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I am a Female SharePoint Developer (a platinum unicorn). I have been working with SharePoint since I attended the Portal University in 2005. I hold a BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. I love playing Rockband, organizing user group meetings, working with code, attending events as a speaker or organizer, and having bizarre conversations about geek things with cool people. If you have any comments or questions fill out the contact form and I will try my best to help.



The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog MOSS SharePoint 2007
South Florida Code Camp
Thank you all for attending my session at the code camp. If you guys have any further Silverlight and SharePoint Questions shoot me an email on the contact form. Here is a link to my presentation:http://cid-8e2... Here is a link to some code samples:http://cid-8e2654c5... ......

Posted On Saturday, February 12, 2011 1:30 PM

SharePoint Saturday Chicago Slides and Code Samples
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Posted On Monday, October 18, 2010 8:36 PM

SharePoint 2010 Upgrades and Deployments…A Learning Experience…
The past few months I’ve been playing architect and admin, rather than developer. I have worked with a couple 2010 environments for play and work and at least one upgrade. So here are just a few tidbits that you might not know that I’ve found… When working with the blank site definition you have to activate the taxonomy features through stsadm if you want to use managed metadata. Here is a good article: http://neoassyrian.blogspot... There is a bug ......

Posted On Sunday, September 19, 2010 12:35 AM

Deploying Multiple WSP Files Using Powershell
I was playing around with some scripts today while I was working on an upgrade. I didn’t want to individually write out the names of files in a batch file and I wanted to create a quick Powershell Script. If you are using SharePoint 2010 you can use these lines of code in the Powershell Manager to deploy only .wsp files to your SharePoint 2010 Web Applications: $dir = [directory] $list = Get-ChildItem $dir | where {$_.extension -eq ".wsp"} foreach($my_file in Get-ChildItem $list){Add-SPSolution -LiteralPath ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 1:31 PM

Dude, where is my list instance?
I saw an MSDN Forum post today, so I looked for a ListInstance Hidden property in SharePoint 2007 features. There is none, but interestingly enough there is one in 2010. I wondered what would happen if you did this: <Elements xmlns="http://schemas.micro... <ListInstance FeatureId="00bfea71-de22-43... Title="Hidden List Test" Description="Testing a hidden list." TemplateType="100" Hidden="TRUE" OnQuickLaunch="FALSE" Url="Lists/TestHidden" /> </Elements> ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2010 5:00 PM

More Changes...
Stuff has changed drastically for me in the past two to three years. I moved over 1000 miles from Saint Louis. I go outside and I get up in front of crowds with less issues. Now I'm changing jobs again. I'm not really sure what to say here. I was obviously unhappy and I needed to do something different. So quit two days ago and I guess it worked out that I end with B&R this Friday, then head to TEC and SPS Huntsville and a week from this Monday I start my new job at Gig Werks. I'm not sure what ......

Posted On Friday, April 23, 2010 1:18 AM

SPRoleAssignment Crazy Caveats
I’m not sure if this bug exists on any other environment, but here are a few issues I ran into when trying to use SPRoleAssignment and SPGroup: When trying to use Web.Groups[“GroupName”] it basically told me the group did not exist, so I had to change the code to use Web.SiteGroups[“GroupName”]. I could not add the Role Assignment to the Web and run a Web.Update() without adding an additional Web.AllowUnsafeUpdates= true; , however on my virtual machine I could do a Web.Update() without the extra ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2010 2:11 PM

Upcoming Presentations
Conferences: SSWUG.org VConference, 4 sessions, April 7,8, and 9, Register at http://www.vconferenceonlin... SharePoint .org Conference, 2 sessions, April 18-21, http://www.sharepointconfer... The Expert's Conference, Silverlight, April 25-28, enter the code "Gambit" when you register at: http://www.theexpertsconfer... SharePoint Saturdays: SharePoint Saturday Charlotte, Silverlight, April 10th, Regiser at ......

Posted On Sunday, February 28, 2010 2:07 PM

SharePoint Saturday Boston Slides and Code
Here is a link to the slides and code samples on my Sky Drive: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069.skydrive.live.com/summary.aspx?sa=624379842
In the future I will be doing a bunch of Stickam test presentations.  Check this blog for information and my twitter account.  I need more practice and I think Stickam or some other sharing outlet would help a lot.

Posted On Sunday, February 28, 2010 1:57 PM

Migrating the Publishing Pages for Fun and Profit
This week and the following weeks I will be working through a ton of recursive functions to move a rather hefty page library into a Site Collection and subwebs. I figure while I am having some “fun” you guys will profit will a few of my scripts. For any of you out there who are interested in how to create a publishing page in a library here is a little sample code on how to copy items from the page content area and create a new page then replace a welcome page. Here is a small sample: PublishingSite ......

Posted On Saturday, February 6, 2010 3:58 PM

SPC and the Beatles Love Cirque Show
I was talking a few months ago with Rob Foster and it just so happens we both love the Beatles. So we thought why not go to the Cirque Du Soleil show at the Mirage during SPC. I was on a plane between Chicago and Omaha and noticed there is a special promotion with Buy One Get the second ticket for $25. We were talking about it on Stickam and in im about maybe getting a group together for a show. If you are interested in attending the show send in a comment with your email and name. I will try and ......

Posted On Monday, July 27, 2009 5:38 PM

devLink…Inexpensive Conference Worth your Dollar…
Are you a developer? There are so many dev conferences out there, but I found out about this one a few months ago. I am speaking on SharePoint and Silverlight at devLink in Nashville. The conference lasts about 3 days from August 13th to the 15th in Nashville, TN (as Rob Foster says NashVegas). I am looking at the speakers from the .Net Community (and SharePoint) and some notable mentions would be Claudio Lassala, Jessica Moss, Steve Andrews, Clint Edmonson, Rob Foster, Eric Shupps, Jeremy Sublett, ......

Posted On Thursday, June 25, 2009 9:40 AM

Don’t Complain About SharePoint If You’ve Never Touched Open Source…
I have a couple posts coming to this respect, but I had the displeasure of working with Apache, SVN, and Perl these past few weeks. First off I tried learning Perl when I was 16 years old and it never took. I couldn’t understand it. I still don’t understand half of what it does and why you would use it over any other scripting language. The most I ever used it prior to these past few weeks was AOL .eml forms back in the day (http://members.aol.com/jad... yeah I know I’m not proud of my 17 year ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:15 AM

Where I am Speaking…
Here is a list I have compiled thus far and will probably post as things come up: SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach (January) Baltimore SharePoint User Group (January) SharePoint Saturday Boston (February) Raleigh SharePoint User Group (March) The Expert’s Conference (April) New York SharePoint User Group (May) I am going to attend SharePoint Saturday New York and maybe help out a little. I will probably also attend the Northern NJ .Net User Group and Princeton SharePoint User Group and possibly ......

Posted On Thursday, December 31, 2009 12:03 PM

The Last UG Meeting…
I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. This past Thursday was the last user group meeting of the year and the last meeting with me present as leader. Next week I am meeting with about 4 or 5 people to hand over the KC Office Geeks. Every so often I look back and reflect on where I have come in the past few years and how I got to this point in time. We have 177 people on the mailing list and an average from 15-20 people at each meeting. When Jeff handed off the group to me we were average 3 people per ......

Posted On Saturday, November 7, 2009 6:16 PM

Yes I'm Still Alive and Attending SPC 09
So I scraped together the money and paid in full to go to the conference as I've said before. Here is a complete list of all the sessions I will be attending: Monday 1:15 - Overview and Whats New for SharePoint 2010 IT Pro's 2:45 - What's New in Office 2010 for Developers 4:30 - Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 Tuesday 9:00 - Building Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 3 and SharePoint 2010 10:30 - FAST Search for SharePoint: Capabilities and Deep Dive 1:15 - Developing SharePoint ......

