Category Archives: Sharepoint Tips

REVELATION: SharePoint isn’t THE THING… it’s the thing that GETS you to THE THING…..

Greetings all….. Ever been watching a show or listening passively to a conversation… and suddenly hear someone say something which literally stops you dead in your tracks? NOT specifically because of WHAT was said… but because it was some sort of last-piece-of-a-puzzle-you-didn’t-even-know-you-were-SEEKING?… A few weeks ago that happened to me. I was watching the premier episode of “Hold and Catch […]

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PRESENTATION: State Machine Workflows – A Design Pattern for SharePoint Designer

Greetings All, First of all, thanks to the hundreds (yes – hundreds) who attend this year’s SharePoint Saturday on May 17th in the Chicago suburbs. We were all pleased & surprised to see such an avid attendance, particularly since it was a beautiful spring day. Judging from the very positive feedback I received all day long, I can only take […]

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HOW TO: Some simple steps for using ParsleyJS field validation with native SharePoint list forms

2014 02 03 MV  to All: SCENARIO: You’ve got a SharePoint list with upwards of 100+ columns, and you’ve created numerous custom edit forms for editing subsets of these columns – only when users do use these custom edit forms, there are fields you need to (suddenly) become REQUIRED… :-\ What do I mean? Let’s look at an example… Consider […]

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HOW TO: CREATE a Practical Dashboard using a SharePoint List & jQuery…

2013 06 23 MV to All: OK, so I realized I’d never actually posted a handy little jQuery approach to transforming your SharePoint lists into actual – genuinely useful – dashboards. So WHAT really makes a dashboard useful? In a word – color-coding. Period. Full Stop. Graphics don’t really add a thing to the equation – they’re just complexity for […]

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HOW TO: DEFINING a Catalogue (“Taxonomy”) for your SharePoint Environment…

2013-03-26 MV to All: I’ve been working with a current client in an area which has long been fuzzy & confusing for many – Taxonomies. This blog posting will likely run into several parts, starting with first principles (basics), and ultimately showing some practical techniques for arriving at a useable (taxonomies are never really finished as long as organizations are […]

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OBSERVATION: Excess focus on branding is a common mis-step in cultivating True SharePoint Adoption (TSA)…

2013-02-09 MV to All: Here’s another observation 12+ years of working with SharePoint has taught me: organizations who focus almost exclusively on re-branding their SharePoint deployment are doing so because they don’t understand what SharePoint is. 😐 It’s a defense mechanism – a sort of if-I-can-manipulate-the-UI-then-I-must-understand-it mentality which in fact is not accurate at all. Sorry to all you UI developers, but […]

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HOW TO: Create a link to Properties DispForm.aspx page in SharePoint CQwp using XSLT

2013-01-08 MV: If you’ve ever been working with the cool-but-idiosyncratic Content (by) Query Web Part – “CQwp” for short – in SharePoint, then likely you’ve wanted to be able to display not only the link to the document itself, but also to the properties page for that document. Here’s the finished product – a CQwp with item data displayed horizontally, […]

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HOW TO: Create a Table-with-Headers List Item Style for your CQwp

2012-12-21 MV to All: SharePoint 2010 has our beloved Content (by) Query Web Part (CQwp for short), but even after years in the SharePoint stable this powerful web part continues to be all-but-neglected by Microsoft in terms of adding much-needed common list item styles. For example, far & away THE most common request clients have for the CQwp is TABULAR output with […]

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HOW TO: Elegantly parse out either the ID or the VALUE of a SharePoint Lookup column in c#…

2012-12-17 MV: This is a short post but hopefully welcome post. In SharePoint 2012 Lookup columns actually contain a string which is concatinates both the lookup column’s ID and its value. That is, the “value” of a lookup columns looks like this:   “600;#1648 Long Bridge Road” This lookup item’s “LookupID” = 600 This lookup items “LookupValue” = “1648 Long Bridge […]

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EXPLAINED: What the SHAREPOINT\System account actually IS…

2012-11-24 MV: There’s a lot of confusion out there concerning the entity called “SHAREPOINT\System”. Many people have tried explaining what it is by explaining what to do (or not do) with it. It’s surprising just how LITTLE documentation is readily available from Microsoft on this – something I consider a very important topic toward understanding SharePoint. Here is my own […]

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