Posts tagged: sharepoint

Register for the Omaha SharePoint User Group October SharePint

By , October 12, 2012 8:50 pm
Time for the October SharePint.  Join us at the Loose Moose on October 16th at 5:30pm.  Go to http://omahasharepint.eventbrite.com for more information or just register with the form below!

SharePoint Saturday – Ozarks Flyer

By , August 12, 2012 1:13 am

SharePoint Saturday - OzarksI will be presenting at the SharePoint Saturday – Ozarks, which will be held in Branson, MO on Sept. 8th.  I have always loved this SharePoint Saturday and I hope that you and your teams will make the trip down there.  Here is a flyer that you can print off and hang in your office.  Let’s get a good group from the Omaha area to go down there!

SPS Ozarks Flyer

The first (of hopefully many) Omaha SharePint! Upstream May 10, 2012

By , May 7, 2012 5:25 pm

SharePoint by day, SharePint by nightIn the process of organizing our monthly Omaha SharePoint User Group meetings I just tossed out an idea to have a regular SharePint.  If you don’t already know what a SharePint is, please read this article by Christian Buckley.  We decided to have our first SharePint at the Upstream Brewery at about 171st and Center on May 10 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There’s no requirement to be there the whole time and there’s no requirement to drink adult beverages.  We are hoping to provide a more social way for anyone who wants to meet other users of Microsoft SharePoint.

We’ll be upstairs by the pool tables.  This is a non-sponsored event so all refreshments are totally your responsibility!

It Happens To Everyone

By , February 22, 2011 4:32 pm

Unexpected Error at SharePoint.Microsoft.com

 

 A co-worker pointed this out to me.  Seems like someone was making a change to SharePoint.Microsft.com without testing and got the Unexpected Error!  I’m sure it was unexpected! 

The site was down for only a little while but it gave both of us a chuckle. 

Thanks Matt!

Problem POSTING a SharePoint form multiple times

By , December 6, 2010 11:59 am

I created a web part that displays data in an HTML table. On this web part, there is also a button that says, Export to Excel. When the button is clicked, the form posts to the server and my server-side code responds with an Excel file. The problem is that it only works once. To get it to work again, I have to refresh my page. Is SharePoint preventing me from posting more than once?

I wrote this same functionality using the jQuery library SPServices along with jQuery to create the table. I then use jQuery to post the form to a custom handler that returns an Excel file. Same problem. The form will only POST once.

Any ideas?

Confirmed for SharePoint Saturday – KC

By , November 18, 2010 4:12 pm

I just confirmed that I will be presenting at SharePoint Saturday – Kansas City on December, 11, 2010. Come join us. It is a lot of fun and there will be loads of SharePoint information.

A(nother) Business Case for Twitter

By , September 2, 2010 11:29 am

I can’t see why some companies continue to block Twitter access to their employees.  Especially developers.  For me, Twitter has been an invaluable resource.  A wealth of 140 character wisdom.  An constant supply of what is new in the SharePoint (or insert your favorite topic here) world.

This example just happened to me yesterday.  I am working for a client that wants me to write a SharePoint 2010 workflow using K2’s Blackpearl.  Believe me, I am excited about using Blackpearl but it is a learning curve and I want to be productive.   Normally, I would just fire up Visual Studio and start writing a workflow.  K2 promises that Blackpearl can write complex workflows without code.  I wanted to see if I could figure it out on my own.  I read through the “My first workflow” instructions and thought I understood what I needed to do.  I started working through my own requirements when I got stumpted.  I knew what I wanted to do, I just couldn’t figure out how to tell Blackpearl to do it!

Finally, I sent out a Tweet asking this simple question:

I received a reply asking for my contact information and later last night – I received a detailed email from Holly at K2 telling me how I could accomplish this.  I searched Google, Bing without any hint on how to do this.  It didn’t help that I wouldn’t have understood what I was reading anyway.  Holly’s instructions were clear and easy to understand.  We’ve exchanged a couple of emails and she has suggested ways I could fulfill my whole requirement.  I am going to try this but I was so pleased that I wanted to get this post out here so that other companies would think twice about allowing their developers to use tools like Twitter.

