March 2008 Entries

Speaking at MOSS Camp in St. Louis...

I will be speaking at MOSS Camp (http://www.stlsug.org/MOSS... in St. Louis on creating/changing multiple sites, lists, libraries through a Windows Application that I am going to port from one of my Console Applications. I am not a big Windows Application Fan, so I will probably port this application over to a web user control that links into the SMART PART...Anyway, I have too much book stuff to do, sleep to catch up on (neighbor decides they want to play music until 2/3 am every ......

Posted On Monday, March 31, 2008 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

Going into Hiding...

If you did not know already I am writing a book with John Ferringer about Disaster Recovery. We just got the contracts and in the past two weeks. We finally deciphered them and will have them sent in within the next week. Now all I need to do is finish up Chapter 2, which so far consists of two pages and some really horrible place holders for screen shots. I am going to lock myself in my room with my ipod and Dell XPS over the weekend. All I will be doing is writing book chapters and taking screen ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Comments (3)

DeliverPoint...Oy...

So I wanted to try DelivePoint from Barracuda Tools and I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting this tool to map out the Active Directory Groups for each site with the type of permissions plus tell me what lists and libraries had a break in permissions and what groups were associated. When I tried to view the permissions for a given site it only allowed me to choose site collection administrators, full control, designer, and readers. There was no option to view any custom permissions, contributors ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:19 PM | Comments (2)

The Lazy Web Parts

I was doing some documentation today on this site that is part of a collection of customized sites. It has JavaScript (yuck) and web parts galore. I get to this site that deals with Affiliated Items for this particular site and I notice that there are 5 web parts. I am wondering why do you need 5 web parts when you take in a query string and provide a list of items. What you really only need is a Query String Web Part connected to another Web Part or a Web Part that reads the Query String. For some ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:10 PM | Comments (0)

But My AD Group is Email Enabled!? So Why Can't I Send Alerts?

Well kids if you did not know about this little known bug now you do. Even if you email enable your active directory group, then SharePoint may still not send alerts. I have no idea why this problem occurs. If you search for that AD Group, then you will notice no e-mail address will show up for that group even if it has an address attached...Well I did some googling and I found this beautiful article: http://blog.gavin-adams.com... Basically, ......

Posted On Monday, March 24, 2008 12:05 PM | Comments (9)

Yep...Not feeling so good...

I've been MIA due to a bladder infection and stomach flu and will most likely not be writing much. The muscle relaxers help a ton, so that I can move on occassion and sleep for a few hours...While you guys are waiting for new posts check out something I found that I created ages ago that still exists: http://members.aol.com/jade... I hope that you all had a good week and are having a good weekend. Technorati Tags: Personal Life ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 1:28 PM | Comments (0)

A Great Man Died Yesterday...

One of my favorite Science Fiction authors of all time died yesterday, Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote some of my favorite Space Odyssey Books. I just finished reading 3001 a couple of months ago. It's sad Asimov, Sagen, Adams, and now Clarke...All the greats are going...What next Bradbury? I'm a little sad 3001 was left kind of open ended...I want to know if humanity finally meets the aliens. I want to know if they survive and what happens 1,000 further in the future...I guess I'll never know. Technorati ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 19, 2008 11:02 AM | Comments (0)

Kansas City Office Geeks in Da HOUSE!!!!!

What is an Office Geek? An Office Geek is someone - typically a developer or administrator - who works with or is interested in working with some aspect of the Microsoft Office System. The Office System encompasses both client applications (Word, Excel, etc) as well as server applications (primarily SharePoint, but also Forms Server, workflow, etc). This could mean that you work with SharePoint, use VSTO to write OBAs, define taxonomies, maintain corporate records, etc. I found this little blurb ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 9:14 AM | Comments (0)

My Nemesis XPath

I did not realize this fact until today...I really dislike XPath as I am not allowed to express hate due to it being technically against my religious beliefs. I was working with a form in InfoPath 2003, because Terracon is not getting 2007 until next year. I created this form that uses a repeating table and a drop down list. When certain values are selected on the drop down list it will pop up certain text in various columns in this row. Unfortunately I was getting only the last row using a count ......

Posted On Friday, March 14, 2008 5:54 PM | Comments (0)

SharePoint Lovers Code Camp in the Lou

If anyone is interested in a MOSS code camp and they can get to St. Louis on April 5th they will be hosting a MOSS Camp Event. I signed up to present, but I'm not sure if I'll get picked. I want more experience and this event looks really cool. Plus I go to St. Louis once a month, so I figure I will get to see my best friend who I am missing this weekend. After all I have at least two or three extra places I could stay if for some reason I couldn't stay at my parents place. Here is the link for anyone ......

Posted On Thursday, March 13, 2008 2:06 PM | Comments (0)

Oops...Hilarity Ensues...

Look what I did to Paul Galvin's Blog Yesterday: I posted one comment received an error and gave it. I guess the error meant my browser wanted to post 6 comments on his blog without my name, even if I was logged into my Live ID. What I love is that every time I log on with my Live ID at work it won't post my name on comments anymore. Thank you blocking software...It's really grinding my gears...It's great we don't get to use messenger the productivity level rocks, but every so often something is ......

