A Brand New Vantage Point

This blog has moved to http://bob1german.com/. Bob German continues to post on SharePoint and Office 365 topics at this new location; please check it out!


How to: Display the name of the Windows user logged into your ASP.NET Site

This is really pretty simple but I was surprised not to find it in any one blog posting. It’s easy to display the Application Pool account rather than the logged in user. Some articles said to turn on Impersonation, but that’s often a bad idea for other reasons. This is what worked for me just…

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New Guidance from Microsoft for Packaging and Deploying SharePoint Solutions

This blog has moved to http://bob1german.com. Please see the equivalent posting here for responses and to continue the conversation. Thank you for reading!   Microsoft is cleaning house. Now that it has to maintain SharePoint for thousands of enterprises and millions of users in Office 365, Microsoft is working to clean up all the odd…

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SharePoint – 2014 in Retrospect

Over the holidays I decided to review all of Microsoft’s SharePoint related updates and changes from 2014. I have to say I was really blown away by what I found! Normally, during an “off” year (a year without a major SharePoint release) the action would be limited to partners and customers as Microsoft hunkered down and worked on the…

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Future Proof Solutions Part 2 – Developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions that become Provider Hosted Apps

This article has accompanying code samples posted at on MSDN Code Gallery. The SharePoint 2010 solution is here, and its corresponding SharePoint 2013 app is here. The sample demonstrates how to develop code that works in SharePoint 2010 and also as a SharePoint 2013 App. The goal is to show you how to develop SharePoint…

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The Maturing of SharePoint Development – A Perspective on the New App Model

This article provides an architectural perspective on the new SharePoint App model and thoughts on how enterprises using SharePoint should prepare for it. A Brief History of Personal Applications In its youth, Microsoft was true to its name as a supplier of microcomputer software. In those days, microcomputer operating systems (such as MS-DOS) were intended…

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Coming Soon to a Cloud Near You: SharePoint 2013 Releases to Manufacturing

Just as Microsoft announced that it’s the “devices and services” company, the SharePoint team surprised the world by releasing its 2013 version to manufacturing months sooner than expected. The bits will be available for download to MSDN subscribers today, 10/25/12.  This release will change the game by placing an emphasis on cloud services. It’s been…

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Tricking Out Your SharePoint 2010 Development Rig

If you’re a typical SharePoint developer these days, you might be sporting a turbo-charged 16GB laptop and running your SharePoint development environment in one or more virtual machines. SharePoint 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2 (or the Denali RC!) and Visual Studio 2010 run like a well-oiled machine if you have fast enough hardware under the hood. But you…

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Draining the Swamp: Common SharePoint Bugs and How to Avoid Them

Every spring in my town, they send out a flyer asking residents to avoid standing water, as it’s a breeding place for mosquitos. Watertown is close to the city and yards are small, so it’s easy to comply. And it works! We can sit on the back patio on summer evenings and not get eaten alive, while friends…

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