The new Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools simplify the process of developing SharePoint 2010 Solutions. By encapsulating much of the plumbing of the packaging and deployment process they enable developers to create SharePoint 2010 Solutions easier and faster. Unfortunately in some scenario this simplification comes with a price and working with SPWebConfigModifications is one of such scenarios.
Often when editing text, especially if you are a professional writer, you need some statistic information about the text you’re editing, like how many paragraphs or words you have already typed. While most desktop text editors, such as Microsoft Word 2010, provide you with such information, many Content Management Systems don’t offer such functionality. SharePoint Server 2010 is not an exception here. So if SharePoint is the platform for professional publishing it should contain this little nugget as well. Proudly presenting: Mavention Word Count.
SharePoint 2007 shipped with the STSADM command-line tool which was meant to be used for all kind of administration tasks like installing and deploying Solutions. Although the STSADM is still available in SharePoint 2010 for backwards compatibility the recommended way is to use PowerShell instead. SharePoint 2010 ships with a great number of PowerShell cmdlets which simplify the process of administering your SharePoint Farm. And although PowerShell is way more powerful than STSADM, it adds some extra complexity.
SharePoint Server 2010 ships with Audiences: a mechanism that allows you to target content to specific group of users. Audiences are a great capability: either if it’s from the e-commerce point of view of bringing the right products to the attention of the audience that is the most willing of buying it or if it helps you to unclutter the user interface by presenting just the right information. But how do you manage all that dynamic content?
Managing links on a website can be really challenging. There can be numerous pages linking to each other, and if new content is being added on regular it’s just the matter of time when things go wrong and broken links start appearing in your content. A good Content Management System (CMS) provides you with a mechanism for tracking both incoming and outgoing links and SharePoint 2010 is no exception here. Using the Incoming Links report it allows you to track links within the Site Collection. However there is one thing you have to keep in mind while working with the SharePoint 2010 Incoming Links report.