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Quick and Easy: Debugging VS 2010 Solution Deployment

Visual Studio 2010 reports hard-to-debug errors during deployment some times.  A quick and easy way to do some very rough debugging is to throw your own named exceptions.  Visual Studio will show them in the output console. Consider this bit …

Timer Job FeatureActivated And Feature Scope

I’ve been working with some code that someone handed to me for a timer job.  He hadn’t provided the actual feature activation code so I had to write it, of course.  I took advantage of Andrew Connell’s famous blog post on the subject. I…

Where is Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.Administration.dll?

I was handed a visual studio project that references Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.Administration.dll.  It took me a little while to find it and I thought I’d share.  In my environment, it’s located at: c:\program files\common fi…

CodePlex Project – SP2010 Explorer

As part of an on-going effort to learn the technical low level details of SharePoint 2010, I’ve created a “SharePoint Explorer” kind of tool.  The idea isn’t new.  I used this project more than once: http://sharepointexplorer.codeplex…

Working With TreeNodeBinding in the ASP.NET Treeview Control

I’ve been working on what I hope will be a soon-released CodePlex project that provides a nice integrated bit of web parts talking to each other via provider/consumer connections for the purpose of exploring a SharePoint site under the covers.  …

Connecting Text Field Filters to Your Custom Web Part

I wanted to receive information from a Text Field filter in SharePoint 2010 into my custom web part.  I tried using this MSDN article as a basis but the article is either broken or I’m just not following it correctly. A little more searching tur…

Quick and Easy: Send Email Using Gmail SMTP Server in .NET C#

This isn’t exactly a new topic, but when I needed to do it, I found a lot of “why won’t this work for me” and not too many direct answers. I hope someone finds this useful. The following bit of code will send an email using my own gmail accou…

Bamboo Calendar Interacting with SharePoint Causes “An unexpected error occurred”

Today, I’ve been working in an environment that uses a Bamboo calendar web part for some improved collaboration. This a standard medium/small farm with two load balanced WFEs, a “application server” for indexing and InfoPath and a clustered SQL…

Using Reflector on Microsoft.SharePoint.dll

Michael Blumenthal has put up an article about alerts and views ("Which views can be used when Creating an Alert ?"), which is interesting on its own merits. However, I was even more interested to see how he methodically walks through the pr…

Sorting Calendar Items in the Calendar View

I’m using a calendar to track panel discussions on a given day. I have two sessions: morning and afternoon. I want to create a view that shows morning sessions only listed alphabetically via a session ID. This is a little tricky to accompli…