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SharePoint Archiving Journal on Ulitzer What I really like about SharePoint 2010 is all of the new ways we can get at list data.  You can always use the Client Object Model, Linq to SharePoint, or the existing object model, but one neat new way to get at list data is with listdata.svc.  ListData.svc provides a way of getting information from a list (or lists using joins) using REST.  What you end up with is a nice RSS feed of list data, that you can consume with whatever client you would like.  You can construct URLs in various manners to get specific records, do joins, or perform simple queries.  I won’t go through everything that you can do with it today, but I’ll point you towards resources to do the more advanced things. When you are getting started, the first thing you want to do is check and see if you have ListData.svc up and running.  Like any SharePoint web... (more)

Silverlight in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint Archiving Journal One misconception I have heard is that SharePoint 2010 is completely based on Silverlight.  While SharePoint does use Silverlight now in various places, I would say most of it is still based upon regular ASP.NET pages.  I haven’t seen anything that actually requires Silverlight yet, but it does make things prettier when you have it.  This is just a brief overview of some things you might see.  For example, one of my favorite new things is the Create page.  If you don’t have Silverlight installed, you get something that looks like this. As you can s... (more)

How to: Start Over with SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search

It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, we just need to start over. A lot of times, I see cases in the forums where it is just easier to reinstall the Search Service Application.  This especially applies to new environments or when someone ran the dreaded “wizard” to set up their service applications.  This serves as a quick reference guide on how to re-create your Search Service Application.  When you do this, you will lose all existing search settings, your search index, your scopes, and any managed property mappings you might have made.  Keep that in mind if you are startin... (more)

How to: Deploy Metadata Navigation Without Using Code

As someone who focuses mostly on ECM and Search, I am a huge fan of the new Metadata Navigation feature on document libraries in SharePoint 2010.  It provides a great alternative to folders when it comes to navigating your document libraries.  A list administrator can configure Metadata navigation on the document library settings page.  However, I prefer to make changes using CAML or code so that I can deploy them easily to other environments.  Usually, my first choice is with CAML, so I did some digging today and I discovered the trick to deploying your Metadata navigation setti... (more)

Year in Review: 13 SharePoint highlights for 2013

It’s been a big year and I thought I would take a moment today to cover some of the SharePoint highlights for 2013. 1) SharePoint moves to a “services-first” offering Wave 15 of Office brought us a number of new features to SharePoint Online including improved search, IRM, and more.  Although the SharePoint Online offering still doesn’t have features that on-premises has, we are moving into an era where Office 365 is going to be getting features before anything else now.  That means if you want the latest and greatest features, you should be using SharePoint Online.  A good examp... (more)