SharePoint People Search – Lessons learned. Part 2: Programmatically running search queries

In the first part of the SharePoint People Search – Lessons learned article we’ve discussed the basics of configuring SharePoint People Search. We have also looked at how it could be used for a facebook solution and what the shortcomings are. In this part we will explore different aspects you are very likely to face while creating a custom facebook solution based on SharePoint People Search.

SharePoint People Search – Lessons learned. Part 1: Covering the basics

For the last couple of days I’ve been working on a facebook solution based on SharePoint People Search. And while you might think that it’s nothing more than configuring and developing for SharePoint, there are quite a few search-specific things I’ve learned in those few days.

SharePoint mobile-friendly interface (Imtech Mobile SharePoint)

SharePoint 2007 ships with a mobile-friendly interface. In the past few years the usage of mobile devices has grown tremendously. It is then not surprising that the SharePoint team has provided a mobile-friendly interface for accessing data stored in SharePoint. Unfortunately the standard SharePoint mobile interface is far from perfect and maybe even far from useful.

Get to the on-line SharePoint SDK with one click (MSDN bookmarklet)

While developing custom SharePoint solutions there is a big chance you need to look into the SharePoint SDK on regular. To keep off continuously surfing to the on-line reference, the SharePoint Team have provided us with the compiled CHM files. I admit that the off-line help files do simplify finding the information on a particular class, method or property. They have however two serious flaws: the content is outdated and there is no community content included in the off-line SDK.