SharePoint 2010 Page Components in Sandboxed Solutions

SharePoint 2010 ships with the new Ribbon framework that allows you to easily extend the Ribbon with new functionality. All Ribbon extensions consist of the UI and behavior, which in simple scenarios can be specified declaratively but in more advanced scenarios would rely on a Page Component. Most samples, that show using Page Components, suggest registering them using Delegate Controls. Unfortunately this makes it impossible to use Page Component in Sandboxed Solutions which don’t support Delegate Controls. So are we forced to use the limited declarative approach or is there a solution that would allow us to register custom Page Components within Sandboxed Solutions?

Mavention Activate Selected Features v1.1

Mavention Activate Selected Features is a custom extension for the new Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools that allows you to select which Features should be activated when deploying the Solution in Visual Studio.

View installed Site Definitions using PowerShell

A while ago I wrote about a little tool I’ve made that help you discover the ID’s of all Site Definitions installed on the server. SharePoint requires you to provide unique ID’s for custom Site Definitions and using a tool is definitely easier than manually browsing through all the WebTemp files and noting which ID’s are already used. But who wants a tool if you can do the same with PowerShell?

Easy SharePoint 2010 JavaScript intellisense with Mavention SharePoint JSOM IntelliSense Snippets

SharePoint 2010 ships with the new JavaScript Object Model (JSOM) that allows you to create rich solutions without a single line of server-side code. Using the new JSOM you can create pretty powerful solutions especially when combined with libraries like jQuery. One downside of working with the SharePoint 2010 is the lack of intellisense. This can however be easily fixed. But do we really have to memorize the syntax and the location of all the files we need?