• Colby Africa

    A New Chapter Begins

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    Originally I thought of this as my second departure from Microsoft, but when I consider the multiple stints I have spent as a contractor at Microsoft, I realize this is actually my fifth time to leave the company in one capacity or another. Amazing. My...
  • Colby Africa

    Breaking The Silence

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    It has been a while.  In addition to my daily project work, I am working on several side projects in various states of readiness: 1.)  Project Pro add-in for managing security 2.)  Project-Pro adding for managing custom fields 3.) ...
  • Colby Africa

    TimedExecution

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    I haven’t written for a while. I have been super busy.  Chet said he signed up for my RSS feed today so I thought I would write a quick post so he has something to read today.  Hehe. I am writing a tool that publishes projects on a schedule...
  • Colby Africa

    Project Server Interface Development: Dev 101 Samples

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    I did a presentation today about basic PSI development concepts. I thought I would share these examples with the world, so here you go! http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=PsiDev101&DownloadId=5141 ...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint Part VII – List Pagination

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    A very small group of you saw this post go up and then come right back down again.  I found a bug about 30 seconds after posting this.    Here is the updated post.  NOTE: The bug had to do with not fully understanding how the...
  • Colby Africa

    MSDN Code Gallery Report Released

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    Here it is.  Download the setup here .  Download the source here . Enjoy. This will be my last for a while.  I have to focus on the book and I am off to a 20 week engagement.
  • Colby Africa

    MSDN Code Gallery Download Report

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    In an attempt to divert my brain and as a break from SharePoint development, I wrote  a simple utility this weekend that generates a consolidated report of download counts for any resource housed at MSDN Code Gallery, including projects, releases...
  • Colby Africa

    MpFx Walkthrough: Creating the ProjectServer Object & Enumerating Project Information

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    I am taking a little break from my current project.  Whew. Only such much you can cram into your brain about SharePoint in one unbroken period of time. Today’s topic starts at the beginning of mpFx:  How to create a ProjectServer object. ...
  • Colby Africa

    mpFx: Simon Demo

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    Simon from Australia needed an example of how to use mpFx to create projects, resources, tasks, and assignments.  Here it is: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Project/Download/FileDownload.aspx?ProjectName=mpFx&DownloadId=4636 . Here is the source...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint Part IV

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    I have learned so much in the past few days, I am not sure where to start.  So, here is tidbit to get started with: 1: < SharePoint:DelegateControl ID ="DelegateControl5" runat ="server" ControlId ="SmallSearchInputBox"...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint – Part III

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    Except for a project I did last year, I haven’t done much ASP.NET development.  I have always been a back-end developer. Writing Windows services, utilities, ETL, security systems, others… So, while I am learning about SharePoint development, I am...
  • Colby Africa

    mpFx 1.0 Preview Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    The preview of mpFx 1.0 has been released to MSDN Code Gallery.  The tool I built to showcase some of the library’s functionality, mpFxClient, is installed along with the source.  Get it here . I want to be clear that this is a preview release...
  • Colby Africa

    mpFx 1.0 Preview Release – Update II

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    Not that anybody is reading this, but I like to write :-) A while back, I reserved the .mpfx.org domain.    For now, I have it forwarding to colbyafrica.com.  Check it out here .  My personal website is hosted by Yahoo Small Business...
  • Colby Africa

    mpFx 1.0 Preview Release: Update

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    I am working hard today to get mpFx ready for Code Gallery.  I might make it. I have work time scheduled for tomorrow but it is for Microsoft, not for my personal projects.  We will see how it goes this weekend. Here is a very cool tool called...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint – Part II

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    I have made some serious progress since my last post.  I found this very handy extension method, which adds a TryGetValue to SPListItem . 1: // Credits: http://blog.mastykarz.nl/obtain-fields-values-splistitem/comment-page-1/#comment-11076 2...
  • Colby Africa

    Learning SharePoint – Part I

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    I am on a special project that requires I do a deep dive into SharePoint and fast.  I told my director that I would be blogging as I learn, if only to force me to repeat everything I learn so it all sticks!   I have been using SharePoint...
  • Colby Africa

    Comments (in Code)

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    I love comments when they are appropriate and necessary.  I relish a good comment in a piece of code that does something really beautiful but is maybe complicated.  I love comments that help me understand the assumptions and design considerations...
  • Colby Africa

    MpFx Preview: To Be Released to MSDN Code Gallery Next Weekend!

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    This a post long in the making.  Over a year ago, I started working on a Microsoft Project 2003 to Microsoft Project Server 2007 migration.  The learning curve was steep.  I had taken a hiatus from developing solutions with Microsoft Project...
  • Colby Africa

    ASP.NET Session Monitor 1.0 Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    A couple of years ago I was dealing with an ASP.NET application with session state issues.  This happens, if you can believe it.  I was flummoxed by the problem and the routine checks and configuration options didn’t seem to fix the problem...
  • Colby Africa

    C# Code Header Designer 1.0 Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    Recently I finished an engagement where the customer received the source code.  When MCS does this, we typically add a header to each source file, which contains information related to the engagement.    About two years ago, I wrote...
  • Colby Africa

    Microsoft Project mpFx Client – Application Architecture: IMpfxClientPlugin

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    I needed a test harness for mpFx, so I built a simple WinForms application and wrote little utilities that used the primary libraries. As the feature set grew, the test harness started to become unwieldy and frankly not very pretty. This fact, coupled...
  • Colby Africa

    Opening an Enterprise Project Programmatically

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    There must be a better way to do this.  I have a Project Server plugin for the mpFx client application:   Selecting a project in the list view and clicking the button opens the project in WinProj.  The problem is that you cannot open a...
  • Colby Africa

    Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 PSI Extension Generator 1.0: Released to MSDN Code Gallery

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    PSI Extensions are custom web services that execute within the Project Server Interface infrastructure, sharing the same security context as other PSI web services. PSI Extensions can be very important in building line of business and integration solutions...
  • Colby Africa

    PSI Extension Generator 1.0

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    PSI Extensions are custom web services which tightly integrate with Project Server.  From the SDK: The Project Server Interface (PSI) for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 can be extended with custom Web services. PSI extensions tightly integrate...
  • Colby Africa

    QuickPatch – Registry Hints Improved with Registry Browser

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    I have added the ability to search the local registry to select a registry key and value.  See below: More later…
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