Saturday, October 24, 2009

Refinement Panel

The name “Faceted Search” was not intuitive to a lot of people. Every first timer would ask me ‘What does it do?’


Well, seems like there were others who asked the same question.

The web part has now been renamed to “Refinement Panel”. Sounds less geeky, but easier for the business users to understand its functionality.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 Backward Compatibility

Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 cannot be used to open MOSS 2007 sites. On trying to do so, it gives this message “Microsoft SharePoint Designer cannot be used to edit web sites on servers prior to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. To edit these sites, you need to use SharePoint Designer 2007”





And it goes without saying that SPD 2007 cannot be used to open SharePoint 2010 sites.

Both SPD 2007 and SPD 2010 can be installed on the same machine, so not a real issue.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Good bye stsadme.exe, Time to learn Windows PowerShell

Although a version of Windows Powershell was available on the Win 2008 machine that I use, I never really paid any serious attention to this tool. But since Windows Powershell is expected to replace good old stsadm.exe, it’s time for me to ramp up.


Stsadme.exe will continue to be supported for back word compatibility. However, if stsadm.exe can do something, Windows Powershell will also be able to do the same. And with higher efficiency most of the times.

Stsadm.exe, good old friend, we will miss you. Rest In Peace

SharePoint 2010 Launched

SharePoint 2010 Beta was launched to the world today at the SharePoint 2010 conference in Las Vegas. I have never been so earnestly awaiting the launch of any other product.
I plan to be a devout student and learn and share my experiences through this blog.
Amongst the range of new features that SharePoint 2010 introduces, it now provides support for multiple browsers.


Level 1 Internet browser options running on the Windows® operating system:
  • Windows Internet Explorer® 7 32-bit
  •  Internet Explorer 8 32-bit
  •  Firefox 3.x 32-bit
Level 2 Internet browsers options:
  • Internet Explorer 7 64-bit
  • Internet Explorer 8 64-bit
  • Firefox 3.x on non Windows operating system
  • Safari 3.x
I am not sure what is the difference been Level 1 and Level 2 support, but as long as both IE 7/8 and Firefox are included, I am good to go!

Friday, October 02, 2009

SharePoint IE 8 Popup Issue

Editing the SharePoint pages through the browser started throwing a pop-up “Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page?” The pop up will be shown after around 30 seconds, making the page editing slower and frustrating. This popup started showing up after I upgraded to IE8.





To remove the popup, you need to remove the body onUnload event handler. Sample code snippet to do the same:

<script type="text/javascript">
_spBodyOnLoadFunctionNames.push("UnloadHandler");

function UnloadHandler()
{
document.body.onUnload = "";
}
</script>

You can reduce the code snipped to one line by adding this to the bottom you’re your master page, just before HTML closing tag.

document.body.onUnload = "";


However, _spBodyOnLoadFunctionNames.push() is the preffered way to call your JavaScript function on client side page load.


Other option is to go change your IE settings and disable Enable native XMLHTTP support.

Tool->Internet Options->Advanced and disable ‘Enable native XMLHTTP support’


The JavaScript workaround will fix issue for all the users, the IE settings need to be done on every user’s machine trying to edit the page.