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As a developer, I have to admit I have always had a love / hate relationship with InfoPath.  It worked well for some things but once you reached that point where you needed more, you had to scrap your entire solution and start over with something...
In the last few months, I have noticed some new acronyms creep up in the SharePoint community.  What is it?  Well as a developer, it’s stuff you’re probably already doing.  You take a search in your favorite search engine and you won’t...
For many versions of SharePoint, you have been able to configure the number of days the new indicator shows up on a document in a library.  For example, here is how a new document is indicated in a document library. I’ve worked with a number of user...
It’s been a big year and I thought I would take a moment today to cover some of the SharePoint highlights for 2013. 1) SharePoint moves to a “services-first” offering Wave 15 of Office brought us a number of new features to SharePoint Online including...
Cloud Business Apps are a new project type that you will find in Visual Studio 2013 for SharePoint development.  What exactly are they?  They are the next evolution of LightSwitch using the app model.  If you’re not familiar with LightSwitch...
Last week, I posted on how to query items matching a hashtag .  Today, I want to extend that concept further and talk about how to determine which tags are trending.  What I am specifically talking about today is the functionality in the “Trending...
I’ve been digging deeper into the SharePoint 2013 social API a bit more lately and I was particularly interested in social tags (hashtags).  In particular I wanted to find a way to see what social feed items have been tagged to a given hashtag similar...
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at Dev Connections 2013 in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately, not all of my sessions went according to plan when I found out earlier that week that my co-presenter, Fabian Williams ( @fabianwilliams ) came down with...
As an administrator or developer, there may be times when you really want to see everything in the search index.  It’s great for troubleshooting.  Unfortunately, the way you do this seems to vary between SharePoint versions.  I wrote on...
With SharePoint 2013, Upgrade Evaluation Site Collections can come in quite handy.  They allow you to test what a site will look like once upgraded without affecting the site you just attached.  If there are issues, you can just correct them...
In SharePoint 2013, host-named site collections (HNSC) are all the rage.  SharePoint Online has been using them heavily for some time now and in general, they are the preferred method for creating site collections now with SharePoint 2013. ...
I’m excited to be giving two sessions at Dev Connections in Las Vegas next month.  I haven’t been to this conference since 2004 I believe so I am excited to be returning as a speaker.  I’ve got two session on Thursday (10/3).  My first...
I’m excited to be back in Boston next week for SPTechCon Boston 2013.  It’s been more than two years since I have presented at an SPTechCon and I am really looking forward to this year more than ever!  This year I am speaking on two search related...
I had the pleasure of presenting a new search talk at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge.  For a SQL event, this one always brings a fair number of SharePoint users.  Attendees got to hear about how to improve their search experience thought implementation...
When it comes to SharePoint search, managed properties have always had a special place in my heart.  After all they are what lets you do all of the cool stuff in SharePoint search when it comes to querying, refining, and displaying information. ...
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