Category: Dev

Externalizing Build Configuration

Externalizing Build Configuration

While PowerShell is great, I still do a lot of my build automation using plain old batch scripts when it comes to managing my SharePoint development workflow.  Because I do my development outside of my SharePoint environment (develop on my...

SharePoint 2010 Service Applications Thoughts

SharePoint 2010 Service Applications Thoughts

I can’t say that I can add much more to the tutorials and articles already out there on the Net on this topic, but I’d like to point to the definitive example of how to implement one: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg193964.aspx David Taylor’s blog...

Chaining jQuery AJAX Calls (w/o Plugins)

Chaining jQuery AJAX Calls (w/o Plugins)

Here’s the scenario: you need to make a series of AJAX calls to process a list of objects and each call is dependent on the results from the previous call.  How can we structure this elegantly in jQuery without having...

The Beauty of Mongo

The Beauty of Mongo

MongoDB is sexy.  Sexy as hell. This isn’t the first or the best intro to Mongo+.NET, but I hope this one can show you how it finally solves the object-relational disconnect with an easy to follow example. Let’s start with...

Thoughts on MongoDB

Thoughts on MongoDB

I just recently posted a short write up on Fluent NHibernate vs. Code First in Enterprise Library 4.1. I’m starting up a new pet project (or rather re-starting it after a 3 year hiatus) so I’ve been trying to figure...

FluentNHibernate vs. Code First in EF 4.1

FluentNHibernate vs. Code First in EF 4.1

First, having been in the SharePoint space exclusively for so long now, I have to admit: it’s been a while since I’ve had to deal with non-SharePoint data access.  I don’t know if I miss it or not 😀 I’ve...

HTML5 on the Desktop — Finally!

As tidbits start to come out about Windows 8, it appears that we’ll see a significant shift in the Windows UI in the next version.  In itself, there’s a whole lot of significance as it’s a paradigm shift in terms...

A jQuery Scrollbar Replacement

Click here to see the demo page. I was looking around recently for a jQuery based scrollbar replacement and spent quite some time trying out a few different libraries that I found in a blog post. I was left quite...

HTML5 and the Future of Silverlight and WPF

HTML5 and the Future of Silverlight and WPF

Peter Bright has an interesting, in-depth write up of the aftermath of PDC and the future of Silverlight and WPF. Of particular interest to me is that it seems to imply the impending doom of WPF.  This genuinely surprised me...

SharePoint Development Patterns: Getting Started

Most teams, nowadays, use a virtual machine model for developing SharePoint solutions simply because it makes the most sense to do so.  From the teams and individuals that I’ve worked with, it also seems that most also work directly inside...