Brian Wilson

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  • Blog Post: Branding Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Branding What is branding? Branding is how you apply an organization's identity to an existing software application through customization of a portal site. Business Drivers Establish corporate identity and ownership With the portal site home page becoming the primary interface between employees...
  • Blog Post: Web Parts in Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Web Parts When adding functionality to existing and new sites, it is important to be able to decide between “use Out of the Box”, buy 3 rd Party Web Parts, use Community Web Parts, or custom develop the webpart from scratch or by taking community Web Parts in house. Overview · Use and configure...
  • Blog Post: Features in Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Features Feature framework is an innovation to enhance modular provisioning. It works by grouping logical elements into scenario-driven “features”. l Features can be add to and reused across site definitions l New features can be activated in existing site to add functionality l Features...
  • Blog Post: Field Definitions in SharePoint Server 2007

    Fields A column template is a collection of well-known instances of particular fields—in other words, a shared field definition. A shared field includes settings for that field, such as the set of choices for a choice field, or whether rich text is supported for a text field. An example of a...
  • Blog Post: Site Definitions versus Site Templates and deciding on the correct customization approach

    Site Definitions l A site definition is the core definition of what a site is in SharePoint. l A site definition is installed on file system of web front ends, located at ..\12\Template\SiteTemplates. This directory is language-neutral. l A site definition consists of .aspx pages and .xml files...
  • Blog Post: How to install multiple language packs for Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Hi, Here are the instructions to provide support for multiple languages in your SharePoint farm. 1) Pre-requisite: Install additional language file support 1. On your front-end Web server, click Start , point to Settings and then Control Panel , and then click Regional and Language Options ...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 containment hierarchy to design efficient information architectures

    One of the SharePoint product manager’s (I think it was Joel Oleson) mentioned at a conference: “If you create a bad database design, don’t blame SQL Server when it performs poorly. The same applies to SharePoint.” Coming from a developer background, the importance of getting of database design right...
  • Blog Post: MOSS SDK

    (Posted for your and my reference :) The latest MOSS SDK is available for download! Download it here: SharePoint Server 2007 SDK It includes: Documentation enhancements Installation Improvements: It now allows you to install to the specified location (as opposed to the last hard...
  • Blog Post: Event Handlers - Part 2: Building and Deploying Event Handlers (Including Event Handler Starter Solution Kit)

    This post is the second post of a 3 post series. Post 1: Everything you need to know about MOSS Event Handlers Post 2: Developer Solution Starter Kit (Building and deploying event handlers to MOSS) Post 3: Registering Event Handlers plus Site Settings - Manage Event Handlers Overview...
  • Blog Post: Event Handlers - Part 1: Everything you need to know about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) Event Handlers.

    This post is the first post of 3 posts. Post 1: Everything you need to know about MOSS Event Handlers Post 2: Developer Solution Starter Kit (Building and deploying event handlers to MOSS) Post 3: Registering Event Handlers plus Site Settings - Manage Event Handlers Overview ...
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