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  • Blog Post: Localization and SharePoint Solutions, Part 1

    The primary goal for the current sprint on the project I'm working on is to localize the client portal previously developed for the United States so that it can be used by other regions around the world -- initially Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and a few Latin American countries. In other words, the bulk...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading TFS 2005/2008 Project Sites to TFS 2010, Part 2 - Team Wiki

    In part 1 of this series , I showed how you can add new Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 dashboard functionality to project sites originally created in TFS 2008 (or TFS 2005). Another feature that you might want to add to upgraded project sites is a "Team Wiki" library. Wikis provide a great way...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for SharePoint Web.config Modifications to Finish

    This week I finally got around to fixing a bug that would occasionally occur when deploying our solution based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. In the solution we use a variety of different features to configure different aspects of the site (for example, creating a /Public site...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Features Activated by Default

    Here's something interesting I discovered only recently about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 -- even though I've been working with the product for years... Any features that are scoped to the WebApplication level are automatically activated by default on any new Web applications. ...
  • Blog Post: AJAX in MOSS 2007 -- The Easy Way, Part 2

    In my previous post , I showed how you can quickly create an AJAX-enabled Web application in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. I also provided a sample AJAX Web Part, illustrated in the following screenshot: Figure 1: AJAX in SharePoint See full-sized image. Assuming you...
  • Blog Post: AJAX in MOSS 2007 -- The Easy Way, Part 1

    In my previous post , I showed how you can quickly create a Web application in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and configure it for anonymous access and Forms-Based Authentication. Let's suppose that instead of configuring FBA and anonymous access, you want to configure AJAX on your...
  • Blog Post: Forms-Based Authentication in MOSS 2007 -- The Easy Way

    In one of Saturday's posts , I demonstrated how to implement a custom error page on an Internet site powered by Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. For that post I captured various screenshots and sample code from one of my local development VMs using a freshly rebuilt Web application for...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SharePointWebConfigHelper Class

    Here is another helper class that I developed that you may find useful when building solutions for Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. If you use the SPWebConfigModification class to add or modify Web.config files, you might have code that looks...
  • Blog Post: Error Handling in MOSS 2007 Applications

    In my previous post , I described the enhancements to my original Logger class for logging exceptions in a consistent fashion. While error handling in .NET console applications and ASP.NET Web applications is fairly straightforward, things get quite a bit more complicated when dealing with solutions...
  • Blog Post: Logging Exceptions in .NET Applications

    Last summer I wrote a post introducing my simple, but highly effective approach to logging -- including a Logger class that is really just a thin wrapper around the System.Diagnostics.TraceSource class. A few months ago, I enhanced the Logger class to log exceptions in a consistent fashion. I used...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned Moving TFS to Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008

    I've been a bad blogger this month. Almost a month ago, I wrote a post about using Web standards with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 , but I noted that there would be more to come on that subject in the near future. Well, almost a full month has passed and I still haven't posted "part...
  • Blog Post: Web Standards Design with MOSS 2007, Part 1

    I've mentioned before that I became somewhat of a Web standards zealot several years ago. Consequently, regardless of whether I'm building Web sites using the core ASP.NET platform or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, I strive to ensure that minimal, semantic HTML markup is used to render...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned Integrating Silverlight in MOSS 2007, Part 3

    Yesterday I continued building upon part 1 in a series of posts regarding the use of Silverlight in an Internet-facing customer portal built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. As I mentioned in the previous posts, the Silverlight application is hosted inside of the SharePoint site...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned Integrating Silverlight in MOSS 2007, Part 2

    This is a continuation of yesterday's post detailing some lessons learned while integrating a Silverlight application into an Internet-facing customer service portal built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. As I mentioned in the previous post, the Fabrikam.Portal.Web.ServiceWheel project...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned Integrating Silverlight in MOSS 2007, Part 1

    The November 2008 edition of MSDN magazine contained the following article: Light Up SharePoint With Silverlight 2 Web Parts http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd148643.aspx While the article provides a good introduction to integrating a Silverlight application into a SharePoint site,...
  • Blog Post: Deploying SharePoint Solutions with the "-force" Option

    In a previous post , I provided sample "DR.DADA" scripts that I use for deploying solutions based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. If you've read that post, you might recall seeing the following lines in, for example, the Deploy Solutions.cmd script: REM Sometimes it is necessary...
  • Blog Post: "Build Bloat" and Removing Extraneous Items from TFS Builds

    This week I am wrapping up the third sprint (a.k.a. iteration or milestone ) on my current Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 project. Although, honestly, I wasn't involved all that much in Sprint-3, since I was on vacation for the vast majority of the iteration. One of the surprises that...
  • Blog Post: Bug: HTTP 403 (Forbidden) with FBA SharePoint Site

    We recently encountered a bug when trying to access a SharePoint site configured with Forms-Based Authentication from Internet Explorer. The root site is restricted to authenticated users, whereas the /Public site is configured to allow anonymous users. In other words, when users attempt to browse...
  • Blog Post: Bug with Duplicate Field Names in MOSS 2007

    I encountered a rather nasty bug in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 yesterday that occurs when a custom field (i.e. site column) has the same name as an existing field. Note that this issue will also occur in Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3. I initially created the following Fields...
  • Blog Post: Building SharePoint WSPs with Team Foundation Build

    As I noted in my previous post , I recently discovered that my approach for building Web Solution Packages (WSPs) in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 isn't compatible with Team Foundation Build. I'm actually a little embarrassed to say this, but when I created the original "DR.DADA"...
  • Blog Post: The "Copy Local" Bug in Visual Studio

    If you've ever worked with me on a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 project -- or if you've read my Sample Walkthrough of the DR.DADA Approach to SharePoint -- then you've probably seen the following comment: Note: Referenced assemblies must be specified with a path corresponding...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Web Part to Redirect from HTTP to HTTPS

    Yesterday, I detailed the steps I recommend for configuring SSL on sites built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. I also mentioned that users won't automatically be redirected from HTTP to HTTPS, and how I've previously used a little bit of code to automatically perform this redirection...
  • Blog Post: AutoEventWireup Issue in MOSS 2007

    I recently promised to finish this blog post that has been sitting in "unpublished" status since June 2008, so here it is... Have you ever encountered the following error in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007? An error occurred during the processing of . The attribute 'autoeventwireup...
  • Blog Post: Supportability Concerns with Custom HTTP Modules in SharePoint

    I am sure that I'm not the first one to tell you this, but you can't believe everything you read on the Internet these days ;-) Case in point...I've seen a number of sources claim that custom HTTP modules are not supported in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the SharePointSmtpHelper Class

    Continuing in the spirit of my previous posts for the SharePointPublishingHelper class and SharePointWebPartHelper class, I'd like to introduce another helper class that you may find useful when building solutions for Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS)...
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