SharePoint Realtime Notifications - UI feedback for your server-side solutions

by Patrick Penn, SharePoint Architect, Enthusiast and Entrepreneur. Have you ever asked yourself how to send notifications, in realtime, from your server-side code (Event Receiver, Workflow etc.) to the users UI? Wouldn't it be great to send the user a message to the UI when his started workflow has been finished or more important, even failed? This technology fills a gap between user actions and feedback from your solutions. I hope this post will give you a straightforward solution to realize this. This doesn't look spectacular, but the shown notification is sent from SharePoint server-side C# code! What you need…

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SharePoint is dead, long live SharePoint

by Patrick Penn, SharePoint Architect, Enthusiast and Entrepreneur. Clear out the old to make place for the new From its birth in 2001 with Codename Tahoe Server the first steps were made. A Document Management System based on Microsoft technology. Today we are happy about SharePoint 2013 and i'm sure we'll be hearing a lot of the technology in the future. We know Microsoft as a company with a huge portfolio of different client- and server-products and technologies. Also some games like Age of Empire and Microsoft's Flight Simulator were part of it. Some of the brew disappeared but left…

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Effective Reporting on SharePoint Content - Part 1

by Patrick Penn, SharePoint Architect, Enthusiast and Entrepreneur. A big thanks goes to our team member Benjamin Linder for realizing our thoughts. Have you ever asked yourself how to create powerful reports based on Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), involving SharePoint data without querying the productive SharePoint content database directly? If you're interested in professional reporting, joining SharePoint data, you have to think about it, because this type of query is definitly not supported by Microsoft and there are some other good arguments for not doing so. Just a peek to the result Rendering live charts with SPServices and…

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Folders in SharePoint are as necessary as evil. Make the best of it using jQuery and SPServices.

by Patrick Penn, SharePoint Architect, Enthusiast and Entrepreneur. [UPDATE] Please visit FriendlyFolders on GitHub to retrieve the latest updates of the completely revised solution. A big thanks goes to our team member Benjamin Linder for developing the main code of this solution and to Marc D. Anderson for dedicating this topic a place in his famous SPServices Stories (SPServices Stories #19). Let me say right upfront, this post is not about Folders vs Metadata. If you're searching for that, you will find a rather good one here. Hopefully you know about the benefits of SharePoint and its features like, enterprise…

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