SharePoint 2013 tools.

My SP Toolbox. A quick overview of the tools I regularly use while creating solutions for SharePoint. Boost productivity and limit debug sessions. SharePoint Manager The SharePoint Manager 2013 is a SharePoint object model explorer. It enables you to browse every site on the local farm and view every property. http://spm.codeplex.com/ CAMLDesigner The CAML designer […]

Design Manager fatal bug: deleted site columns.

Introduction Update 2013-09-07: The SharePoint Server 2013 CU of August 2013 and KB 2817607 seem to (partly) address the issue described in this article. If you tried and tested the update it let me know! From the support site: When you export a design package from a SharePoint Server 2013 site, some out-of-box (OOB) fields are missing […]

Shrink log databases on SQL Server

Ran into a problem where my SP2013  standalone development machine was running out of disk space. The reason turned out to be 61GBs of database log files. Here is small script for shrinking SQL Server databases that start with ‘SP_‘ or ‘WSS_‘. Very handy on a development machine. Make sure that the databases you want […]

Workflow task. Method not supported.

When creating a Workflow in Visual Studio, make sure your created tasks inherit from the content type “Workflow tasks”. If not you might encounter the following error: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. System.NotSupportedException: Specified method is not supported. at Microsoft.SharePoint.Workflow.SPWorkflowTask.SetWorkflowData I always forget this.

Using export translations and import translations.

Introduction Language packs only translate the default SharePoint functionality. Your own lists, content types, fields, etc.. are not translated. Since SharePoint 2010 there is an option in SharePoint to translate elements in the user interface and export them. This export can then be imported again on another server. In my case this is mainly between […]

Adding a custom control to a page with Design Manager

The problem How do you add a custom control to your master page (or page layout) using the Design manager? In my first attempts I continuously got ‘Unknown server tag ‘uc1:FeedbackControl’ Quick introduction Using the new way of creating and deploying your branding with the Design Manager needs some getting used to. The idea is: You start […]

SharePoint 2013. Content Search web part.

The content search web part is just brilliant. Not only does it let you aggregate, filter and find content and their metadata. The new way of styling with the new display templates is a huge relieve after all the xslt horror in the SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 versions. One word of caution: I learned the hard way […]