Programmatically granting permissions to claims

Programmatically granting permissions in SharePoint 2007 wasn’t that very complicated. You could grant permissions either to a User or a Group and in order to do that all you needed was a reference to that User/Group. As you might have heard SharePoint 2010 supports claims based identity what allows you to grant permissions using the identity of the user rather than a specific way of authentication. If you’ve looked through the public SharePoint 2010 API you might have noticed that there is no specific method that allows you to programmatically grant permissions to a claim. So how do you do that?

Inconvenient SPWebConfigModification development with Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools

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.

Content targeting for anonymous users with SharePoint Server 2010 (part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this article we discussed how ASP.NET Profiles can help us extend SharePoint Server 2010 Audiences capabilities with targeting content to anonymous users. We discussed what ASP.NET Profiles are, how they work and how they can be configured with SharePoint Server 2010. In this part of the article we will extend the SharePoint Server 2010 Audiences so that they can make use of the data stored in ASP.NET Profiles.

Content targeting for anonymous users with SharePoint Server 2010 (part 1 of 2)

SharePoint Server 2010 ships with the content targeting capability based on Audiences. Using this mechanism you can conditionally display content to groups of users based on their profiles. One shortcoming of this approach is that it needs user profiles which are not available on Internet-facing websites for anonymous users. However, using nothing more than the standard capabilities of the SharePoint framework and ASP.NET you can easily extend the standard content targeting mechanism to support targeting anonymous users.

Counting words with Mavention Word Count

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.