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Build Session: Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office

I am privileged to present at the Build 2013 conference Understanding Authentication and Permissions with Apps for SharePoint and Office.  This session focuses on helping you to understand what an app principal is, how they are registered, and how OAuth is used with Office 365 to provide authentication for apps.  I walk through the OAuth… Read more

How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM

I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification.  I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin.  After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process.  I am not writing this to dissuade you from… Read more

Making The Case for Async Web Parts

This post will show how to make a call to HttpWebRequest asynchronously from a web part and wait on the result or time out. Years ago, I was fortunate to meet Jeff Richter and attend a session he gave on .NET performance.  He discussed I/O completion ports and showed why any calls from an ASP.NET… Read more

User Controls and Server Controls in SharePoint

ASP.NET developers have enjoyed using user controls and server controls in their development since ASP.NET was created.  This post talks about user controls and server controls and shows how to implement them in SharePoint. User Controls A user control is a control that is associated with a .ASCX extension and was originally intended for a… Read more

Debugging JavaScript with the IE Developer Tools

An interesting question was posted on one of the distribution lists today. “The client wanted to look into this MSDN drag and drop typed left navigation bar to work on Sharepoint 2010, does anyone make this work or have idea about this?” Click the control that is circled, and the menu is expanded or contracted. … Read more

SharePoint Developers–What’s On Your Machine?

I recently got a question from a customer about utilities to include on their development machines.  My view is that you should trust your developers and let them install the tools they need.  However, some devs don’t have managers who trust their developers to do the right thing and they need to request tools in… Read more

Deck from SharePointPro 2010 Summit – Developer Best Practices

Thanks to everyone who attended the SharePoint 2010 Developer Best Practices talk at the SharePointPro 2010 Summit and Expo conference.  As promised, the deck has been uploaded.  Get it here. Also, please remember to tweet about the event.  The event hashtag is #spprosummit, and my Twitter name is @kaevans…. Read more

Working with the Common Feed Store in Windows

I have been trying to find a way to write an addin or utility to make the RSS support in Outlook suck a little less.  Outlook has support for OPML import, but it flattens the hierarchy in the OMPL file.  For instance, here’s a very small sample of my OPML.  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <opml version="1.0">… Read more

Customizing SharePoint Themes with SharePoint Designer 2007 and IE8

It turns out to be pretty easy to customize the look and feel of a SharePoint site using SharePoint Designer 2007 and Internet Explorer 8.  Using IE8, you can easily find the CSS class for a particular element and modify it, and SharePoint Designer 2007 makes it easy to make changes to the styles for… Read more

Opera Letter is Disingenuous

Going through a morning TwitterScan, I notice a lot of buzz around Opera’s letter to the web community.  I jumped over to that page to see what everyone was talking about, and then paused. I was shocked at what I was looking at.  I think I was even more shocked at the credibility that people… Read more