SharePoint 2010 Application Pages and Modal Dialogs the easy way

SharePoint 2010 ships with the new Modal Dialog framework that allows you to display dialog windows in an unobtrusive and user friendly way. This is extremely important when creating user friendly solutions as it allows users to preserve their context while providing some additional information. While the new modal dialog framework is definitely a great idea, there is one thing missing in the implementation: support for communicating with custom application pages.

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?

Where is my Reusable Content? (Mavention Track Reusable Content Usage)

The Reusable Content capability of SharePoint 2010 allows you to approach content management from a content-centric perspective. This is a great concept since it allows you to reuse pieces of content rather than copying it and managing at many different places manually. And although the idea of it is great the standard experience provided with SharePoint 2010 leaves some room for improvement. First of all creating blocks of reusable content isn’t as easy as you would want it to. On top of that once you start using Reusable Content it’s only a matter of time that you will start asking yourself where the different blocks are being used on the site. And this is exactly where Mavention Track Reusable Content Usage can help you with.