SharePoint: SharePoint and VS2005

Bil Simser has a good post on getting started with VS2005 and SharePoint.

Teaser:
With the release of VS2005 and the recent service packs for SharePoint there is still lots of confusion over building applications and web parts with VS2005 and what works and what doesn’t. As there is confusion, it must mean the information out there isn’t clear enough for people to understand. In my infinite wisdom I figure why not add another log on the fire so hopefully this post will either make things as clear as mud, or really leave you scratching your head.

Read Bil Simsers article on Using VS2005 with SharePoint

SharePoint Customization:Create Alternate Site Collection Paths

Amanda has a neat post on

Sometimes depending on your requirements, you need to create site collections with specific urls beyond the typical http://server/sites/sitename.

Maybe you want to create a url such as http://server/projects/sitename or http://server/teams/sitename.

To do this, you need to go and read the link below :)

How to Create Alternate Site Collection Paths or Urls for Sites Directory in SharePoint

SharePoint Customization: Add to MyLinks from Anywhere

On selected portal areas and teamsite pages in Sharepoint you’ll get that link “Add to My Links”. This link will append an entry of the current url to your MySite “My Links” list. However this feature is not availible on logical locations like the WSS Team Site default.aspx.

This is easy to work around. The script you need to call is PortalPinToMyPage in the ows.js script

View the script and learn more on adding links to the mylinks list from anywhere

Great tip!

SharePoint: An event you don’t want to miss

Wow, just noticed this come through my inbox. It’s been mentioned a few times in the past but there is a pretty PDF outlining the sessions now. There is an awesome line-up of speakers, several of whom I’ve not yet had to chance to see/meet.

SharePoint Conference: SharePoint Connections

With appearances, presentations and speaking engagements from the following:

Bil Simser
Patrick Tisseghem
Bob Mixon
Scott Guthrie
Daniel Larson
Dino Espisito

and many many more!

Read the PDF about SharePoint Connections Below:
http://microsoftd2d.com/122705/SP06_SharePoint_brochure.pdf

Now go sign-up and get a free night at the Hyatt (based on a 3 nite stay).

How to Create Alternate Site Collection Paths or Urls for Sites Directory in SharePoint

Sometimes depending on your requirements, you need to create site collections with specific urls beyond the typical http://server/sites/sitename.

Maybe you want to create a url such as http://server/projects/sitename or http://server/teams/sitename.

To do this, you need to go to the SharePoint Central Administration page for Windows SharePoint Services and select “Configure Virtual Server Settings”.

Select your site from the list.

Under the Virtual Server Management options, select “Define Managed Paths”.

At the bottom of the page, enter the path you wish to designate for your site collections. Note that the path should not already be used for something else. Keep that in mind when naming your areas.

Now when you go to a Sites Directory to create a site, your new option will be available for you when you create the url.

SharePoint: Right Click + Add to GAC

I just noticed Jan pointing to a great little tip for adding DLLs to the GAC

Add following text to a .reg file, double click it, voila: you can add assemblies to the GAC with only two mouse clicks! BizTalk and SharePoint developers will love it. Check out the BIA blog post to download the .reg file in a zip.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTdllfileshellgacutilcommand]
@=”c:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\gacutil.exe /i “%1″”

Note: This still doesn’t mean the web parts “should” be installed to the GAC :)

SharePoint Tips: What’s the difference between WSS/SPS, Sites, Areas, Webs and Subwebs?

Todd Bleeker has a great write up on a common question anyone working with SharePoint gets. What’s the difference between an SPS/WSS site.

Teaser from Todds blog:
How is a “portal site” different from a “WSS site” different from a “site” in a SharePoint portal different from a Web different from a Subweb different from an Area? And by the way, what’s a Topic?

Definately a recommended read especially for anyone a little confused on the differences so off you go!

Read Todd Bleekers article on SPS/WSS, Sites, Areas, Webs and Subwebs

SharePoint Customization: Quick Launch Replacement

Thanks to Bil Simser for pointing to this gem.

Bob Mixon has apparently been busy doing much more than just risks lists based on the issues list. He found the time to introduce this bad boy:

This Web Part can be used to replace the hard coded HTML in a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Site. The first advantage to this Web Part is simply being aware of the current users security permissions. Meaning, if a user does not have the permissions to view the items in a document library or list, even if it is marked to be displayed on the Quick Launch bar, it will not be displayed.

There are many more features currently present in this Web Part, which include:

The ability to turn any set of lists on or off. So if you chose to not display Surveys, simply turn it off.
The ability to display separation lines below the grouping headers.
The ability to display an Actions section with access to manage site settings, users, content, and alerts.
And, the best of all features, the ability to dynamically add any items to the quick launch bar through a standard SharePoint list.

Take a look at the quick launch replacement web part here

VISTA: December Build – Covers are off

Setup and User Interface

A teaser from the full Paul Thurrott article on the win supersite:
I think people are going to be surprised by how good the Windows Vista December 2005 Community Technical Preview (CTP, or build 5270) really is. After years of painful delays and an uncertain couple of months since the last CTP, Microsoft shipped a near-feature-complete Vista build to testers this week, and the prognosis is extremely positive. From what I can see, Vista has turned the corner. The December CTP is an exciting release, stable and full of new features. In this review, I’ll examine those new features, and the features that have changed since the previous CTP.


Read the full Windows Vista (December Build) article by Paul Thurrott