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  • Apply Versioning to Features: A How To for SharePoint Developers

    It's a well known fact that versioning webparts is a real pain in the butt. Big Jim in DC and I have been pondering, searching the Internet and discussing what are some good ways to version web parts and features.  Today we decided to do something about it and came up with a simple strategy.  Use pre-build events to call a script that writes a value to the AssemblyFileVersion attribute of  the assebmlyInfo.cs (sorry vb'ers your just going to have to modify the scripts on your own ).  Then with another script read that value from the assemblyInfo.cs and write it to the feature.xml.  The description attribute to be specific.  That way from the user interface you can see the version and time built.

    Jim wrote the script to update the Assembly and it can be found here.

    This is what my pre-build events look like:

    CD "$(ProjectDir)UTILS"
    cscript /nologo ...

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  • Solution

    Patrick Tisseghem has just written a couple of articles for MSDN on building Windows SharePoint Services solution with Visual Studio 2005 Extensions.  Well a couple of articles is putting it lightly it's 58 pages of printed material that is more than a starting point it's everything you need to know to build solutions on WSS.

    Part 1: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530302.aspx
    Part 2: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530301.aspx

    On the surface this seems like it's only for WSS but it also applies to MOSS as well.

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  • Hey, my name's Stacy Draper, who the heck are you?

    I just got back from the MVP summit 2007 and as with all conferences I tried to meet as many folks as I could. I met Sean O’Driscoll who, as it turns out, is the person ultimately responsible for the MVP award program. I must say Sean has a great sense of humor. Met Jason Medero for the first time, we are working on the same Wrox book. We discussed everything from balance of life issues to crazy clients. Because of our conversation I’m getting a kayak, canoe or something and paddle up and down the intracoastal in the morning and making some time for me.

    When it comes to balance of life we all decided to take Monday off and shoot each other with paintballs. Besides doing the Macarena, I think paintball is the most fun I’ve ever had. Dan Larson has some video of paintball, ...

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  • My first contract with Microsoft

    I’ve been to the Microsoft campus a few times. I’ve gone for an authors and publishers briefing, MMIT training (during the week of 9/11 and decided to drive back home) and I was there earlier this year for a SharePoint conference, but this was the first time that I’ve ever been paid by Microsoft. I’d have to say that it was an outstanding experience!

    I met Todd Baginski for the first time and as it turns out I had a lot of explaining to do. Todd asked me why I thought he’s full of crap. I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what he was talking about. He jogged my memory by referring to a blog post I made last month. Back peddling as deftly as I could I explained I felt the first post I read was aggressive and via my blog I was trying to communicate ...

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  • Greater Southeast District Information Community

    I just found a regional SharePoint site / special interest group http://gsdiwc.officeisp.net/.  I wish I can remember where I found it, I always like to give credit where it's due.   There are some pretty impressive members, both clients and consultants collaborating together and forging ahead.

    I recently posted to tips and tricks and this is what I wrote.

    Using RSS Feeds to Promote Adoption

    Lack of Traffic

    Ok! So, SharePoint has been deployed and people are using the sites. Or are they? Sometimes the corporate culture is such that people, for whatever reason, do use the portal. Perhaps it’s a lot of work to open a browser and just not worth the investment to get information about the place where they work, a place users feel they already know a lot about.

    Often an attractive lure is information that is relevant to me, my job or my company that ...

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  • I've been looking for the SDK

     

    Well ok, perhaps not really looking, but if I stumbled across it then I would take it.

    On Jan Tielens blog I found:

    [Via Patrick] The release of Beta2 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System seems to be imminent. The SDK's for Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) are ready to download.

    • Windows SharePoint Services V3: Software Development Kit
      The Windows SharePoint Services V3 (Beta) SDK is a preliminary release for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Windows SharePoint Services platform. It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and preliminary programming references. The Windows SharePoint Services V3 (Beta) SDK will be updated for the released version of Windows SharePoint Services V3.
    • SharePoint Server 2007: Software Development Kit
      The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Beta) SDK is a preliminary release for solution providers, independent ...

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  • SharePoint's MOM has got it goin' on!

    With the whirl-wind of new things coming out it's sometimes difficult to get brilliant at the basics.  While at the SharePoint Conference 2006 I went to a session on MOM.  ADM201 Using Microsoft Operations Manager to Monitor and Maintain Your Farm presented by Tyler Butler and Tomasz Tomko.  If I remember correctly these guys were dressed up like a couple of chiefs.  The conference was a lot of fun.  Come to think of it I've always referred to MOM like a spice, "SMS is great for your deployment issues and there's no better way to keep on top of the server than using MOM."  adding it to the recipe of a typical successful implementation.    I've never had much of a problem getting MOM implemented, it's usually a case where the network guys (or gals, people?) have been asking for it for a while and I come in and ...

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  • Content Management

    At the conference last week one of the more interesting topics was Content Management Server.  I thought for sure the migration technique was going to be cut and paste your way to a successful migration.  On the surface it's really pretty good.  My site is in MCMS and I hope to migrate it.  I am using host named headers so I have to do a little research there.  apparently it's not that big of a deal but there is a little rain dance that you have to do before hand.

    Essentially what happens is the content in the content management server database is moved over to SharePoint.  Then you have to modify your templates again.  Most implementations that I've seen only have a few template and I do mean like three to five.  There are some things that don't migrate well, like connected pages.  For the most part it's way ...

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  • Office and Forms Authentication

    Because SharePoint 2007 is built on ASP.NET 2.0 we get a new wonderful feature and that's forms authentication.  Actually I think it might be more than just the idea that it's built on top of ASP.NET 2.0, it's probably because the team realized what a cool feature this would be to have for extranet and internet solutions.  In my opinion this is going to help SharePoint become a development platform.  Now if it just doesn't get priced at some astronomical figure I'll be really happy.  There are some drawbacks though.

    I think SSO breaks completely, but I haven't looked into any work arounds at all.  Search technically breaks, but there is a work around for it.  Basically you have to have two site that point to the same content.  One site uses forms authentication while the index server uses the integrated secure URL.  From what I was told search is ...

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  • SharePoint Conference 2006 has come to a close

    Ok so the conference is over and it was a great experience.  It was actually over yesterday but due to a friend of mine I was able to get in today.  It's amazing how quickly these events get torn down.  Now they are ripping up tape, bundling up cords, removing table cloths and folding up tables.  In a matter of minutes I'll be asked for the chair that I'm sitting in and you won't even know there was a Migration Planning Workshop here today.  I have an entire notepad of notes.  Not one blank page.  That's pretty amazing,  I've never been to a conference where I get more than 5 pages of notes.  Over tonight and the weekend I'm going to try to compile them into blog posts, on the appropriate days.  It seems like there something unethical about back dating a blog post, but I'm going to do it ...

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