Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration (book review)

SharePoint 2010 ships with native support for Silverlight what makes creating Rich Internet Applications (RIA) easier and faster. And although Silverlight has been around for a couple of years now, there is more to developing Silverlight RIAs on SharePoint 2010. While you could use the classic – web-services-based approach, SharePoint 2010 ships with the Silverlight Object Model which makes it easy to work with data from SharePoint in Silverlight applications.

Easy editing meta tags for Publishing Pages with Mavention Meta Fields

Including meta tags for pages on Internet-facing websites is very important. Additional information included in meta tags makes it easier for search engines to find and classify the content. Still many websites either don’t use meta tags at all or don’t provide content editors with a simple mechanism for managing the meta tags making managing the meta tags a one-time process. In many situations meta tags are not even a part of the information architecture for Internet-facing websites and are easily being forgotten in the development process. Additionally, as they are not being displayed on the screen, they are not a part of the branding what makes it challenging for the developers to provide an intuitive editing interface for. Mavention Meta Fields is a turn-key solution that allows you to easily add support for managing page-level meta tags even if your website is almost ready to go on-line.

Simple SharePoint 2010 Replaceable Parameters with Mavention Replaceable Parameters Snippets

The new Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools ship with Replaceable Parameters which allow you to provide values for SharePoint solution items whose actual values are not known at the design time. And while the Replaceable Parameters are without a doubt a great improvement in the development process, there is one problem with them: there are quite a few of them and looking up the right one might get you out of element when developing. And this is exactly where Mavention Replaceable Parameters Snippets come in.

Publishing Pages in multiple locations with Mavention Virtual Pages

Many popular Web Content Management Systems allow you to reuse content across the site. Once published you can then include (fragments of) the page in other places on your website, providing a seamless experience to your visitors. And if you ever need to change something, you can do it in one place and those changes will be automatically pushed to all other locations. Reusing content is probably one of the most desired capabilities in WCM, so it’s pretty surprising that it isn’t available out of the box in SharePoint 2010. While SharePoint 2010 has the concept of Reusable Content it’s meant more for creating small content snippets rather than using it for republishing content on your website. And this is exactly where Mavention Virtual Pages gets useful.