Presentations from SharePoint Saturday New Orleans 3/24/12

Yes a month late… but, hey, it’s been a busy month!

Had a grand time in New Orleans – a well put on event as always, that I was happy to be a part of, in one of the greatest cities in the world.

http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/neworleans

Below are my two presentations from the event.

Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010

 

Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

Presentation and Resources from 12/14/11 FCSPUG

imageIt was earlier this year when I spoke with Bill Nagle of K2 about getting a user group up and running in Fairfield, CT. After many months later of successful meetings, I was happy to be able to go down and present to the group. The meetings themselves are hosted at Bigelow Tea, which was an interesting place – great facility, and the air smelled like tea :) They even gave me a variety box of teas for coming down – I fully intend to enjoy it all!

Thanks again to Bill Nagle of K2 for spearheading the group there, Bigelow Tea for hosting the meeting, traffic for not being terrible (it’s about a ~6 hour round trip to Fairfield), Travel America for their awesome rest stops, and last, but certainly not least, everyone who came out for the meeting!

Below are my slides (minimal) from the meeting, as well as a link to the SPBasePermissions enumeration PDF I mentioned, as well as a link to Eric Kraus’s blog post with the PowerShell script to display all Custom Actions within the farm.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on the material in the comments below!

SPBasePermissions class enumeration PDF: http://go.gvaro.net/SPBasePerms

Erik Kraus’s PowerShell Script to list all Custom Actions in a Farm: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ekraus/archive/2010/05/03/list-all-customactions-in-the-farm.aspx

SPTechCon 2011 San Francisco Recap and Slides

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Need I say more? I had never been out to San Francisco before, so, I had a couple of chances to get out and explore the city. Knocking off the following on my trip:
  • M5 Industries (Mythbusters!)
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marin Headlands
    • WWII-era forts
  • Lombard Street
  • Alcatraz
Oh right, and also, there was this SharePoint Technology Conference going on. SPTechCon San Francisco was a great conference. Kudos to the BZ Media Team again for putting on one heck of a show!
 
I had a great time meeting new speakers, vendors, and attendees, as well as catching up with old friends, as well as go to a few great sessions.
 
A big thank you needs to go out to SPTechCon for having me there, as well as to all of the attendees of my sessions. Thank you for coming and hearing what I had to say, as well as hopefully learning a thing or two.
 
Below are my decks (WordPress does not incorporate these too good from slideshare, so please follow the links) from both of my sessions.

 

Just Freakin’ Work! Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain – Co-Presented with Mark Rackley

 

Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

 
Any questions or comments on the material from the conference – as well as any feedback from the session (please!), please leave it in the comments!

SharePoint Saturday Hartford Recap and Session Materials

altI was pleasantly surprised when about a week or so before SharePoint Saturday Hartford came around on January 29th, to hear the news that the event had sold out! We have had lots of success with SharePoint Saturday Boston, however, I was unsure if this was going to be overkill for the region, if it would all be SPS Boston attendees looking for their “fix” between our 6-8 month cycle there of events, I honestly was not sure what to expect, but, wanted to help get it going anyways, so I offered up Grace Hunt to sponsor the event.

And what a great event it was! Over 150 people attended, plus speakers and sponsors, which, by the size of the venue, was a perfect amount to fit in there comfortably. I made some great new connections with speakers and attendees alike, and had a chance to spend some time with some old friends.

165538_10150133897807642_612892641_8214470_4415448_nI presented two sessions at this event, and also helped out in our vendor-led session at lunch time.

My first session of the day was on “Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010”. I had a great group in the room, which asked some very good questions, and even dealt fine with the State Service in one of my demonstrations was broken, so I could not complete a custom action running a workflow (sorry about that!)

Thank you to all my attendees for that session, and even more importantly, having some fans of the Hartford Whalers in there. Below is my slide deck from my Custom Actions presentation.

My next session was done with Tim Farrell, also of Grace Hunt. We presented “Building a Custom Solution from the Ground Up” Since Tim did most of the heavy lifting in this session – I’ll refer to his blog for the session materials (Permalink to SPS-Hartford Presentation pt1 – The Beginning).

