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Bil Simser is an independent Solutions Architect with over 15 years in software development. He has helped build many large-scale mission critical systems along the way. In his role as a mentor, he guides clients on how to implement development standards and guidelines, evaluates and recommends new tools and technologies, and helps teams and projects progress into the .NET world. Bil also has a special interest in coaching clients on Agile and General Software Development Best Practices.

Bil has been involved with Microsoft's .NET platform since the early betas and has a deep passion for good Architecture and Software Design. He specializes in SharePoint, .NET, Agile, TDD, and computer game programming. Bil also runs several successful open-source projects. He contributes to the software development community, taking the time to review and edit SharePoint and Agile publications, and speak at user groups, code camps, and conferences, including TechEd, DevConnections, PDC, and DevTeach.

Bil has been a Microsoft SharePoint MVP since 2004 and a member of the MSDN Canada Speakers Bureau. Bil currently lives and works in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, daughter, a Beowulf cluster of computers, every gaming console known to man, and a small menagerie of animals.

Feb
9
comment Clear list data from code
Recreating the list is a fairly expensive operation (since you get db hits for deleting the list, recreating it, and adding the items again). Also the list will have a new GUID which might mess some things up (for example if you have some web parts using GUIDs, third party apps, workflows, etc.). Best to use the UpdateListItems batch method above.
Dec
16
comment Custom Interface vs SharePoint Interface
I agree with Wictor, you really can just invest some time in branding SharePoint using HTML/CSS than building your own UI and hooking into SharePoint on the back end. In the end you'll end up having to do a ton of work that you get for free. Yes, SharePoint is complicated but that's because it does a lot. Think of it as a platform with a UI that you can extend and enhance using jQuery rather than something you replace. There are also things that are just going to trip you up like Microsoft Office integration. If you don't need all that, don't use SharePoint and build a ASP.NET app with SQL.
Dec
16
comment Can I publish a document from one site's document library to another's?
Agreed. This is the easiest and you can even have the target library be a read-only one to the users (not the one sending it) so there's no chance of them modifying the document (users will ignore the message about this not being the original document).
Dec
16
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
9
answered Cannot hit breakpoint for document library event receiver
Dec
9
comment Reference of jquery increase with edit of CEWP
I use the same technique here and it's nice. The content link doesn't mangle the JavaScript and editing it in SPD through the Site Assets library (or any document library) makes for instant updates during development/debugging/tweaking.
Dec
9
revised How to delete the undeletable list
added 108 characters in body
Dec
8
answered How to delete the undeletable list
Dec
8
asked How to delete the undeletable list
Nov
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
7
awarded  Yearling
Sep
29
awarded  Notable Question
Aug
9
answered Wireframing, mockup and interaction flow tools for SharePoint sites
Aug
9
answered Sharepoint 2010 Condition List validation?
Aug
9
comment Should I use a third-party logging framework?
Log to the ULS. You can do it with a single line of code or you can create a (small) wrapper class to do it (with custom "Prodcts" in the log so you can separate them out). The ULS log viewer is a great tool because you can monitor each server in real-time and see what's coming from ULS. Don't reinvent the wheel with log4net or some other logging system (and definately not Enterprise Library, that's overkill).
Jul
21
answered Is it possible to create a Document Set via Web Services
Jul
18
answered Enabling a Button on the Ribbon Based on Selection
Jul
13
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
28
comment How can I export a schema.xml file for a list from a SharePoint site?
Thanks John. Yeah, the path needs to be there in case you're in a subsite (just leave it blank if you're at the root).
Jun
24
answered How can I export a schema.xml file for a list from a SharePoint site?