Posted On Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:30 PM

Three Weeks…
So I did it. I moved, I ran a SharePoint Saturday, and I attended a wedding. I can’t say everything went smoothly in the process, but I will say it all worked out for the best. I started out my stressful adventure a couple months ago with packing and changing everything over to the new address. Here is my account as best as I can describe it to you guys… I woke up on Friday, December 11th at about 6 am after sleeping on the floor with my boyfriend. The mover’s came at about 7 am to pack the pod. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:54 AM

Support SPDevWiki by Sponsoring SPC Shirts
For all 10 of you guys who read my blog and the 200 or so bots that are there to make me feel comfortable I learned something really sad tonight. Jeremy Thake, who runs http://www.sharepointdevwik... lost his shirt sponsor for SharePoint Conference. We all use it as developers in the SharePoint world from correct disposal to how would you loop through a series of items in a list. So come on guys you know you want to sponsor the shirts he was going to make up for SharePoint Conference so we all ......

Posted On Friday, October 2, 2009 3:41 PM

Repeated Authentication When Booting A Shared Service Provider
I created a brand spanking new environment, Server 2008 x64, SQL Server 2008, WSPBuilder, and Visual Studio 2008 Team Systems…All the awesome that you would expect out of a base development environment for SharePoint. I get to the Shared Service Provider and it keeps prompting me to authenticate repeatedly. I checked the logs and it looked like it wasn’t even passing credentials in the Event Viewer. I got that generic can’t pass the token or whatever error. So I thought maybe it’s related to a trusted ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:59 PM

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City 2010 Hands on Labs
I sort of underestimated the love of free hands on 2010 training. We have about 71 people signed up with about 50 or so people for the hands on lab sessions. I opened up the registration a couple of weeks ago. It's insane the kind of draw that we are receiving. In February I opened up registration with barely 20 people on the Click to Attend. The guys I worked with had to push to get out publicity. I called up all the local recruiters. With 3 months to spare we are at 71 out of 250. I am going to ......

Posted On Saturday, September 19, 2009 5:02 PM

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City General Registration Open
I have been grinding the midnight oil trying incredibly hard to make this event better than last year. Kevin Hughes, Brian Laird, and Bob Davis are helping me out tremendously. We’ve had some good speaker submissions and we are continuing to receive more (don’t worry still spots left if you are interested). We have total of 24 slots for speakers plus a keynote and 2 separate 101 sessions hosted by our local guys, Bob Davis and Howard Davy. We have just opened up registration at http://www.sharepointsaturd... ......

Posted On Friday, September 4, 2009 7:29 PM

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City Officially December 12th
In the mix of things we were the 2nd SharePoint Saturday event and I think we can do far better. I wanted to have a free conference with 2010 content that people didn’t have to pay for if they couldn’t afford SPC. So we are now finally confirmed for Saturday, December 12th at Johnson Country Community College Regnier Center. This event will be bigger (250 is the cap) and far better. I have a lot of good people helping me out including Brian Laird, Kevin Huges, and Bob Davis. St. Louis is working ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 18, 2009 10:30 PM

devLink Slides and Recap
For those of you looking for the slides for my presentation at devLink here is the link: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... Here is the code samples: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... So most of you guys know I’m more of an alternative/rock type person. I don’t enjoy country music much. It’s just not my thing that I will go and seek out. I don’t fully hate most of it. In fact Johnny Cash is a huge ......

Posted On Sunday, August 16, 2009 9:49 PM

Permissions for SPAuditQuery
The other day I was working with a class that pulls back all the audit information for a user, SPAuditQuery. It has some really good options, especially query by user. I was trying to pull information from the site collection for the user, however I continued to receive a non-descript error message. Finally, I thought to myself what permissions does this user have and sure enough the user was a Site Admin and not Site Collection Admin. If you are pulling audit logs from a Site, then check that the ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:01 AM

Last Logged Out Time in SharePoint
I was kicking myself last week wondering why am I not seeing a last logged out time in SharePoint. I talked to a few people and I guess I never really though about it. If you are using Active Directory, then there really is no last logged out time for SharePoint. There is a last logged out time in Active Directory, because AD is what is handling SharePoint. So when you logout and you close the browser, then open it back up with SharePoint it will show up with yourself fully logged in. I came up with ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:13 PM

I’m around…Not fully hiding…
So I’ve been kind of busy lately in Omaha…I have a new gig that deals with FAST and SharePoint, but it’s government so I can’t really talk about it. So far I’ve met a person in Omaha related to SharePoint name Kirk Hofer. He is running the SPUG in Omaha. It sounds like it should be fun. Hopefully we can get a few SharePint’s going in the future. I just did our first unofficial SharePint event in KC…We had about 5 people…We might do another next month to see if we can get more if we hold it in Kansas. ......

Posted On Sunday, August 2, 2009 10:45 AM

ZOMG…Free SharePoint Training?
For the price of zero dollars and zero cents you can attend SharePoint Saturday Ozarks in Harrison, Arkansas. I know a lot of you Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma people are always wondering when we will get more events out this way. We had a ton this year with MOSS Camp St. Louis, SPS KC, SPS Tulsa, and now SPS Ozarks and SPS Dallas. You guys can attend two events within a decent driving distance (Dallas and Harrison are not too far from each other). Mike Watson, Laura Roger, ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:20 PM

My Experience as a Woman in the Community
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Posted On Wednesday, June 17, 2009 3:59 PM

SPS Chicago Links
For anyone interested here are some Silverlight Project Samples (databinding, animation, hello world, plus wcf webservice): http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... Overall I had a pretty good time and it sounds like I projected pretty good. Some people said they could hear me in the hallway that's a good sign. I'll just keep on trying to project just as good each time. It was a pretty long weekend, but well worth meeting the people I did. I met so many and hung out ......

Posted On Monday, June 15, 2009 9:33 AM

SharePoint Designer Workflows and Infopath
Last night someone said that you could not use a SP Designer Workflow with Infopath. I guess it’s one of those things that not everyone has worked with. I take it for granted, because I have been using SPD workflows and Infopath. For all of you who never actually have used Infopath. You can publish an Infopath Form and elevate certain fields in the form to a SharePoint Form Library. Before you want to add these columns to the library you want to add them to the Form Options Section (Tools Menu –> ......

Posted On Friday, June 5, 2009 10:06 AM

Kansas City Office Geeks Meeting this Thursday
This month Howard Davy will be discussing SharePoint Designer Workflows. He was one of the volunteers for SharePoint Saturday Kansas City. He helped orchestrate the event with me and a ton of other people. As his day job he’s a SharePoint Trainer, so this should be a really good presentation. If you guys are in Kansas City and find SPD a little scary. I would show up just to see what it actually can do. We are meeting as usual this Thursday at 5:45 pm at Centriq (8700 Stateline, Leawood, KS 66206). ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:26 AM

What the SharePoint Community means to me…Maybe?
So I’ve blogged about this a lot. If you read my blog you know how I got started. Kansas City .Net User Group and walking up to the right person at the right time plus meeting the right people at the right events that just clicked as good people (Lee, Brian, Jeff, John, Tim, Michael). I guess looking back over the past 2 years (as of this month I believe?) in retrospect would be nice. I was pretty hardcore into World of Warcraft back then without many friends newly moved to Kansas City. Right now ......

Posted On Friday, June 5, 2009 10:27 AM

MOSS Comic is a Go
I drew up a quick comic tonight and posted it on twitter. It is a really bad prototype that I am having converted into a better version by a friend. He has a tablet and I have seen a couple of his drawings. I will probably have a few people draw items as things progress and more people get involved. If anyone has an idea for a comic please let me know and I will try to get something out there in the upcoming months. I have no idea what the frequency will be on updates. I'll let you guys know when ......

Posted On Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:29 PM

New Firewall Woes
Our networking department is implementing a new firewall/vpn device a Cisco ASA 5520. They allow access to the main Intranet Portal, but there are some links from one of the groups that go to SharePoint. The firewall is encrypting the links using SSL and allowing access to the entire SharePoint Portal. I am trying to figure out how to block access to SharePoint using this VPN Connection. I am going to look around into some type of redirect option. It is new and exciting for me, but entirely uncharted ......

Posted On Friday, June 6, 2008 3:03 PM

Becky…Who is Becky?
My name is Becky Isserman. Everyone in the Kansas City Community knew me as Becky before they even knew who MOSSLover was on the web. I didn’t even buy the domain until last year in April after the first event I attended, STL MOSS Camp. It’s really weird how much I’ve done and how far I’ve come since then. I swear I was ten times more nervous that first time. Who wouldn’t be with there dad in the room? When I was at DC I got up and I spoke and I fumbled ten times less. I can see the pay back for ......