A big thanks to SB Chattergee, Talbott Crowell, Pradeepa Siva, and Bob Ohlheiser for putting together this great event, all of the attendees and sponsors of SharePoint Saturday Hartford, and the Grace Hunt team that made it to the event!

Slides from SharePoint Saturday EMEA 2011 Presentation

Although it happened quite early for me in the morning yesterday (January 22st, 2011), SharePoint Saturday EMEA was a great event to be a part of. Although it lacked some of the main aspects I love at SharePoint Saturdays, such as networking, meeting new people, interacting with the crowd, etc., it was kind of nice to wake up, slug down a few cups of coffee, and present my session.

The EMEA team did a great job of managing this virtual SharePoint Saturday, and I hope to be able to present at future sessions. A big thanks to the attendees of my session, as well as the team that put the event together:

  • Mark Miller (@eusp)
  • Toni Frankola (@ToniFrankola)
  • Isaac Stith (@MrIsaac)
  • Ayman El-Hattab (@aymanelhattab)
  • Natasha Felshman (@TeamEUSP)

 

Below is a copy of my slide deck from the presentation. Any questions on any of the material, please leave a comment below!

Speaking at SPSEMEA on January 22, 2011

imageFound out a few moments ago that I am officially slated to present at SharePoint Saturday EMEA.

 

What is SharePoint Saturday EMEA?

SharePoint Saturday EMEA is a loosely knit group of SharePoint evangelists from around the world. We are working together, using SharePoint as a collaboration tool to sponsor live, online global events.

On January 22nd, 2011, we will hold our 2nd annual, live online SharePoint Saturday event in the EMEA Timezones.

Oh, and it’s free.

 

What will I be presenting?

The Ribbon UI and Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

Custom Actions control features in SharePoint such as the List Item Menu, the Site Actions menu, toolbars, and the links within the Site Settings page, as well as the Ribbon UI in SharePoint 2010.

Learn how to leverage Custom Actions to extend the SharePoint User Interface. This session will describe the basics of Custom Actions, demonstrations to build and apply them in SharePoint as they relate to our lists using SharePoint Designer 2010, as well as provide resources for additional information.

Where can I find more information on SPS EMEA?

Right here: http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/emea/

Create a Custom Action to Satisfy Your “All People” Needs.

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Thanks for the intro Carl! Much obliged! Well, in your SharePoint world, your “Pale Blue Dot” view of all of the people in your site collection is the “All People” view, you know, the User Information List.

Almost two months ago, I wrote an article on how the “All People” link in SharePoint 2010 is, well, it’s gone MIA. It is easy to get to via  link. And, if you’ve got one site collection to manage, well, its as simple as adding a link somewhere, like in a link list within a management site somewhere, or, up in the handy dandy bookmarking feature, in those fancy things all the kids are using these days, “web browsers”… whatever that means…? Anyways. So, you need to get there, but, wouldn’t it be nice and simple to add in a link to say, I don’t know, the Site Settings page? Wow! That’d be cool! Then I can access it with all of the other Users and Permissions links! Right in one place?! WOW!

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So, the question becomes, how can we get it there? (HINT: I mentioned it in the title of this article!)

Ok, so I gave it away, shame on me, I spoiled the ending. Boo hoo. Yes, Custom Actions! That’s how we’ll get it there!

So, what to do? Well, not too much actually. The creation of Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010 and with Visual Studio 2010 has become, well, easy. Extremely easy in fact due to the fine folks who created the CKS:DEV project over at Codeplex. Why? Well, because it contains item types with fancy pants wizards to allow you to click a few buttons, and create a custom action project with ease. You really do not even need to be a developer to do this, it’s quite easy, and hey, I provide screenshots and code. Go ahead, do it!

So, let’s get started, shall we? Oh, you need a glass of water first. No problem. I’ll be here waiting for you.

… 15 minutes to get a glass of water? seriously? Did you pump it from the well?

Ok, so, make sure you have VS 2010 installed, as well as CKS:DEV. NO, I am not waiting this time. You lollygagged around with getting a glass of water last time… You had your chance!

 

First, create a new project in Visual Studio 2010

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Then, create an Empty SharePoint Project
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Oh, guess what you’re about to witness? Yes, you in the back in the Charlie Brown polo shirt! You’ve got it. The creation of my next codeplex project for Grace-Hunt (yes, I know, it’s been a while!)

