Need to remove the PAGES from your publishing site URL’s?

Thanks to Mark Harrison for pointing me to this new gem coming up in late march.The ‘RAPID for SharePoint’ Classification system will be available in a range of versions towards the end of March 2007. It enables SharePoint 2007 to meet current Public Sector compliance requirements by supporting a range of Taxonomies including IPSV.

Also includes a URL rewriting component that removes the unwanted ‘Pages’ element of a typical SharePoint publishing URL.

Having been dealing with a major customer in the public sector, I can say that such products will be welcomed with opened arms.

* Update, after some mild chit chat over the URL redirection with the WCM experts |, it would appear there is much debate surrounding the topic.

If you think you’ve had a bad day/week …

If you think you’ve been having a bad day/week, just remember it could always be much worse.  For the past week or two we’ve been getting absolutely battered with snowstorms.

This is the all to familiar scene I woke up to again this morning – an overnight storm taking out power, internet, all that fun stuff.

When you start shovelling from your porch, you have to much snow.   I took this when with my pocket PC-phone when I opened my door this morning.  In the 3rd photo – those trees are about 8 feet high, that should give you an indication of how high the snow is.

In somewhat funnier news, Amanda and I left this morning to go buy a snow blower and somehow returned with a new Fridge.  Go figure. :)

SharePoint Customization Tip: Redirect to a custom page after completing a list form

Note: This tip is really only useful if you have created custom buttons which point to the “NewForm.aspx” page of your list (aka: the create a new item part of your form). Example: Maybe you created a sign-up list and to get creative, you added a fancy button to your page which points to http://yoursite/Lists/Signup/NewForm.aspx

Such was the case while working through some final tweaks on the Community Kit for SharePoint: User Group Edition 1.0 with Lawrence, he let me in on an interesting tip which I think others will also find quite useful so I wanted to share it here.

The tip is that you can easily redirect users to a custom page/url after they have completed the form by appending a ?source= URL to the end of the URL pointing to the list.
End to End Example:

  • Create a custom list, call it signup. Add a column or two to make it realistic.
  • Create a web part page, name it Thank You. Place it in a library of your choice.
  • Add a content editor web part to the page, modify it to display your thank you message.
  • When satisfied, exit edit mode and copy the the entire URL from the browsers address bar.
  • Create a sign-up button in your editor of choice and upload it to a library of your choice.
  • Add your image to the page, again using a content editor web part.
  • Link your button to the form using the following HREF: http://yoursite/Lists/Signup/NewForm.aspx
  • To redirect users to a custom page after they have completed the form, simply add ?SOURCE=Your Thank You Page.
  • In the end you should have an HREF around your image that resembles something along the lines of a a http://yoursite/yourlist/newform.aspx?source=http://yoursite/yourlibrary/thankyou.aspx

Hope it helps :)

Bill Gates + Steve Jobs + All Things Digital Conference …


Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital” conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

“Both executives have made multiple individual appearances at the conference, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year, and is known as D5. But this will be their first joint session at D, and a
highly unusual event.

“In addition to participating in the joint session with Mr. Gates, Mr. Jobs will appear on his own in a separate segment at D5 to discuss the latest developments at Apple, including new ventures such as the iPhone and Apple TV. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will also appear at the conference in his own segment, to discuss Windows, Office, the Xbox, Zune, and other topics. … “

Breaking the Silence

Wow it has been too long.  My brother reminded me this morning that it has been well over a month since my last post.  Time flies eh?

Well as Shane wrote this morning, we have been pretty deep on a few projects this past while.  Highest in priority of course being the book which is slowly but surely coming to a state ready for release.  I truely cannot wait for the point in time when we can sit back and enjoy our efforts and see it released.  I am confident it will be excellent handbook for those of you looking to get your feet wet and understand how to effectively use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to support your team and organization. The book is very much focused on understanding how to apply the out of the box features to common scenarios and offers a LOT of hands on examples.   I know for me this is a way I like to learn which is why I have always been a fan of the WROX Beginner series.

In addition to the book there has been an extremely hectic work and travel schedule to keep things moving at light speed pace.  I really look forward to having things calm down for a while after March so I can start looking ahead to the rest of the year and making some positive changes in multiple areas of my life…one of which includes getting married which I am looking forward to.  Others will be announced when appropriate.  Stay tuned!

Building “Real World” Solutions with MOSS 2007

Slowly but surely, a few of the projects over the past few months which I’ve mentioned being involved with (and which have taken up alot of my blogging time) are starting to raise up from the sand. My first post today highlighted the Community Kit for SharePoint (UGE) which is now available

I also just received word that a project that that I was involved with and later asked to co-write, with a colleague (Jared Rypkema) a 3 part building experience article on has made it’s way to the ECM Team Blog and Part 1 of 3 is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Without giving to much away, the 3 part article steps you through the highlights (ups and downs) of an application we built a few months (on B2TR) MOSS 2007.  It will cover the branding, custom controls, search, localization, etc. 

Read Part 1 of 3 of the article titled “Building a Real World Extranet using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007


I am also happy to say that our book (Beginning SharePoint 2007 – Building Team Solutions) is starting to shape up as we enter the final stages of editing, thanks to hard work (especially from Amanda) and the constant direction of Jim Minatel and crew @ Wiley whom have helped us immensely in trying to keep on track. 

If you’ve never worked with Jim you don’t know what you are missing, I’ve met him a few times, first in Florida and later again in Boston – he’s just a class act, what can I say.  Anyone that takes time from their vacation to fly to New Orleans and help out the Katrina victims is a-ok in my book.  Stay tuned – it’s not too far out!

Community Kit for SharePoint (User Group Edition)

As Lawrence points out over on the new SharePoint Community Portal, a project I’ve been heavily involved with over the past while has finally reached an RC1 milestone and we’re looking for critique.

The Community Kit for SharePoint (User Group Edition) has been released to the wild as an RC1.  What are you waiting for, go take a look and if you are so inclined sign up to contribute to an upcoming version.


Bill Gates on Enabling Secure Anywhere Access in a Connected World

I have been subscribed to the Microsoft Executive Email for quite some time.  While the posts are few and far between, what it lacks in quantity, it definitely makes up for in quality.

I had almost forgotten I was subscribed to this feed until today when I noticed a post from Bill Gates come through on Secure Access.  Regardless of what you may think of Microsoft, or Bill Gates, one thing is certain, when he writes something, it’s worth reading.

** Snippet **

During the last decade, digital technology has changed the world in profound and exciting ways. Today we communicate instantly with the people we care about without worrying about traditional limitations of time and location. At work, we collaborate with colleagues in distant cities. Global supply chains enable businesses to manufacture products and move them to market with incredible speed and efficiency. Mobile devices ensure that we are productive no matter where we are.

Read the “Enabling Secure Anywhere Access in a Connected World” article on Microsoft’s website.