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    Blog: How do you learn SharePoint (WSS/SPS)

    Bob Mixon has a great list of references. He’s right, there aren’t many formal sites/books out there worth buying… bloggers are the best resource in my mind (many are listed in my SharePoint links). » SharePoint - How Do I Learn?
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    Blog: SharePoint Admin Utility

    If you’ve used SharePoint 2003 (either SharePoint or WSS), you’ll know there are way too many places out there to find administration level information about a site, portal, user, server, virtual server, etc. I don’t think it should be so hard to find this info… so, I’m I’ve started a proof of concept for a oober-admin tool. I’m still in the process of defining all the requirements… and I fully expect (and taking the approach) of adding more and more features to this app as I progress.
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    Blog: INFO: Capacity Planning for Windows SharePoint Services

    Great blog article on capacity planning for WSS. » Capacity Planning for Windows SharePoint Services
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    Blog: Using SharePoint search in an ASP.NET application with noise filtering

    In this post, I’ll detail the steps & code used to get this working. I used this method to add search capabilities to a site implemented with MCMS 2002.
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    Blog: Using SharePoint search in an ASP.NET application with noise filtering

    Recently we needed to implement search functionality into a content web site. This has always been a pain for me, but with SharePoint, it was very simple. I had a hard time working with the full text TSQL query I needed to submit to the SharePoint web service, but I finally got it working. To view the details, with code samples, follow the link below. » Read more: Using SharePoint search in an ASP.
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    Blog: SmartPart v0.2.0.1 released... and much better than the last version

    Jan Tielens & Fons Sonnemans have updated their SmartPart for SharePoint library. One of the things I didn’t like about it was that you had to manually enter the user control in a text box. They’ve actually added another method… although it isn’t exactly what I wanted. At any rate, the latest release has other updates as well as a very nice and easy to follow tutorial on how to create your first SmartPart enabled WebPart!
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    Blog: Best Practices for Developing Web Parts for SharePoint Products and Technologies

    » MSDN: Best Practices for Developing Web Parts for SharePoint Products and Technologies
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    Blog: Capacity Planning for MS SPS 2003

    Very good reference article when planning the infrastructure around a WSS-SPS implementation. This paper provides guidelines for capacity planning for a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 installation. It describes the main issues you face and the decisions you must make when planning your SharePoint deployment. » Capacity Planning for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003
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    Blog: What is SharePoint 2003?

    Great resource explaining it: » What is SharePoint 2003?
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    Blog: Deploying Web Parts

    Once you start doing SharePoint development… specifically developing your own web parts, you’ll find deployment may not be a straightforward thing. Partick’s blog has a nice post about deployment of web parts. You may also have to deal wth Code Access Secrity (CAS) in .NET… there’s a good article on MSDN about this. » Deploying Web Parts - Possible Scenarios » Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Code Access Security
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    Blog: Free (useful) SharePoint WebParts [navigation, what's new, alerts, breadcrumbs]

    Just got tipped off to a post on Jan Tielens’ blog that details four free web parts he built for SharePoint. There is an MSI that will install into the GAC, or there’s a ZIP that explains how to install it manually for a specific site (I prefer this… esp since I’m in more of a shared environment). The single assembly contains four web parts in Jan’s Leadit.SharePoint.Essentials: What’s New: Shows new items added to a SharePoint site.
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    Blog: Custom Calendar Providers: Outlook2003 & WSS

    An article posted in May 2004 on MSDN was just highlighted on their front page and I just noticed it. As the teaser states: Stephen Toub walks you through customizing native Outlook 2003 integration with the Lists Web service from Windows SharePoint Services to build a Web application that serves up custom data. How will this help with WSS development? Not sure ~yet~… but definitely good code sample. » MSDN: Custom Calendar Providers: Outlook2003 & WSS
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    Blog: Developing WebParts with UserControls

    Anyone doing Web Part development (currently for SharePoint) knows how much of a PITA it is to code the WP by hand… almost entirely from the code behind. Fons has come up with an incredible SmartPart to save a ton of time!!! Together with Jan Tielens , I have created a improved version of my User Control Container Web Part called the SmartPart for SharePoint. Jan has written an introduction and even created a video demonstrating it in action.
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    Blog: GDN Workspace: Jazmine Framework

    I haven’t spent too much time investigating this as we’ve still been pretty busy about planning our SPS-CMS implementation, but I do plan to dig into it. I have seen it get lots of good press in numerous blogs. From GDN: An extension framework for building SharePoint Web Parts. The initial goals of this framework is to extend the base Web Part class with features needed in most common Web Parts.
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    Blog: SPS2003 Developer Resouces

    Lamont Harrington has compiled a nice set of resources for SharePoint developers.
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    Blog: Nice tools from Chris Sells

    Chris Sells has a page filled with some nice utilities… I especially like the .NET CollectionGen tool .
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