Posted On Monday, May 4, 2009 12:51 AM

Dazzling Silverlight and SharePoint at SSWUG VConference
Here is the slide deck link: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... Here are the code samples webservice and all: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... If you have questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me. Technorati Tags: MOSS,Silverlight,SharePoint ......

Posted On Friday, April 24, 2009 8:47 AM

Upcoming SharePoint Saturday Events
There are four upcoming SharePoint Saturday events all listed at http://www.sharepointsaturd... with speaker information and submission information. Some of them have registration links posted. The four cities and dates are: SharePoint Saturday San Francisco on Saturday, April 25th SharePoint Saturday DC on Saturday, May 2nd SharePoint Saturday Chicago on Saturday, June 13th SharePoint Saturday Charlotte on Saturday, June 20th If you cannot attend any of these events Mark Miller at http://www.endusersharepoin... ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 2:02 PM

70-541, Stump MOSSLover…
On Thursday I am taking 70-541…I am taking many practice exams, reading books, watching webcasts, and doing a billion other things…I encourage anyone to post on this blog thread or in email any questions to stump me related to the WSS 3.0 Application Development. If you do it I’ll blog about the questions that you ask and research the answers more in depth and explain why that is the answer. I encourage a good challenge. Later on this month I will be taking the next exam which will probably be the ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 1:23 PM

I want to Update an Item, but I don't want the user to see an alert...
I saw this question on a certification exam for WSS 3.0. I narrowed down the answer and it appears that I was right. I wasn't sure if I was correct, so I consulted someone and they looked up the answer. I also went around google to see what is the actual answer. It turns out if you don't run Item.Update(), but instead Item.SystemUpdate() it doesn't end up modifying the Modified and Modified By fields. This basically means that no alert will get sent when you choose this option over the regular update ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 7:56 AM

Silverlight 3.0 and Extended Databinding with SharePoint Controls
I don't really have a break until after SharePoint Saturday D.C. Once the break occurs I am going to upgrade my VM with .Net 3.5 (finally get it to stick). Then I am going to write a WCF webservice that will pull data from profile services and search. Plus maybe some image library information for fun. I want to build a ton of controls using Silverlight as the front end and SharePoint as the back end. Check back here in about a month or so for some interesting experiments. I will probably post these ......

Posted On Monday, March 30, 2009 11:54 PM

Silverlight Demos
Here is a link to the blog post with the databinding and other SIlverlight demos I have done and slide decks: http://mosslover.com/archive/2009/02/26/silverlight-demos-and-slides-most-updated-versions.aspx

Posted On Saturday, March 14, 2009 3:19 PM

Silverlight Demos and Slides (most updated versions)
I finally had an entire day of sitting at home where I did not have to pack. I put my slides and my demos on Sky Drive, including the Linq to XML information with the XML file databinding commented out and the webservice code (using WCF). Here is the slide link: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... Here are the demos: http://cid-8e2654c5f01e6069... I am not ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 6:05 PM

SSWUG.org Online Conference
I am really late in posting about this event with all the craziness. I am participating in an online conference hosted by the SQL Server World User Group. It is strictly an online conference. I will be speaking about Introduction to Feature Design, Visually Designing Webparts, and Dazzling SharePoint with Silverlight. Chris Regan, one of the managing partners at B&R, will be speaking at the same event. For further details (dates, other topics, etc...) you can click on this link: http://www.vconferenceonlin... ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:41 AM

Revisiting the People Picker (PeopleEditor) Control
I was working with the People Editor Control and realized there are a couple weird things you need to do before you can read values into the control and save values into a list. Here are a few samples related to saving multiple items into a list and reading multiple items from a list into the control. Updating an Item from a PeopleEditor Control: string[] UsersSeperated = peUserEditor.CommaSeparated... SPFieldUserValueCollection UserCollection= new SPFieldUserValueCollection(); foreach ......

Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:28 PM

Why Change Control Systems are Good...
I did something stupid against all my beliefs and should have never done it. I tried to deploy something on Friday. It was the dumbest mistake. First off I had no idea what type of master pages were in the environment. I assumed there was only one master page in the entire environment and I used the most disgustingly wrong program for a developer, SharePoint Designer. I pasted in this fix for AJAX Update Panels with FireFox (<script type='text/javascript'>_... = document.forms[0].action; ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 2:02 AM

Kansas City Office Geeks March Meeting Goodness (A KC SharePoint User Group)
Presenter: Dave Smith Topic: Introduction to InfoPath Forms Services Bio: Dave has over 15 years in Information Technology. Starting with a Lotus Notes Partner, Dave gained an understanding of the value of E-Forms and Collaborative tools. Later, he developed Exchange Public Folder applications using Excel and Word as E-Forms. Dave was chosen by Ingram's magazine to serve on its IT Outlook Forum two years in a row while running one of the largest Microsoft Partners in Kansas City. While most of his ......

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 11:34 AM

SharePoint Saturday Boston (An event for all New Englanders)
Come one come all SharePoint New Englanders to SharePoint Saturday Boston on Saturday, March 14th from 8 am to 6:30 pm at the MS Office on Jones Road in Waltham, MA.  Erik Kraus, Joel Oleson, Kanwal Khipple, Mark Miller...These are just a few of the names of who is speaking at the event.  If you want some more information see the website at http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/boston/default.aspx. 

Posted On Thursday, February 26, 2009 9:28 AM

The Bad Seed: Battling with Corrupt SharePoint Lists
I had a bug that I worked on for two days. If anyone read my tweets for the past few days they would notice that I wanted to rip my hair out. All my webpart form did was refresh the page. It would not write to the SharePoint Logs or push an error with a Debug.Write Statement. I have a lot of poofy curly hair and I wanted to pull it out of my head piece by piece. Finally I decided to do some last resort debugging, by writing to one of the textboxes to see where the item failed. I noticed that the ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:53 AM

SP Tech Con So far...
So I've been in San Francisco for a few days to kind of write about some things I've done and seen. I wanted to kind of just write this out so I can process some of it while it's happening. I've met some really cool people so far one person, Barb, in particular seems pretty cool and really nice. Just the type of person you can sit with and kind of have a decent discussion. Really laid back incredibly smart and awesome. Not overly crazy. The other person I met who is insane, but I like is Neville ......

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:00 AM

Why is my CSS not working...
So I had the recent privilege to work with a bunch of InputFormTextboxes and KWIZ Tagging Controls. None of them would inherit my styles using the CSSClass tags for some reason. So I shoved a couple spans around the controls in the RenderContents method and finally the links inherited everything I needed. Morale of the story: <span></span> is your friend. Technorati Tags: MOSS,SharePoint,CSS,Webparts ......

Posted On Monday, January 19, 2009 10:25 PM

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City - My Day of Endurance
For anyone new I met yesterday I probably don't remember your name I am really sorry. You see yesterday I was pushing myself to the limit in a couple of weeks and my body was not all too happy. When I got home I watched an episode of House with my boyfriend and called it a night sometime around 11 pm. I never go to bed before midnight and I was exhausted and passed right out until 12 pm the next day. Today I am going to be taking it easy, so I can start coding again on Monday. I will not be running ......

Posted On Sunday, February 8, 2009 1:12 PM

Jacksonville Office Geeks The Last Stand
So Jacksonville Office Geeks is going to draw it's last breathe on Thursday, February, 19th at 6 pm. I get to be the last person to present at the first SharePoint User Group to be dubbed Office Geeks. My topic is another Silverlight and SharePoint Presentation, however by that time I will be unveiling my search control using webservices or WCF that I will start work on Sunday. If you want to sign up to see my presentation here is the Click to Attend Link: https://www.clicktoattend.c... ......

Posted On Thursday, February 5, 2009 4:29 PM

Exhaustion and Some Virginia Beach
I am a little tired, so I'm not counting this as my official post. I think I need some time and some sleep to process. I did get 6 1/2 hours of sleep last night, which is the most I can say for last week's total. So anyway....I had no idea what to expect from this event. It is my third full on SharePoint Event. I am a code camp nut, so I usually end up meeting all kinds of .Net and SharePoint people. I would have to say this was one of my favorite events. I'm not so sure it can beat the Regional ......

