Presenting at SharePoint Saturday Perth – 9th March

SharePoint Saturday is nearly upon us again and it’s already shaping up to be a great event. I’m happy to say that my session for the day was selected and I’ll be presenting on Building public facing websites on SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint for internet sites has been around since the days of MOSS yet has often been considered an afterthought when determining the best ways to get the most out of the platform. SharePoint 2013 however is a game changer. The investments made in the platform combined with the attractive licensing story has made SharePoint a first-class citizen in the world of Content Management Systems. Come join Matt Menezes as he delves into the world of public facing internet sites, outlining the often-dismissed factors to building a successful website and exploring the new features SharePoint 2013 provides to assist in each step of the process.

As things stand today there are only 21 tickets remaining which should see a great crowd on the day with some excellent presenters diving into all things SharePoint – particularly regarding SharePoint 2013. To register jump over to the Eventbrite page and secure your ticket. There will be lunch and prizes sponsored by a number of companies including the company I work for Ignia and with the calibre of local and interstate presenters earmarked for the event it will no doubt be a great day.

I’d encourage everyone involved in the Perth SharePoint community to come down, support this event and of course come in to watch my session at 11.20am!

Presenting at the Perth SharePoint UG – 23rd May

Things have been a little quiet around here for a while but for good reason – I’m excited to announce that I’ll be presenting on the 23rd of this month at the Perth SharePoint User Group. It’s been a long time between drinks with my last session being 2 years ago so it will be good to get back in front of the Perth SharePoint community and share some of the technologies i’ve been working with recently.

The session i’ll be presenting will be Harnessing client-side technologies to enhance your SharePoint site.

SharePoint developers are often far too quick to jump into Visual Studio to solve every problem they face. It’s easy to get stuck in the .NET 2.0 way of thinking and get shielded from the latest technology and trends absorbing the web. SharePoint 2010 opened the door to client side technologies by introducing the Client Object Model and REST services – it’s only right that we as developers learn to embrace it.

Curious to see how simple it is to combine the Client Object Model with jQuery? Create out of the box solutions with the Content Query Web Part and XSL? Explore the power of REST services with Knockout? Or perhaps see what all the fuss is about regarding SignalR?

This session is not just for developers. Rather than deep dive into a particular client side technology we’ll explore this range of tools at our disposal to deliver interactive user experiences. Learn how to harness these client side technologies to rapidly deliver solutions for your organisation, whether you’re an architect, developer or power user there will be something here to get your imagination running wild.

If you’re keen to come to the session then you can register your interest at Eventbrite. My company Ignia will be sponsoring pizzas for the event so getting a good indication regarding numbers will ensure there’s enough for everyone.

I’m hoping for a good turnout, over 50 tickets have been claimed in less than a day so it should be a lively session!


So, this is it.

My first post on what is, for me, a long overdue foray into the world of work-related social media. It’s something i’ve been meaning to do for a while. Since I started coding back in 2005 I always imagined I’d host a humble site dedicated to the things I’ve encountered along the way. Back then it was .NET. Predominantly Winforms and then bridging into the online world of ASP.NET. It never happened.

A few years ago my career path changed and I entered into the wonderful world of SharePoint. That was surely the motivation I needed to start up a personal blog. There was definitely enough to write about. It never happened.

So I’ve taken the opportunity to start one up now. Over a year after SharePoint 2010 reached RTM, in an environment where SharePoint blogs and the dissemination of information is more common than ever before. So why now?

I’ve definitely encountered a lot in my time with the product to date. The breadth of experience i’ve been lucky to have has opened my eyes to 2 things. Firstly, There’s a hell of a lot to write about, and a hell of a lot I have personal opinions on. Secondly, while the information always seems to be out there eventually, it’s not always that easy to find. I figure the more sources there are the better, and I’ll get to put my 2 cents in along the way.

My goal is that someone manages to get something out of the things I write here. Noble huh? I may even hope as far as thinking some of the things I write may spark some debate and increase my own levels of knowledge.