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The SharePoint Connections Coast to Coast Tour is coming to a major city near you in 2011 and I’m proud to be part of it.  Wait till you see the deal they are offering right now!  The first 100 attendees per tour city to register can choose to attend the SharePoint 2010 Development All Day Training Session for free!

Throughout the tour I’ll be speaking about Business Connectivity Services (BCS), creating mashup applications in SharePoint, building Windows Phone 7 applications that integrate with SharePoint sites, and designing and visualizing workflows with Visio.

You can find me presenting in the following cities.

April 18-20, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV

April 25-27, 2011 – Boston, MA

May 2-4, 2011 – San Diego, CA

May 9-11, 2011 – San Francisco, CA

Here’s a complete list of the sessions I’ll present.  This will be a fantastic series of events!  I hope to see you there.

Building Custom Applications (mashups) on the SharePoint Platform
Custom applications which combine components from several different systems, services, and data sources are more commonplace in today’s world than ever before, not to mention they are usually the most fun to build! This session shows how to combine Business Connectivity Services, the SharePoint client object model, SharePoint Search, Silverlight, Bing Maps, Twitter, the Digital Assets Library (Images & Videos), SharePoint list data, and even SharePoint’s new rating functionality to create a “mashup” application that provides a wide variety of functionality. In this session, you will learn how to combine all of these components to create eye-catching applications built on the SharePoint framework.

Creating Custom Line of Business Solutions with Business Connectivity Services
Business Connectivity Services and Microsoft SharePoint Server provide developers an excellent platform to quickly build line of business applications upon. The BDC and SharePoint make connecting to data in external systems and working with it easier than ever before. This session shows how to combine External Content Types, External Lists, .NET Assembly Connectors, External Data Web Parts, and the SharePoint search service to search, create, read, update, and delete data from multiple external data sources. In this session, you will learn how to create and configure all of these components to create a powerful line-of-business application with the SharePoint platform.

Integrating Windows 7 Mobile Applications with SharePoint Sites
How many times have you heard someone tell you, “There’s an app for that”? Have you ever wanted to create your own mobile application? How about one that integrates with SharePoint? In this session, you will learn how Windows Mobile 7 makes it easy for .NET and Silverlight developers to make the transition and develop applications for mobile devices. You will learn how to develop a Windows 7 Mobile application which integrates with SharePoint websites and other services.

Visually Creating Visually Compelling Workflows (Without Writing Any Code!)
Modeling SharePoint workflows has never been easier to do, and understanding the current state of a workflow status has never been easier on the eyes! Microsoft Visio and SharePoint Designer are now capable of modeling, editing, configuring, and deploying workflows to SharePoint sites and lists. Additionally, the Visio Graphics Service now provides the ability to represent the status of a workflow in a visual manner! This session demonstrates how to create a SharePoint workflow in Microsoft Visio and export it to SharePoint Designer. The session goes on to demonstrate how to edit the workflow in SharePoint designer, add a custom coded workflow activity to it, and publish it to a SharePoint site as a reusable workflow. Finally, the session demonstrates how to configure workflow visualizations with the Visio Graphics Service to see the current state of a workflow. In this presentation you will learn how to create a SharePoint workflow in Microsoft Visio, make changes to it in SharePoint Designer, publish it to a SharePoint site, configure the Visio Graphics Service, and visually view the status of the workflow as represented in the workflow diagram.