I designed my first website in 2001 using HTML and am amazed at how far we've come since then. When my long-time employer decided to implement MOSS in 2007, they were looking for someone to take the reigns and run with it. At that time, I had only heard of SharePoint in passing because we were using SharePoint Services 2.0 as a client library collaboration point. I had no idea of the power and versatility of the product. Because I enjoyed my web design projects and since I have an innate desire to organize, SharePoint seemed to be a logical fit. Our lone client library morphed into a full implementation of MOSS 2007 complete with department sites, team sites, workflows and oh-so-much-more.
More complex applications were soon becoming required so I reached back to my programming days and learned how to develop web parts using C#. I found that my concrete-sequential mind was perfectly suited for designing workflows using SharePoint Designer. Not long after that, I was providing professional services to our customers who were looking for assistance with their own SharePoint implementations. I started creating web forms using InfoPath and connecting them with web services and SQL tables to provide powerful line of business applications that save our customers time and (of course) money. The release SharePoint 2010 was an exciting time with tighter integration to other Microsoft Office products, and vast improvements to the developer tools available. I created my first SilverLight applications for customers who needed more complex analysis of their SharePoint list content. SharePoint 2013 provided even more functionality and opportuntity for businesses to automate processes and collaborate on content. SharePoint 2016 and Office 365 have brought even more features to the foreground as SharePoint moves to a more modern architecture using Hub, Communication & Teams sites as the core.
And now you're here, visiting my site. Unfortunately, I along with many others were forced to migrate out of Microsoft Office 365 Public sites. SharePoint Maestra 1.0 was originally hosted in Yahoo Business with a WordPress blog plug-in. I did prefer WordPress over the original SharePoint Blog release, but I migrated my blog content to the Office 365 public site anyway only to move again five years later. So, take a look around, I'll be adding more content and hopefully you'll come to enjoy SharePoint as much as I do.