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Natural Language Processing and SharePoint

Natural Language Processing and SharePoint

Wait, what? As in reading what people are saying on my SharePoint site?

Yes, Natural Language Processing (NLP) refers to how computers and humans interact; more specifically, how a computer program can come to understand what we humans are saying, whether we’re writing a sonnet or a scathing review on Netflix.

Many companies turn to NLP techniques in order to get a better understanding of the needs, motivations and problems of their users. Netflix, for example, is well-known for its movie recommendation system, which uses NLP to determine what people are saying about a film or television show. Other sites and applications use NLP to help identify shills, so they can better hide reviews from people who post artificial praise about a product in order to boost the ranking of that product artificially.

Let me whet your appetite, and show you what sorts of things you can do when you apply some of the latest techniques and tools devoted to improving the state of NLP.

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Mega Menu for SharePoint – Part 3 of 3

The final post of a three part series, Heather Solomon and Dustin Miller are exploring the ever-popular “Mega Menu”, and how to create a powerful, styled and functional mega menu for use on your SharePoint sites. The first post explored the HTML markup and CSS needed for navigation, organized into an unordered list. The follow-up post walked through the use of navigation taxonomy and the XSL for the menu. This final piece will first show how to implement the custom view in your master page, and then enhance it further with some shiny new CSS. Continue reading Mega Menu for SharePoint – Part 3 of 3

Mega Menu for SharePoint – Part 2 of 3

This is the second part of a three part series where Heather Solomon and Dustin Miller are exploring the ever-popular “Mega Menu”, and how to create a powerful, styled and functional mega menu for use on your SharePoint sites. After creating the HTML markup and the CSS to meet the functional requirements, it is time to take a look at the importance of taxonomy in navigation and check out the XSLthat will be used for the mega menu. Continue reading Mega Menu for SharePoint – Part 2 of 3

Mega Menu for SharePoint – Part 1 of 3

In this three part series, Heather Solomon and Dustin Miller will explore the ever-popular “Mega Menu”, and how to create a powerful, styled and functional mega menu for use on your SharePoint sites. In this first part, the focus is on the HTML markup and CSS styling to used to create this oft-requested UI element.
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Multiple Sites with Varying Designs in a Single CSS File

Multiple Sites with Varying Designs in a Single CSS File

Hi, everyone! It’s your friendly neighborhood SharePoint hacker Dustin here with a slick trick you have to try out to believe!

Recently, Heather wrote an article (Master Pages, who needs them anyways?) that talked about creating your custom designs in SharePoint using only a single Master Page. From the very first delivery of our SharePoint UI/UX Class, our students have excitedly jumped on board – it’s amazing just how much you can do with a single master page!

One student in particular spoke up: “Okay, great, one master page to rule them all. What about one CSS file? Any fancy tricks that will let me keep all my design work for all the sites and site collections in my entire farm in a single CSS file? Even those department sites that want different colors?”

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Sublime Text Rocks

You won’t be sitting in a SharePoint Experience class for very long before Heather or I open up a code editing app we both love – and for most of you, it’s something you’ve never seen before. Whether it is ASPX, JavaScript, XSL, HTML, PHP or CSS, one of our main go-to applications for web development (and yes this includes SharePoint) is Sublime Text.
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