Tag Archives: Sharepoint

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: 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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HOW TO: programmatically access document properties page URL in SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow

2012.10.18 MV: It’s quite common in SharePoint Designer workflows – particularly ones bound to libraries – that you send out automated emails alerting that key properties having missing or invalid data. The most natural pieces of information you’d wish to provide The Owner of said documents are: 1. The Document Title (only slightly useful); and 2. The Document Properties Dialogue […]

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WORKAROUND/HOW-TO: Write Exception Messages to Workflow History List as Makeshift Error Log for Troubleshooting Sand Boxed Solutions

2012-09-06 MV: In my current (cool) project we are highly constrained in the SharePoint PROD farm – NO server access, but we DO get to deploy “sandboxed” (restricted) solutions… Which begs the question: HOW do I write error messages in (say) my try-catch blocks, so I can troubleshoot my solutions? I CAN’T write to the Visual Studio 2010 console  – […]

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HOW TO: Elegantly suppress Timestamps from SharePoint 2010 Calendar Views using jQuery

2012-07-02 MV: SharePoint 2010 Calendars sometimes get clogged with excess information, particularly timestamps (e.g. StartTime or StartTime-EndTime) . Trying to supress this seemingly harmless little snippets sounds trivial, yet a quick google search will show you each person ended up down a rabbit hole for far far longer than they anticipated. Here are the reasons this ends up being non-trivial: 1. […]

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HOW TO: DETERMINE the current version of SharePoint in your Farm

2012-03-27 MV: So it seems 2012 is going to be THE “Season of SharePoint 2010 Migrations”… Already most all of my projects this year have been migrations from various SP2007 farms, which begs the question “HOW does one DEFINITIVELY determine the current version of a farm they’ve just encountered?” Googling turns up numerous attempts & pseudo-best-practices, but far & away […]

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