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  • Blog Post: BB13: SharePoint 2007 Creating SharePoint Applications with Visual Studio -- Sample Code

    Here are the code samples I demonstrated in my PDC Session last week as promised. You can watch the recorded session here: http://channel9.msdn.com/pdc2008/BB13/   (Silverlight streaming Video & slides + demo side by side) Please read the “Contoso Sample Setup.rtf” file for setup instructions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office System Developers Conference 2008... I'll be there!

    The ODC is shaping up to be a great event for SharePoint developers. This year it is on Feb 10-13th in San Jose, CA. I will be there with Alex Malek doing a session on developing SharePoint solutions using the Visual Studio extensions for WSS. There are a lot of developers out there that use these tools...
  • Blog Post: Deploying files under the \TEMPLATES directory in a SharePoint VSeWSS project

    A common thing you might want to include in a SharePoint solution is to include various files that are deployed to the \Template directory. These might be images (\Template\Images) or Aspx pages that you would like put in a folder in the Layouts directory. Typically to do this you would include in your...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office System Servers Service Pack 1 is out!!!

    For all those people waiting to get their hands on this ... here it is: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936984/ WSS SP1 install: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4191A531-A2E9-45E4-B71E-5B0B17108BD2&displaylang=en MOSS SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId...
  • Blog Post: Great SharePoint Training...

    I get lots of comments and emails from people asking about how they can learn to do development on SharePoint. Fair Question! If money is no obstacle then hands on training is by far the best option. You get to learn direct from experts, actually build code and get your hands dirty ... all while under...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Developers ... what are your tools and environments like?

    Something I take great interest in and spend a bunch of time thinking about are SharePoint Developers. I was one before I moved up here to Redmond and joined the SharePoint product team. Of course that means I hold a dear place in my heart for all you pro developers out there who are stuggling with the...
  • Blog Post: Document libraries, Folders & Content Types

    I have been asked a few times if it is possible to associate different Content Types with different folders within the same document library. From the Web UI in WSS this does not seem to be possible. However, there are sneeky ways to achieve this. Scenario : I have a document library that has some document...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint WhitePaper -- SharePoint Products and Technologies customization policy

    If you are a ITPro/Developer working with custom SharePoint solutions this whitepaper will interested you. It talks about many techniques for modifying/customising your SharePoint environement/solution and talks about issues/suggestions around each. It is also a great guide on what is supported and what...
  • Blog Post: Using ASP.Net user controls in your WSSV3/MOSS ASPX pages...

    Following on from my post of application dev on SharePoint ( here ), I have had some people ask how to embed ASP.Net User Controls in the pages you can add to your site using Option 4 (see post for more details on what this option is). Well ... i did some digging/research and have this set of steps...
  • Blog Post: 3 great new MSDN articles on MOSS branding...

    Patrick Tisseghem has written 3 new awesome articles for MSDN on Web Content Management in MOSS. These are a great intoduction to WCM and customizing WCM in MOSS. A great starting point and a must for anyone getting into this: Customizing and Branding Web Content Management-Enabled SharePoint Sites...
  • Blog Post: Fully baked RTM bits for MOSS and WSS V3 are up...

    I dont normally like to just post up stuff i find on others blogs ... but this is important :) The WSS and MOSS bits are up on microsoft.com for download now. MOSS: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2e6e5a9c-ebf6-4f7f-8467-f4de6bd6b831&DisplayLang=en WSS: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions

    This is what people who are new to SharePoint development have been after for quite some time. Killer Feature Alert!: Generate a site definition from an existing SharePoint Site!!!!! Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=19f21e5e-b715-4f0c-b959-8c6dcbdc1057&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Feature Stapling in WSS V3

    Background: New to the WSSv3 Platform is a concept called Features. These enable you to package chunks of functionality and allow this functionality to be turned on or off in a WSSv3 based site. This could be things like: - List templates - List instances - Menu Items - Workflows -...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Search Scopes Missing in Action?

    Are you suffering from your custom search scopes not showing up in your scopes dropdown on your site? Do you add a scope and wonder why it has not turned up? Well suffer no more! For as little as a few dollars a day your ........ ahhhh you get the idea! :) A friend of mine (we will call him Ryan...
  • Blog Post: Moving your MySite location in MOSS

    Background: When you install MOSS (not evaluation copy) part of that process is creating a Shared Service Provider. This is essentially a set of services like User Profile store, Search, BDC, MySites etc… These services can be consumed from one or more SharePoint Web Applications (and other apps outside...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint XSDs in Visual Studio

    One of the things that made SharePoint developers lose sleep and hair over was the lack of intellisense support when working with the products XML files. In WSS V3 and MOSS we will ship the corresponding XSDs. This is great news because you can use those XSDs to validate your XML files to make sure...
  • Blog Post: How solution deployment has changed development with SharePoint technologies

    Background: Anyone who is familiar with development & deployment of custom solutions on SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Windows SharePoint Services will probably agree when I say there are certain areas lacking in the end to end process. For example, here is a high level generic step by step...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 Business Data Catalogue (BDC) generator

    If you are freaked out at the thought of having to craft by hand the XML config for a BDC application in MOSS 2007 ... then look no further: http://www.sharepointblogs.com/tbaginski/archive/2006/07/16/9259.aspx http://www.lightningtools.com/bdc-web-man/default.aspx Not the prettiest of applications...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Office System reference material

    Here is a list of content available on the 2007 Microsoft Office System. I can’t take any of the credit for this … a colleague John Nisi put this together. Web Sites 2007 Microsoft Office system preview site http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.mspx Windows SharePoint Services...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services Developer Center

    Great place for loads (more coming also) of information all about the WSS V3.. screen casts, blogs, downloads and more. http://msdn.microsoft.com/sharepoint/
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Product Guide

    Lawrence has posted about the MOSS 2007 product guide. Good high level read about new functionality on MOSS 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/servers/sharepointserver/guide.mspx
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Q & A Part 1

    Part 1 answering some of the comments on my previous post about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Q. "granularity of permissions on lists/doclibs?" A. We have item level permissions now! Wahoo. So down to a doucment, list item or folder. (you can have folders in lists now also) Q. "backup...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 ...

    On the 21st the covers came off the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) at the Office Developers Conference. Along with this was the lifting of the NDA that stopped our TAP customers blogging about it etc... So ... let the flood gates open :) I would love to take suggestions on what...
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