Keep Writing SharePoint Web Parts Until (at least) 2006

ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts rock.  We in SharePoint-land love them.  We’re building “v3” on ASP.NET 2.0.  But none of that matters right now if you have to deliver code for today’s SharePoint sites and portals.  And this advice comes from both me in WSS/SPS-land and the Whidbey Program Manager responsible for ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts. …

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The Kimono Is Open, The Veil Is Lifted, The Gags Are Removed…..

I just got out of Steven Sinofsky’s keynote session on Office “12” here at the PDC, and that means one thing.  Actually, multiple, things, but the big thing is that I can stop being (as much of) a jerk about not saying anything about what we’re doing next.  Let the disclosure begin!!! Yesterday morning, Bill Gates…

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Please Stay Out Of The Database!!!

We had a fun internal debate this week on a new tool developed in France.  If you can read French, it’s documented here; the download link for the executable (whose UI is in English) is here.  The tool grabs deleted documents from the database and saves them to your local hard drive. I’m far more…

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Time To Discusss WSRP…

I thought I’d start this next wave of postings with the subject I’ve avoided the longest — WSRP.  This one will be a little long… What Is WSRP? The abbreviation stands for Web Services for Remote Portlets.  There are plenty of details, but in essence, WSRP defines how to use SOAP to request and receive blocks…

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CAML is Here To Stay

I did three presentations at last week’s Book Publisher’s Summit, talking to publishers and authors on topics that would be great for developer-focused books on SharePoint Products, namely (a) programming with lists and libraries, (b) site definitions, and because the topic will be alive for quite some time, (c) Web Parts (today’s technology, not the Whidbey…

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Web Part Interoperability — Good News and Bad News

So we’re getting ready to unveil a little bit tomorrow and a lot on Wednesday regarding WSS “v3” and our Office “12” servers, but a couple of things have popped up that are very, very relevant to people that want to develop Web Parts using ASP.NET 2.0 and use them in today’s versions of WSS…

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Will Windows SharePoint Services Work With SQL Server 2005?

The short answer:  Heck, yeah! The long answer: For the love of God, don’t try it in production yet.  SQL Server 2005 hasn’t shipped.  But as we’ve been testing our beta code for WSS Service Pack 2, due out later this year, we’ve been testing it against SQL Server 2005 betas, and it appears to…

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Want a Good Example of FPRPC? Try SharePad!

I haven’t blogged for a while, but I’m hoping to make up for it — starting with this… I’ve told you before that, if you want to add full SharePoint document library support for your own document editor, you’ll have to use FrontPage RPCs to do it.  Web Services and WebDAV just won’t cut it.  I…

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Developer Training

Following on to my previous post, another observation that’s been made out there is that our standard MOC courseware falls short of what many of you want/need.  I’ll respond in two ways: First of all, the developer course is targeted at the introductory level.  If it does a bad job of that, I’d be very…

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Custom Forms-Based Authentication Solutions for WSS/SPS, Hand-Rolled or Partner-Supported

There’s a nice article on TheServerSide.NET entitled Integrating 3rd Party Single Sign On in Sharepoint Portal Server that explains how to write a custom (unsupported by Microsoft) forms authentication layer that sits in front of SPS and WSS.  But it misses one very key detail:  you must use persistent cookies.  They can be very short-lived persistent cookies,…

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