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CKS tools to Package Columns\Content Types\Lists Templates and List Instances
I have some basic rules when it comes to checked in code to TFS. The one at the top of the list of rules is that, any developer should get the latest code from TFS, deploy and have a working web part, workflow or any other customization in SharePoint. This means that all dependencies should be deployed with the customization. If the web part uses a custom list as a data source, then a developer should not have to manually create site columns with the ‘correct’ internal and display name, list instances ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2012 10:00 PM

'To Sign or not to Sign' that is the question!
A while back I was helping a client upgrade SharePoint 2007 code to SharePoint 2010 and I came across this interesting problem. I was working web parts that were created in Visual Studio 2008 using WSPBuilder extensions. The first order of business was to convert them to Visual Studio 2010 templates instead of using WSPBuilder 2010 extensions. Why Use Visual Studio 2010 templates? There are two main reasons I highly recommend using Visual Studio 2010 templates instead of using WSPBuilder 2010 templates. ......

Posted On Sunday, February 19, 2012 8:25 PM

3 Helpful PowerShell Tips
I have been working with power shell quite a bit lately, I thought I’d write about 3 tips that have helped me. Notice how it is titled, "Helpful"? not "Ground breaking". It includes helpful commands that I have been using and a nice little Script editor that has one feature enough to win me over. Other's have writen about the commands (most of the time I write so I remember what I've done and how I have resolved issues) but I have not seen others write about other script editors. If you have been ......

Posted On Friday, July 29, 2011 3:54 PM

SharePoint 2010 Branding
This past week the company I work for re-launched our external facing internet site, all powered by SharePoint 2010. I already blogged about it, but have you ever wondered, what does it take to build a great looking site? There are 3 basic levels of Branding in SharePoint 2010: Low Effort Remember the themes in SharePoint 2007? well its incredibly easy to build them in SharePoint 2010.The best examples out there are the ones that use Power Point 2010 to produce color schemes and styles and apply ......

Posted On Saturday, May 7, 2011 3:46 PM

Enterprise Library 4.1 Fun!
I am working with a client to upgrade enterprise libraries in current code that they use. Specifically upgrading InfoPath 2003 Managed Code. Here are some things I learned while doing their upgrade: 1) Custom Sink = Custom Trace Listeners Enterprise library 1.1 or whatever the earlier version is has a Logging Block that allows you to create custom logging functionality. They were called Custom Sinks, well they are now called custom Trace Listeners in 4.1 and later. I can't say what 3.0 called them ......

Posted On Monday, April 11, 2011 5:01 PM

Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008?
I am in the proccess of putting together a demo machine. i arleady have a Windows 7 VM with the essentials for SharePoint Deveopment. But I spent some part of the weekend putting together a demo machine and after some thinking I decided to share some points that you might want to consider when putting together a Development or Demo machine as a SharePoint Developer\Consultant. I also welcome any comments and opinions or rebuttles to any of these points. I spent some time and put together a WIndows ......

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2011 7:23 PM

Upgrading SharePoint 2007 Projects to SharePoint 2010
I recently did some training for a client and one of the topics that came up was upgrading existing 2007 code to SharePoint 2010 Projects. I just wanted to share some of the issues that came up and the discussion that might be usefull to others. If you developed customizations for SharePoint 2007 you either Visual Studio 2005/2008 VSeWSS 1.1/1.2/1.3 or you used WSPBuilder. A lot of fellow SharePoint MVP's and experienced SharePoint Developers used WSPBuilder. I personally prefered it over the VSeWSS ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:48 PM

MOSS 2007 WSP Retraction 'Error"
This one is a quick post , but I thought I would post this information as I could not find anything that helped me on this specific scenario. Please read the entire article before taking action as there are some irreversable or very troublesome routes I caution about! Problem: I had a client trying to retract a WSP from Central Admin and would eventually go to an, 'Error' State. I could not retract it and after looking at event logs I figured it was a problem with security. I tried several accounts, ......

Posted On Monday, January 10, 2011 11:37 AM

To use, or not use SharePoint
The common question as a SharePoint consultant and developer is, "Should we use SharePoint or not?. I was faced with that decision this week and I thought I would share it. I am working with a solution that involves an ASP.Net Application being connected to SharePoint that was being used as the document management piece of the solution. The Asp.Net application had a feature that created a project. Part of creating a project required creating a document library in SharePoint as part of that creation ......

Posted On Sunday, November 7, 2010 5:40 PM

Speaking at Tech Days 2010
I am very excited to speak again at Tech Days 2010 Winnipeg! The Details are listed bellow. session title is: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Developers of Microsoft ASP.NET session day and time: Day 2 (December 8), from 2:20 – 3:25 p.m. Winnipeg. Organizations always ask, what is the difference between SharePoint Development and ASP.Net development? well, the answer is...Not MUCH! Come out and check out issues, differences and similarities between the two. Tech days is a great opportunity to ......

Posted On Sunday, October 24, 2010 12:02 PM

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