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Article – Configuring PerformancePoint Services (PPS) in SharePoint 2013

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Article – Anonymous Crawl Configuration in SharePoint 2013

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Article – SharePoint Search Capabilities Comparison

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Article – Fixing PowerPivot Management Dashboard Errors

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.NET Forum May 2014

We had our May 2014 .NET monthly forum meet-up today at Microsoft Sri Lanka. We had 02 great sessions today and I was fortunate to deliver one of them on “Architecting Application using .NET”.

We had so many technical, deep-dive sessions on various development tools, frameworks. But we never had any sessions around on how to derive on a proper application design for our .NET applications. We have so many technologies, frameworks, patterns today for designing application architecture. We end-up repeating, copying our past project experience rather than really assessing what is the right application design architecture.

In this session, I discussed:

  • What Architecting is?
  • Layers vs Tiers
  • Design best practices
  • Presentation layer options
  • Data Access layer options
  • Domain layer patterns
Presenting @ .NET Forum

Presenting @ .NET Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

Presenting @ May Forum

We were very much happy to see room-full crowd once again in .NET Forum.

Article – Associating PowerPivot SQL Server Analysis Services server instance with Excel Services

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SharePoint Forum April 2014

I delivered a session today in our SharePoint monthly forum. After going through all the past sessions, I decided to deliver a session on “What’s new and improved in SharePoint 2013”. I managed to run through almost all the new and improved features during my session. Areas I covered were:

  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Service Applications improvements
  • Information Architecture improvements
  • Enterprise Content Management improvements
  • Web Content Management improvements
  • Social improvements
  • Search improvements
  • Business Intelligence improvements
  • Composite Solutions improvements
  • Developer Platform improvements

Article – Installing SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013

Learn how to install SQL Server PowerPivot for SharePoint 2013


Article – Creating a BI Center and Testing Excel Services

Learn how to create a BI Center in SharePoint 2013 and test Excel Services.


Article – Introducing Secure Store Service

Learn how to get started with SharePoint 2013 Secure Store Service service application.


Tips n Tricks – tweaking the Windows PowerShell Profile

Learn how to tweak the default Windows PowerShell profile.


Article – Enabling Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2013

Learn how to enable the Developer Dashboard in SharePoint.



.NET Forum December 2013

It has come to an end of another great year. It has been a very busy, challenging and successful year for our .NET community. We hosted our December month .NET Forum today and we had 02 great sessions to end 2013 year.

I delivered the 1st session which talked about Rapid Application Prototyping with SharePoint and Visual Studio LightSwitch. I started discussing what LightSwitch is and then demonstrated creating Desktop applications using Silverlight client and SharePoint applications using HTML client.

At the end, we gave 03 gifts away for the participants. They were 02 printed books and 1 e-book from Oreilly.

Me presenting @ the forum

Me presenting @ the forum

Oreilly book give away

Oreilly book give away

Visual Studio 2013 has been released

Another great release of the Visual Studio has been release today. It was not that long Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012. Here they release another great version – Visual Studio 2013 today with bunch of enhancements and new features.

Please check Somasegar’s blog for more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/10/17/visual-studio-2013-available-for-download.aspx

Also don’t forget to check Visual Studio Team Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2013/10/17/visual-studio-2013-released-to-web.aspx

Virtusa BA Forum – SharePoint for Business Analysts

Gathering requirements is always the challenging task in every SharePoint projects. Most of the projects fail and make customer unhappy for not capturing the right requirements.

Virtusa’s BA forum organized a session to discuss how best we can gather requirements for SharePoint projects and what are the best practices.

I was invited to deliver the session and I was very happy to educate them on how best we can capture requirements in SharePoint projects and what are the best practices to make customer happy at the end of the project.


.NET Forum July 2013

We had 2 great sessions lined for the July monthly meeting. First was mine which talked about “What’s new in .NET Framework 4.5“. Second session was about “Introduction to SignalR” by Ruchira Gamage.

I started session explaining the journey of both .NET Framework and Visual Studio. After that I talked about the release pattern and “nugget” involvement. After that I touched following topics giving attendees directions to explore more:

  • Visual Studio Version Interop
  • Core Framework Changes
    • New BCL Classes, Methods
    • Portable Class Libraries (PCL)
    • Target 32-bit or 64-bit
    • Improvements to start up
    • Networking improvements
    • Garbage Collection
    • Reflection redesigned
    • .NET for Windows Store Apps
    • Tools
    • Parallel Programming
    • Web
    • WPF
    • WF
    • WCF

Session was a very high-level discussion about what’s new in .NET Framework 4.5 and more details can be found in http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171868.aspx

Once again, it was very nice to see a room full crowd.

.NET Forum May 2013

This is my 1st session of the .NET Forum in year 2013. I decided to deliver the same session I delivered for SEA SharePoint Conference in Singapore this year.

I explained what is new and changed in Visual Studio 2012 for SharePoint developers and it was interesting to see that most of them have tried Visual Studio 2010 but not 2012. It was exciting to see room-full crowd and it was a good start for me for year 2013.


Me presenting

Me presenting

Room-full crowd

Room-full crowd

Article – What’s New for SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 2012 – Part I

This is the 1st of series of interesting articles about SharePoint Development using Visual Studio 2012. Stay tuned for the rest of the articles.


Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference, 2013 – Singapore

I was very fortunate to take part in the 3rd episode of Southeast Asia SharePoint Conference held on 16th and 17th January, 2013 in Singapore. This is the 3rd time we had this conference and it seemed the region has taken this event very serious and the number of attendees was a proof for the same.