Removing OPTIONS with jQuery

By , May 19, 2010 3:41 pm

Here’s a usability solution that was necessitated by my desire to present a logical, workable solution to my end-user.  I’m still learning jQuery so my solution may not be the most elegant – but it works. I welcome any improvements!

The Setup

I have a SharePoint site that is displaying the results of an SQL stored procedure.  I’m using Quest Web Parts for SharePoint – qSIListView part which is part of their fine System Integration web parts package.  The great thing about these web parts is that I can create a stored procedure on a database and then use the Filter capabilities of the qSIListView to supply the stored procedure with the parameter values.  It’s a pretty slick solution and very easy to configure.  My problem  is that when you use the filter fields as the Parameter input fields, only the “Equals” operator has any meaning.  I can select “Begins with” or “Contains” but it will only just pass the parameter value and not the operator.  That means that my End User will be presented with a lot of false options.  To avoid the confusion, I would like to present the user with one operator – “Equals”, or in the case where I’m trying to do some wild card matching in SQL, I would remove all but “Contains”.  You get my point.  The problem is that the Web Parts do not have the ability to filter out the operator selections.  I’ve submitted this change idea to Quest for future versions but in the mean time, I needed to find a solution.  My solution was to use jQuery.

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Solution

There are many posts out on the web about using jQuery to manipulate the SharePoint interface.  One of the best sites for jQuery on SharePoint can be found on EndUserSharePoint.com.  The solution I am talking about today can be used in any web environment, including SharePoint.  Essentially, my short script removes all <option> elements from all select boxes that match a certain text value.  This effectively narrows the choices presented to the User to only the valid choices, Exclude from search and Equals.

To do this, I placed a Content Editor Web Part (CEWP) onto my page and pasted my script in it.  In the script, I use jQuery to select all <OPTION> elements of the page and remove them if they contain any of the invalid choices.   The script is pretty straight forward.  I have jQuery stored in a script library on my SharePoint site.  This library provides read-access to all users on the site.  It is also a common place to store all of my scripts.  A good post on creating a script library can be found on here.

Once I load the document, I have search for all matching <OPTION> elements and remove them.


<script src="http://mysharepointdomain.com/scripts/jquery-1.4.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function(){
$("option").remove(":contains('Does not equal')");
$("option").remove(":contains('Contains')");
$("option").remove(":contains('Starts with')");
$("option").remove(":contains('Ends with')");
$("option").remove(":contains('Is empty')");
$("option").remove(":contains('Is not empty')");
});
</script>

That’s it!  The end result looks like this.

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As I said earlier, this is a pretty simple solution to a problem that I was having.  Now, every time I use filter fields to supply parameter values, I can be assured that I have presented my User with valid options.

I welcome any feedback!

Default Quick Launch Heading Paths

By , April 28, 2010 8:52 am

Every so often, I come across sites that have the default Heading entries on the Quick Launch deleted.  I decided to write them down here in case I ever needed to put them back.  It’s also handy to be able to navigate to the All Items link in a site with no Quick Launch.  This is really for my reference but I hope this helps someone else out!

Default Quick Launch Heading Paths

View All Site Content
/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx

Documents
/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx?BaseType=1

Lists
/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx?BaseType=0

Discussions
/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx?BaseType=0&ListTemplate=108

Sites
/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx?ShowSites=1

People and Groups
/[web url]/_layouts/people.aspx

Recycle Bin

/[web url]/_layouts/recyclebin.aspx

******  UPDATED for 2010 ************

Pictures

/[web url]/_layouts/viewlsts.aspx?BaseType=1&ListTemplate=109

Join Us In New Orleans!!!

By , February 26, 2010 7:59 am

I am literally heading out the door to the airport to catch a flight to New Orleans for SharePoint Saturday! I will be presenting, “What I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Implemented SharePoint”. I really enjoy this presentation and I hope that anyone attending will enjoy it as much as I do.

NewOrleansTech.net wrote a great article about it.

If you can come and join us – do! I’d love to meet you!

OK – Off to the airport!

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