SharePoint Developer Challenge


Paul Andrew released a very exciting announcement last Friday (http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/archive/2009/02/27/microsoft-sharepoint-developer-forum-challenge-march-april-and-may-2009.aspx). The announcement was that Microsoft is running a contest for people who contribute to the SharePoint developer forums! (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointdevelopment/threads/)

There are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs:

  1. 1st Prize – a 120GB Zune
  2. 2nd Prize – an Xbox 360 Arcade
  3. 3rd, 4th, 5th Prize – a 7” SharePoint Branded Digital Photo Frame

I am also going to quote how to enter from Paul’s post here:

How do I enter?
If you wish to participate in this Contest, you must FIRST register before the close of the Monthly Prize Period you are entering by sending an e-mail to answer@microsoft.com that conforms to the following requirements:

The subject line of your e-mail must read – ‘Forum Promotion’
1. The body of your  e-mail must contain the following information:
2. First and last name.
3. Email address
4. Forum sign-in name, which we’ll use to identify your answers.

This is great news for those who like contributing and helping people in the community as they now have a chance to get something back, but it is also terrific because hopefully it drives far more people to contribute on the forums. I also hope it becomes a regular thing. *wink wink to the Microsoft teams*

There has been a lot of debate especially around SharePoint Development support and resources from Microsoft as we have progressed through SharePoint 2007’s maturity. Some individuals feel Microsoft may not have released enough information (especially in the beginning) and support for developers learning and building powerful SharePoint based solutions.

In my mind the community will always be far more effective at creating documentation and parsing out a large number of recommendations and best practices than Microsoft can be on an almost open ended platform like SharePoint.

While I am in agreement that it can be frustrating (trust me I know) for new or existing developers to find certain information on classes, methods, or development related material for SharePoint (especially at the beginning of the SharePoint 2007 release), it is extremely satisfying to see Microsoft do initiative after initiative to help support the Microsoft Development community.

Here is another simple example of Microsoft trying to help the community grow and become stronger and I just wanted to say thank you to both the community and Microsoft for working together so well and striving to become better all the time.
Richard Harbridge

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