Posted On Sunday, January 11, 2009 9:47 AM

SharePoint Saturday Site Down
The SharePoint Saturday Site is down. If you need the Speaker Submission form you can e-mail me at SharePointSaturdayKC@gmail.com. If you want to register for the event go directly to the click to attend at https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=134017. Sorry guys and thanks for your patience.

Posted On Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:07 PM

SharePoint Saturday
So it looks like the first SharePoint Saturday event will be this weekend. I have most of my demos and a few slides thrown together and ready. They have about 200 people signed up for the event. They had to cut off registration. I hope that we can get nearly as many people in Kansas City as they have in Virgnia Beach. I am getting so many session abstracts and will be cutting them off around January 16th at midnight. I have called so many different consulting firms in the area and heard the words ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 6, 2009 7:23 PM

SharePoint Saturday KC Update
I know I am updating almost every day about the event. I have no idea why, but I am really excited. I've never planned anything. I helped out a little with KC Day of Dot Net, but it's definitely not the same. I feel sympathetic for Lee Brandt. So we have a registration page and a word document that people can fill out to submit speaker abstracts. I am going to start working within the next few days to get more sponsors and setup the sponsor page. If you want to register for the event or download ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:32 AM

Free SharePoint Conferences/Events
For those of you out there who can't pay a ton of money to attend one of the conferences there will be three SharePoint Saturday events and probably a MOSS Camp going on in the first quarter of the year. Here is the information that I have on these events: Event Name Date Venue Website Comments SharePoint Saturday NYC Saturday, February 21st, 2009 Microsoft Office New York City http://www.sharepointsaturd... All the speakers and sponsors are listed on the website, including Chris Regan, Jay ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:17 AM

Kansas City Day of Dot Net - Some Thoughts...
As most of you know my blog posts are a little random and more towards free writing. I just think and write. So today the Kansas City Day of Dot Net took place at Centriq. I was freaking out a little bit, because I wanted it to succeed so bad. I was afraid that being our first event here in the past ten year that no one would show up. From what I understand Lee Brandt was thinking the same thing. This event was solely born from his idea that we needed to plan more events in Kansas City. He did a ......

Posted On Sunday, December 7, 2008 2:15 AM

What I Learned this Week by Becky Isserman
So I decided it was time to take a few minutes this week and discuss what I learned this week. This moral is not really something new it's more a reiteration. I hate third party features with little to no documentation. I like developing my own products and knowing what I am doing. I was working with some big name third party feature and I felt like an idiot. First off I had to contact them to get an older version of the product. Some guy with a name like Frankenstein's henchman contacted me. If ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:11 AM

SharePoint Saturday Call for Speakers and Attendees
There will be an all day SharePoint Event called SharePoint Saturday on Saturday, January 10th from 8 am to 6:30 pm at the ATC in Virginia Beach. If you wish to volunteer as a speaker or just want to sign up to attend the event go to http://www.sharepointsaturd... I'm already signed up to present on Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search. As most SharePoint Nation! Events it should be awesome. According to the site if you attend you have the chance to win a Zune or a Mindsharp Training Course. So as ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:51 PM

Kansas City Day of Dot Net: Changing my Presentation
I know a few people were looking for a SharePoint Development 101 Presentation, so I am changing from my Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search Presentation. I am going to start with a user control and then head towards feature and webpart development. I will also talk about some tools and how to get started with SharePoint Development. That way the people in Kansas City interested in getting started with SharePoint get a little bit of an idea where to start. If you guys are interested in my Wildcard Search ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:42 PM

Silverlight and SharePoint: Getting Started
So people are always asking me how do I get Silverlight to work in SharePoint? Then Paul Galvin and some other people told me why not post the steps. So here is what you want to do: Get Visual Studio 2008 and download SP1 from http://www.microsoft.com/do... The installer may stick at one part and may take an hour or two, so make sure you leave tons of time to spare. Get the Microsoft Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio ......

Posted On Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:57 PM

Interesting SharePoint Fact for the Week...
That's right I didn't forget...This one has to deal with the Edit Form in a list...I wanted to just re-iterate something that I have learned. If you are working with an application push it to the _layouts directory and do not post web parts on this page. I have heard Michael Lotter and a few other people say that this is best practice. I hope that this will suffice for the week. I will be posting Raleigh Code Camp Slides and other items once I get my new 1 tb hard drive and enclosure working with ......

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:48 PM

Raleigh Code Camp and Chicago Layover
Today for the first time in my entire life I will enter the state of North Carolina. I will be speaking at Raleigh Code Camp about Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search in MOSS (1 of the many talks) using the Query Object Model. I created the user control demo, but I decided to do the webpart demo with STSDev on the fly. I might shove a bit in about what you need to check in STSDev to make sure the webpart is working properly and deploy a webpart properly for those people trying to get started in SharePoint ......

Posted On Friday, November 14, 2008 5:54 AM

Stepping Back
I'm taking two steps back and one step forward. As some of you know I had a not so great last week due to taking on way too much in life. This past year has been my let's get active and out of the house year. It ended up becoming the "Becky Cannot Say No" year. I am one of those people who has a philosophy that involves giving yourself at least 1 hour to do something absolutely brainless per day. For me if I don't get that one hour I start to have issues in my life. So from last week on I am giving ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:57 PM

Cheap and Easy Wildcard Search
So I came up with a new presentation based on something I did at Terracon with wildcard search using Patrick Tisseghem's Book on Search. I am going to walk attendees through some basic SharePoint Search Functionality and talk a little about what is missing in the out of the box web parts. Then I am going to show attendees what they can do using the Query Object Model, some ASP .Net Controls, and a GridView to add some more search functionality. Here is a list of the dates and events that I will be ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:46 PM

Interesting SharePoint Fact for Last Week
So I promised you guys one interesting fact based on my dev experiences every week. I failed last week due to a ton of junk going on. Here it is: Open up an "EditForm.aspx" in SharePoint Designer Go to the Insert menu and click on the SharePoint Section and you will see Insert Custom List Form Field At this point you want to choose the list you are working with in the drop down and make sure the radio button for Edit Form is selected Switch to Split and highlight part of the form tables, notice you ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2008 5:40 PM

Kansas City Day of Dot Net
We just got Centriq Officially on board for the Kansas City Day of Dot Net on Saturday, December 6th. If you are not registered please go here and register: http://kcdodn.eventbrite.com/. Right now we have 5 SharePoint Speakers committed to the event, including Todd Kitta, Michael Lotter, Todd Bleeker, Steve Walker, and myself. This event will be one of many in the upcoming future we're hoping. We already broke 100 on the sign up. We are probably going to cap it around 125, so sign up asap. We are ......

Posted On Friday, November 7, 2008 10:27 AM

The SharePoint Community Rocks
I know this week is going to be crazy, so I just wanted to post a blog saying... The SharePoint Community Rocks! I figure if you get depressed or something happens just read those three words and remember you are part of the awesomeness of the community. No matter what happens in life we are all SharePoint People and contribute to the community in our own way. Each of you is awesome. Peace out guys:) Technorati Tags: MOSS,SharePoint Rocks ......

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2008 7:26 PM

No matter what a Developer tells you, you cannot declare a site column lookup field without the list guid...
I wrote a couple features with some list definitions, site columns, and a content type with a feature receiver. It was the first real feature that I ever wrote. I built a presentation on features, but that was all research and books. I did the presentation once, but I never really knew much about features. This time around I did not use STSDev or VSEWSS. I knew what the DDF file was and the Manifest.xml from my SPS 2003 days, but was very rusty. I think that this week definitely helped me with my ......

