Debugging with Your Hands Tied

The scenario was as follows: As part of a SharePoint project a custom event handler was needed that looked across two libraries to assign some metadata automatically. This required a farm level solution created in Visual Studio. (Such development is covered by our course, Programming SharePoint® 2010 Applications with .NET.) I don’t have administrative access […]
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What Is Metadata and Why Do We Care?

Metadata is defined as “data about data.” This is a terrible definition; let’s see if we can make better sense of it. If we examine: What can we deduce? It’s a word file, created 24/11/2011, 26 KB in size and based on the file name, it’s a performance review for employee 1244. All this information […]
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Make 2012 Better With a Survey and Workflow

How well are we doing In earlier posts I gave some thoughts on information structure design which is just one part of the bigger process in implementing effective SharePoint solutions. Getting feedback from users is a valuable way of determining if your designs are working or not How to get Feedback – use a survey […]
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More on Workshops (I.T. and the Users): My Thoughts on Structure Design, Part 3

In my last post I mentioned how members of the I.T department should be included in requirements gathering workshops. Often dedicated business analysts are involved but members of the I.T technical team are not. The rationale being, that I.T. are concerned only with the back end infrastructure. Not so, I argue. I have seen the […]
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Dialog Mapping Requirements: My Thoughts on Structure Design, Part 2

In part 1 I mentioned that mind mapping is a popular approach to documenting user requirements. I am a great fan of mind maps but I have seen them result in the representation of a structural SharePoint design losing other aspects of requirements. An alternative I am finding very useful that I suggest you consider […]
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