View installed Site Definitions using PowerShell

A while ago I wrote about a little tool I’ve made that help you discover the ID’s of all Site Definitions installed on the server. SharePoint requires you to provide unique ID’s for custom Site Definitions and using a tool is definitely easier than manually browsing through all the WebTemp files and noting which ID’s are already used. But who wants a tool if you can do the same with PowerShell?

Inconvenient Content Query Web Part and server-relative URLs

Content Query Web Part is probably the best solution for creating dynamic content rollups in SharePoint 2010. It’s lightning fast and because it’s using XSLT it allows you to easily change layout without touching your data. And although changing the presentation in Content Query Web Part is a matter of a few mouse clicks, it gets quite inconvenient when you start using custom XSLT files.

Easy access to SharePoint Central Administration for developers

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.

Better conditional content for anonymous users with LoginView

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.

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.