November 2008 Entries

What I Learned this Week by Becky Isserman

So I decided it was time to take a few minutes this week and discuss what I learned this week. This moral is not really something new it's more a reiteration. I hate third party features with little to no documentation. I like developing my own products and knowing what I am doing. I was working with some big name third party feature and I felt like an idiot. First off I had to contact them to get an older version of the product. Some guy with a name like Frankenstein's henchman contacted me. If ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:11 AM | Comments (1)

SharePoint Saturday Call for Speakers and Attendees

There will be an all day SharePoint Event called SharePoint Saturday on Saturday, January 10th from 8 am to 6:30 pm at the ATC in Virginia Beach. If you wish to volunteer as a speaker or just want to sign up to attend the event go to http://www.sharepointsaturd... I'm already signed up to present on Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search. As most SharePoint Nation! Events it should be awesome. According to the site if you attend you have the chance to win a Zune or a Mindsharp Training Course. So as ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:51 PM | Comments (1)

Kansas City Day of Dot Net: Changing my Presentation

I know a few people were looking for a SharePoint Development 101 Presentation, so I am changing from my Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search Presentation. I am going to start with a user control and then head towards feature and webpart development. I will also talk about some tools and how to get started with SharePoint Development. That way the people in Kansas City interested in getting started with SharePoint get a little bit of an idea where to start. If you guys are interested in my Wildcard Search ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:42 PM | Comments (0)

Silverlight and SharePoint: Getting Started

So people are always asking me how do I get Silverlight to work in SharePoint? Then Paul Galvin and some other people told me why not post the steps. So here is what you want to do: Get Visual Studio 2008 and download SP1 from http://www.microsoft.com/do... The installer may stick at one part and may take an hour or two, so make sure you leave tons of time to spare. Get the Microsoft Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio ......

Posted On Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:57 PM | Comments (8)

Interesting SharePoint Fact for the Week...

That's right I didn't forget...This one has to deal with the Edit Form in a list...I wanted to just re-iterate something that I have learned. If you are working with an application push it to the _layouts directory and do not post web parts on this page. I have heard Michael Lotter and a few other people say that this is best practice. I hope that this will suffice for the week. I will be posting Raleigh Code Camp Slides and other items once I get my new 1 tb hard drive and enclosure working with ......

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:48 PM | Comments (0)

Raleigh Code Camp and Chicago Layover

Today for the first time in my entire life I will enter the state of North Carolina. I will be speaking at Raleigh Code Camp about Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search in MOSS (1 of the many talks) using the Query Object Model. I created the user control demo, but I decided to do the webpart demo with STSDev on the fly. I might shove a bit in about what you need to check in STSDev to make sure the webpart is working properly and deploy a webpart properly for those people trying to get started in SharePoint ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2008 5:54 AM | Comments (0)

Stepping Back

I'm taking two steps back and one step forward. As some of you know I had a not so great last week due to taking on way too much in life. This past year has been my let's get active and out of the house year. It ended up becoming the "Becky Cannot Say No" year. I am one of those people who has a philosophy that involves giving yourself at least 1 hour to do something absolutely brainless per day. For me if I don't get that one hour I start to have issues in my life. So from last week on I am giving ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:57 PM | Comments (1)

Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search

So I came up with a new presentation based on something I did at Terracon with wildcard search using Patrick Tisseghem's Book on Search. I am going to walk attendees through some basic SharePoint Search Functionality and talk a little about what is missing in the out of the box web parts. Then I am going to show attendees what they can do using the Query Object Model, some ASP .Net Controls, and a GridView to add some more search functionality. Here is a list of the dates and events that I will be ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

Interesting SharePoint Fact for Last Week

So I promised you guys one interesting fact based on my dev experiences every week. I failed last week due to a ton of junk going on. Here it is: Open up an "EditForm.aspx" in SharePoint Designer Go to the Insert menu and click on the SharePoint Section and you will see Insert Custom List Form Field At this point you want to choose the list you are working with in the drop down and make sure the radio button for Edit Form is selected Switch to Split and highlight part of the form tables, notice you ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:40 PM | Comments (0)

Kansas City Day of Dot Net

We just got Centriq Officially on board for the Kansas City Day of Dot Net on Saturday, December 6th. If you are not registered please go here and register: http://kcdodn.eventbrite.com/. Right now we have 5 SharePoint Speakers committed to the event, including Todd Kitta, Michael Lotter, Todd Bleeker, Steve Walker, and myself. This event will be one of many in the upcoming future we're hoping. We already broke 100 on the sign up. We are probably going to cap it around 125, so sign up asap. We are ......

Posted On Friday, November 7, 2008 10:27 AM | Comments (2)

The SharePoint Community Rocks

I know this week is going to be crazy, so I just wanted to post a blog saying... The SharePoint Community Rocks! I figure if you get depressed or something happens just read those three words and remember you are part of the awesomeness of the community. No matter what happens in life we are all SharePoint People and contribute to the community in our own way. Each of you is awesome. Peace out guys:) Technorati Tags: MOSS,SharePoint Rocks ......

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2008 7:26 PM | Comments (0)

No matter what a Developer tells you, you cannot declare a site column lookup field without the list guid...

I wrote a couple features with some list definitions, site columns, and a content type with a feature receiver. It was the first real feature that I ever wrote. I built a presentation on features, but that was all research and books. I did the presentation once, but I never really knew much about features. This time around I did not use STSDev or VSEWSS. I knew what the DDF file was and the Manifest.xml from my SPS 2003 days, but was very rusty. I think that this week definitely helped me with my ......

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:40 PM | Comments (0)

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