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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

Pre-Upgrade check and Database Schema issues
I have been trying to put a staging environment together to upgrade from SharePoint 2007 SP1 to SharePoint 2007 SP2. Then we will run the preupgradecheck command to varify that the database wil upgrade properly. We ran into the infamous error: Issue : Content database with modified database schemas User modifications to the SharePoint content database, including but not limited to table schemas, index, stored procedures, are not supported and will cause upgrade to future versions of SharePoint to ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:23 PM

SharePoint 2010: Assign a Unique MasterPage to a Page Layout in a Publishing Portal
This post is a quick one to post some SharePoint code. This post refers to the post posted by Eric Overfield. Refer to the post to get the full background, but he explains how the OnPreInit event method overrides any MasterPage assignment you might put on your Page Layout. He eludes to the fact that you can use reflector to see that the URL to a master page is overridden. I thought I would post the code. So you understand what is happening in the method and how you can set the master page url. It ......

Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:56 AM

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 Diagnostic Studio Remote Diag
I have had some time this week to try out some tools that I have been meaning to try out. This week I am trying out the SP 2010 Diagnostic Studio. I installed it successfully and tried it on my development evironment. I was able to build a report and a snapshot of the environment. I decided to turn my attention to my Employer's intranet environment. This would allow me to analyze it and measure it against benchmarks. I didn't want to install the Diagnostic studio on the Production Envorinment, lucky ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 3:35 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

The Beauty of Great Looking SharePoint UX
This pas week, the company I work for re-launched our external facing Internet site, complete powered by SharePoint 2010! Check it out at www.imaginets.com. I get two concerns when clients look at doing something like this, either internally or externally: You can't really get a great looking site with SharePoint. We can't justify a great looking site. Well if you facing the same issues consider the great looking site that was put together by some very talented guys. If you think it can't be done ......

Posted On Saturday, May 7, 2011 1:46 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

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