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Sharepoint Tweaks....
I've had several clients now that really hate the default look and feel of the basic Sharepoint page. To the point that they have me strip out everything, and reconfigure just a few zones and whatnot.... My current client even wanted me to remove the “Modify Shared Page” link. This left me with an interesting question.... If I remove that tag, how can I add web parts easily? Sure I can open the page in Frontpage, but we wanted a simpler approach. “Have your cake and eat it too“ ......

Posted On Friday, February 27, 2004 1:18 PM

Sharepoint and Office versions
My last client really pulled their collective hairs out about Office and Sharepoint after they kept discovering feature after feature they wanted out of Sharepoint was tied to Office 2003 and they only had Office XP and no budget to upgrade…. Here’s a very useful list that goes over the differences when the client machine has Office 2000, XP, or 2003…. http://www.microsoft.com/of... Here's just the document: Good_better_best.doc ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2004 1:30 PM

Google is god
I've been pounding my head against that Sharepoint/WSS search problem below for a couple of days now, not exclusively, but this was a real tough nut to crack.... I've finally traced it down to a problem with SQL's full text search. I was getting a problem dll error message. Ok, so I reapplied SP3a hoping that might clear up the dll issue. It replaced it with: MSG 7635 Level 16 State 1 Procedure sp_fulltext_database line 46 The Microsoft Search Service cannot be administered under the presentuser ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 17, 2004 12:57 PM

Sharepoint Search problem - call for help!
Sometimes you just get stuck on a problem. This should be simple, but for some reason I just can't get this working.... I've got a portal with subsites. Searching works just fine at the portal level, but nothing is found if the search is done at the subsite level. Portal level searches will find documents in libraries in the subsites. Subsite level searches find nothing.As I research this, as I understand it, the subsite searches should be using SQL Full Text catalogs. However, on the SQL Server ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 11, 2004 1:04 PM

Today some code: Mass find/insert on files
I needed a q&d app that could recurse subdirectories, find a given string in a given file type and then insert a new string just before the found string.... Specifically I was doing a horrible hack on a bunch of Sharepoint aspx templates, but it got the job done... I haven't seen anything quite like this available on the net so I thought I'd throw it out there.... What it does: It's a console app that recursively crawls all the folders in a specificed directory tree, then searches for aspx files ......

Posted On Monday, February 9, 2004 1:15 PM

Sharepoint Tip - Sharepoint Scrolling News Ticker with font customization

Another one of my tips was published over at msd2d.com

See it here

Posted On Thursday, February 5, 2004 10:19 AM

Sharepoint - buggy Quick Launch bar?
Has anyone seen this behavior? In a subsite I create a new document library (the problem will also happen with an old DL). I ensure that Display in Quick Launch bar has Yes selected. Click Ok, return to site's Home page. -->The new DL is displayed in the Quick Launch Bar. Refresh the page, or navigate away from the site and return -->The new DL is NOT displayed in the Quick Launch Bar It gets worse. If I return to that DL's Modify settings and Change General Settings I can select Display in ......

Posted On Thursday, February 5, 2004 5:52 AM

Know your user - good UI design
While many of you know sites like this or the now departed Interface Hall of Shame (static mirror here) which target generic bad UI design. Too few developers really think about their specific user audience. And fewer developers still actually talk to their end users. As UI designers and software developers we owe it two our end users to understand them. Often great, well thought out software can be crippled by seemingly small UI blunders. Case in point: Children's game/educational software. A lot ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 3, 2004 8:37 AM

Janet's Boob Fallout....
Ok, I'm really going to try and stay away from political comentary on this blog, but sometimes I just have to vent.... From SFGate.com: (The top story)“The chief federal regulator of broadcasting said Monday he was outraged by the Super Bowl halftime show in which Justin Timberlake tore off part of Janet Jackson's costume, exposing her breast, and said he was ordering an immediate investigation.”Article Frankly I'm more outraged that this story is two full page scrolls down. Outraged ......

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2004 11:27 AM

My Name....
You'd think my name, Andy Johns wouldn't be the kind of name people would get wrong often.... I mean in college I knew a guy named Andy Schexnyder (ok, I have no idea if I'm spelling that correctly, I lost contact with Andy S. years and years ago) and there's a name I can understand if people misspell or mispronounce.... but Johns? J-O-H-N-S simple right? Unfortunately not so, I did a Proof of Concept project for a large financial company with Microsoft. The other day we revisited them and did a ......

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2004 7:35 AM

Sharepoint
So my current project is a Sharepoint gig. I'm not really a Sharepoint guy, I think of my area as more of an AppDev type, large scale systems, etc.... but Sharepoint is big now so I've picked it up..... Not too complicated of a project, some custom workflow stuff built around the event mechanism of Document Libraries (can't take credit for thinking that one up, I ripped off a non-working but nearly-there demo of a workflow we got from Microsoft for Sharepoint 2003 beta. A few tweaks and I can use ......

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2004 7:08 AM

Ahhh Monday
So it's Monday. Ugh, stayed up way too late last night and now I'm guzzling coffee by the gallon.... Not only did I watch the super bowl (a rarity for me if my local team (San Francisco) isn't in it, and god knows they are not the team they used to be) I also watched most of Survivor (this will bring my total to something like four episodes of that show I've watched.) Between the game and the game show I put the kids to bed, then I hit the net for a while and discovered I shouldn't have gone on poop-patrol ......

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2004 6:53 AM

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