Synchronous Event Receivers

SharePoint is a big (massive!) product, there are features and enhancements in SP2010 which I haven’t even used yet – mostly because I haven’t needed to. One of these is the ability to run after events synchronously (ItemAdded, ListAdded and WebProvisioned). Previously all after events were executed asynchronously and on…

How to get the Subversion library icon without installing TortoiseSVN 1.7.1 or greater

I found out the other day that the new TortoiseSVN 1.7.1 contains a custom ‘Subversion’ library with icon when installed. I thought this was a pretty cool feature – I currently store all my SVN projects in a library bearing the same boring generic icon as other Windows libraries. Unfortunately…

Strange goings on with the format of dates in SharePoint Calculated Columns

I came across a weird issue this morning whilst debugging a Web Part. I had a list that stored a date in one column and a Calculated Column that returned a date after applying a formula. The regional settings of the site were set to English (Australia) – see screenshot…

Deploying Nintex Workflow Custom Action with Multiple Web Front End’s

After quite a break from doing any Nintex development I was required to write a custom Workflow Action for a client. I broke out the Nintex SDK to remind myself how to do this and wrote my action. I debugged and tested the action on my dev VM and got…

GrantAccessToProcessIdentity – A very handy SharePoint PowerShell command!

I thought I’d do a write up on this one as its something that always catches me out every time I’m configuring a SharePoint farm. If you are setting up services e.g. Excel Services or Office Web Apps then it’s likely you will need to grant the service account running…

RIP Marco Simoncelli ‘Super Sic’

    I don’t normally write any non-work/SharePoint related posts on here but this is an exception. As most of you who know me will know I am a massive fan of motorcycle racing. I am still in shock from the news yesterday that my favourite MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli…

BIDS SSAS Project Role Error

  Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio) building SSIS and SSAS projects. I came across a strange error when trying to build a particular SSAS project, the error was – Error 1 The ‘Role’ with ‘ID’ = ‘Readers’ doesn’t exist in the…

The User Information List – a really valuable resource!

The SharePoint ‘User Information List’ is an often ignored hidden SharePoint list. When a user is added to a SharePoint site their details are copied into the list. It’s really easy to forget its there and it can be a valuable resource when developing in the sandbox. The other day…