Application Platform – A Perspective

For every developer and for anyone who earns their livlihood in Information Technology world, I highly recommend watching this 1 hour video by David Chappell. I admire David for his great story telling ability and at the same time making his topic interesting and simple to grasp. In this particular talk David takes his audience…

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CMIS – The common language for Content Repositories

During early days of my career, I was taught that one of the most important tenets of software design is “Separation of Concern” – break your software into modules that perform or manage one and only one task. Once you have all your modules in place, make them communicate with each other to accomplish overall…

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5 things you should know about SharePoint 2007 Records Center

For past couple of months, I have been working on large implementation of Records Center site in SharePoint 2007. During this time, I have come across few features in Records Center site template that are quite different from a regular SharePoint site template such as Collaboration and Team site template. Obviously, the Records Center comes…

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Extending SharePoint CoreResultsWebPart

My previous post explained technique of altering the search results presentation using XSLT. Though I prefer using XSLT for presentation related changes, server side changes to search logic is not possible using XSLT. This post describes technique on extending the out of the box CoreResultsWebPart for adding server side logic to search query execution. The…

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Creating Content Types

Content Types in SharePoint 2007 is a powerful mechanism to put content into a lifecycle. Mostly it is used to associate metadata with content, which can be useful for searching. Other content type features, such as workflows, information management policies, event handlers and document templates, if leveraged properly can provide robust lifecycle to content within SharePoint. Managing Enterprise…

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Activating Content Type Feature at Web Application Scope

In SharePoint 2007, one of the ways of provisioning content type is by packaging content type definition as SharePoint Feature. This method allows a single content type definition to be leveraged across multipe site collections. One drawback of  this method is it’s inability to restrict the Feature to be activated within a pariticular web application. Content Type Features can…

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MOSS Visual Configuration – Part 1 (Search)

One of the reasons for Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007’s popularity and rapid adoption is the fact that MOSS is a platform that provides various services from ECM, Portal, Collaboration to Search and Personalization. MOSS being a platform provides several extensibility opportunities across services – this is obvious from availability of numerous tools and templates…

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Digital Media Management solution on Sharepoint 2007

Couple of days back I watched demonstration of the next version of Microsoft Interactive Media Manager (IMM) and felt it was brilliant integration of Sharepoint, Silverlight and AJAX  to create a rich digital asset management solution. Some of the features of IMM such as Media repository, workflow and search are good, but not ground breaking as they are…

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Picture is worth 1000 words

IDV Solutions’ Visual Fusion suite for MOSS brings life to content within MOSS. The tool combines content within MOSS with context of location and time and delivers rich visual insight into the content. Check out their Wonders of the world demo. Microsoft is also hosting a webcast to demonstrate the integration of the tool with…

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Customizing SharePoint 2007 Search Result for Structured Content

The out of the box Search Core Result web part displays search result in a format that is best suited for unstructured content. With results laid out vertically highlighting content that matches the search criteria, it provides end users to quickly skimp through the result set. Though this format is best suited in scenario where…

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