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I see this topic come up quite a bit.  You have a set of search results, and the user just wants to see the documents, not the folder that contains the documents.  Consider the following example, when I query for accounting documents below. As you can see in the results above, the first item returned is the folder named Accounting which contains the documents listed after it.  Many times, people do not want this showing up in the results, so we need to come up with a way to remove it.  The easiest way of course is to use the IsDocument keyword and pass it a value of 1.  This will give you results like the ones below. As you can see, this works great, but you don’t exactly want to have to explain to the user how to type in IsDocument:1 into the search box.  However, it is quite easy to include this if you are building your own advanced search control.  One way to... (more)

SPQuery Error: Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException

SharePoint Archiving Journal When I get an error, I like to blog about it.  Especially when the error gives you no useful information whatsoever.  Now, you can get the above error in a variety of ways, but the one I am going to discuss today is when using SPQuery.  I inherited some code that had some CAML queries in it and I could not figure out what the cause was at first.  When I called SPList.GetItems(SPQuery), I would receive something like the following. Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException was unhandled by user code Message="Cannot complete this action.\n\nPlease try again." Sour... (more)

Displaying Social Ratings in Search Results

I absolutely love the new social ratings site columns that we can easily add to existing SharePoint 2010 document libraries.  It gives such an easy way for end users to rate documents in an interface they are probably already familiar with because of iTunes. I got to thinking.  Seeing these social ratings in my search results sure would be useful.  It would also be nice to be able to query them.  How do we do that?  We use managed properties of course.  I did some digging and found out that there isn’t a managed property already out there for this so we need to create one.  We ... (more)

Query People Search in SharePoint Online

At my Search talk at SPC11, I demoed how to build a Silverlight application that could query search in SharePoint Online.  I also built a separate application that could query people search, but I haven’t posted on it yet until today.  To query people search, we have to know a few things about how SharePoint operates.  It all starts with understanding the scopes involved.  If you take a look at your Search Scopes link in your site collection settings, you’ll see a similar list to the one below. What’s funny here is that SPO actually returns item counts for the entire (non-parti... (more)

Excited to be speaking at TechEd this year

I am excited to say that I’ll be speaking at both TechEd North America and TechEd Europe.  This is my first time to even attend a TechEd so I am looking forward to see what is in store.  Both events are sure to be exciting but I am particularly excited to be going to Amsterdam for TechEd Europe since I haven’t been in 10+ years.  If you’re at either event, be sure and check out my session on Making the most of Search with SharePoint Online.  There you will learn some great tricks on how to get more out of your search experience in the cloud.  Links to my sessions are below. Tech... (more)