Archive for September, 2007

Interesting query from a friend across the border :)

Today a friend from across the border scrapped me on orkut and asked an interesting question

 

is it necessary to install sharepoint to create the web parts? I have windows 2000?

 

"I have to use existing sharepoint webparts in my aspx page. for that do i need to install sharepoint ? "

 

 

Well this is quite a common question so I wanted to post the answer to it on my blog

 

So there are a few things we should keep in mind.

 

a)      To develop SharePoint webparts, we need a machine that runs Windows 2003, in case of any other operating system you can always Remote Desktop to work on another machine which has Windows 2003 this is quite a common practice.

 

b)      Webparts cannot run in complete isolation so you need to create a sample SharePoint site to play with the webparts you create.

 

c)   I assume SharePoint Service development is integrated with the Visual Studio .Net IDE on your machine (we’re talking about the .Net 1.1 framework. In .Net 2.0, Web Part development support is default) so that you have Web Part templates as you create a new project.

      d)  To make your life easy download Visual Studio 2005 Extensions 3. 0 for WSS, that really makes the webpart creating  process  quite easy. Click here to download Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WSS.

 

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New SharePoint server 2007 SDK with BDC editor Tool

 
Microsoft released updated Sharepoint Server 2007 SDK, available from the following link
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6d94e307-67d9-41ac-b2d6-0074d6286fa9&displaylang=en

This SDK includes some very usefull tools and samples like

  • Microsoft Business Data Catalog Definition Editor
  • Excel Services User Defined Function Sample
  • SAP Sample
  • Custom Content Source

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MOSS Event Handlers

 
Today I want to talk in depth about a feature of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) that shows you just how extensible the SharePoint 2007 platform is! That feature is the ability to add custom event handlers to sites, lists, items and content. Fortunately I have a very very good document to share with you.
 
 
Click here to download the document and explore this great feature in detail !. I hope this helps you out a great deal in future I plan to write various kinds of Event Handlers and post step-by-step instructions as to how can we write them from scratch. So keep visiting .

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Top 10 Benefits of Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Top 10 Benefits of Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Courtesy of Microsoft

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides the powerful tools you need to deliver compelling and attractive SharePoint sites and quickly build workflow-enabled applications and reporting tools on the SharePoint platform, all in an IT-managed environment. Be more productive with next-generation Microsoft Web technologies.

Enjoy a new level of support for creating and customizing next-generation SharePoint Web sites and technologies.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 has deep editing support for the technologies underlying Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services technology, such as ASP.NET 2.0, cascading style sheets, and Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation.
Customize SharePoint sites exactly the way you want. Customize SharePoint sites exactly the way you want.

Choose the format and content of your SharePoint pages with Office SharePoint Designer 2007—the customization tool for the entire SharePoint family. You can tailor SharePoint sites to your needs and set brand requirements using the latest ASP.NET technology, established Web standards such as XHTML, and cascading style sheets.
Easily make or undo changes across entire SharePoint sites. Easily make or undo changes across entire SharePoint sites.

Make format and layout changes to entire SharePoint sites simply by editing the master page and modifying the SharePoint cascading style sheets. Undo changes to the home page using the Revert to Site Template Page command in Office SharePoint Designer 2007.
Maintain control over site customization. Maintain control over site customization.

Site administrators and IT managers can control exactly how Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is used to help ensure information workers have an IT-managed and -compliant experience. Set up Contributor Settings for each role defined in the SharePoint site, and control access to specific actions.
Create workflows to automate business processes. Create workflows to automate business processes.

Automate business processes associated with SharePoint lists and document libraries using the Workflow Designer, a powerful and easy-to-use tool that comes with Office SharePoint Designer 2007. Set up custom workflow conditions and actions, link them to your SharePoint data, and deploy them with a single click, without installing server code.
Create interactive Web pages without writing code. Create interactive Web pages without writing code.

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 has a full set of tools to help you integrate data into SharePoint pages and present that data using XSLT in SharePoint sites. You can access tools for using XSLT Data Views, List View Web Parts, Web Part connections, ASP.NET controls, and workflow.
Integrate business data. Integrate business data.

Create views and forms for working with a variety of data sources using tools supported by Office SharePoint Designer 2007. Build SharePoint Web pages that present and edit data coming from SharePoint lists and document libraries, XML files, Microsoft SQL Server databases, Web services, and enterprise systems.
Develop sites compatible with a wide range of browsers and Web standards. Develop sites compatible with a wide range of browsers and Web standards.

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 has excellent support for creating Web pages based on Web standards such as XHTML and cascading style sheets and meeting Web accessibility requirements for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG and Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d), including built-in compatibility checkers for these standards.
Build advanced ASP.NET pages. Build advanced ASP.NET pages.

Office SharePoint Designer 2007 supports creating and editing ASP.NET pages. It provides the same level of support as Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 for ASP.NET control hosting, property editing, toolbox, and Microsoft IntelliSense technology in Code View.
Manage and help protect your site. Manage and help protect your site.

Use reports in Office SharePoint Designer 2007
to help manage your site by checking for broken links, unused pages, cascading style sheets usage, and master page usage. Site backup and restore features make it easy to save your site to a single file for helping to protect data or moving it to another server running Windows SharePoint Services technology.  

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STSADM for Windows

 
This .NET application presents a rich client GUI for the powerful command line STSADM.exe. Click on the link to download the file and save it to your computer. Click here to download  

 
 
 
 
 

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Calculated fields

On this page you find an overview of different calculations which you can use:

  • Conditional formulas
  • Date and time formulas
  • Math formulas
  • Text formulas
  • … 

 Click here –> Examples of common formulas on the Microsoft Office site.

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