By Chris R. Chapman at October 21, 2010 02:06
Filed Under: agile, ken schwaber, scrum

Video podcast with Jochen Krebs of the NYC Agile Users Group interviewing Ken Schwaber on the state of scrum and challenges for the future.  Good perspective to hear – definitely a message he likes to reiterate is that waterfall is in retreat, but agile teams are still failing in being “done done”:

By Chris R. Chapman at October 20, 2010 14:51
Filed Under: claims based auth, sharepoint2010

I just got a ping from StackOverflow on a query I posted there when I was first wrasslin’ with SharePoint 2010’s really awful claims authentication scheme back in early May. Mike Vallotton responded with a link to his blog where he’s written up a three entry how-to guide for configuring claims and getting a custom login form stood up.

Well worth the read as he bears the scars of one who has been there – his first paragraph gives you the tenor (emphasis mine):

Setting up Claims Authentication in Sharepoint proved to be a difficult process. There are a huge variety of configuration options, and unless the planets align and you set everything properly, it simply won’t work.

I’ve covered this rather extensively here, including my frustration with three web apps behaving differently based on their URLs and getting a rather unsatisfying explanation after running it up to Premier Support and then on to an Escalation Engineer.  A really troubling issue is that Microsoft and the PG team, for whatever reason, decided to go opaque on providing clear, concise documentation on what was touted as a first-class feature for SharePoint 2010.  Almost all knowledge you will ever glean on FBA/CBA is going to be on a blog, some posts likely written when 2010 was in beta.

If you’re setting up Claims Based Auth, you’re in for a world of pain, son.  Best to strap on your helmet and just dive in.  Accept that you’re going to be banging your head against a wall for some time.  And take solace in that there are folks like Mike Vallotton who have written about their experiences so you don’t have to.

By Chris R. Chapman at October 06, 2010 22:01
Filed Under: software development, better practices, asp.net

Wow – I saw this tweet on my feed today:

Scottgu_nupack

And immediately hopped over to ScottGu’s blog for this:  Announcing NuPack, ASP.NET MVC 3 Beta, and WebMatrix Beta 2

So much good stuff all in one post!  NuPack, the OSS project for integrating 3rd party libraries into your code, the Model View Controller update for ASP.NET and the WebMatrix deployment utility.  We are finally entering a golden era for building and deploying web applications without the arduous hassles we’ve had to contend with for so long.  But how cool is it that NuPack is going to ship with Visual Studio?  WOW!

Check out Scott’s blog for details and his links to Hanselman’s, Simser’s, Haack’s and Ebbo’s posts.  A goldmine of information to take your projects to the next level.

About Me

I am a Toronto-based software consultant specializing in SharePoint, .NET technologies and agile/iterative/lean software project management practices.

I am also a former Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) Consultant with experience providing enterprise customers with subject matter expertise for planning and deploying SharePoint as well as .NET application development best practices.  I am MCAD certified (2006) and earned my Professional Scrum Master I certification in late September 2010, having previously earned my Certified Scrum Master certification in 2006. (What's the difference?)