Posted On Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:40 PM

Upcoming Events and Insightful Post of the Week
I am sorry for the lack of blog love. I am going to try very hard to post something awesome once a week. I have a couple birthdays upcoming, including my friend Leah's and my boyfriend Johnny's. I also have a Silverlight Presentation at the St. Louis .Net User Group on October 27th, then the Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting on November 6th with a presentation on SharePoint Updates by JD Wade. In between I believe I am going to try and give a how to write a custom wildcard search in SharePoint ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:57 PM

Day of Dot Net Needs the SharePoint Lovens
So finally Kansas City gets a Code Camp and we get an entire SharePoint Track (so I hope) on Saturday, December 6th. I am hoping that we can get together at least 5 sessions. So far Todd Kitta (the MOSS Gone Wild Guy) has offered up his services and he will be bringing his family (including the new baby I hope). So what I ask from you guys is that if you want to speak and you are local or not even local drop me an e-mail. Kansas City needs love too. We have Barbecue, the Nelson Atkins Art Museum, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:43 PM

Tulsa Techfest 2008
This was my second official conference and first time that I did two presentations. I had a blast playing Rockband and meeting a lot of Oklahomans, Texans, Arkansans, and other assorted peoples. If anyone is curious my slide decks are available at http://www.codeplex.com/mos... If you have any questions or comments I'm here to answer them. I am not sure yet how Silverlight version 2.0 will affect the SharePoint and Silverlight Presentation. I will try to play around with the new version in the ......

Posted On Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:38 PM

Silverlight RC0 and Blueprints
So I followed to the core Phil Wickland's Hello World! Silverlight and SharePoint blog postings here: http://philwicklund.com/def... I figured downloading all the templates for RC0 would work perfectly fine. No it did not I had to uninstall and remove all the dll files from my GAC. When I used the Silverlight 2 Beta 2 templates and information everything worked perfectly fine. So for right now do not use RC0, instead use 2 Beta 2. After I had that issue I went through the blueprints for SharePoint ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2008 9:05 PM

Disaster Recovery Book and Stuff...
Thanks everyone for the encouragement...I have about three more chapters and John has about one more to write for the book (yeah I'm the slacker). At the end of the weekend early next week I'm hoping to make that two chapters and then the week after than only one...It's coming along pretty nicely. If anyone is interested in pre-ordering here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Share... I know ......

Posted On Sunday, October 5, 2008 2:44 AM

Listen to the SharePoint Pod Show
I need to give a shout out to the SharePoint Pod Show, because it is another resource you guys could utilize aside from blogs. It is an entire podcast dedicated to SharePoint. Here is the URL: http://www.sharepointpodsho... So far they have an interview with Eric Shupps, one with Robert Bogue, and an old interview with Patrick Tisseghem. They cover such topics as governance, design for performance, and enterprise search. I think that Rob Foster has a really good speaking presence and for anyone ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 1, 2008 2:08 PM

So You Want to Use a ServerContext in an Event Receiver...Too Bad...
I was playing with the ItemUpdated Event in a Document Library Definition File using VSEWSS. I stepped into the filed like a good little girl using the w3wp.exe process. Guess what the ServerContext is null, so I can't use the UserProfileManager...I found this little MSDN Post: http://forums.microsoft.com... It turns out there is a bug in the ServerContext, which is a little bizarre considering you can do SPContext.Current.Web/Site...I guess it's time ......

Posted On Friday, July 11, 2008 2:08 PM

Kansas City Office Geeks October Meeting
SQL Server 2008 and Office Presented: Brian Laird Sponsor: Power I.T. Corporation- Food Provider for the Meeting Date: Thursday, October 2nd(Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:45pm; Presentation from 6:15pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training 8700 State Line Road, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66206 Phone: 913-322-7000 Description: Discussion regarding performance and functionality enhancements in SQL Server 2008 and how they affect Office applications. Examples will ......

Posted On Sunday, September 28, 2008 8:51 PM

Last Days and First Days
It's been a crazy ride over the past year and a half working at Terracon as the SharePoint Guru (that's what they started to call me because I fulfilled so many different roles). My last day was a little hectic yesterday, because I decided to stay and hang out with my friend Julie F. I like clothes shopping every so often and I heard there was this awesome JCPenney Outlet on 75th street. She had some insane ticket, so I figured if I wait until 5 p.m. everything would get straightened out. It turns ......

Posted On Saturday, September 13, 2008 10:26 AM

Calling for Volunteers Who want to Help with the SharePoint Nation Comic
I bought a different domain, because 1and1 kind of took away my customer id for my hosting account after not signing up for three months. The url is now http://www.sharepointcomic.... If you notice there is a shelled out WSS 3.0 Team Site. We finally have something available for people to see. Now I need to find some people who are willing to create logos and brand the site. If anyone is interested fill out the contact form or e-mail me directly if you know my information. Anyone with ideas who ......

Posted On Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:22 PM

Kansas City Office Geeks Meeting This Thursday
Exploring VSTO with Visual Studio 2008 Presented: Dennis Bottjer Sponsor: Power I.T. Corporation- Food Provider for the Meeting Date: Thursday, September 4th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training 8700 State Line Road, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66206 Phone: 913-322-7000 Description: An introduction to the Visual Studio Tools for Office templates included with Visual Studio 2008. This presentation ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 5:29 PM

Looking for Panelists for the KC Office Geeks
I am trying to start up a panel where a bunch of SharePoint experts (maybe 5 or 6) sit in front of the KC Office Geeks and answer questions members ask. They could range from SharePoint to any office development topics. I am thinking about doing this on our June 4th, 2009 meeting. If you are interested in sitting on the panel fill out the contact form on my blog and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I will probably have the people on the panel talk about there area of expertise for about 5 ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 12:17 PM

Creating Dynamic Controls with Javascript
I was working on a search hack and needed the session state from ASP .Net controls and the ids from html controls using this hack: http://www.tqcblog.com/arch... So I came up with a creative solution. I would add the html controls in the background. Here is some code if you would like to add your own hidden html controls or just create some for fun: var currentElement = document.createElement("inp... currentElement.setAttribute... ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 4:14 PM

AD Profile Synchronization in MOSS: What Happens When Someone's Name Changes?
Something interesting came up at work recently related to people changing there name due to some form of life event. I never had really researched what would happen if someone changed there name. I really did not know if there was a GUID in AD, so I spoke with one of our network guys. He said that there is a GUID tied to every AD account, so when the name is changed in AD the information does not need to be changed only the name and account name. I wondered if this worked similarly in SharePoint. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 9, 2008 2:34 PM

Hartford Code Camp..Big Trip in T-1.5 Days...
For those of you guys in the area the 1st Hartford Code Camp is Saturday from 9 am to 5pm at New Horizons Learning Center in Bloomfield, CT. I will be there and speaking about basics in SharePoint Development. Here is the link for the Code Camp to sign up: http://ctdotnet.org/CodeCam... I'm pretty excited, because this is my first trip to New England. I decided to fly into Hartford around 11 am on Thursday and rent a car, so that I could drive all the way up to Bar Harbor, Maine and back down ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 12, 2008 7:33 PM

Where is my search assembly?
I am hacking the Advanced Search Form, so I realize each scope has an id. I want to get the id that corresponds to my scopes in a drop down list (later on a drop down list checkbox perhaps). So I add the proper assemblies to my test asp .net page and all works well. Then I copy my control into my SharePoint Test Site User Controls area...It states that I am missing an assembly when I load the page...I check the web .config and sure enough it is missing this reference tag in the <assemblies> ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:54 AM

My Attempts at Creating Custom Search Scopes
I am by no means a search guru, but at work they have tasked me with creating custom search scopes. What they want is the ability to search a bunch of document libraries of a specific name in bunch of office sites. John Ferringer gave me this awesome link: http://blogs.microsoft.co.i... I figured that I could somehow use it to create custom scopes for the document libraries. I started playing around and ......

Posted On Monday, July 7, 2008 3:47 PM

Moving Documents from One Document Library to Another
As you all know I write a lot of maintenance console applications to perform upgrades on huge subsets of sites. This week I was asked to create a console application that will cut down six documents libraries into three document libraries. I wanted to use the CopyTo() Function, but there is a bug. I did find a nice MoveTo() Function in SPFile. I ended up using that code instead here is a little sample: //copy documents and deletes libraries SPList ProposalsWord = Web.Lists["Proposal Template (Word)"]; ......

