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SPListCollection ContainsList Extension Method by Bil Simser

This is such a simple thing but something every SharePoint developer should have in their toolkit (well, actually, this is something Microsoft should put into the product). The SPFieldCollection has a nice method called ContainsField so you can check...
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Virtual Machine Tips for running SharePoint by Bil Simser

Just a few simple Virtual Machine tips when developing in SharePoint My VMs are 40GB in size and pre-allocated. After installing SharePoint, SQL Server, and Visual Studio and all the tools I need I have about 10GB for data which is more than sufficient...

ASP.NET Training Videos Delivered via SharePoint by Bil Simser

Recently Scott Hanselman posted on his blog an ASP.NET Jump Start session they had which featured 9 videos (over 8 hours of content) on developing apps with ASP.NET. This is a great resource and I wanted to share it with the rest of my team. Problem is...
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Defaulting Values in a Multi-Lookup Form in SharePoint by Bil Simser

This was a question asked on the MSDN Forums but I thought it was worthy of a blog post as I could get more in depth with the explanation and show some pretty pictures (plus the fact I’ve never done it so thought it would be fun). The problem was a user...

Get Juiced with me and 10,000 friends at Prairie Dev Con West by Bil Simser

I”m happy to say that Prairie Dev Con West 2012 is almost upon us. In just over a week geeks from the five corners of the planet will get together and talk about D’Arcy Lussier’s hair and hope that the Mad Mexican doesn’t crash their session. For me there...

Calgary! SharePoint! Workflows! Pigs! Action! by Bil Simser

Join me and a cast of thousands as we do an interpretive dance version of Lord of the Flies. Oh yeah, and Jason Kaczor will also be presenting on custom workflow actions and SharePoint. From the marketing blurbage: This presentation is about Custom actions...

Prairie Dev Con West - Sessions Announced and Registration Open! by Bil Simser

I’m thrilled to announce that the Prairie Dev Con West folks have posted sessions and speakers on their site, and opened registration for Prairie Developer Conference West ! Three Days of Fantastic Sessions! Prairie Dev Con West happens March 13 – 15...

Too Many Kittens To Juggle At Once by Bil Simser

Ahh, the Internet. That crazy, mixed up place where one tweet turns into a conversation between dozens of people and spawns a blogpost. This is the direct result of such an event this morning. It started innocently enough, with this: Then followed up...

Using the Builder Pattern To Create SharePoint Lists by Bil Simser

In building out a custom solution I get tired of writing procedural code to create a list, add the columns, setup the views, and add some initial data. Many moons ago I decided to follow a creational design pattern called the Builder pattern. This pattern...
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SharePoint Content and Site Editing Tips by Bil Simser

A few content management and site editing tips for power users on this bacon flavoured unicorn morning. The theme here is keep it clean! Write "friendly" email addresses Remember it's human beings reading your content. So seeing something like "If you...
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