Welcome… I’m Thomas Duff, aka “Duffbert”. I’ve been writing as part of my technical career for years, with the hub of much of what I do over on my original blog at Duffbert’s Random Musings. Little did I know when I started blogging nearly 10 years ago, it would take me places I never imagined.
SharePoint Duffbert is a new blog effort I’m starting as I get more focused on the next phase of my technical career. For the last 15 or so years, I’ve been working with collaborative software as a developer using IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. Contrary to what many others may think, Notes (as I’ll refer to it for brevity’s sake), is an extremely powerful application development platform. I started Duffbert’s Random Musings as a way to share Notes knowledge in that community. I also inserted a lot who I am, my struggles, my opinions, and as time went on, more book reviews than you would probably believe. But basically, that blog is more personal and more Notes-related, and that’s not really where I’m at right now.
SharePoint Duffbert will be my platform to share tips and tricks as I stumble along the SharePoint path with many others on the same journey. I’m sure there will be editorial pieces, perhaps even some videos… And if things go the way I expect them to, there will be presentations made at SharePoint gatherings such as SharePoint Saturdays, User Group Meetings, and… ? I’ve co-authored two books in the IBM world on Sametime, so it’s not like I would rule that out completely either.
Anyway, I want SharePoint Duffbert to retain who I am as a person in the tech industry, while also focusing the topics at hand to be SharePoint-related. There will be far more development information than administration material. In the Lotus/Domino world, I was a developer who had just enough admin skills to be dangerous to myself and others. For SharePoint, my learning curve for just development will be so steep that I don’t even want to pretend that I know what will happen when I click something in Central Admin. That’s what I have coworkers for at this point in my career… 🙂
So again, I welcome you here. While I’m documenting things I’ve learned on a daily basis, I hope that you’ll come along and pick up a thing or two. We’ll work out the details as we go, and hopefully have some laughs and a beer or two along the way… or a Midori Sour… those are *really* good…