I completed my SharePoint Saturday Arabia Session

So Finally I was able to do my session about introduction to new Features in SharePoint Designer 2010 last week at SharePoint Saturday Arabia.  Becuase I only had 50 minutes i made the pace really fast and went on th demo almost everything other than developing workflows.  I got nice feedback from people on twitter.  the video of the session will be available very soon and the slides are available below.
I will upload the video once I receive the link from End User SharePoint guys.  Thanks to them for giving me the oppertunity.

Login information for SharePoint Saturday Arabia

This is a quick note to let you know that the session schedule, presenters and session listings are now available for download:

Locations and Presenters for Each Channel

Intro and Keynote: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=SPSArabia1&role=attend Ayman El-Hattab and Marwan Tarek

Channel 1: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=SPSArabia1&role=attend

Channel 2: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=SPSArabia2&role=attend

Live Text Chat for All Sessions: http://www.endusersharepoint.com/EUSPChat/


The first session starts at 7:00am (GMT +0 ) Marwan Tarek and I will do the intros together and then present a short keynote talk to get everything started. Everyone should login for the first session of the day. That’s when we’ll give instructions on how the day will work and how to attend the sessions.

Location: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usergroups/join?id=SPSArabia1&role=attend

There is no password needed, so leave that field blank.

Live Text Chat for SPSArabia: We have setup a live text chat so you can participate in the discussion during the live sessions. No login is needed… ignore the password field. Each of the various tracks will have their own chartroom, making it possible to flip back and forth between tracks.

Location: http://www.endusersharepoint.com/EUSPChat/

The session schedule, presenters and session listings are now available for download:

To save time before the meeting, check your system http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=90703 to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support http://r.office.microsoft.com/r/rlidLiveMeeting?p1=12&p2=en_US&p3=LMInfo&p4=support

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SharePoint Saturday Arabia Next Week

SharePointSaturday_small I am really pleased to announce that Registration is now open for participation in Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia. By registering for this event, you are confirming you would like to view the live presentations, presented from 7:00am to 3:00pm (GMT+0), on March 27, 2010.

In order to hear the presenters, you will need headphones or computer speakers. There will be no conference call dial-in phone numbers.

The live blogging platform will allow for real time questions to be passed to the presenters. There will be multiple sessions running simultaneously so that we can present to a diversified audience with different technical needs. ( Till now we are planning for two channels, one in Arabic and the other in English ).

As you register, we would very much appreciate it if you would spread the word to your SharePoint colleagues.

Thank you for joining us. With your participation, we hope to make this an exceptional event.

Register here ..

SharePoint Saturday Arabia Updates

Good morning, afternoon, evening

This is a “warm up” note to let you know how Live Online SharePoint Saturday Arabia is going to work (hopefully).

There will be two simultaneous sessions running each hour; one in Arabic and the other in English. The SharePointSaturday_smallsessions schedule will be posted next Monday at most on SharePoint4Arabs.com, on the registration page and on SharePointSaturday.org/Arabia. Participants will choose a session each hour. They are welcome to switch back and forth between sessions. The session descriptions and speakers are available at SharePointSaturday.org/Arabia.

The first session starts at 7:00am GMT+0. Marwan Tarek and I will do the intros together and then present a short keynote talk to get everything started. All the registrants will receive the login information and the live meeting URL during the next week.

In order to hear the presentations, you will need speakers or headphones. THERE IS NOT CONFERENCE CALL DIAL IN NUMBER since this is an international event. Everything will be done over your computer.

I would like also to seize this opportunity and thank all our sponsors, I have announced all about the giveaways and the raffles on twitter last week but for those who are not following the hashtag #SPSArabia, here are they :

  • Our platinum sponsor “USPJ Academy” is offering 20 copies of “Introducing SharePoint 2010” journal issue as raffles. This issue, spanning a massive 180 pages, is the first independent book on SharePoint 2010 available on the market.
  • SharePoint-Videos.com is offering one yearly subscription (worth $199.50) as a raffle.
  • TekPub is providing free monthly subscription to all SharePoint Saturday Arabia attendees.
  • Telerik is offering one premium collection license as a raffle.

Please keep an eye on http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/arabia and follow me on twitter (@aymanelhattab) for up to the minute updates.

Sincerely, thanks for participating in this event. We are doing our best to make the presentation process as transparent as possible.

Looking forward to a great event.
Ayman El-Hattab

Talking about Page Layouts and Master Pages

If you are going to design Internet or collaboration portal you will be developing some master pages and page layouts for sure.  here are some of the guidelines you can use to develop them.

If you dont know about master pages and page layouts then Master pages and page layouts dictate the overall look and feel of your SharePoint site. Master pages contain controls that are shared across multiple page layouts, such as navigation, search, or language-preference for multilingual sites. Page layouts contain field controls and Web Parts. The following figure shows how page layouts and master pages work together to create the layout for a Web page

Read more http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms543497.aspx

To Read about the approaches of Creating masterpages and Page layouts please read

Summary: Learn two ways in which developers and designers can create Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 master pages that define a site’s global appearance and to create page layouts that define the rendering of specific content pages in Microsoft Office SharePoint Sever 2007 publishing sites. (9 printed pages)