I’m sure everyone is very busy this morning with the official launch of Silverlight 2 and so are we, but we’re also excited to announce another very special release. The Hard Rock Memorabilia Widget is now live on the latest Silverlight 2 RTM bits at <a href="http://memorabilia.hardrock.com
This is our biggest release since the initial launch of the memorabilia site at MIX ’08. The Widget lets users take any memorabilia item in the collection “back home” with them to their own sites, blogs, etc. It’s truly a mini-embeddable version of the Hard Rock Memorabilia site – a tiny, 50K XAP file with all the features of the memorabilia site (e.g. Deep Zoom, stories, videos, links, plus custom splash and install screens, full-screen support, and even a few easter eggs).
Check it out for yourself by zooming to any item in the collection and grabbing the embed code from the item's Share tray.
Just feeding the Google. Here are all 300 item links to the Hard Rock Memorabilia site. Bon appétit.
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My last blog post was about my new baby, Daniel, born in August. At 10 lbs. he was one BIG baby!
My most recent birth was to Slide.Show, another rather large baby of mine. After nearly two months of long hours and a few weekends, our team proudly released/launched/birthed Slide.Show on CodePlex as an open source Silverlight 1.0 control for publishing highly-customizable photo slideshows on the Web. It's now part of the .Show family of products recently released by Vertigo, which includes Family.Show and Video.Show, equally cool and impressive projects that you should check out, too.
Slide.Show been getting quite a bit of attention lately, especially after Nikhil Kothari blogged about it. In just one week after our 1.1 release, we've had over 500 downloads and quite a warm reception. That brings us to nearly 1000 total downloads in under a month, and puts us in the top 50 projects at CodePlex (out of 3000+ total projects), and #1 and #3 in the "slideshow" and "Silverlight" categories, respectively!
My team poured its heart and soul into this little baby, trying to make it as extensible and customizable as possible. I just can't wait to see how the open source and design communities foster it and help it grow...
We just had another son. His name is Daniel David Allan, 9 lbs. 0 ounces, born Friday, August 10th at 12:17 PM. So far all we can tell about him is that he likes to sleep in during the weekends and he seems to have chronic hiccups. We're so happy to have another healthy baby boy! Welcome Daniel!
My company, Vertigo, recently provided its engineers with brand new Vista development machines with some pretty impressive specs (thanks guys!!). And last year it was dual flat-panel monitors for everyone. When combined, it's a pretty sweet arrangement – just ask my colleague, Jeff Atwood, a huge fan of the multi-monitor setup (and UltraMon). He's got three!
Anyways, props to another colleague of mine, Daryll Herberger, for inspiring me and showing me how to create cool wallpaper for my dual-monitor setup, shown below.
Yar! Perhaps this is common knowledge already, but here's how I did it:
Create or download cool artwork
Resize the image (e.g. in Paint) so the width of the image is double the resolution of a single monitor (e.g. if your resolution is 1280 x 1024, then resize it to 2560 x 1024 pixels)
In Vista, open the Control Panel, then click Change desktop background
Browse to the image, select it as your background, click the Tile option, then click OK. Yar!
I just returned from an exciting Mix '07 conference in Las Vegas – the most exciting news being the announcements of Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha. I was all pumped up to play with Silverlight, but whenever I tried viewing the online samples, it simply wouldn't work in IE7 on my Vista machine. I installed the latest runtime several times, read and re-read the installation instructions, ensured that I removed the early beta versions from my machine, but no matter what I tried, I kept seeing the "Get Microsoft Silverlight" image.
In frustration, I tried the page in Firefox and to my great surprise…it worked! Hmm.
Eventually, I happened upon the following steps which fixed my IE7 problem:
Scan through your installed applications in the Control Panel. Uninstall previous versions of Silverlight and install the latest version if necessary.
From the Start menu, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, then click Run as administrator
In the console window, change the current directory to the Silverlight installation folder by executing the following command: cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Silverlight
Register npctrl.dll in the Silverlight folder by executing the following command: regsvr32 npctrl.dll
Refreshing IE7 now shows my beloved Silverlight application!
For a non-profit parenting organization like PRAM, the calendar means everything. They have monthly board meetings, weekly playgroup schedules, classes, workshops, holiday parties, and other programs going on all the time. The Calendar List in SharePoint 2007 is the perfect solution since it allows for both one-time and recurring events, just like Outlook. However, meetings, playgroups, and programs each have different attributes (or columns). For example, playgroups need to track the playgroup leader and the leader's contact information, while classes need to track information about the teacher, fees, and discounts, none of which is provided by default in the list.
So, how can I set up my calendar lists to support multiple types of events? I could add a superset of columns to the default list, but then I would have to think about the non-applicable columns every time I added/edited an event. Alternatively, I could create a different list for each type of event, but then users would have to check each calendar to make sure they weren't double-booking a location, or scheduling two important events at the same time.
The obvious answer is to use a single calendar list, and use the built-in content type functionality in SharePoint 2007, which allows you to support multiple types in a list. I could go on forever about it, but you can read more about content types here. In PRAM, here's what all this looks like:
This is exactly what we want, three different content types in one calendar: Event, Playgroup, and Program. Users can store all of their data in one calendar and just add different views for different visualizations of the data. For example, I added an All Programs view that has a filter on the Program content type.
But wait, there's a catch! Although content types are supported in calendar lists, in order to be useful, they should inherit the built-in Event content type. This allows them to support recurrence and other nice features of events. Unfortunately, SharePoint hides the Event content type in a special content type group named "_Hidden". As you might have correctly guessed, you can't inherit from hidden content types because you can't see/access them via the SharePoint interface by default.
