Category Archives: Tools, Products & Resources

The Only Web Site You Should Have on Speed Dial

Speed dial? This is the web and yes I know that. But this web site is so helpful that it needs to be more than a bookmark buried among others. It deserves something better than a save in Pocket, a sync across multiple devices, a share in Delicious or an annotation in Diigo. This site deserves old school treatment and the web equivalent to speed dial, create a shortcut on your desktop. Continue reading The Only Web Site You Should Have on Speed Dial

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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New master page added to “Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages

In addition to the stripped, cleaned and commented SharePoint 2010 master pages that we provide, we also have posted a copy of v4.master (default SharePoint master page – simple layout with top navy bar) that still has all original HTML layout code in place but has the same cleaning and comments added that our Just the Essentials master pages receive. Now another version of this file has been added that is a copy of v4.master with all of the UI3 code removed. If you are not supporting UI3 sites (2010 sites that look like 2007) then you can use the UI4 Only version.

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“Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages

As a follow up to my “Base Master Page Files for SharePoint 2007“, I have put together and posted several different master page files for use with SharePoint 2010.  Every file is heavily commented and provides a lot of information about what code is necessary for various SharePoint functionality and content.  Due to the enhanced user interface elements added to SharePoint 2010 such as the Ribbon and dialog boxes, there are specific HTML elements, IDs and classes that need to remain in place in the master page.  You can’t take a total slash and burn approach to developing a custom SharePoint 2010 master page.   So in short, read the comments!

UPDATE July 2012:  HTML5 versions of the master pages have been added. Please read this blog post about the changes that were made.  Continue reading “Just the Essentials” SharePoint Master Pages

Content Types and CSS Resources

In my sessions last week I stressed the importance of learning about content types, and really stressed the importance of learning CSS.  I have had several people ask me for some suggestions for resources for both of these topics.  If you have a resource or a book you just love that I don’t mention here, please post a comment about it for everyone’s benefit.  Continue reading Content Types and CSS Resources