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Apple iPad – I’m a fan!

By , January 27, 2010 4:52 pm

OK. I’m a fan. I need to see more actual hands-on reviews but I think I may want one of these.

Will You Relocate?

By , November 17, 2009 11:43 am

I receive calls daily about my availability as a SharePoint developer.  Are you seeking employment?  Are you presently available?  Can you talk?  All of these questions I am sure are a result of my continually updated resume on  As a SharePoint Consultant, I am always interested in talking to people about new opportunities.  It’s how I make my living.  I love talking to people about SharePoint and I spend quite a bit of time developing a network of personal and professional contacts.

I employ many different techniques.  From social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, to writing on this blog or living blogging at different events, I try to promote my interest in SharePoint.  I like to help people discover the exciting world of SharePoint and so I participate in User Group meetings and attend different conferences.  Most recently, I attended the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas.  You can read my post about that experience here.

Inevitably, the question comes.  Are you willing to relocate?  Now – I have to ask you.  If you are recruiting for a SharePoint Developer position in Chicago, are you telling me that there are not any SharePoint developers in the Chicago area willing to look at an opportunity?  Will a company actually move a person just to fill a developer position?  Maybe I’m naive.   I was just talking to someone about a couple of positions in Washington DC.  I continually see positions out there.  Are there no developers in the DC area?  Now – for short-term projects, I will travel – no problem.  For a long-term situation – I would need to be able to telecommute.  But please don’t ask me to move my family to New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, California, Seattle, Denver or St. Louis.   I’m sure they are all nice cities, (I’ve visited most of those), I’m just not interested in moving there.

But – if you want me to move to the Springfield, Missouri area – then let’s talk!

Veterans Day 2009 (Here’s To Brothers)

By , November 11, 2009 1:47 pm
Cpl. Paul Flewwellin and Sgt. David Petersen

Cpl. Paul Flewwellin and Sgt. David Petersen

Yesterday was the Marine Corps 234th Birthday.  As our custom, I called my bro’ Paul and wished him a Happy Birthday.   We hadn’t talked for about a year but it was as if we were still onboard the USS Raleigh in the middle of the Persian Gulf talking about our dreams, goals and our wives.  We didn’t know each other very well before that deployment but by the end of the deployment, we became brothers.  It’s been about 16 years since I’ve seen him.  When we talk, we speak about how fun it would be to get back together.  Another year passes and we do it all over again.  Our kids grow older, our hair gets grayer (or in Paul’s case – becomes non-existent).  But one day a year, we are back on that ship.  Laying on the deck staring up into the vast theater of stars provided by God, talking about life and solidifying our bond as brothers.

It is with this fond memory that I wish all who served a Happy Veterans Day.  The bond we share is deep and only fully understood by those who have served.  God Bless those who are standing in harms way today – forming the bonds that will last them for the rest of their lives.

Semper Fi.  I Love Ya ‘Bro.

What I Wish I Knew Before I Implemented SharePoint

By , September 30, 2009 1:37 pm

I just submitted my presentation for SharePoint Saturday – Kansas City on 12-12-2009. I have given many presentations but never at a SharePoint conference.   I am stoked!   Here’s a brief outline.    I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

I wish I knew that before I implemented SharePoint!

I have heard that statement many times. In fact, I have uttered that exact phrase at least once! Because of the different ways SharePoint is introduced into organizations, sometimes things just don’t go right. This session will help you formulate a plan and give you pointers to successfully implement SharePoint in your organization.

Topics Covered

  1. What are we building? Beyond the hype!
  2. Who’s playing? Selecting your team.
  3. Don’t forget HAL. What hardware do we have?
  4. Lock it up. What security?
  5. Someone has to install it!
  6. Wire Me Up! Why wire frames are your best friend.
  7. Sites, Webs, Libraries, Lists! Lions, Tigers and Bears. Oh my!
  8. Governance. The who, what, when, where, how.
  9. You say meeta, I say meta. Beyond the file system.
  10. Train! Stay on track.

Free BBQ!

By , August 28, 2009 8:30 pm

Live-Blogging from SharePoint Saturday – Ozarks

By , July 18, 2009 9:34 am

I’m currently Live-Blogging at SharePoint Saturday – Ozarks in Harrison, Arkansas. Click on the frame below to follow all of the live bloggers here or follow the tag #spsozarks on twitter. My twitter name is @DIPetersen

SharePoint Developer Position – Omaha

By , June 1, 2009 11:11 am

If you are a SharePoint developer and want to work with me – contact me for more information.

Leave a comment with your contact information (I will not make it public) and I’ll get in touch with you.

Configure disaster recovery across SharePoint farms by using SQL Server log shipping

By , May 24, 2009 3:13 pm

Microsoft has provided updated information for setting up farm DR with log shipping. Even if you haven’t set up DR w/ log shipping in your environment, it is a good read to gain valuable DR knowledge.

Configure disaster recovery across SharePoint farms by using SQL Server log shipping.

How To Debug STSADM Extensions

By , May 20, 2009 7:44 am

I’ve been writing some StsAdm extensions and I’ve struggled to debug some “unhandled exceptions”! I found this great post that shows you how to set up Visual Studio to debug your extensions.

Typemock for Unit Testing SharePoint!

By , May 19, 2009 6:27 am

I’ve never used this product but I am excited to add it to my list of tools.  Check it out!

Unit Testing ASP.NET? ASP.NET unit testing has never been this easy.

Typemock is launching a new product for ASP.NET developers – the ASP.NET Bundle – and for the launch will be giving out FREE licenses to bloggers and their readers.

The ASP.NET Bundle is the ultimate ASP.NET unit testing solution, and offers both Typemock Isolator, a unit test tool and Ivonna, the Isolator add-on for ASP.NET unit testing, for a bargain price.

Typemock Isolator is a leading .NET unit testing tool (C# and VB.NET) for many ‘hard to test’ technologies such as SharePoint, ASP.NET, MVC, WCF, WPF, Silverlight and more. Note that for unit testing Silverlight there is an open source Isolator add-on called SilverUnit.

The first 60 bloggers who will blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Free Isolator ASP.NET Bundle license (Typemock Isolator + Ivonna). If you post this in an ASP.NET dedicated blog, you’ll get a license automatically (even if more than 60 submit) during the first week of this announcement.

Also 8 bloggers will get an additional 2 licenses (each) to give away to their readers / friends.

Go ahead, click the following link for more information on how to get your free license.

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