Many customers who use SharePoint Server 2010 for their Internet-facing website, ask for a mechanism that would allow them to use short URLs like http://www.awt.com/edinburgh instead of http://www.awt.com/destinationguides/uk/scotland/edinburgh/. SharePoint 2010 doesn’t have such mechanism out of the box and if you know SharePoint at least a little, you know that there is always more than one way to get something done. So what are the possibilities and which one of them is the best to use?
One of the places you visit on regular as a SharePoint developer is Central Administration. From there you can deploy Solutions, create Web Applications and Site Collections and Manage Service Applications. And although most developer spend a fair amount of time in Central Administration it’s quite surprising that the only way to get there is either by memorizing a random port or using the shortcut from the Start menu. But there is a better way.
SharePoint 2010 ships with the SPSecurityTrimmedControl that allows you to conditionally display content to users based on their permissions. On top of that it gives you the ability to display content to anonymous/authenticated users only which unfortunately doesn’t work. And although you might want start off and develop something of your own, it turns out that for all this time there was a solution for this just around the corner.
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?
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.