I remember we has around 300 attendees for the 1st episode of the event back in 2010. And we has around 500 attendees for the 2nd episode back in 2011. This time we has around 900 attendees and I’m sure we will have more than 1000 for the next year conference.

I delivered a session in the Developer track and the session was “What’s New and Changed for me in Visual Studio 2012 as a SharePoint Developer“. It was very exciting to see a room-full audience and I managed to deliver all what I wanted during the session.

There were a lot of good sessions conducted by famous speakers such as Debbie, Randy, Richard, Pinal, Daniel, Mark, etc… and it was an exciting way to kick start the 2013 year.

Mark Rhodes – Thanks a lot for the pictures.

Joy Speaking @ SEA SPC

Joy Speaking @ SEA SPC


SPC 2013 Attendees

Article – Custom Windows PowerShell Scripts and Local Execution Policy

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.NET Forum September 2012

We had 2 sessions organized for .NET Forum September 2012. I delivered a session how to get started SharePoint development as an ASP.NET developer.

We foresee lot of opportunities in SharePoint and with the release of SharePoint 15 Preview, lot of organizations are interested and looking to migrate into SharePoint. With that we are very positive that we will grow in SharePoint and Sri Lanka will be a best outsourcing options for US and Europe.

We have seen lot of individual who try to migrate to SharePoint development struggle a lot since they try to apply the same ASP.NET development techniques. That’s the main reason I decided to demonstrate what are the similarities and dissimilarities in ASP.NET and SharePoint development.

We had about 55 participants and it was a very good forum.

.NET Forum September 2012

.NET Forum September 2012

Me presenting @ .NET Forum September 2012

Me presenting @ .NET Forum September 2012

Me presenting @ .NET Forum September 2012

Me presenting @ .NET Forum September 2012

SharePoint Forum September 2012

I have been waiting to present at the SharePoint Forum Sri Lanka and finally I received the invitation to present at the September forum. I did a session sometime back on OOTB Workflows and gave an introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows and that session was very well received. Forum members were requesting an advanced session on SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows and I decided to do that in September forum.

I had more than 1 hour today since the other speaker didn’t make it to the session so I started giving an introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows and covered topics such as List workflows, Site workflows and Reusable workflows. Also I demonstrated and discussed almost every action as part of SharePoint Designer 2010 and also talked about Parallel and Impersonation Steps. Also talked about Initiation form variables and generating an InfoPath Form using SharePoint Designer 2010.

Unfortunately we didn’t have a big crowd today and we had about only 15 members.

Me presenting @ SharePoint Forum Sept 12

Me presenting @ SharePoint Forum Sept 12

Me presenting @ SharePoint Forum Sept 12

Me presenting @ SharePoint Forum Sept 12

Back to School – Jaffna and Mullaittivu

Sri Lanka Unites organized a 2 day program for the young generation in Jaffna and Mullaittivu districts to educate them on the opportunities in IT and how they can select IT as a career.

Sri Lanka suffered more than a decade with LTTE terrorism and Jaffna and Mullaittivu were two of districts suffered a lot. Specially the Mullaittivu district was the home for LTTEs and that’s where the people suffered a lot due to war. Sri Lanka Unites along with the help from IT giants in Sri Lanka trying to bring life back to these districts who suffered a lot from war.

I participated one of their events and this was a 3 day event which includes more than a day for travelling. We spend nearly 10 hours to reach Jaffna and on 3rd Friday, August we addressed more than 60 students in Jaffna. We left Jaffna on 4th August early morning and reached Mullaittivu noon and addresses more than 50 students.

We had 3 sessions in each city and I talked about how Microsoft technologies such as .NET and SharePoint picking up the industry and how the opportunities are getting created every day. During my 1 ½ hours session I also talked about the industry trends with related to IT and specially how SharePoint and related technologies became so popular and how it helps our day-to-day operations.

It was a hectic travel and stay. We travelled al most 850 KM and specially the road to Mullaittivu through a jungle and it was very tired. However, at the end, we all felt satisfied since they appriciated our visit and know they know that they also have a good future and they know that it’s time to stop moaning about the relatives they lost because of war.

Jaffna Students

Jaffna Students

Me presenting @ Jaffna

Me presenting @ Jaffna

Jaffna Students

Jaffna Students

Mullaittivu Students

Mullaittivu Students

Me presenting @ Mullaittivu

Me presenting @ Mullaittivu

Industry Day – University of Sabaragamuwa

Newly established Department of IT at university of Sabaragamuwa organized a one day workshop/ seminar for newcomers to understand the importance of IT as a career. This university is located in Uva province and it’s about 200 KM from the capital – Colombo. Students find very difficult on getting the right guidance and resources for their education and IT was just introduced into the university.

We were invited to participate and provide guidance from our experience on how they can get the best out of IT. I was responsible for speaking about “.NET and SharePoint” as a career and students found the session was very interesting. There were lot of questions around .NET and SharePoint and most of the questions were around the difficulty of getting into SharePoint technology.

I provided lot of information about the value of .NET and SharePoint, career opportunities in SharePoint, how to get started with .NET and SharePoint development and what will be the career growth in .NET and SharePoint technologies.

Lot of requests came in to visit them regular basis and provide them deep technical sessions and I promised them to have at least 2 sessions every 6 months so that they will consider .NET and SharePoint as one of career option.

Though we had to spend 2 days for this event which includes 1 days for travelling, I feel happy that I was able to help them to understand on the opportunities on .NET and SharePoint.

Faculty of IT @ University of Sabaragamuwa

Faculty of IT @ University of Sabaragamuwa

Me presenting @ University of Sabaragamuwa

Me presenting @ University of Sabaragamuwa