Tools : .NET Reflector

update 11 May 2011: Unfortunately Reflector is no longer free since March 2011. Luckily JetBrains created a new decompiler that is free. You can find more information here: or on the JetBrains website. -end update- One of the most useful and indispensable pieces of software in my entire .NET toolkit. During SharePoint programming I […]

Closed and hidden web parts.

A feature I would like they thought of better is the ‘close’ web part. You close the web part (or click on the x) and assume it’s gone. But actually the web part is just hidden on the page. Although it is not visible to the end-user and it does not generate HTML code it […]

Tool : U2U CAML Builder

When you need to program a CAML query to a query for items in SharePoint you will quickly run into the complex wonders of CAML.  Luckly for us Karine from the Belgian firm U2U has created an easy to use GUI for creating CAML queries by just clicking and selecting the needed lists, filters, sorts etc… Download it […]

WSS versus MOSS features.

A client wanted to know how far he could go with WSS 3.0 (= the ‘free’ SharePoint). For some requirements I needed to know if certain features were available in WSS or not. So here they are for your reference. WSS features. AdminLinks AnnouncementsList BasicWebParts ContactsList ContentLightup ContentTypeSettings ctypes CustomList DataSourceLibrary DiscussionsList DocumentLibrary EventsList fields […]

Migrate SharePoint 2003 database to an SQL 2005 server.

A client was moving their >7 year old SQL 2000 cluster to SQL 2005. Reason? Old hardware and staying up-to-date with latest software. Their SharePoint 2003 was also using this server. This Microsoft KB article explains perfectly how to move the SP2003 database to an other server : Micosoft KB However our situation was […]

Macbook pro and Vista 64bit (x64) issues

Lately I had some questions from a friend that also bought a Macbook pro but (accidently) bought the 64bit version of Vista. Vista 64bit is not supported by Apple’s bootcamp. Vista will install properly but the drivers provided by Apple are not 64bit ‘capable’. The good news is. If you have some technical (Windows) background […]