Waldek Mastykarz is now 70-631 certified

Today I've passed the 70-631 exam: Configuring Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Together with my colleagues: Erik Schoenmakers and John Bruin I have scored 1000 points. By passing this exam I have completed the SharePoint 3.0/MOSS 2007 certification as defined by Microsoft.

Optimizing web site performance

Recently Robert Nyman, has written a great article about optimizing web site performance using YSlow: an add-on for Firebug for Firefox. In his article Robert presents not only the add-on itself, but he also gives some tips on how to tune various settings to achieve better performance.

Quickly adding assemblies references using the Object Browser

I create very often little projects to try things out: either based on the Console Application or the Class Library template. As it's SharePoint development we're speaking of the first thing you need to do is to add references to the Microsoft.SharePoint assembly. Depending on what you're doing you might need to add the references to System.Web and Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing as well or maybe even more. You can do it just the regular way by clicking with right button on the project References and adding new reference but there is a faster way.

Slightly more accessible Web Parts

Recently, while researching the RSS Feed mechanism of the Content Query Web Part I have stumbled upon the SuppressWebPartChrome Property. As this Property sounds very promising but is not very well documented in the current WSS SDK I have decided to have a further look at it.