SharePoint Customization, Development and Governance

SharePoint Designer No it’s not an April fools joke and yes as of April 2, 2009, SharePoint Designer 2007 is available as a free download. General SharePoint Designer info can be found here. This eliminates any cost issue associated with providing users the necessary tools for site customization and is a great opportunity for those…


SharePoint Developers and Visual Studio 10

Some really great news for SharePoint developers along the tools front. Check out Soma’s blog for a good summary of what’s coming. Sharepoint tools support in Visual Studio </steve>


SharePoint scores with Web developers

check out this article on the SDTimes Web site. I captured some key points form the article below. “The platform’s growing popularity and the subtle differences between SharePoint and ASP.NET development are compelling Microsoft to invest in guidance to bring developers up to speed. The patterns and practices group at Microsoft has begun to write…


SharePoint Development Tools

For those doing Visual Studio development for SharePoint, you really have to check out the STSDEV tool on CodePlex.  Ted Pattison and friends have done a really good job here.  This tool generates class library project files while automating may of the tasks routinely required during development and deployment.  I love the Retract Solution option. …


SharePoint Debugging and Feature Implementation

If the very in-depth and detailed error messages from SharePoint are leaving you wanting for more, make sure you enable debugging so you can get the full ASP.NET error.  I continue to get questions on what changes to make so I’m including them here for future reference.  I’m surprised that there are still lots of…


MySite Customization

This continues to come up during customization discussions.  This is a good place to start.  Another great post by Steve, go check it out. </steve>

SharePoint Development Tools and Best Practices

Two white papers you need to check out.  Good job Patrick! Development Tools and Techniques for Working with Code in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (Part 1 of 2) Development Tools and Techniques for Working with Code in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (Part 2 of 2) </steve>

SharePoint Customization White Paper

For those doing customization, you might want to check out this white paper: … This policy document outlines the items and processes for managing customization within an enterprise Microsoft® SharePoint® Products and Technologies hosting environment. This document begins by describing the service management concepts relating to the hosted services. It then presents information on commonly…


MOSS and Team-Based Development

Good paper that addresses a question I am getting quite frequently when I speak on SharePoint development. Team-Based Development in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Summary: Learn to properly conduct team-environment development of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites and assemblies (Web Parts, site templates, custom list templates), as well as develop Microsoft Office SharePoint…