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Google Chrome and Sharepoint

You’ve no doubt downloaded or at least heard of Google Chrome already. If you haven’t click here to download it and click here to view Google’s creative comic about the browser. I recommend reading the comic as its very informative and will get you up to speed on why Google’s browser will make every web developer rethink their apps.

But the purpose of this post is to just get some screenshots out there of Google Chrome in action with Sharepoint. I can’t really find that much information currently on browsing Sharepoint sites in Google Chrome, so hopefully some of you will post your thoughts/information on this below.

Let’s also keep in mind that this is obviously a beta, albeit pretty stable, release of a brand-new web browser. There will be new internal builds everyday, so anything in this article could be dated within 30 minutes. With that said, let’s look at how Chrome renders Sharepoint.

Figure 1 – Chrome’s omnibox will attempt to grab related results across the web and locally based on what you type. My testing site is pretty basic, so it didn’t return much.

Figure 2 – As you can see I’m prompted with a login box similar to what is seen when browsing Sharepoint with Firefox.

Figure 3 – A basic Sharepoint site with no customizations. There are some display flaws here, but I will say this. It displays the page much quicker than even IE7, and generally looks better than what I’m used to seeing in Firefox. Firefox still hasn’t been able […]

By |September 2nd, 2008|Categories: SharePoint, Web|Tags: , |8 Comments

How to: Hide the title column from Sharepoint lists

A frequent request from end-users is the ability to remove the “title” column from Sharepoint lists and document libraries. You can rename this column to something else, but I do not recommend this for various reasons. “Title” is a reserved Sharepoint word and renaming it has been known to break things. Generally this only occurs if you change it in the Site Content Type Gallery, but I tend to err on the side of caution here. You can read about that particular limitation here.

But you can hide the title column from the default content types already built in to Sharepoint with a few easy steps. I’ve posted ample screenshots below for the visually stimulated!

Step 1. Navigate to the desired list that needs to be configured. I am starting with an out-of-the-box Sharepoint task list that has not been configured in any way. You can do the same or start with a custom list.

Step 2. Click on Settings and then List Settings. Once on the settings page for your list, click on the advanced settings link as shown below.

Step 3. The advanced settings page is not all that advanced as there are some common settings here, but you will need to set “Allow management of content types” to yes before proceeding. Click OK to continue.

Step 4. You should see the Content Types section now which will allow you to edit all settings pertaining to the content type that […]

By |August 27th, 2008|Categories: SharePoint|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

Sharepoint Update Log – Part 1

Part 1 Part 2

It’s not everyday that you find a company or IT department that keeps a structured and updated “update log” for their systems, let alone Sharepoint. Updating your software is as easy as clicking a few buttons and trusting that everything will work as advertised. And for the most part, application updates really do what they are supposed to without causing outages. With communities, blogs and wikis for just about every application in existence, developers find it much easier to distribute test builds to the masses and receive responses rather quickly. This translates to quicker bug fixes and an overall better experience for end-users. But this can also lead to an ultra-trusting mentality when it comes to updating your software with major upgrades and/or patches. It only takes one patch to create hours of work for you and your team to get the system back online when incompatibilities rear their ugly heads.

This three part article will aim to give you my thoughts for an effective update log for your Sharepoint servers.

NOTE: I’ve written this article with respect to Sharepoint specifically. It is part of a larger concept that could be incorporated into all LOB systems.

The first thing that we need to do is figure out where we should store our data. Depending on your needs and organizational size this may be a very simple setup, but it still helps to think it through first.

The table below summarizes a few pros and cons for 4 possible scenarios.

This is a pretty self-explanatory table, but I want to touch on one of these […]

By |August 21st, 2008|Categories: SharePoint|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment