Introduction to REST and .net Web API

If you are building apps or websites today, the chances are you’ll have heard of REST and .net Web API, but you may not be sure what these things are, whether you should use them or how to get started. If this sounds familiar, then this article for you. API; what and why? Let’s start…

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MOSS Architecture and Shared Services

I have been doing some work recently on MOSS architecture for large deployments and thought that I’d share some of my findings. MOSS architecture is very similar to SharePoint 2003 in some ways but different in a few crucial areas. So what is the same? MOSS adopts a typical 3-tier model with web servers at…


What is the Business Data Catalogue?

….. In short, the Business Data Catalogue (BDC) is without doubt the most powerful feature in MOSS 2007! (In my opinion)….. I know this is a rather bold statement and hopefully this article will go some way to convincing you of the same! So what does BDC actually do? The BDC is a feature of…


Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint 2007: Part 1 – Base Configuration for SharePoint

(UPDATED on 04/06/07 as per feedback from two different subscribers (thank-you). Updates in Italic) (UPDATED on 20/08/07: My colleauge James World has just published an excellent article which is a kind of follow-up to this one. It goes a bit deeper on Kerberos basics and covers some real-world tips that relate specifically to SharePoint. Check it out…


What are Content Types?

For me, one of the coolest new features of SharePoint Server 2007 (or MOSS) is Content Types. In this article, I’ll aim to give a brief overview of what they are and why you should be getting excited about them (especially if you are from a SharePoint 2003 background).   It is worth noting that…


SharePoint on your Phone!

One of the interesting new features in MOSS 2007 is the support around mobile devices. In this article, I’ll aim to give you a quick overview of how you can get the next version of SharePoint on your phone. What are Mobile Views? Every list and library in MOSS 2007 or WSSv3 is capable of…


Securing and securely calling Web API and [Authorize]

I recently had a requirement to secure a ASP.net Web API I was working on so that only authenticated users could make certain calls. It turns out this was fairly easy to do so I thought I’d share it. For the purposes of this article, I’m using Visual Studio 2013 with update 4. I’m working with…

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How to install SharePoint Server 2007 on a single machine

One of my first ever blog articles (and by far most popular to date) was a set of instructions on how to install Beta1 of SharePoint Server 2007 on a single machine. I removed this article because it was too much of an overhead updating it with the various Betas and the official guides were…


How to create a ‘Slipstream’ installation for MOSS with SP1

Update (8th March): The product team have now released a MOSS with SP1 download. Read all about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2008/03/07/moss-2007-with-sp1-slipstream-officeserverwithsp1-exe-released.aspx   In order to install MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008 you will need to install ‘MOSS with Service Pack 1’ (this includes WSS with Service Pack 1). This is known as a slipstream installation and it…