Posted On Friday, May 30, 2008 8:57 AM

Kansas City Office Geeks Meeting on Windows Workflow Foundation
The Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting on Thursday, August 7th at 5:30 pm at Centriq Foss to discuss WIndows Workflow Foundation here is some information: Featured Product/Topic: 2007 Microsoft Office System Recommended Audience: Developers Creating Custom Workflows with SharePoint Presented: Jeff Julian Sponsor: AdvantageTech - Food Provider for the Meeting Date: Thursday, August 7th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 11:59 AM

Creating Global Lookup Fields
I like SharePoint Designer (aka FrontPage for SharePoint)...As we all know I have been designing websites since 1997, when I was 15 years old. FrontPage and Dreamweaver were my friends after high school, so I know the good and the bad sides of the programs. Today I was attempting to use a custom edit form in SharePoint Designer and a datasource linked to a list. For the life of me I could not get it to work, so I spent a little portion of the day on Google looking for another option. I found a little ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 30, 2008 2:26 PM

Kansas City Office Geeks August Meeting
Kansas City Office Geeks will be meeting Thursday, August 7th on Windows Workflow Foundation. Jeff Julian is going to present, so it should be good. If you want the official information go here: http://www.clicktoattend.co... If you need to sign up for the newsletter or have any other comments, questions, or concerns go to http://www.officegeeks.org/... or fill out the contact form on my blog and I will add you. I'm open for suggestions. So far we have the sponsors through ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:37 AM

What I've Been Up To...ListViewByQuery and Its Nuances
At work they wanted a global document library to upload Resumes that would link to users profiles. For the first part I created a ListViewByQuery User Control, however you can do this in a WebPart incredibly easy. What you want to do is add the ListViewByQuery in markup or create a new object like so: Web User Control: <SharePoint:ListViewByQuery ID="YourID" runat="server" /> private ListViewByQuery YourID; //add this where you would normally add global fields WebPart: protected ovverride void ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 16, 2008 6:48 PM

SharePoint Nation...We Need More Midwest Loving...
A friend of mine made a blog post about the lack of conferences in Kansas City. Here is the post: http://www.codebucket.org/a... If you don't know Lee Brandt you need to know him, even if he's not necessarily a full on SharePoint Nation Inductee he's a great developer. He was one of my awesome teammates at Coders 4 Charity. I would like to call him one of my friends in Kansas City. He makes some good points. I also ended up in a conversation with Jeff ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:37 PM

The Feature Caught Between Two Worlds
I was using STSDev to deploy a feature that would create a custom timer job and write SharePoint Usage Data to a webservice. Somehow the feature was deployed, but never actually hit my site collection feature list. When I tried to retract the solution is said that there was a job pending that would not allow me to retract the solution package. After running stsadm -o enumdeployments I found the job id copied the id and ran stsadm -o canceldeployment <job id>. This pushed the solution into the ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 1, 2008 1:20 PM

Conference Day #1
I swear a good day lasts forever. This day lasted a long time. Let alone this week was pretty good too. First off this unrelated, but I have an MSDN Premium Subscription with Team Systems, so I can finally develop at home without any issues. How awesome is that? I can do what I love to do for fun without have to use trial copies and uninstalling and reinstalling programs. It gets so annoying after a while. I am so excited, because I can finally do the real playing that I want do with Server 2008 ......

Posted On Friday, June 27, 2008 10:21 PM

Going to D.C. for the Regional SharePoint Conference
If you are in D.C. for the SharePoint Regional Conference this week as of 4 pm I should be in town. I am pretty excited, because this is my first technical conference as a speaker and attendee. If anyone is interested in meeting up I will be staying at the Holiday Inn Dulles, so just send me a direct message on Twitter. If anyone wants to chat about the MOSS Comic I'm all ears for ideas or anything else. I am taking submissions. So far I am going to re-work the first comic when I get my new drawing ......

Posted On Thursday, June 26, 2008 9:12 AM

Calling Out for Sponsors and Speakers for Kansas City Office Geeks
If you are interested in sponsoring Kansas City Office Geeks in July or a later month this year please submit a contact form on my blog. We are currently looking for sponsors for July, November, and December of this year. So far we have August, September, and October covered. Usually the sponsors buy food for dinner and speak for about five minutes about there company and current job openings. Occasionally, the sponsors will provide swag from there company and leave business cards or other items. ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 5:32 PM

My Battle with the Quick Launch Accordion Slider Control
A good portion of this week was spent recovering some documents that were deleted by a rogue console application (most likely my fault). I wrote a Console Application to combine some document libraries and I spent a good portion of a week testing it. However, I did not really think of enough scenarios, because it obviously did not move the documents properly. Some libraries were moved and others were not. At any rate I practiced my SQL Restoration skills and wrote another two console applications ......

Posted On Friday, June 13, 2008 9:49 PM

How to Upgrade from SQL Express to SQL Enterprise Edition
I was using a VPC today, so that I could restore our content database and keep a copy of our SharePoint instance for development. I noticed that SQL Express only allows about 3-4 gb of data in a database. That wouldn't work out considering our Content DB is 21.9 GB. So I need to find a way to upgrade the SQL Server instace to SQL Enterprise Edition. I did some research and some tweaking and figured it out. If you open up a command prompt window and type in this information: start /wait C:\setup.exe ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:20 AM

Reminder: Kansas City Office Geeks Meeting Thursday, June 5th
Title: Developing with AJAX in SharePoint Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the June Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, June 5th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training 8700 State Line Road, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66206 Phone: 913-322-7000 Description: AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 3, 2008 2:32 PM

Where did my ListView Web Parts Go!?
A couple of days ago we got a call that all the lists and libraries had no information on one of our websites. I looked around to see if this problem was replicated on another site. It was not. So I re-added all the ListView Webparts on the pages and went about my business. Yesterday we found one more website where nothing was showing up. I looked on the event logs, but so far I can not see the source of the problem. The logs are pretty clean since I fixed the timer job leak. I have no idea when ......

Posted On Friday, May 30, 2008 8:40 AM

Dynamic Quick Launch Links in a Nested Master Page
I am attempting to do something nutty that I will explain in a second... We need all the links from a link list appended to the bottom of the quick launch and a bunch of global links appended to the top of the quick launch. The global links are universal to a bunch of sites, however the bottom links are not. So we decided to add the global links to the top master page and the site specific links from the link list to a nested child master page. The global links can change if the applications are ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 4:09 PM

Pulling Information from a SharePoint List Produces HTML Tags in InfoPath 2003
I am working with a form in InfoPath 2003 using a bunch of filters and the current() row tag in a repeating table. The problem is when I use Rich Text Fields it does not render the HTML correctly. I am seeing tags for divs and breaks. When I try to do a string.replace and pass in the C# break equivalent of \n it removes the tags and adds no breaks in the Rich Text field. I am not sure if many people are using InfoPath 2003 still for development or if anyone is using it in MOSS. If you are you know ......

Posted On Thursday, April 24, 2008 4:08 PM

Hotfix 946517 and 941422, What happened to search?
As you may have read FrontPage Extensions were uninstalled after I pushed some hotfixes to our production box (http://mosslover.com/archi... The day before I noticed that search was not working, but I re-indexed everything and it seemed fine. The next day not so much. The Shared Service Provider(SSP) decided it no longer wanted to recognize production as an indexing server. Right now we are running on a two box farm with ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 9:40 AM

Alerts...Why is it possible to setup an alert with the same frequency on the same item?
I kind of abandoned the administrator side of SharePoint lately on this blog. I wanted to write about an issue at Terracon that I have run into as of lately. I wrote a Site Data Reporting User Control as many of you have noticed. You have probably seen the CodePlex Project recently...Well I started to get a little curious and check if users were creating multiple alerts on a library, list, or item. I was a little astonished to see multiples of threes and fours set to a document library or list or ......

Posted On Friday, April 18, 2008 4:22 PM

Kansas City Office Geeks AJAX in SharePoint Presentation (Good for .Net Devs wanting to learn more about SharePoint)
Here is the meeting information: Title: Developing with AJAX in SharePoint Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the June Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, June 5th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training 8700 State Line Road, Suite 200 Leawood, KS 66206 Phone: 913-322-7000 Description: ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 28, 2008 8:47 AM

Kansas City Office Geeks June Meeting
There will be a Kansas City Office Geeks meeting on Thursday, June 5th at 6 pm at Centriq FOSS probably a SharePoint Overview with Office Tools or a re-doing of my presentation at the Tulsa School of Dev on SharePoint Development in AJAX. If anyone is interested please e-mail me at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com or go to http://www.officegeeks.org/... I understand that this is the week fo TechEd for Developers, so some people may not be inclined to come. For those of you not going it will be a great ......

