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SharePoint 2010 Solution Stuck in “Deploying” Status

I used PowerShell to deploy a solution to a SharePoint farm (h/t:  Corey Roth and his blog post).  I then went to the central admin, accessed System Settings and then “Manage farm solutions” to deploy it to the farm and to my (slight) di…

Error of the Day: “Cannot Add the Specified Assembly to the GAC”

I’ve been fighting a bit with visual studio 2010 on a an sp2010 solution and was getting this error: Error occurred in deployment step ‘Add Solution’: Error: Cannot add the specified assembly to the global assembly cache: YourAwesomeDLLTh…

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…

CodePlex Project Update: SharePoint Designer Workflow Extensions

A while ago, I wrote that I was trying to resurrect my old CodePlex project, SharePoint Designer Workflow Extensions.  That CodePlex project was developed for WSS/MOSS and adds a handful of utility type functions, such as “ToLower()”, “ToUpp…

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…

BrightStarr US Looking for SharePoint Analyst

My company, BrightStarr, is looking for a SharePoint business analyst.  Our goal is to work with someone who: Understands the platform very well Has a good idea of what’s a smart SharePoint solution versus a cobbled together house of cards En…

Where is Microsoft.CSharp Anyway?

I was handed a .zip file with a moderately complex project structure and which had been ripped out of subversion.  The code is referencing Microsoft.CSharp, as in: As you can see, visual studio was missing the actual DLL.  I don’t normall…

Very Cool BrightStarr Video

Having just started working here at BrightStarr, I’m pretty psyched that we’ve put together this very cool video up on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BrightStarrSP I wasn’t involved in producing it and I’m not personally big on these…

Goodbye CGS, Hello BrightStarr!

Tomorrow, I officially start my first day at BrightStarr (www.brightstarr.com), a UK based company with a US office that is, incredibly, a mere 6 miles from my house. It was an easy decision to leave CGS, but a hard decision to make .  Let me expl…