Mark Arend

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  • Blog Post: Using Session State in SharePoint 2010

    SharePoint 2010 uses two services related to session state that have similar names but are separate and have different purposes. ASP.NET session state may be used on SharePoint 2010 pages. This service is automatically disabled in normal installations of SharePoint 2010; it may be enabled using the instructions...
  • Blog Post: Debugging web parts and other SharePoint custom code

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Here are some tips for debugging your SharePoint web parts and other custom code. 1. How do you debug assemblies that are in the GAC? 2. Is there an easy way of attaching the debugger to the right process? Debugging...
  • Blog Post: Modifying My Site Owner Security

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When someone creates a MySite, they are automatically given full control of that site. More accurately: a MySite is a site collection; the creator becomes the first & only Site Collection Administrator; the creator is made a...
  • Blog Post: New Design and Build Guide for MOSS 2007

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I've spent many hours helping customers plan and execute a wide range of customizations for MOSS 2007. Now, the ECM Team (Enterprise Content Management) has published an exhaustive paper...
  • Blog Post: Test With Correct Privileges

    When developing web parts and other components with code, it's important to remember that operations performed by code may require certain privileges. During development, the code runs in the security context of the developer, who is usually a server administrator. This means all operations are permitted...
  • Blog Post: Using Reflector to See SharePoint's "Source" Code

    Important Note: Customers are advised to review the end user license agreement (EULA) for the relevant Microsoft products before using this tool. This blog entry does not authorize or endorse any use of Microsoft products that is not addressed specifically by the product's EULA. Do you sometimes use...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lists as DataTables

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You may know that SPList can return a DataTable type: SPList.Items.GetDataTable(). And if you've worked with this, you may know that the DataTable you get is not databound to the list. This means you can't update the List from changes...
  • Blog Post: Scripting STSADM commands

    This posting contains tips 'n tricks for using STSADM commands within batch files. Note, the primary Microsoft reference for STSADM: TechNet article Stsadm command-line tool (Office SharePoint Server) . Testing results STSADM returns 0 as ERRORLEVEL in DOS when it succeeds, or -1 when...
  • Blog Post: XSL Tips

    When writing XSL, it is often desirable to be able to see the raw XML that you're trying to transform. This is especially helpful when customizing XSL for web parts such as content query. The red text below show how to modify the ContentQueryMain.xsl file to do this for a Content Query web part. This...
  • Blog Post: MOSS as front end to other storage systems

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've been asked several times if MOSS can be used to front-end other storage systems, and wanted to post a few pointers here. I was prompted to post this when I came across notice of the recent WSS 3.0 hotfix package, and was very...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Search UI Architecture - Introduction

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To modify SharePoint’s default search behaviors, it’s important to understand how the user interface elements for search work together to specify a query, execute a search and display the results. The following high...
  • Blog Post: Parsing multi-value fields - MultiChoice, Lookup, User, URL. Rules for the ";#" delimiter.

    For certain types of columns (aka fields), SharePoint stores several values in one field, using a delimiter to separate the different values. Column Type Items Delimiter Example Choices , configured as Display choices using Checkboxes (allow multiple selections...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensions (VSe) Deploy Failed (for SharePoint Solution)

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When using Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to deploy a solution, you may see "Deploy started" then Deploy failed " in the status window and the error " 'Object reference not set to an instance of...
  • Blog Post: SPSchedule.FromString(recurrenceValue) - syntax/format for recurrence value

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The SPSchedule class allows one to specify repeating schedules for timer jobs using derived classes such as SPMinuteSchedule, SPHourlySchedule, etc. Those are pretty easy to figure out from the SDK ( http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en...
  • Blog Post: CAML Query for Publishing Pages

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The "Scheduling Start Date" and "Scheduling End Date" on Page content types created by the Publishing feature work great in default views of Pages libraries: SharePoint filters by these dates automatically. But when you're using...
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