Welcome to VS extensions for WSS!

Download VSeWSS. Greetings from TechEd Barcelona! Today, we finally got to announce a project I’ve been working on for the last year: “Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0”. Yup, the name’s a mouthful :). Explaining it is pretty easy though – make “F5” work for SharePoint stuff in VS! That’s essentially what VSeWSS…


My TechEd Slides

Thanks again to everyone who showed up for the SharePoint Designer talks at TechEd! As promised, here are my slides from the presentation (attached to the posting). Thanks! -alex OFC210-Post.zip


Changing the ‘return URL’ for SharePoint forms

Here’s a quick little tidbit that will help when building SharePoint applications. By default, when users fill out a SharePoint form, they are navigated back to the “All Items” page after pressing OK. You can easily change this behavior by altering what is in the “source=http://…” part of the URL  “query string” on the form…


So long TechEd (and thanks for all the fish)

Just about to take off for Seattle – finally catching up on a week’s worth of email backlog :). Overall, TechEd was a blast. It was great to be able to show off SharePoint Designer to so many people. Thanks to everyone who came by after the sessions or to the booth. I got tons…


SharePoint Designer at TechEd!

I’m excited to be going to TechEd this week. I’ll be presenting two sessions on SharePoint Designer 2007. If you have any questions about building apps on SharePoint, definitely come by the session or the Office booths! See ya in Boston. Session ID: OFC210Session Title: Office SharePoint Designer 2007: Create and Customize Microsoft SharePoint Web…


5 Cool SharePoint Designer Features

There is so much stuff in SharePoint Designer 2007, it’s hard to pick favorites, but if I had to choose the five things I’m most excited about… 1) Data View v2: In addition to update (form) support, we can also now create “aggregate” views across multiple sources, have a cool new Xpath “Expression builder”, integration…


Welcome to Office 2007 and SharePoint Designer!

Now that beta2 of Office is out (grab it here for free!), I think it’s a great time for me to switch over from talking about FrontPage 2003 to SharePoint Designer 2007. In case you hadn’t heard, a few months back we announced that Office 2007 would include a new product called SharePoint Designer, aimed…


Cool Outlook Trick

One of my long pet peeves about Outlook is that if you search for a user in the “Global Address List” that happens to be in your “Contacts” list, Outlook always returns the entry from the contacts list. This is a pain since sometimes there is information in the global address book (e.g. phone number)…


Allowing Users to Filter/Search a Data View

In my previous post, I talked about how Web Part Connections can be used to pass data between Web Parts. I showed building a simple master/detail scenario, where you have one view, showing all the records in a data source, filtering a second “single item” detail view of the same source. There are tons of…


Using Web Part Connections to build a Master/Detail View

One of the great new features part of SharePoint v2 is this thing called “Web Part Connections”, which allows you to easily have Web Parts communicate with each other, thus adding a level of interactivity to your web applications. In a way, you can think of connections is as a data-driven hyperlink, i.e. clicking the…