SharePoint productivity templates for CodeSmith

For quite some time I have been busy with trying to increase my productivity while working on SharePoint solutions. In the last two years I helped design a couple of tools and developed a few of them myself: all that to simplify the most common tasks and be able to focus on the solution-specific things. Recently I have focused on code generation: based on the information already present either in SharePoint or in your solution generate source code. You can see a part of the results of my efforts in Imtech Fields Explorer: generating wrapper classes and Page Layouts. What I’ve learned is that generating source code with code can get really complex. But just recently I’ve found a simpler way to get the things done: introducing Imtech SharePoint Templates for CodeSmith.

DIWUG meeting upcoming Thursday (May 7)

First of all Sandra de Ridder of Macaw will discuss the SharePoint User eXperience (UX). She will cover different aspects of the default SharePoint UX and will give us some tips on how the user experience of SharePoint solutions could be improved.

Inconvenient opening sites – SPSite.OpenWeb()

While working with SharePoint I have stumbled upon quite some inconveniences. Most of the time they were in methods that you don’t use that often, and when you do, you expect them to do something else than they actually do. I probably haven’t worked on a single SharePoint project where I wasn’t instantiating sites. So I was quite surprised when I found out that even something as simple as SPSite.OpenWeb doesn’t always do what you would it expect it to.

Generating tag cloud using the Content Query Web Part

By now you should know how powerful the Content Query Web Part (CQWP) provided with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 is. If you’ve been following this blog for a while it should be really difficult to surprise you with cool new things you could do with nothing more than the standard CQWP. And yet, I think I make a good chance here: did you know that you can use the standard Content Query Web Part to create a tag cloud?

Generating short description using the Content Query Web Part

Probably every Web Content Management (WCM) solution out there uses some kind of content aggregation. No matter whether it’s showing the 5 most recent press releases, new job offers or upcoming events: presenting content roll-up to the visitors allows them to get to your content more easily.