SharePoint and Sitecore: Together? 

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.14.15

Anyone familiar with our company is probably wondering why I am writing a blog post about Sitecore. My question is why not? 

A little history: I'm a MCP in SharePoint, a certified Sitecore 7 developer and have been working on both platforms for the past 5 years. I enjoy working in both and am passionate about finding the best tool for any job. I find both platforms/ services to be very good at what they do and I figured it would be interesting enough to talk about!

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, Branding, Development

Is OneDrive for Business Replacing SharePoint Lists?

Posted by Beau Cameron on 09.08.15

It should be no surprise that Microsoft is pushing OneDrive for Business as the central location for users to store their documents. As a part of Office 365, OneDrive for Business lets you update and share files in the cloud. The benefit is obvious, you can always access your files no matter where you are. Storing your files in the cloud, replaces the threat of losing your files if something happened to your file system on your computer.

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Topics: SharePoint, The Cloud, Information Architecture, SharePoint 2013

What Happened to my "Add New" Button? XSLTListViewWebPart Error.

Posted by Beau Cameron on 08.25.15

Recently I had been working on a SharePoint Hosted App with custom lists created in Visual Studio. On one of my application pages I had a need for an XSLTListViewWebPart and found out the web part was missing the "Add New" button! So where'd it go?

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Apps

SharePoint Form Simplification - Consolidate Your Form Views

Posted by Gary Levine on 07.08.15

When creating a custom form in SharePoint Designer it is sometimes useful to change how some or all form fields display. This is especially true with complex SharePoint forms that have multiple tabs and intricate logic. Rather than doubling your efforts to create multiple forms in different modes this can be switched dynamically. The goal here is to eliminate the need to customize the dispform.aspx, newform.aspx and the editform.aspx when changing a list form. This process will help you customize a single form, and display it whether the user is in new, edit or view mode.

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, Tutorial

Why Don't You Like Microsoft?

Posted by Josh Darragh on 06.16.15

I know this is old news, but I’ve recently rediscovered how much end users dislike Microsoft. I spend a lot of time at client’s offices and there is always a contrarian who suggests that Google Docs is a much better approach than SharePoint. Or Mac guy speaks up to make sure you aren’t swapping out his iPad for a stupid Surface!

If it were high school Apple would be Slater, Google would be Zack, and Microsoft would be Screech. Apple is so cool and Google is so easy to get along with but when you get stuck on your homework who do you call?

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Topics: The Cloud, Office 365, SharePoint 2013, Exchange, Strategy

Promoted Links on Steroids With MetroJS

Posted by Josh Darragh on 04.20.15

If you've read any of my blogs you know I've been focusing a lot of attention on search-based intranets, content search web parts, and display templates. You can read Dan Sonneborn's blog, Why SharePoint 2013 Search Based Intranets Aren't What you Think, for more information about search-based intranets or my blog, Content Search Web Part: Custom Display Templates, for more information on CSWPs. Today I want to focus on MetroJs and how you can integrate it into CSWPs to make your links much more attractive and fun.

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, Content Search Web Parts, Development

Augmenting SharePoint Image Field

Posted by Beau Cameron on 03.13.15

For a while now I've been meaning to write a blog post about the SharePoint Image field. For those who don't know, without publishing turned on, the only way to add an image to an item in SharePoint is by using the Image field. However the name can be a bit misconceiving for someone who hasn't used it before... because it really just holds the url to an image and displays the image when in a SharePoint view. My gripe with the Image field isn't with how it renders an image but why SharePoint didn't provide a way to search for an image to add to an item like they did for the "Publishing Image Field". The only way to connect an image to an item without publishing is to find the URL of an item and past it into the Image URL field. Well what happens if the image isn't in SharePoint yet and you want to upload an image and add it to a library at the same time? Well, that is exactly what you have to do. You must go to the Image library and add your image and then traverse back to the list item for which you wanted to add link that image. Well I have come up with a solution to this scenario.

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Apps, Development

SharePoint Hosted App - Using REST in a Workflow

Posted by Josh Darragh on 03.04.15

The Scenario

I’ve been working on a SharePoint hosted app that requires a daily workflow to run to count the number of vacant and occupied homes in each building and create a list item for each day. From there we can use this data to create occupancy charts and graphs with chartJS or Power BI but first thing’s first, I needed to write a workflow that will get me this data in a list called Occupancy Data.

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Topics: The Cloud, Visual Studio, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Apps, SharePoint Online, Development

Search & Display Events in SharePoint 2013 Using a CSWP & FullCalendar

Posted by Josh Darragh on 01.16.15

Why Am I Doing This?

A few months ago we had Mark Rackley, commonly known as the SharePoint Hillbilly, to our office for a visit and presentation. During the presentation he walked through his usage of FullCalendar.js which prompted me to think (aloud), couldn’t we use that js file to build a display template that searches for content and renders the results in a calendar format? His response was something along the lines of “good idea, I’ll race you!”

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Topics: SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, JavaScript, Content Search Web Parts, Development

What is SharePoint Again?

Posted by Doug Underhill on 01.14.15

Tell Me about SharePoint – What Is It Again?

SharePoint is a Microsoft client-server software product, which makes it more involved to use than one of their client products like Microsoft Word. However, you can leave the server details to Microsoft and use SharePoint as easily as Microsoft Word by signing up for Office 365 online. Unlike Word, SharePoint does not have a desktop version and is only accessible through a browser or mobile device. This blog will help you understand SharePoint from a user’s perspective and leave you on solid ground next time one your friends asks “what is SharePoint again?”…

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Topics: SharePoint, Office 365, Information Architecture, SharePoint 2013

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