SharePoint People Search – Lessons learned. Part 1: Covering the basics

For the last couple of days I’ve been working on a facebook solution based on SharePoint People Search. And while you might think that it’s nothing more than configuring and developing for SharePoint, there are quite a few search-specific things I’ve learned in those few days.

SharePoint mobile-friendly interface (Imtech Mobile SharePoint)

SharePoint 2007 ships with a mobile-friendly interface. In the past few years the usage of mobile devices has grown tremendously. It is then not surprising that the SharePoint team has provided a mobile-friendly interface for accessing data stored in SharePoint. Unfortunately the standard SharePoint mobile interface is far from perfect and maybe even far from useful.

Get to the on-line SharePoint SDK with one click (MSDN bookmarklet)

While developing custom SharePoint solutions there is a big chance you need to look into the SharePoint SDK on regular. To keep off continuously surfing to the on-line reference, the SharePoint Team have provided us with the compiled CHM files. I admit that the off-line help files do simplify finding the information on a particular class, method or property. They have however two serious flaws: the content is outdated and there is no community content included in the off-line SDK.

Programmatically deleting list items/documents with Recycle Bin support

If you delete a document in SharePoint 2007 using the User Interface, it’s being moved to the Recycle Bin, so that it can be restored if necessary. There are situations when you want to include deleting list items and documents in your custom solutions. The most commonly used approach I’ve seen is calling the SPListItem.Delete() method. While this does the job, and deletes the item, it deletes it permanently instead of moving to the Recycle Bin.