 21st Birthday I was amazed when we got the Cake at the Cheese Cake Factory, its still hard to believe its been 21 years, thank you for hanging out on all the weekends I dragged you to client sites for the last 17 years, its been a blast.





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