Inconvenient SPSecurityTrimmedControl

While working recently with the SPSecurityTrimmedControl I have found that it doesn't work as most of us would expect it to. The usage of the AuthenticationRestrictions and PageModes attributes took my attention in particular.

Creating your own wrapper controls in SharePoint 2007

We all know more or less the SPSecurityTrimmedControl. It basically allows you to display its contents conditionally depending on the permissions of the current user. It is definitely a great piece of engineering and very helpful in various scenarios but what if it's just not enough and you need either to customize it or to create your own wrapper?

ExtensionAttribute Visual Studio Item Template

Extension Methods are a new feature of Visual Studio 2008. They basically allow you to add new methods to already existing classes. You could for example introduce a new method: String.IsValidEmailAddress() which would validate whether the given string is a valid e-mail address. Scott Guthrie has written some more information about the Extension Methods in Visual Studio 2008.

Imtech SharePoint Developer (Free SharePoint Tools)

While working on numerous SharePoint projects I have noticed that there are particular settings I'm using and locations I visit quite often. Tired of the manual labor I have decided to wrap it all up in a SharePoint solution: Imtech SharePoint Developer.

Content Query Web Part vs. Custom Aggregation Web Part

During the Office Developer Conference 2008 I have attended a great presentation on high performance SharePoint 2007 solutions by Andrew Connell. And although I've heard a few times before that if you care for performance of your solution, and obviously you should if you're responsible for delivering Internet-facing Publishing Sites in SharePoint 2007, it became clear to me once again: one of the best aggregation solutions out there you should use is the Content Query Web Part... or isn't it?