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My name is David Jacobus I am a former teacher of Computer Science and Mathematics, who is now working full time as a SharePoint Consultant! I have raced off-road motorcycles for 30+ years! I have fallen in love with Glamis and the Dune experience the last few years! My friends like to say: Jake, with age comes the cage! I suppose that is because at Glamis I use a Razor XP 900! Which has a full roll cage!

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SharePoint 2010 Announcements List Knockout MVVM full CRUD
I have been thinking this through since my last post on Knockout. I have always been in favor of using SharePoint for List CRUD operations instead of building CRUD into custom applications/web parts. What I mean is that let the user use the built-in New Form and Edit Form to add/edit items instead of building this capability in a custom web part or Single Page Application (SPA). So if you are not going to add this functionality but you are not on the list view then you need to reference these pages ......

Posted On Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:59 PM

SharePoint 2013 CSOM with Knockout and JQuery
I was playing with SharePoint 2013 on my Office 365 site and asked myself what is the most important skill I need to acquire as a developer for SharePoint 2013? The same skill, as I have needed from the very beginning as a SharePoint developer: Acquire SharePoint list data and customize the look and feel to meet customer requirements! Not needing the whole CRUD stack, just read, except maybe for External lists. I looked at a few blogs and decided to jump into the fray and see how hard this would ......

Posted On Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:11 AM

SharePoint Using Excel Services for simple BI (No Code)
While working at a few companies in the past, I have had occasion to need a quick and easy tool to get dynamic visual information to a higher headquarters. Sometimes, in regards to a different reporting mechanism that had reporting problems. Excel Services in SharePoint provided the solution. Easy for a Power User/Excel User to modify the data in the spreadsheet and automatically update the web page or just provide a user with the URL for the chart. I had one instance where a large organization had ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 11:26 AM

JQuery Zone Tabs Web Part
I was looking at codeplex and saw some tabbed web parts and a zone tab web part. One was really good except it had display issues and the documentation was weak! The issue of course is that a zone tabs JQuery UI solution needs a SharePoint page layout to set up the web parts zones on the layout! In thinking about the solution I thought about the JQuery and JQuery UI JavaScript Where should be load the scripts? Master Page, Page Layout, Web Part, or clever Delegate Control. Nowadays we can be pretty ......

Posted On Sunday, November 17, 2013 8:36 PM

Building Publishing Pages in Code
One of the Mantras we developers try to follow: Ensure that the solution package we deliver to the client is complete. We build Web Parts, Master Pages, Images, CSS files and other artifacts that we push to the client with a WSP (Solution Package) And then we have them finish the solution by building their site pages by adding the web parts to the site pages. I am a proponent that we, the developers, should minimize this time consuming work and build these site pages in code. I found a few blogs ......

Posted On Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:14 PM

Creating a Document Library with Content Type in code
In the past, I have shown how to create a list content type and add the content type to a list in code. As a Developer, many of the artifacts which we create are widgets which have a List or Document Library as the back end. We need to be able to create our applications (Web Part, etc.) without having the user involved except to enter the list item data. Today, I will show you how to do the same with a document library. A summary of what we will do is as follows: 1. Create an Empty SharePoint Project ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6:39 AM

List Instance Woes Part 2 Win Win for all
In the previous blog post I discussed working with the list import tool for creating lists which was a timesaver for developing lists in the UI and then importing that list into a Visual Studio solution. I had some time in-between projects to make this process for simple lists just using the default views. How about doing this entire process in about 15 minutes in code! This is such a time saver that I just had to blog about it and save other developers this time intensive task! 1. Use a utilities ......

Posted On Sunday, October 30, 2011 7:34 AM

SharePoint 2010 Master Page with Code behind
I had added some code behind to a SharePoint 2010 master page and it worked beautifully! I followed Andrew Connell’s blog and article on MSDN. I had actually created two more master pages with an identical code behind as they each needed the same bits. I had each inherit from the same code behind file. Everything worked great until we were having some problems with one of our developers opening a css file form the VPN. So I thought I would just change the master page in SPD temporarily to use a css ......

Posted On Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:39 AM

SharePoint 2010 MY Links without My Sites
I have a client that desired to have the MOSS 2007 capability of My Links but in no way wanted My Sites in SharePoint 2010. I took some steps that gave them the capability of My Links by creating a personalized web part that could be linked to in a modal. It worked, However, in addition, they didn’t want users without web admin rights to see the SharePoint ribbon. The result was that admins could use the web part and the personalization data would be kept by SQL in the personalization database. Members ......

Posted On Sunday, August 14, 2011 4:13 PM

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