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With MOSS 2007, I often got asked what order do I install these solution packages in.  Oftentimes, it was critical that they get installed in a particular order.  With features, we have had the ability to set dependencies, but we really didn’t have anything like that for solution packages.  Well, I haven’t heard people talking about this new feature yet, but we can in fact set solution dependencies in the manifest.xml file. The way it works is that it checks to see if a dependent solution has already been deployed on your farm (or site collection for sandbox solutions).  However, it won’t chain deploy child solutions for you like you can do with hidden dependent features.  It does this check when you attempt to deploy the feature (not when you add it).  It also won’t remove a parent solution should you remove any of its dependent child solutions.  Solution dependen... (more)

Office 365 How to: Build and Deploy a Web Part with SharePoint Online

You know by now that the cloud is hot and Microsoft says “we’re all in.”  That being said, there has never been a better time to push all of those chips forward and  jump on the bandwagon.  It’s time to get some experience with SharePoint Online / Office 365.  I know most people don’t have access to the Office 365 beta yet, but when it opens up, you should sign up for the public beta and start getting familiar with it.  If you haven’t seen SharePoint Online yet, check our my previous article which gives a quick tour of it.  I plan to write more about SharePoint Online in the futu... (more)

How to: Use PowerShell with SharePoint Online Preview

I recently spoke about PowerShell at SharePoint Conference 2012 (SPC195).  It turns out PowerShell support slipped into SharePoint Online Preview without a lot of people noticing.  In my session at SPC12, I walked users through a lot of common scenarios of using PowerShell with SPO that I wanted to share with you.  This post will show you how to get connected to your SharePoint Online tenant and how to do work with sites.  In a follow-up post, I’ll show you how to work with users and groups.  Keep in mind this only work with SharePoint Online Preview right now.  When your existin... (more)

Explaining the benefits of cloud services to your extended family

After spending the holidays with the extended family, a number of tech topics came up including Windows 8, tablets, and “the cloud”.  It’s always fun to have these discussions with family because I get an idea of what people across a number of generations (who generally aren’t technical) are thinking.  The general consensus with the cloud is that they just don’t get it.  They have heard about it, but they really have no idea what it is.  Specifically, we’re talking about the consumer oriented cloud services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, Flickr, etc.    I had mixed success ... (more)

Calling the Enterprise Search Web Service from Silverlight 3

I needed to do a quick proof of concept of displaying search results in Silverlight recently and it actually proved easier than I thought it was going to be.  I tried this once before in a beta version of Silverlight 2 and it was much more difficult at the time.  I was able to easily add the reference to the search web service but the proxy was filled with classes that were not supported in the Silverlight .NET Framework.  This time I was relieved to find that it was much simpler.  I’ve written many applications to query using the web service, so the first thing I thought of wa... (more)