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Opening and Reading an XML file in a document library
So in a recent SharePoint implementation, I was required to allow users to create links in web parts that performed server side functions. Most of the functions were known quantities but they were almost all external systems. Most of the requirements...
SharePoint Logs - Tracing Service lost trace events
So in the farm I'm trying to deploy to, the tracing service starting logging some "failed to write template" messages. Thousands of them. Nobody was on the machine at the time. It wasn't available to anyone so it was internal to SharePoint, whatever it...
New BI and SharePoint Blog
Have you ever had one of those guys who you could ask any technology question to and he'd know the answer right off? Like he had just did this very same thing 20 minutes ago and could rattle off what it took to make it happen? That's Tad. And now he's...
Notes on Customizing the Content Query Web Part Without Code
There are lots of articles on the net about doing this but there were some things that I found really problematic in my efforts to get an update out. My Business Problem My company uses Scrum (generally) for project management. Therefore, we have planned...
Completely Delete a Site and URL from a SharePoint Portal
Note to self, you'll need this later... So one of the issues with SharePoint is the fact that the tasks you need to complete anything are pretty straight forward as long as nothing goes wrong. Case in point: I tried to deploy one of the "Fab 40" templates...
Linq to SQL with VS 2008 and MOSS
So here's my current plan for firing up these new technologies. As background, I gave a 15 minute presentation at a user group last night on the generalities of data abstraction and although I think I did ok, I also think that there are a lot more questions...
Visual Studio 2008 and Web Parts
I've posted on a couple of forums for SharePoint development and haven't received a response yet. The bottom line appears to be that regardless of whether or not you have WSS or MOSS loaded onto your machine, you will not get project or item templates...
Helpful Tips for SharePoint Developers - #3: 12 Hive Shortcut
So no matter what you do, you are going to need to drop and modify things in the "12 hive" in SharePoint. I navigated to it exactly 3 times before I decided my best move would be to just create a shortcut. I made the shortcut to this folder: C:\Program...
Helpful Tips for SharePoint Developers - #1: Warmup.bat file
Create a warmup.bat file based on this blog post: http://www.pptspaces.com/sharepointreporterblog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=24 This will allow you to get all the appropriate services running as soon as you fire up your virtual machine. You are developing...
Create a New Page Layout in SharePoint 2007 - Feature-Based
So the requirement presented to me for a client was to take an existing page layout and change a few of the properties to allow it to use some custom styles implemented at the site collection level. To do this, I needed to create a new page layout based...
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