Posted On Thursday, May 8, 2008 12:43 PM

How I Got an Ajax Progress Bar to Work in SharePoint
So I did not really use multithreading...I went with Ajax instead and I used a button click event. We decided that we wanted to ask the users if they are sure they want to create the site before actually creating the site. It was so much easier in Ajax as you will see in the steps below: First off you want to download and install the ASP .Net 2.0 Ajax Extensions 1.0 from here: http://asp.net/ajax/downloa... Next you are going to need to change the web .config a little bit on your IIS Entry for the ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:39 PM

Multi-Threading: How do I do that?
I am researching multi-threading in ASP .Net 2.0, because I have a special Site Creation Web User Control that I created and I want to show a loading screen. So far I have watched the dnrTV(http://www.dnrtv.com) video on multi-threading in a Windows Application. I thought you could do this in ASP .Net, unfortunately that is not the case. Does anyone know a good multi-threading reference? If so, let me know and in return I will post a little example on how I would create the loading screen in co-existence ......

Posted On Monday, April 14, 2008 3:48 PM

Site vs. Web What is the Deal with the Names?
So for all of you who do not know what a Site is vs. a Web here is a little explanation. A Site means a Site Collection in features, web parts, and anything that uses the object model. A Web, however, is a single Site within the Site Collection, so I have to ask this question why is it not just Site and SiteCollection. Why does MS use Web and Site? Also, would you not think that Web would actually be a Site Collection, because it sounds more like the World Wide Web or some type of intricate collection ......

Posted On Sunday, April 13, 2008 11:23 PM

System.Directoryservices won't appease me...
I was playing around with another user control yesterday that would allow me to show people who is inside an AD Group. Unfortunately, in the object model (as far as I can tell) there is one function "IsDomainGroup" that can even help out. So that inevitably brought me to use this AD Wrapper that someone created in my company. It will display the group users on a windows app on the server or on an asp .net application on the server in the c:/program files/common files/microsoft shared/web server extensions/12/templates/lay... ......

Posted On Saturday, April 12, 2008 10:30 AM

Adding a Web User Control to a Web Part Feature...
I'm sure that you can use the control template also and have it install the solution. I put a feature in this area: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\CONT... and created a new web part feature using STSDev. Then I added code using this blog post: http://devpinoy.org/blogs/w... It was pretty nifty if you don't feel like installing the SMARTPart ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 6:54 PM

SharePoint Site Data Reports v.2.0
I completely revamped the user control, because it did not look all that awesome. I changed it to a TreeView and dumped all the table junk. I categorized a lot of stuff too, so that it looks a lot prettier and cleaner. I also changed the file to include all the code and markup in a single file, so there is no longer a second page for code behind. I am going to upload a Windows Application tonight (pending no memory lapses), so that you guys can play around with the Windows Application I created for ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:15 PM

Web Part Zone Removed with Web Part Inside...Web Part Goes Crazy...
I added an extra zone underneath the quick launch, because we wanted to play with a Tree View. We decided that it was a little bit of a pain, because we would need to change the Wiki Definition and that in itself sounds like a pain. So I deleted the zone thinking that all the web parts would just disappear. It turns out they did not disappear all they did was push themselves to the bottom right zone of the page. Why that zone I have no idea...However, I am going to caution you guys against removing ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2008 9:51 AM

A Loaded Weekend...
This weekend rocked, but it was also very stressful. I started to think about what I want to do with my career. I have to admit that where I want to go is at least to try to obtain MVP Status. I have to want it enough and head myself in the right direction. I need to stop sitting back and assuming what I am doing is working out. So you guys are going to see some changes happening soon. I have to thank a lot of people for helping me out, especially Sahil Malik and David Isserman. They spoke to me ......

Posted On Sunday, April 6, 2008 8:42 PM

Site Data Reports...I finally decided to shove something on Codeplex...
I ran into a lot of problems at work related to viewing all user alerts, permissions, and libraries/lists with different permissions. So I created a little open source project using a bit of the source code from SUSHI on Codeplex. I liked the fact that it displayed everything from top down via sites/lists/libraries that had different permissions than the top site. However, I modified it a bit to display permissions, alerts, and all sites information plus all lists and libraries that did not inherit ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 1, 2008 4:30 PM

Speaking at MOSS Camp in St. Louis...
I will be speaking at MOSS Camp (http://www.stlsug.org/MOSS... in St. Louis on creating/changing multiple sites, lists, libraries through a Windows Application that I am going to port from one of my Console Applications. I am not a big Windows Application Fan, so I will probably port this application over to a web user control that links into the SMART PART...Anyway, I have too much book stuff to do, sleep to catch up on (neighbor decides they want to play music until 2/3 am every ......

Posted On Monday, March 31, 2008 5:20 PM

DeliverPoint...Oy...
So I wanted to try DelivePoint from Barracuda Tools and I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting this tool to map out the Active Directory Groups for each site with the type of permissions plus tell me what lists and libraries had a break in permissions and what groups were associated. When I tried to view the permissions for a given site it only allowed me to choose site collection administrators, full control, designer, and readers. There was no option to view any custom permissions, contributors ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:19 PM

The Lazy Web Parts
I was doing some documentation today on this site that is part of a collection of customized sites. It has JavaScript (yuck) and web parts galore. I get to this site that deals with Affiliated Items for this particular site and I notice that there are 5 web parts. I am wondering why do you need 5 web parts when you take in a query string and provide a list of items. What you really only need is a Query String Web Part connected to another Web Part or a Web Part that reads the Query String. For some ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:10 PM

But My AD Group is Email Enabled!? So Why Can't I Send Alerts?
Well kids if you did not know about this little known bug now you do. Even if you email enable your active directory group, then SharePoint may still not send alerts. I have no idea why this problem occurs. If you search for that AD Group, then you will notice no e-mail address will show up for that group even if it has an address attached...Well I did some googling and I found this beautiful article: http://blog.gavin-adams.com... Basically, ......

Posted On Monday, March 24, 2008 12:05 PM

Kansas City Office Geeks in Da HOUSE!!!!!
What is an Office Geek? An Office Geek is someone - typically a developer or administrator - who works with or is interested in working with some aspect of the Microsoft Office System. The Office System encompasses both client applications (Word, Excel, etc) as well as server applications (primarily SharePoint, but also Forms Server, workflow, etc). This could mean that you work with SharePoint, use VSTO to write OBAs, define taxonomies, maintain corporate records, etc. I found this little blurb ......

Posted On Monday, March 17, 2008 9:14 AM

My Nemesis XPath
I did not realize this fact until today...I really dislike XPath as I am not allowed to express hate due to it being technically against my religious beliefs. I was working with a form in InfoPath 2003, because Terracon is not getting 2007 until next year. I created this form that uses a repeating table and a drop down list. When certain values are selected on the drop down list it will pop up certain text in various columns in this row. Unfortunately I was getting only the last row using a count ......

Posted On Friday, March 14, 2008 5:54 PM

SharePoint Lovers Code Camp in the Lou
If anyone is interested in a MOSS code camp and they can get to St. Louis on April 5th they will be hosting a MOSS Camp Event. I signed up to present, but I'm not sure if I'll get picked. I want more experience and this event looks really cool. Plus I go to St. Louis once a month, so I figure I will get to see my best friend who I am missing this weekend. After all I have at least two or three extra places I could stay if for some reason I couldn't stay at my parents place. Here is the link for anyone ......

Posted On Thursday, March 13, 2008 2:06 PM

Oops...Hilarity Ensues...
Look what I did to Paul Galvin's Blog Yesterday: I posted one comment received an error and gave it. I guess the error meant my browser wanted to post 6 comments on his blog without my name, even if I was logged into my Live ID. What I love is that every time I log on with my Live ID at work it won't post my name on comments anymore. Thank you blocking software...It's really grinding my gears...It's great we don't get to use messenger the productivity level rocks, but every so often something is ......

