Customizing Breadcrumbs in SharePoint 2010

For those of you that are struggling with breadcrumb customization in SharePoint 2010 (as I have), I would strongly advise on using the breadcrumb from nightandday.master – after several hours of trial and error this breadcrumb acts as expected.

Happy Customizin’

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Another SharePoint MVP Chat

Do you have questions about SharePoint? Want to learn more about the recently launched SharePoint 2010?  By popular request, SharePoint MVPs from around the world are participating in a live chat event about SharePoint. These Q&A events are a great opportunity to tap into the vast knowledge of these industry professionals who are regarded as the best in their field.

Please join us on Wednesday July 21st at 9am PDT!

Join the MVP Chat Here!

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Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint

After a busy few months of heavy duty writing, it looks like we are getting close to the final stages of our Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Team Solutions with SharePoint book.  This book is a continuation of the book we had written for 2007 with a few additional topics that were not included in the 2007 version such as Governance, Records Management, Social Networking, and Branding.  We are also joined on this book by two great ladies in the SharePoint world, Jennifer Mason and Laura Rogers.  These guys bring great insight to our book and we are thrilled to have them onboard for this project. 

Is this a book on SharePoint Development or for End Users?

I get this question a lot.  Officially we state that this book is ideal for anyone getting started with SharePoint as it will bring you end to end on the various features and functionilty that are available out of the box in SharePoint.  Our goal is to teach the readers how to use and configure the various settings to build an environment that matches their business needs.  So in my opinion if you have been given the keys to SharePoint in your organization and are responsible for configuring it to meet your needs, then our book will be perfect for you.  Now if you are developer, I still think you should read this book because its critical that you understand what SharePoint provides from a features and functionality point of view before you crack open Visual Studio and decide to build everything from scratch yourself. Having a solid understanding of what the platform provides is your first step to becoming a solid SharePoint developer as you need to understand where the logical points of extension are.  Sadly I have come across too many situations in my consultant life where a developer or set of developers have custom built items that existed in SharePoint out of the box simply because they were not aware the feature even existed. 

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SharePoint Nation Web Cast – Creating Custom Actions within SharePoint

Join us on Wednesday, July 21st at 8PM EDT for another SharePoint Nation Virtual User Group Meeting featuring Geoff Varosky.  Details below:

Creating Custom Actions within SharePoint
Custom Actions control features in SharePoint such as the Edit Control Block, the Site Actions menu, toolbars, and the links within the Site Settings page. Learn how to leverage Custom Actions to extend the SharePoint User Interface. This session will describe the basics of Custom Actions, a demonstration to build one or more and apply them to a site in SharePoint, as well as provide resources for additional information.
Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Presenter Name: Geoff Varosky
Email: gvarosky@grace-hunt.com
Twitter: @gvaro
Blog: http://www.geoffvarosky.com
Photo: http://www.grace-hunt.com/PublishingImages/Geoff150.jpg
Bio: Geoff Varosky (MCP, MCTS) is a Senior Solutions Developer for Grace-Hunt, LLC (http://www.grace-hunt.com), a Microsoft Gold Partner focusing on SharePoint and Dynamics Solutions based out of Hudson, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications for over a decade, and has been working with SharePoint Technologies for the past 6 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups, and maintains a blog on SharePoint at http://www.geoffvarosky.com.

Live Meeting Address:

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=N2MK63&role=attend&pw=SPN072110

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SharePoint 2010 Resources

As I dive deep into the world of SharePoint 2010 Customization I will be sharing with you some of the resources/links I find along the way on a new page just created on the site:

SharePoint 2010 Resources

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SharePoint Nation Web Cast – Creating Custom Actions within SharePoint

Join us on Wednesday, July 21st at 8PM EDT for another SharePoint Nation Virtual User Group Meeting featuring Geoff Varosky.  Details below:

Creating Custom Actions within SharePoint
Custom Actions control features in SharePoint such as the Edit Control Block, the Site Actions menu, toolbars, and the links within the Site Settings page. Learn how to leverage Custom Actions to extend the SharePoint User Interface. This session will describe the basics of Custom Actions, a demonstration to build one or more and apply them to a site in SharePoint, as well as provide resources for additional information.
Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Presenter Name: Geoff Varosky
Email: gvarosky@grace-hunt.com
Twitter: @gvaro
Blog: http://www.geoffvarosky.com
Photo: http://www.grace-hunt.com/PublishingImages/Geoff150.jpg
Bio: Geoff Varosky (MCP, MCTS) is a Senior Solutions Developer for Grace-Hunt, LLC (http://www.grace-hunt.com), a Microsoft Gold Partner focusing on SharePoint and Dynamics Solutions based out of Hudson, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications for over a decade, and has been working with SharePoint Technologies for the past 6 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups, and maintains a blog on SharePoint at http://www.geoffvarosky.com.