To get around this limitation, follow these steps:
Make a backup of this folder: [Drive]:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\ctypes\
In the ctypeswss.xml file, find the section beginning with <ContentType ID="0x0102" Name="$Resources:Event"…
Change Group="_Hidden" to Group="$Resources:List_Content_Types"
Execute the following commands:[Drive]:\>stsadm -o deactivatefeature -filename "ctypes\feature.xml" -url http://[Application][Drive]:\
>stsadm -o activatefeature -filename "ctypes\feature.xml" -url http://[Application]
This un-hides the Event content type and places it in the List Content Types group under your Site Content Type Gallery. Now you are free to use the Event content type as a parent for your new content types! Once you are done, you can re-hide the Event content type by replacing the ctypes folder with the backup from Step 1, or by following the above steps again, but swapping the two groups in Step 3. Good luck!
Wow, this is my third blog post in two days, but when you are developing custom SharePoint 2007 solutions, there's often a lot to blog about.
Our team was experiencing problems after the daylight savings (DST) changeover this week. We noticed content deployment and solution deployment timer jobs were running one hour later than expected. The job status in Central Administration would say "Retracting..." or "Deploying..." and they would appear to hang for an hour before running. Because we are implementing a very custom solution, we sometimes have to deploy our solutions several times per day and it was holding us up.
I finally hit upon the right google search terms ("timer jobs") and found this new KB article from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932563
Apparently, this is a big problem down under because all the workarounds in the article pertain to Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. If you are anywhere else, then you need to derive your own workaround.
For us, since Vertigo is based in California (our time zone should be Pacific Daylight Time), our workaround was to set our development and server machines' time zones to Alaskan Daylight Time. Suddenly, our timer jobs started running again immediately.
Now we just need to remember to set our time zones back again on November 4th when daylights savings ends, or until Microsoft releases a fix. I'm not holding my breath yet. And if anyone has a superior fix or workaround, please let me know.
UPDATE: This workaround only fixed half of my problem. The solution deployment jobs are running as expected on my development machine, however, the same problem returned for the content deployment jobs even though the server was also set to Alaskan Daylight Time. We opened a support issue with Microsoft and they are preparing a hotfix.
As Jeff Atwood, my colleague here at Vertigo and author of the immensely popular blog, Coding Horror, would say, "If you didn't blog about it, then it didn't happen". So, I've decided to take the first step toward writing a step-by-step guide entitled "How I Built the World's Most Expensive Mom 'n' Pop Shop Web Site Using SharePoint 2007". Welcome to Part 1 of my guide!
To be clear, by "expensive site" I don't actually mean that it's costing someone a lot of money to build the site, nor that I'm getting rich by building it. And by "mom 'n' pop shop", I mean that it's definitely not a Fortune 500 company with millions to spend implementing a custom SharePoint solution. In fact, the site is for a local non-profit parenting organization and I volunteered to build it for free. It probably would have been really expensive due to the technical challenges presented, but because Vertigo has been kind enough to host the site for free, provide me with the necessary resources, and allow me extra time at work to learn and implement the site using SharePoint 2007, the only thing that it really cost was a few weekends and my marriage (just kidding). Seriously, here are a few reasons why I think this site is unique and pretty cool:
It uses custom ASP.NET 2.0 pages for the public front-end (anonymous access)
It uses SharePoint 2007 for content management and as an administrative back-end (members-only access)
It leverages nifty features new in SharePoint 2007 such as custom membership providers, forms authentication, KPIs, etc.
Here's what the site currently looks like. It's still under construction, but it has a Membership Registration Wizard that allows an anonymous user to create a user account, submit their membership information from a custom form to a SharePoint 2007 list, and pay for their membership online via PayPal. Then, administrative users can sign in to view the membership list in SharePoint, activate members, verify payments, manage groups and permissions, etc.
The home page – a custom ASP.NET 2.0 page stored in a SharePoint 2007 document library with anonymous access enabled
Step 1 of the wizard – user account sign-up for forms authentication
Step 2 of the wizard – data submitted from the form is saved to a SharePoint 2007 list
The administration home page – a standard SharePoint 2007 page restricted to site administrators
The membership list – stores data submitted anonymously through the wizard
As I see it, there are four ways that you can leverage SharePoint 2007 for your own expensive MomNPopShop.com site:
As an out-of-the box SharePoint 2007 site. This is the 99% case for SharePoint sites currently out there. This is just a standard site created by SharePoint Central Administration using the out-of-the-box master pages and themes. It has all the cool functionality afforded by SharePoint, but your site will look like a million other sites already out there (not to mention that it will also look like a corporate intranet…blech!).
As a fully customized SharePoint 2007 site with custom master pages and themes. This is the ultimate level of SharePoint integration, but it takes a lot of trial, error, blood, sweat, and tears to successfully create a custom master page and/or theme for SharePoint that looks nice and works in all situations, for all pages, all browsers, etc. You will definitely spend a lot of time buried in thousands of lines of css and the word "placeholder" will eventually make you queasy.
As a custom ASP.NET 2.0 site that communicates with a separate SharePoint 2007 site via its built-in Web services. This allows you to communicate with SharePoint lists without sacrificing your custom look and feel. Unfortunately, you won't be sharing the same HTTP context, so it won't be easy for users to switch back and forth between sites easily.
My suggestion – as custom ASP.NET 2.0 pages stored within a SharePoint 2007 site that communicate back and forth via the SharePoint API. My custom pages share the same IIS configuration, same Web.config file, and the same HTTP context as SharePoint. The only limitation is that my custom master pages do not support Web Part Zones yet, although they could if I took the right bits and pieces from the out-of-the-box master pages.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this guide where I'll begin describing my experiences and the steps to build your own SharePoint-hosted MomNPopShop.com site!