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Archive for February, 2009

MVP Summit Bound

Posted by Brian Gough on February 28, 2009

Tomorrow I am heading to Seattle to meet with the product teams and fellow MVP’s as we get an early look at the new release of SharePoint and Visual Studio. Unfortunately, a lot of the content will be covered under NDA so we won’t be able to talk about it yet, but be assured I will get the news out as soon as I can.

It’s always a great time and a great chance to share information and experiences with my fellow “SharePointers”.

In case you have not heard, the next release of Office has been postponed until 2010, but it will still be god to get a heads up on what’s coming down the pipe.

Stay tuned.


Happy Coding.



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Code Camp – Spring 2009

Posted by Brian Gough on February 28, 2009

Ahhhh…. spring is in the air. The trees are blooming, the cardinals are returning, and the geeks are gathering! Time for another Code Camp!!
The Enterprise Developers Guild is getting geared up for our latest day of FREE training and presentations ( and food of course! ).
Camp will be held on March 28th. Check out the site for more information –

I will be giving a couple of presentations, most likely. One on the mobile capabilities of SharePoint and I am going to couple that with the new Microsoft Tag technologies. . Some really coo technology to use for smart phones. I great way to get your web site, CV, audio files or whatever else, on to folks smart phones quickly and easily.

Pretty cool stuff!

I may also be presenting on how to make your SharePoint site a bit more secure leveraging SharePoint designer and its Administrative features.

Make it if you can. It’s always a good time and filled with great content!!

See you there!

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Book Review – Profesional SharePoint Designer 2007

Posted by Brian Gough on February 15, 2009

I have recently read through this book authored by Asif Rehmani, Woody W. and Bryan P.

Whether you are just getting into SharePoint Designer or have been using it for a little while, this is an excellent book to have on your shelf. It is well written and easy to follow, so you get a better grip on Designer faster.
A couple of things that stand out for me are 1)the extras that point you to other resources to help augment Designer and make things easier for you, and 2) the depth that they go into especially around Web part Page Services Component ( WPSC ) and creating add-ins for Designer. This really helps the reader to see and understand that there is more to Designer than just the out-of-the-box UI.
So for those of us that want to get into the real nuts and bolts of designer and what it can do, this is a nice introduction. The fact that they include a section covering the use of Visual Studio to help enhance Designer is also a nice touch. With this one book, you will get a solid understanding of what you can do with Designer and how you can use Visual Studio to make it even better.

Well done guys!

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Folders and their security

Posted by Brian Gough on February 7, 2009

There has been a great discussion among my fellow MVP’s around Folders and their security, and if they are good or evil.
It started out with Amanda Murphy( ) sharing a concern that was brought up to her by an attendee of her presentation. The attendee claimed that even after creating folders and setting unique permissions “users can still have access to file if they navigate directly to it but they just cant see the folder. “
There has been a lot of testing on different builds ( 6219 – pre Infrastructure update and 6318 – infrastructure update) .
There seemed to be some instances during testing where behavior in the folders was different when simply changing users via the ‘Welcome’ dropdown and actually closing the browser and opening a new one as a different user. There was also different behavior when testing on a machine in a domain and a machine in a workgroup.
There were some statements that the the permissions only applied to the Folder views themselves and NOT the items in the folders.

Well, I have done some pretty intensive testing on build 6219 and the permissions behaved as I would expect them to. A user that was not given permissions to a folder could not see that folder or any of the items in the folder. Even when I tried a direct link to an item in a folder I did not have rights to, it threw the ‘Access denied’ message, as expected.
Hopefully someone will do a bit more testing in build 6318, but initial results show that it works fine and permissions do trickle down to the items in the list.
I am not too concerned about results on a machine in a workgroup, as I would never have that as a production machine, but it is noteworthy for those that may be testing on a workgroup machine as the results may vary when on a domain machine.

Just reinforces the importance of having your testing environment as close to your production
environment as you can. And as ever… test, test, test, test, and then test it some more!



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