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New technology is in the air…

September 5, 2012
First things first… First of all folks, welcome to the new GrannetDotNet! I have been wanting to update the website for so long that it is embarrassing. I have been at Aptera now for 3.5 years and I have been wanting to update my site since long before the first day I started here. At any rate, I used this as an opportunity to evaluate a few different platforms over the years. I’ve tried Sitefinity (3.6 community all the way through 4.3), Kentico, Orchard and I finally landed on BlogEngine.net. BlogEngine.net is shockingly simple to set up and use if you are an ASP.NET developer. It offers a lot of features for bringing over your old blog content too; however I used this as an opportunity to retire all of my old blog content. The content was primarily personal and quite honestly, it wasn’t of the highest quality. So, I have included summaries of some of the work I have posted to Aptera’s SharePoint Development Blog with links to the full content articles as a jump-start to the blog. I am sure I’ll post more about BlogEngine.net in the future; but I must say that the developers have done a fine job with this product. What am I doing now? Working on some really interesting projects. With SharePoint 2013, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Office 2013, Windows Server 2012 and of course Visual Studio 2012 all dropping this fall; it is a truly exciting time to be working in the Microsoft stack of products. At Aptera, we’ve been doing a lot of work with Microsoft Lync 2010 as well (if you don’t know what Lync is – you should; as it is one of the coolest products I have worked with in a long time). Tying it all together with Office 365 has opened my eyes to just how beautiful the right balance of on-prem and cloud-based services can be for a business. The SharePoint team continues to evolve and grow here at Aptera as well, as we take SharePoint projects – development, planning or whatever – to a level that we simply weren’t at a year ago. It’s really great to be a part of that right now. What to expect Still working that one out myself. I’d like to use the new blog to focus primarily on technology related posts, but I am going to throw in a few posts like this too for the people that may want to know about me, or how I am doing. If you need to contact me, there are a few links on this page to do so, in addition to the social connections on the right side of the page. That’s all for now, but I already have a blog post in mind about a PowerShell topic. Keep an eye out for it here and keep checking out http://www.sharepointdevelopment.me for more SharePoint tips!