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Discover SharePoint

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For an introduction to SharePoint, the videos, pages and documents at DiscoverSharePoint.com provide some excellent information.  It is a great starting point for end users and anyone new to SharePoint to go to to discover some of the primary features of and SharePoint and how it can make their jobs easier.

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SharePoint 2013 Filter By and Display "Start Time" in Content Query Web Part

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My SharePoint project requirements were to show calendar items on a site home page in a list format filtered to show only the future events (Start Time greater than today). I have a calendar list with items that use a custom content type where the parent content type is Event.

I added a SharePoint Content Query Web Part (CQWP) to the home page and started to configure it.

I wanted to set the Source to be “Show items from the following list”, but when I selected this, the “Start Time” column is not displayed in the “Additional Filters” dropdown. What’s up SharePoint?

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SharePoint 2013 Issue Tracking List: Versioning/Comments Dependency

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In SharePoint 2013 by default, the Issue Tracking list has versioning enabled and the Comments column has “Append Changes to Existing Text” enabled. These two settings are dependent on each other and the comments fields allows for multiple edits which will each have a unique date/time stamp.

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Integrate Scanning Software with SharePoint 2013

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On a recent project I had a requirement to integrate scanning software with SharePoint to provide an end-to-end solution for getting paper and electronic documents into SharePoint with meaningful metadata applied. The metadata columns in SharePoint included Managed Metadata columns for document categorization and business units, as well as an External Data column connected to a SQL Server database.

The issues I needed to solve were:

  • How to have metadata enforcement using mandatory fields while making the user experience quick and easy.
  • The scanner software did not provide a good user experience for setting Managed Metadata columns or External Data columns so these columns needed to be set in the SharePoint form. I needed these columns to be mandatory so if they were not filled in by the scanner software then the documents would remained checked out and only visible to the owner of the document.

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Visual Studio – TFS Settings

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We use Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server (TFS) as the primary development tools at Quercus. I find these two tools to be excellent, but there are few integration settings between the two of them that are not the default (even though it seems logical to me that they should be the default).

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SharePoint Search Display Templates – No Line Breaks in ManagedPropertyMapping List

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While creating a SharePoint Search Result display template to display a user’s profile information I needed to configure a large list of managed property values inside the ManagedPropertyMapping tags. The list became very large so I thought I would add some line breaks to group the properties into the same groupings that they are displayed in the HTML.

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Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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As a developer, have you worked with a company that refuses to migrate from Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version Internet Explorer due to compatibility issues? Microsoft has done a ton of work to improve Internet Explorer between version 8 and 11:

  • Web apps load twice as fast
  • Redesigned script engine
  • Redesigned layout engine
  • Hardware accelerated graphics

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It is a shame that many companies are not using Internet Explorer 11 because of compatibility issues.

Enter Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode provides compatibility benefits for sites designed for Internet Explorer 8 and even Internet Explorer 7. Enterprise Mode will fix many common issues, but not all compatibility issues. Areas addressed by Enterprise Mode include:

  • Changes to user agent string
  • ActiveX controls and other binaries
  • Deprecated functionality
  • Pre-caching and pre-rendering

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SharePoint 2013 – Document Set/Welcome Page Issue

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In a recent SharePoint 2013 project, I created a custom document set content type deployed as a feature and after I added this content type to a document library I customized the document set Welcome Page by adding some web parts to it. Later in the project, I needed to add some new columns to this document set content type. I added the columns as site columns and then added the columns to the site content type and set “Update all content types inheriting from this type?” equal to “Yes”.

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