And since we do not need to elevate privileges, or any of that fancy stuff required for a server-side deployment, we’re going to create this as a Sandboxed Solution…

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Next, once our project is loaded in the Visual Studio IDE, let’s add a new item to the project.

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Right click on your project, go down to Add, then select  New Item.

On the next screen you are presented with, make sure you have SharePoint and 2010 selected under Installed Templates.

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Select Custom Action, and give it a name (such as UserInfoList). Then click Add.

Now, again, thanks to the fine folks who created CKS:DEV, we have wizards!

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On the first screen on the wizard, we have 6 settings we are going to make use of, detail from here for each of these attributes: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms460194.aspx

ID

Attribute

Description

1

Id

Optional Text. Specifies a unique identifier for the custom action. The ID may be a GUID, or it may be a unique term, for example, "HtmlViewer".

2

Title

Required Text. Specifies the end-user description for this action.

3

Description

Optional Text. Specifies a longer description for the action that is exposed as a tooltip or sub-description for the action.

4

GroupId

Optional Text. Identifies an action group that contains the action, for example, "SiteManagement". If it is contained within a custom action group, the value of the GroupId attribute must equal the group ID of the CustomActionGroup element.

For a list of the default custom action group IDs that are used in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation, see Default Custom Action Locations and IDs.

5

Location

Optional Text. Specifies the location of this custom action, for example, "Microsoft.SharePoint.SiteSettings".

If the CustomAction element contains a CommandUIExtension child element, the Location must start with "CommandUI.Ribbon". For a list of default locations that are used with the Server ribbon, see Default Server Ribbon Customization Locations.

If the custom action is a menu item or toolbar button, the possible options include EditControlBlock, NewFormToolbar, DisplayFormToolbar, and EditFormToolbar.

If it is contained within a custom action group, the value of the Location attribute must equal the location of the CustomActionGroup element.

For a list of the default custom action locations that are used in SharePoint Foundation, see Default Custom Action Locations and IDs.

6

Sequence

Optional Integer. Specifies the ordering priority for actions.

 

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On the next page, we do not actually need to set this option, however, I wanted to, to showcase this functionality. This utilizes the SPBasePermissions class to show whether this can be viewed to the user, based on the permissions they have for this object, in this case, the site collection.

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On the last screen, and this is the important part, we need to specify the URL we want to have our CustomAction link to, this is the URLAction element. The ~sitecollection is a Token. More information on what tokens can be used in a URLAction can be found on slide #30 of my Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint presentation.

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Now that we’ve finished defining the custom action, we just have a couple of more things to do. Since we do not our feature to be called “Feature1”, right-click on Feature1 in the Solution Explorer, and choose Rename.

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Type it in, hit enter, all good.

Next we want to remove Feature 1 from after the title of our feature. Double click on the UserInfoList feature we just renamed, and we get a designer view of our feature (new in VS 2010).

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In the Title field, remove Feature 1 after our feature, and add a description. Also, change the scope from Web to Site, which means we will deploy our solution to the site collection. Which also means, this link will appear for all Users and Permissions sections throughout all of the site settings pages within our site collection.

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Now for the money! Right click on the project and select Deploy.

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Look at the output window to see if we had success or failure…

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And now look at your site settings page – there is our new link!

And that’s it! I will have this project published to Codeplex within the next few days, so, please keep an eye out.

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Hartford – 2011

I found out this afternoon from Pradeepa Siva (@PipsTips), that I will be having two sessions at SharePoint Saturday Hartford! SharePoint Saturday Hartford will be taking place just outside Hartford, on January 29th, 2011. The other details have been kept secret up until this point… maybe we’ll host it inside an abandoned submarine in the middle of downtown Hartford? Or even better yet, the HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER! I hope I can do my session in the locker room of the Big Whale. That would rock. Being a hockey-playing Western-Massian, I love The Whale.

I will be there in my HFD Whaler’s shirt no doubt – so please Pradeepa, don’t bother ordering me a speaker shirt Smile

Oh – wait – what sessions am I doing might be good information to give out here…

Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

And, I will also be delivering, with one of my esteemed colleagues, Tim Farrell -

Producing a Custom Solution from the Ground Up

Should be a great event, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

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