Posted On Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:11 PM

The DataGrid and His Enemy the Dataview
I was working a SPDataGridView Webpart today. I was trying to get the grid to refresh and re-bind itself after a specific client was deleted in the web part. When I tried to clear the grid it would not clear at all. It would refresh with the exact same data, until I hit F5 on Internet Explorer. I finally thought to myself what if I get rid of the Dataview as a source and call the DataSet directly. Sure enough I change it and clear the DataSet, then rebind and grid and when I delete the client it ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:33 PM

Contact List Limb Re-Attachment
After struggling for 2 1/2 days I finally came up with a passable solution for this problem. I would create a custom list mirrored after the Contact List Template, except it would include Full Name as the Title field. I created a console application that would go through each site and create the new list using the clean template, import all the information, delete the old list, and add the link to the QuickLaunch. If you go through my old entries I have information sprinkled about in code sample ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 11, 2008 1:29 PM

Asian Support & SharePoint Limb Decapitation Issue
On some contacts this week we noticed that Last Name Phonetic, First Name Phonetic, and Company Name Phonetic were turned on in some contact lists. I googled around and found a couple articles that said these are Asian Support Fields. I did not really find exactly what Asian Support entails or how to turn it off completely. However, I did find a workaround that basically had me go into the Contact Content Type and hide all these phonetic fields. We are not going to be using these fields anytime soon, ......

Posted On Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:18 PM

Trouble with Solution Packages on a SharePoint Server Farm
I mentioned a while back that we setup a server farm with a Query, Index, Application, and SQL Box. Well we deployed all the old web parts and we are having all kinds of crazy issues on this farm. I'm not sure exactly what nuttiness is occurring, but half the time the solution packages are failing to deploy or the feature isn't installing in the batch files. Unfortunately, I installed VS 2005 and VSEWSS 1.1 and Visual Source Safe. I tried implementing the solutions through Visual Studio and it will ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:15 PM

Looking for More Speaking Opportunities in Kansas City and Surrounding Areas
I would really like to develop better communications skills, so if anyone has a medium for me to speak about any SharePoint Topic please let me know. So far I have slides for Feature Design and Disaster Recovery, but I can pretty much cover any topic. I am just looking for a way that I can refine my communication skills and get more experience interacting with other people. I usually work weekdays from Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. I should be available anytime after 4:30 pm on weekdays ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:34 AM

Looking For People
We are looking to build a list of people for the Kansas City Office Developer User Group. If you or your company is interested in getting added to our mailing list send me an e-mail at rebecca.isserman@gmail.com. Also, if you have any topics in mind please let me know. I am willing to present anything Office Centric, including SharePoing, Accesss, InfoPath, or any other Office Products Related....We are also looking for future sponsors for meetings...If you contact me I will put you on the list of ......

Posted On Thursday, March 6, 2008 10:30 AM

Proton Pack Engaged -- SharePoint Ghost Caught
Remember this post I made a bit ago: Is there a Ghost in SharePoint? Well I spent a good couple of days looking at all kinds of error logs trying to trick it with a feature of the same GUID. Finally, I thought what is the last thing I played with that could have a feature involved and it hit me the U2U CAML Query Builder. I installed this feature and activated it, then realized it was showing up on every single list in my site collection farm. I deactivated the feature and ran the uninstaller. I ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 4:13 PM

Feature Design at the KC Office Developer User Group
Here is the official information: March Meeting of the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City Title: Features...What is a Feature in SharePoint 2007? Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... ( Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the March Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, March 6th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 4, 2008 10:40 AM

Kansas City Office Developer User Group (hopefully KC Office Geeks soon)
We will have a meeting for the Kansas City Office Developer Group Meeting on Thursday, March 6th at 6 pm at Centriq Foss. The website is http://www.kcoffice.org. I will be speaking about Feature Design in Sharepoint. Basically, I will talk to you about what you should put in features, so that you can roll it out sitewise. I promise to bring some candy with me and there may be some questions involved. I don't have a full abstract or profile created, but I have basically been working with SharePoint ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 3:55 PM

Is there a Ghost in SharePoint?
Today I was playing with the test environment re-installing all those 20 wsp templates from the Fantastic 40. I notice that the "Content and Structure" area is not working on Production and Test. This is what I am seeing: Feature 'df31abb1-d432-4fa5-bdb1-25... for list template '7655' is not installed in this farm. The operation could not be completed. So I google around and look at the MSDN SharePoint Forums and some guy suggests to search the log files. Well here is what I see in the log ......

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:50 AM

Pardon My Construction
I want to apologize to anyone reading my feeds lately or reading my blog entries. I am trying import 5 entries a day to the new blog, so you are going to see a bunch of entries from the old blog posted to FeedBurner again. I am really sorry and this mess should be cleaned up, hopefully, within the next few months. Maybe some of the new people reading the blog missed some of the entries, so it might be nice to re-visit some old entries. Maybe you will also notice a gap in some topics related to SharePoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 6:34 PM

Custom Flag Issue in Wikis
I must admit that I know only the most basic things about javascript (how to create a slideshow, how to redirect items, and how to write basic functions). I am debugging someone else's code and I still have no idea what I am doing. Basically on every one of these sites we have one default master page with a script inside to check every list and document library to see if a yes/no "Flag" field is checked and also checks the "Flag Expiration" to see if it is expired. If the field is checked and it ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 6:12 PM

Knowledge Base Template Error
We created a test farm with SP1 for WSS 3.0 and MOSS. We added our content database from Production by importing the backup files and recreated the application. When I tried to install the 20 WSP Templates for the Fantastic 40 I find out the solution packages are not installing properly. I haven't tried to install these templates after installing SP1, because the old farm they were installed prior to SP1 existing. Does anyone know why the solution package would only install half of the features for ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 2:34 PM

Upcoming Work this Week
This week I wrote yet another console application that will write to an html file and create two tables. It basically reads from a list a specific entry, then breaks up the entry into multiple pieces based on a delimiter. Then it uses a web service to send the information through a stored procedure and writes to an html file. If you are remotely interested in the code I can post it just let me know. I am also working on setting up incoming e-mail. So far I have found a couple entries that all link ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 4:23 PM

Replace URL's on the Quicklaunch in Javascript
Here is some sample code: while(document.getElementBy... != null) { var menu = document.getElementById('zz... //looks for the hyperlink tags using the quicklaunch tag var hyperlinks = menu.getElementsByTagName('... hyperlinks[0].href = hyperlinks[0].href.replace(... URLToReplace); //replaces the URL text hyperlinks[0].target = "_blank"; //allows for opening the link in a new window i+=1; } This tag for the quicklaunch: zz2_QuickLaunchMenu you can find ......

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2008 5:00 PM

Using SharePoint Designer Workflows to Check-In an Item
At EndUserSharePoint I noticed that he encountered a bug when checking in files, so I responded with a little fix I created that involves a SharePoint Designer Workflow. Here is a link to his blog post: http://www.endusersharepoin... It looks like a few people want to know how you would use SharePoint Designer to Check-In Items. So here is a little walk-through (will be adding screen shots as this post has been moved): For starters you need to open up Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer ......

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2008 4:57 PM

WPF, WCF, and WF and SharePoint Cert Classes/Books/Reference Materials
I am looking around on the net for some classes for WPF, WCF, and WF plus any type of certification classes for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Tests. I want to try and pass at least one certification exam for MOSS by the middle of the year. I would also like to learn more information and start writing my own work flows. I know barely anything about WPF, except that it looks really nice. I bet that I could make some really snazzy webparts implementing this technology. I'm not the most awesome ......

Posted On Friday, February 22, 2008 4:52 PM

Adding a New Survey to SharePoint w/ Alerts and Custom Permissions
At work they wanted me to create a 2 question survey that allowed the users to post as many times as they wanted anonymously on multiple sites. I had created a document library on multiple sites using a console application, but I had never created a survey. They also wanted there domain users to have access to the survey, so that they could post and not delete or edit the surveys plus a couple of alerts setup. The sites already existed and were being created from a template, so I just updated the ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 1:22 PM

Moving My Blog
If you are one of the 11 people who I have noticed on Feedburner that read my blog I have moved it. I am now located at http://www.mosslover.com and hosting my blog on Geeks with Blogs, rather than SharePoint Blogs. I didn't decide to move my blog all at once. It was a gradual decision built on various frustrations. I know it's not Dustin's fault that the templates were no longer available on SharePoint Blogs. I am sure it's not his fault that there was an inability to load screen shots. I love SharePointBlogs.com. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:56 PM

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