Integrating a custom processor in FAST pipeline – part 1 of 2

יום ראשון, יוני 3, 2012

FAST for SharePoint 2010 allows us to integrate our own custom processor into the search engine's processing pipeline. While attempting to modify the default processing pipeline may sound like an hazardous task, its actually not that bad. In part 1 of the series we will set the stage for our custom processor by creating a BCS connector, set the managed properties and add a refiner to the refinement panel.For the purpose of this article, we'll use BCS as a connector for a database with the following columns:There is nothing special about the ProductID, ProductName or ProductDescription columns. These are just your regular run of the mill...

SharePoint Repository for NuGet is alive!

יום ראשון, אפריל 22, 2012

I'm happy to announce that my new open source project, created together with Eyal Vardi, SharePoint Repository for NuGet, is now live on Codeplex! SPRNuGet is a powerful integration between NuGet, the renowned .net package management system and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. SPRNuGet combines SharePoint 2010 powerful features such as security, publishing and UI to help you organize your code packages using build-in features of SharePoint such as folders, item level forms, ratings and enterprise keywords. SPRNuGet is a site-collection level feature and once installed a new folder will be created to hold the NuGet packages. When a package is uploaded and successfully...
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Fast Tips for FAST for SharePoint #2

יום שישי, דצמבר 23, 2011

When trying to query for a document that has a question mark (?) in its name or address as part of a FQL query, you may notice weird behavior from FAST. For example, let's send a query that look for a document with the URL address of http://localhost/blogs.aspx?blogid=5: string fqlQuery=@"and(path:(string(""http://localhost/blogs.aspx?blogid=5"", Mode=""PHRASE"")), filter(sitename:equals(""Local SharePoint"")))";Sending the query as is, will cause FAST to automatically evaluate the question mark as a wildcard character that will match any single character. Since this is not our desired result, we need to tell FAST not to use wildcards in our specific string. This can be done easily using...

Working with FAST Search For SharePoint 2010 Document Promotions Programmatically

יום חמישי, דצמבר 22, 2011

As much as I love working with the FAST for SharePoint 2010 search engine, finding documentation for it online is quite a challenging task. This is why I'm going to try and document as much as possible about the little 'gems' I find while working with FAST. Using FAST for SharePoint you can define documents to be promoted within the search results list, indicating that they are highly relevant results for a particular keyword or its synonyms. The promoted documents will appear at the top of the search result list. While this feature works great when using OOTB Core Search Results...

Fast Tips for FAST for SharePoint #1

יום שלישי, אוגוסט 16, 2011

It sure been a while, but nothing spells busy like work and university ;) In the next couple of short articles I’m going to give some fast tips (pun intended) for developing with the FAST search engine for SharePoint 2010. My first tip deals with setting Managed Metadata Properties for FAST without the use of PowerShell. 1) Start by going to your central admin->Manage service applications. 2) Click on your FAST Query SSA service: 3) Click on FAST search administration. 4) Click on Managed Properties. 5) Play with the properties as you wish :)

Working with SharePoint 2010 User Activity NewsFeed

יום שבת, מרץ 26, 2011

I was recently tasked with creating an application that once used will add an entree to the user's activity feed.The activity feed is a fun and social feature (one of many) of SharePoint 2010, and its purpose is to present a feed of actions that the user or his colleagues performed on the site.You can see how the activity feed looks on the following screen shot, taken from my local SharePoint development environment:Now hopefully that got you excited enough to read on ;)We are going to build a simple web part that will add an entree to the user...

Fun with Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 Ribbon Control – Part 2 – An In Depth Look At The Ribbon Control

יום חמישי, פברואר 3, 2011

Welcome to part 2 of the "Fun with Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 Ribbon Control" series. If you haven't read part 1 go ahead and click here. So how do we deal with this ribbon? Well, by using the powers of XML! Let's take a closer look on how the OOTB ribbon is constructed: If we open the ribbon definitions file - cmdui.xml (which can be found at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\GLOBAL\XML) we will see the following structure:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?><CommandUI xmlns=""><Ribbon Id="Ribbon" ...>    <Tabs Id="Ribbon.Tabs">        <Tab Id="Ribbon.BDCAdmin" ...>            <Scaling Id="Ribbon.BDCAdmin.Scaling"></Scaling>            <Groups Id="Ribbon.BDCAdmin.Groups">                <Group Id="" ...>                    <Controls Id="">                        <Button Id="" .../>                    </Controls>                </Group>            </Groups>       ...
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SharePoint Social Networking project on CodePlex

יום שישי, ינואר 28, 2011

Last week i presented a session on the Israeli SharePoint user group about the ribbon control in SharePoint 2010. One of the things i showed in that session was a ribbon tab built for sharing and bookmarking links from the organizational intranet with other users using many providers such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Reddit and others. The tab generated a lot of excitement in the audience so i decided to make it an open source project on CodePlex and in time add other social networking projects (such as my Twitter web part) to it. As mentioned in the project home page I got the idea for this tab from Zubair Ahmed's blog...

Fun with Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 Ribbon Control – Part 1

יום ראשון, ינואר 16, 2011

So, my first REAL post of 2011... Let's make it count! A few days ago i started looking into the possibility of integrating Silverlight into the SharePoint 2010 Ribbon control. Naturally i checked my favorite blogs to see if someone has experimented with this already but i couldn't find a single mention of Silverlight and the ribbon working together, so i decided to create a small, fun (and to be honest quite useless) POC of using Silverlight as a control inside the SharePoint 2010 ribbon. The POC is a small Silverlight galley control, which shows the thumbnails of a random image folder on our...
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