Recently while working on one of my projects I needed to use the WebClient in order to obtain a rendered version of a Publishing Page using a url. My environment consisted of an Publishing Site using Active Directory authentication and it's extend equivalent using Anonymous Access as well. My goal was to obtain the rendered page before it's published to be able to check the standards compliance of the rendered code.
SharePoint 2007 is a very extensible development platform. Thanks to its flexibility the developers keep coming with new features which extend the user experience. One of the areas where the things are still missing is the Web Content Management: accessibility in particular leaves plenty of challenges to be tackled and features to be added by the accessibility enthusiasts and developers. One of these is the W3C Validator for SharePoint 2007.
How many times did you try to incorporate some extra rules or formatting into Page Layouts? Formatting a date is just one of the many examples solving which can cause you spent many hours trying to using the out-of-the-box available controls. The SharePoint:FieldValue is probably the most commonly used control, especially in Page Layouts where you don't want to use the Edit-in-place experience. Yet this control doesn't have any customization or formatting possibilities. That's why some time ago me and my colleagues at Imtech ICT Business Solutions have thought about creating our version of this control with some more formatting properties. As soon as we have created it, we have started benefiting from it: because we had the code of it, extending it with extra functionality is just a piece of cake. Anyway, let me introduce you the Imtech:PageProperty control.
Testing the editors area in SharePoint 2007 isn't really convenient. Image you would like to check whether the overview Web Part you have made really shows 100 items per page. Copying the items in the Explorer View might be a solution, still it's that handy when it comes to testing various Content Types and Page Layouts. Another scenario you might want to test is scheduling: does my page become available at the given timestamp? Yes, you can test this using the SharePoint 2007 interface, but still I think it can be done much easier.