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I have upgrade this tool and posted the new version. You now have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. You can now have the option to list the users on the sites, and flag sites that have not been updated for a while to show in RED. The user's emails are listed as well as their administration status. The DGML tool that creates diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 now ties all the site collects to the web application at the top level. Sites older than the day selected will be shown in RED. All the site nodes in the DGML are clickable. ORIGINAL POST (with new screenshots): I recently needed to reverse engineer a SharePoint 2007 Farm to prepare for an upgrade to 2010. I initially used the stsadm tool and PowerShell commands, but they were arduous to use. I looked around for an open source options but could not... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

Another Unleashed behemoth!!! It is a whopping 1550 of printed pages and 2451 pages when you include the additional chapters available on the companion CD. If this book doesn’t contain the information you need about SQL Server 2008 R2, then you probably won’t find it anywhere. Just like I am not a server administrator, I am not a Database Administrator (DBA). I don’t want to be a DBA, nothing against DBAs, but I just think it is a full time job. It is not possible for me to keep up with my .NET Software Architecture skills and also be an effective DBA. Of course I have to be famili... (more)

Book Review: Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition

This is a great place to start learning Java. I think the book is good for beginners to start learning Java, as well as great reference for those experienced with Java. The book does not use an IDE to create, compile, and run the programs. It uses javac and java commands to compile and run. I used both the SDK command lines and the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition to compile and run the programs. Both worked fine, but I also have an interest in learning to use IntelliJ IDEA. The book covers the Java language, the Java Library, Software Development with Java Beans, Swing, Servlets,... (more)

Book Review: SharePoint Designer 2010 Unleashed

When I first saw this book was coming out I completely ignored it. The SharePoint Designer ? Who uses that I thought? Then I noticed it starting to get some good reviews and I decided to read them. One of them mentioned 1600 pages. That threw me for a loop and also convinced me I had to check it out. I had to see what was in 1600 pages worth of content about SharePoint Designer and I am really glad I did. This book is about so much more than just the SharePoint Designer. It gives a great overview of SharePoint 2010's architecture, covers how to make modifications in the browser, ... (more)

Book Review: Learning Cocoa with Objective-C

This book is a nice concise no nonsense introduction to Objective-C. This book is different than most of the Objective-C books I have read in that it uses Cocoa and Cocoa Touch to teach the language. The book starts out covering the developer programs, Xcode, Object-Oriented Programming with Objective C, and the Foundation library. It then has a chapter on the contents of iOS and OS X applications and how they are each packaged. This is a must read chapter for those coming from a Windows background. The book continues to cover a ton of topics. I have listed the chapters included ... (more)