Imtech Extended ContentQueryWebPart (with paging) source code available

Some time ago I have created a concept of the ContentQueryWebPart extended with paging support, called Imtech Extended ContentQueryWebPart. Since its release, the Imtech ExCQWP has been downloaded more than 200 times and some of you have sent me some questions regarding how it all works.

Performance of content aggregation queries on multiple lists revisited

Recently I have done some research on performance of various approaches to querying information from multiple lists. While reading Andrew Connell's book on WCM development I have discovered that I have missed one important approach. It turns out that it's probably the best bet in the most Web Content Management (WCM) solutions being often under heavy load. Curious about the results I have added it to my test project.

Browsing .wsp files using Windows Explorer

How many times did you actually have to rename the .wsp file to .cab in order to browse its contents? SharePoint 2007 allows you to use any extension for the solution files, so you could build all your solutions with the .cab extension to support quick browsing. This has however two downsides.

SharePoint 12 directory in the places bar

Recently I have noticed that quite often I need to navigate to the 12 folder using the Open/Save file dialog. While I have already created a shortcut to 12 directory on the taskbar, which is sufficient in many cases and provides me quick access to all SharePoint system files, I was still left with the Open/Save file dialog. To get the quick access to the SharePoint system files in the Open/Save file dialog, I have decided to customize the Places bar and replace one of the locations with the 12 directory.

Adding new locations to the Look In dialog

Recently I've been asked by one of our customer whether it would be possible to add a new location to the Look In dialog. In their SharePoint solution they're using a custom Image Library for storing images which are being used across the whole Site Collection. Adding a shortcut to their custom library would definitely simplify their editors work and would improve the editing experience.