Live Meeting Address:

https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=N2MK63&role=attend&pw=SPN072110

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SharePoint MVP Q&A Chat Session – Today, June 23rd

Join us today for a SharePoint MVP Chat at 9AM PDT / 12PM EDT.

Event Details:
Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? The SharePoint MVPs are the same people you see in the technical community as authors, speakers, user group leaders and answerers in the MSDN forums. By popular demand, we have brought these experts together as a collective group to answer your questions live. So please join us and bring on the questions! This chat will cover WSS, MOSS and the SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions.

You can learn more and enter chat room from here.  See you there!

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SharePoint MVP Chat you won't want to miss!

Twitter hashtag: #spmvpchat
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=125885194117000
SharePoint Team Blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2010/06/17/live-chats-to-learn-more-about-sharepoint-with-the-mvp-experts.aspx

Live Chats to Learn more about SharePoint – with 17 MVP Experts Do you have questions about SharePoint? Want to learn more about the recently launched SharePoint 2010? By popular request, SharePoint MVPs from around the world are participating in a live chat event about SharePoint. These Q&A events are a great opportunity to tap into the vast knowledge of these industry professionals who are regarded as the best in their field.

Please join us on Wednesday June 23rd at 9am PDT! Learn more and add these chats to your calendar by visiting the MSDN event page http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx On June 23rd, tune in between 9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific time to chat with the following MVPs: 1. Amanda Perran 2. Ben Curry 1. Bryan Phillips 4. Dan Attis 5. Daniel Larson 6. Jason Medero 7. Mike Oryszak 8. Muhanad Omar 9. Paul Schaeflein 10. Paul Stork 11. Randy Drisgill 12. Rob Foster 13. Saifullah Shafiq Ahmed 14. Serge Tremblay 15. Shane Perran 16. Spencer Harbar 17. Woody Windischman

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No more background woes with dialog boxes in SharePoint 2010

In 2007 dialog boxes often inherited backgrounds that you had not anticipated, or wanted.  It seems 2010 has a much simpler fix to work around this.

Adding the class: .s4-notdlg should force the background not to show in dialog windows.

I noticed Randy and Heather both posted on the topic already so no need to get any more in depth than this here.

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SharePoint Evolution Conference in London, England

I have the honor of presenting in 2 weeks time at the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London, England.  The conference is a biggie for anyone interested in SharePoint 2010 as the content is 100% focused on the new release which will be launched just a month after the conference on May 12th. 

From the Conference Website

What is it?

This 3 day SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference, consists of over 70 Sessions dedicated to IT Pro’s/Developers/Designers/Information Workers/Business Adoption and Power Users and with a new Deep Dive 400 track and 5th Power User Track added this is set to be Europe’s Premier SharePoint Conference for 2010!

Why you should attend

If you attend one SharePoint conference for SharePoint 2010 in Europe Here are just a few reasons why you should attend the SharePoint Evolution Conference in London on April 19th to 21st 2010

  • The conference is dedicated to SharePoint
  • Born from the very successful Best Practices conference in 2009 hailed by many as the best SharePoint conference ever.
  • Sessions list second to none, speaker list second to none.
  • 55 Expert SharePoint speakers from Microsoft and well known companies. Never before has such a group of talented speakers like this been brought together.
  • About My Session:

    Managing Documents Effectively with SharePoint 2010

    Tuesday, April 20th @ 2PM

    Since SharePoint was introduced nearly a decade ago, many organizations have embraced the tool as a mechanism to adopt better document management practices.  

    While the platform provides features and functionality to support effective document management and collaboration, without proper planning and governance, many organizations fail at recognizing the true potential of what SharePoint can offer. 

    During this session, we will review the core pillars of an effective document management solution and discuss how SharePoint 2010 can be configured to support these.   This session will address important  concepts such as:

    • Creating an effective and reusable classification plan using the new and improved tools in SharePoint 2010 that optimizes stakeholders ability to find the right document at the right time.
    • Designing taxonomies and hierarchies to support business goals for collaboration while also ensuring maximum performance and security.
    • Implementing document content types in a way that allows for more effective and governed document management, without adversely impacting how users like to work.
    • Managing the document lifecycle from creation to expiration.

    This will be my first trip to the UK and I am pretty excited about it.  If you are going to be there.  Drop me a line via comments or my About Me page to let me know.

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