Posted On Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:11 PM | Comments (0)

Hopping on Five Hundred Feet from Behind the Silverlight Train

I know I'm a little slow in doing so, but today I finally sat down and went through all the Silverlight 2.0 Beta 1.0 Templates. I was incredibly impressed with some of it and sorely disappointed with other parts. Everyone has said it is really easy to use this technology and I agree. I have a little PhotoShop experience from my web design days. I have dabbled in some animated gifs, Flash Creations, PDF Creations, Corel Draw, Paint .Net, and who knows what else. I opened up the VS 2008 Template and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 12, 2008 3:15 PM | Comments (0)

The DataGrid and His Enemy the Dataview

I was working a SPDataGridView Webpart today. I was trying to get the grid to refresh and re-bind itself after a specific client was deleted in the web part. When I tried to clear the grid it would not clear at all. It would refresh with the exact same data, until I hit F5 on Internet Explorer. I finally thought to myself what if I get rid of the Dataview as a source and call the DataSet directly. Sure enough I change it and clear the DataSet, then rebind and grid and when I delete the client it ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:33 PM | Comments (0)

Contact List Limb Re-Attachment

After struggling for 2 1/2 days I finally came up with a passable solution for this problem. I would create a custom list mirrored after the Contact List Template, except it would include Full Name as the Title field. I created a console application that would go through each site and create the new list using the clean template, import all the information, delete the old list, and add the link to the QuickLaunch. If you go through my old entries I have information sprinkled about in code sample ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:29 PM | Comments (0)

Asian Support & SharePoint Limb Decapitation Issue

On some contacts this week we noticed that Last Name Phonetic, First Name Phonetic, and Company Name Phonetic were turned on in some contact lists. I googled around and found a couple articles that said these are Asian Support Fields. I did not really find exactly what Asian Support entails or how to turn it off completely. However, I did find a workaround that basically had me go into the Contact Content Type and hide all these phonetic fields. We are not going to be using these fields anytime soon, ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:18 PM | Comments (0)

Tag You're It!

Heres how you play....Once you have been tagged by a friend, you must then Post a blog with 10 weird, interesting or crazy things we may not know about you. then Choose 10 people to be tagged. List their names and why you chose them Leave them all a YOUR TAGGED comment. You cant tag the person who tagged you. I honestly don't care if you fill this out...No one is going to cut your hands off or harm you in any weird ways. The universe will accept the fact that you did not fill out this form. I felt ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 5:52 PM | Comments (0)

Trouble with Solution Packages on a SharePoint Server Farm

I mentioned a while back that we setup a server farm with a Query, Index, Application, and SQL Box. Well we deployed all the old web parts and we are having all kinds of crazy issues on this farm. I'm not sure exactly what nuttiness is occurring, but half the time the solution packages are failing to deploy or the feature isn't installing in the batch files. Unfortunately, I installed VS 2005 and VSEWSS 1.1 and Visual Source Safe. I tried implementing the solutions through Visual Studio and it will ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

Looking for More Speaking Opportunities in Kansas City and Surrounding Areas

I would really like to develop better communications skills, so if anyone has a medium for me to speak about any SharePoint Topic please let me know. So far I have slides for Feature Design and Disaster Recovery, but I can pretty much cover any topic. I am just looking for a way that I can refine my communication skills and get more experience interacting with other people. I usually work weekdays from Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. I should be available anytime after 4:30 pm on weekdays ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

Looking For People

We are looking to build a list of people for the Kansas City Office Developer User Group. If you or your company is interested in getting added to our mailing list send me an e-mail at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com. Also, if you have any topics in mind please let me know. I am willing to present anything Office Centric, including SharePoing, Accesss, InfoPath, or any other Office Products Related....We are also looking for future sponsors for meetings...If you contact me I will put you on the list of ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:30 AM | Comments (0)

Proton Pack Engaged -- SharePoint Ghost Caught

Remember this post I made a bit ago: Is there a Ghost in SharePoint? Well I spent a good couple of days looking at all kinds of error logs trying to trick it with a feature of the same GUID. Finally, I thought what is the last thing I played with that could have a feature involved and it hit me the U2U CAML Query Builder. I installed this feature and activated it, then realized it was showing up on every single list in my site collection farm. I deactivated the feature and ran the uninstaller. I ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 4:13 PM | Comments (0)

Feature Design at the KC Office Developer User Group

Here is the official information: March Meeting of the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City Title: Features...What is a Feature in SharePoint 2007? Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... ( Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the March Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, March 6th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

Day After Birthday Blues

It's Monday about 7:00 am...Your boyfriend's alarm just went off and you sort of half wakeup. You feel like someone hit you with a large truck. You don't know exactly why you feel like someone hit you with a truck. You begin to ponder is it because you went out and did not take it easy at all while you had a sinus infection. Is it because you were banging the drums a little too hard on Rockband the other night? 7:17 am roles around, so you wake up do the morning routine and head to work. Your entire ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 11:36 AM | Comments (0)

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