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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Development Tools

    For those doing Visual Studio development for SharePoint, you really have to check out the STSDEV tool on CodePlex. Ted Pattison and friends have done a really good job here. This tool generates class library project files while automating may of the tasks routinely required during development and deployment...
  • Blog Post: Take SharePoint Content Offline

    If you need a solution like this that works great and is very inexpensive.....duh it's free (at least at this time).....then check this out. </steve> Colligo Reader enables you to easily download content from SharePoint sites to your laptop - so you can access the content offline, rather than having...
  • Blog Post: Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint

    The Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint is a new Solution Accelerator being developed by Microsoft. Currently in beta, this toolkit provides you with best practices and tools to securely collaborate with your customers, suppliers, and partners-across the Internet. Taken from the article: The...
  • Blog Post: Managing Site Collections: new STSADM command

    Have you ever wanted to move a site collection from one content database to different content database? Or if you're not a merger you might be a splitter. Well, neatly tucked away inside the recent security hotfix is the new STSADM command mergecontentdbs . I used this recently with a customer that wanted...
  • Blog Post: Tools for Troubleshooting: Windows Sysinternals

    Recall, Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. I was a big fan of Sysinternal's toolset and the good news it is still getting better. If you're an admin or developer, these tools will help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose problems. I currently use Process Explorer, Handle, BgInfo and...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensions for WSS is Updated

    VSeWSS has been revised and a new CTP is available here . For those not familiar with VSeWSS, you can start here or here . </steve>
  • Blog Post: Tools for the Graphics Design Challenged

    Yes, I belong to this illustrious group. On numerous occasions I've been browsing and came across a Web page that had some excellent color scheme combinations and I wanted to know what the specific colors were so I could reuse. Well, I got a tip from Heather about a really cool and free tool called Color...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Search Manager

    A new site I came across, some cool stuff worth checking out. Download the MOSS Search Manager tool. </steve>
  • Blog Post: Getting Strong Names for SharePoint Assemblies

    Yesterday I was working with a colleague deploying a custom activity to be used by SPD. I noticed he was using copy and paste to get the public key token from the Windows Explorer view of the GAC. I told him that this was really lame and he should expand his horizons....I said that he should use the...
  • Blog Post: WCM Authoring using NON-IE Browsers

    Cross-browser rich text editor for SharePoint 2007 Who said there is no free lunch, or free editor??? Well, this is definitely a deal you can’t pass up. If you are using the WCM features of MOSS, then you definitely need to go grab this tool: r.a.d.editor for SharePoint 2007 . As you probably...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Internet and Extranet Collaboration

    For those thinking or planning on this kind of a deployment, there is a new tool you should check out. I know the folks that put this together and they are top notch. </steve> Extranet Collaboration Manager for SharePoint 2007 Extranet collaboration (i.e. collaboration with individuals...
  • Blog Post: STSADM Reference

    This will come in handy so keep it bookmarked. </steve>
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensions for WSS v3

    The RTM version has just been released and you can get it here . Overview This release of the Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services contains the following tools to aid developers in building SharePoint applications: Visual Studio 2005 Project Templates Web Part ...
  • Blog Post: Preview PDFs in Outlook 2007

    File preview capability can become addicting once you expect it. Since I've been using Vista and Office 2007 I have become addicted. If you'd like to preview .pdf files from within Outlook, then you'll probably want to check this out. If you are interested in how to create a file previewer or just...
  • Blog Post: Shortcut Functionality with Start++

    A cool tool from Brandon Paddock worth checking out. ... Users of WDS on XP may recall the “Deskbar Shortcuts” functionality that allows you to create little aliases between words or characters with commands and searches. For example, you could set up the Deskbar so that you could type “g Stuff...
  • Blog Post: Tracking ASP.NET ViewState

    I was working on some custom Web parts and needed to monitor the viewstate of some of my pages. I have historically used Fiddler for this based on quite a few reccos from friends. A friend forwarded me a link to ASP.NET ViewState Helper so I checked it out; .... it really rocks. You should check it out...
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