Change in Enabling the SharePoint Developer Dashboard

For those of you exploring the beta of SharePoint 2010 you may be aware of a new feature called the developer dashboard.  The developer dashboard is similar to the trace capabilities you have in ASP.NET where you can display execution variables and other information related to the request within the page.  This is important for…


SharePoint Console Application Permissions for Read Only Access

I was recently challenged with trying to come up with a least privilege scenario for running a console application or windows service against a SharePoint Farm to perform read-only type operations.  Without the correct permissions there are several exceptions you will run into, including File IO, UnauthorizedAccess, SPException, etc.  A joy to wade through.  🙂 …


Reporting Services: Value Either too Large or too Small for a Decimal

I have seen a few reports recently that have been upgraded from SSRS 2005 to SSRS 2008 where a ‘Value either too Large or too small for a decimal’ appears in the chart under certain circumstances.  This typically manifest itself when an expression in the data series for the chart looks something like that below:…

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SharePoint CopyIntoItems and Setting a Document Content Type

I can’t take credit or this one, but a colleague I have been working with was able to figure this out.  He doesn’t blog, so I am sharing it with the greater community.  Our quest was to upload a document into a document library using the Copy.asmx web service and set the content type on…

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Reporting Services Migration Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

In working with a customer doing a migration from Reporting Services 2005 to 2008 an error appeared when in preview mode that didn’t appear in the previous version.  The error was simply #Error in the report and the Error pane in Visual Studio showed The Value expression for the field ‘<my field name>’ contains an…

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SharePoint Tools Released

I work in the ISV Practice here at Microsoft.  There are two tools recently released to the SharePoint community that should have ISVs and Enterprise customers excited.  SPDisposeCheck provides a static source code analysis tool to check for leaks that may be caused by not disposing of SPSite and SPWeb objects properly.  While most people…

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