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Archive for June, 2007

MSDN Event – ASP.NET AJAX and CardSpace

Posted by Brian Gough on June 23, 2007

Glen Gordon went to bat for the Charlotte area and brought the MSDN Event – ASP.NET AJAX and CardSpace to town for us. Thank you Glenn! It’s nice to know Charlotte is not forgotten.

It was a very informative meeting and apparently well received based on the questions and interactions. We got a nice look at CardSpace and what it is bringing to the table to help secure authentication on the web.

We also got a good look at Ajax and how it is changing the user experience on the web. Naturally this changes the way we develop as well.

It amuses me to see the paradign shifting back to client side script again. Not that it ever went away, but for some time now the focus has been on server side controls. Visual Studio is largely about using it’s server controls to build forms and managing state data for us so we dont’ have to worry about manage everything. But now the pendulum is swinging the other way again and there is a renewed focus on client side script. I am sure there are a lot of veteran Javascript and HTML jockeys out there wondering “…what’s the big deal? I have been doing this sort of thing for years.” 🙂

Anywho, it was a great meeting and I am grateful to Glen for making it happen.

Good luck and Good coding.


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Great Meeting

Posted by Brian Gough on June 15, 2007

The new Charlotte SharePoint User Group held our 2nd meeting ever and it was a great one ( IMHO ). We had about 40+ people show up. They represented a range of interests from basic users to super developers and administrators. A big thanks to National Gypsum for allowing us to use their new conference room for the meeting. We had great presentations from Cliff Green (US Partner Services, Microsoft Corporation) and Jamie Rance from RDA Corporation.

Cliff really wet our whistle with some information on Features, event receivers and deploying solutions. Then Jamie really wowed us by demonstrating the real power of Features. Awesome stuff! If you have not started to use Features with SharePoint 2007, you seriously need to dive into it head first! Don’t worry about hitting bottom as that pool is REAL deep!

If any of you are in the Charlotte area and interested in participating in the meetings, our next one is in August 2007. I hope we will start getting the groups site built out and rolling soon, so check us out often as it should start changing any day now.

Good luck and good coding!

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New SharePoint User Group!!

Posted by Brian Gough on June 5, 2007

We have a brand new SharePoint User Group that has started up in Charlotte, NC. Wahoo! If you are in the area and interested in SharePoint, please come and join us!

Here is a link to the the site –
Be gentle, as we have only just started and will have our second meeting on June 13th. If you are interested in attending, send an email to .

Here is an announcement about our upcoming meeting…

It’s not too late to sign up for the June meeting of the Charlotte Area SharePoint User Group! Join us Wednesday June 13th from 2:30-5:30 pm at National Gypsum, 2001 Rexford Road, Charlotte. For directions to the National Gypsum facility, please visit

The Charlotte Area SharePoint User Group is open to anyone who uses SharePoint or those interested in learning more about SharePoint. Membership is FREE and bi-monthly meetings will be held where members will hear from experts from Microsoft, Microsoft partners, and fellow users presenting their knowledge about SharePoint and relevant topics. Network and learn from other users in your community and have fun!

Following is the agenda for our June 13th meeting:

2:30-2:45 Welcome & Introductions
2:45-3:45 Presentation- “Event Receivers: What’s New and What to Look Out For”, Cliff Green Microsoft Corporation
3:45-4:05 User Presentations/Case Studies- Europa Sports, David Brown; National Gypsum
4:05-4:15 Break
4:15-5:15 Presentation-“Feature Development & Solution (WSP) Deployment”, Jamie Rance, RDA Corporation
5:15-5:30 Meeting Wrap-Up & Next Steps

Hope to see you there!

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Role based access to QuickLaunch links

Posted by Brian Gough on June 1, 2007

Problem: I would like the links on my Quick Launch bar to be role sensitive so users only see links to SharePoint content they are allowed to see. For example.. say I have a Document Lib that I only want a specific Group/User to see. I want the link to the Doc lib to only be visible to that Group/User.

Solution: Obviously you first need to make sure the permissions are set up correctly for the list or library. Second, you need to make sure the link is being added to the Quick launch via the list settings properties and not by editing the Quick Launch list yourself.

Here is a quick look at how to set this up….

Lets say I want the link ‘Manage Opportunities’ to be role based.

Setting up Permissions
Access the settings for the list or library, then click ‘Permissions for this document Library” ( or list )

Adjust the permissions as needed.

Next, you need to make sure that the list/lib is being displayed on the Quick Launch via tthe lists property settings. Meaning someone did not just add it to the quick launch themselves, but instead did so through the list/lib settings.

Access the list/lib settings. Then under General Settings, click on ‘Title, description and navigation’.

Make sure the radio button labeled ‘Yes’ to display the list/lib on the Quick launch is selected.

This will add a link to the list/lib to the Quick Launch list.

If you open the Quick Launch list and edit the related link, it should look something like this. Notice the Web address is ‘greyed out’. If it is not ‘greyed out’ then the item was not be added via the list settings and will not be rendered based on the users role.

Now, when the Quick Launch is rendered, it will be role based.

This shows what it looks like to a user that does not have rights to see that document library.

Naturally, this only works for SharePoint content. If you edit the Quick Launch list yourself to add your own links to external content or even internal content, then the role based security will not have an affect.

I hope this helps.

Good luck and good coding.

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