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Me + DVWP = BFFs: Part 1

Written by Craig Butler on April 2, 2013

By Alicia O’Neal As a consultant with multiple clients, I am constantly creating different layouts for SharePoint data. Because I need this flexibility, the SharePoint Data View Web Part (DVWP) has become my best friend. The DVWP provides the ability to pull data from multiple SharePoint sources and to format the data on the page…

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SharePoint 2013 – Revamped Social Experience: My Sites and Communities

Written by Craig Butler on March 26, 2013

  By David Grubic SharePoint 2013 makes great strides at bringing new and powerful social features to the table that previous versions lacked. Users familiar with today’s popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ will see a wealth of modern features integrated into SharePoint 2013. These improvements, highlighted by a redesigned My Sites…

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Preparing for a SharePoint 2013 Upgrade: Best Practices – Part 2

Written by Craig Butler on March 21, 2013

By Janice Uwujaren This article explores five best practices that guarantee a successful, stable, and cost-effective transition from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. 1. Manage your Upgrade like a Development Project If you think about it, your upgrade is a project because it fulfills a specific business need. Applying the same level of discipline to…

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Export MVC WebGrid to Excel (CSV)

Written by Craig Butler on December 6, 2012

By: Scott Murphy Overview Have you ever needed to export a WebGrid to Excel? In this article I will explain the steps needed to export the contents of a MVC WebGrid to Excel (CSV). The only prerequisite is that your input be IEnumerable<T>. The first step is to create your Util or Helper methods that…

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@font-face and Web Font Freedom

Written by Craig Butler on December 6, 2012

By: Jake Beaton If you’ve ever developed a website, you’re likely familiar with the concept of web safe fonts. Due to the way fonts are rendered in browsers, designers and developers have been limited to the fonts installed on user’s machines for most of the web’s history. This is what led to the notion of…

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Generating Code Metrics in Visual Studio 2010

Written by Craig Butler on December 6, 2012

By: Tim Gonzales As software developers, we all know that it is imperative to review quality during all phases of the software development lifecycle. Defects, inefficiencies, and unmaintainable code can turn a simple issue into a costly disaster down the road. Code Metrics is a tool that first shipped with Visual Studio 2008. This handy…

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SharePoint 2013

Written by Craig Butler on December 6, 2012

On Monday July 16, Microsoft released a public preview of SharePoint 2013. Our team created a Virtual Machine and installed the newest version of SharePoint to experiment with the new and updated features included in the product. These exciting features will allow CTS to offer a wider and more expansive solution to our customers. In…

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Business of Software 2012

Written by Craig Butler on December 3, 2012

by: Matthew Dean Within the past week, my son turned four, my daughter turned one, and I attended the hands down best conference I have ever attended. It has been a great week and thus, I was inspired to share my experience at the conference, Business of Software, or BoS for short. The conference website…

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Benefits of Product Testing

Written by Craig Butler on December 3, 2012

by: Whitney Dueitt Standard projects are often customized software that will not go through multiple versions over the course of a year. Products, on the other hand, are essentially the opposite. Products go through multiple versions while customizing for specific customers. At CTS, no matter the category, all pieces of software go through a testing…

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WCF Tracing

Written by Craig Butler on December 3, 2012

by: Natasha Shakhmatov First thing first. If you plan to work with WCF do yourself a favor and learn how to use the Service Trace Viewer Tool (SvcTraceViewer.exe). http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms732023(v=vs.100).aspx This is an easy to install, easy to use, easy to configure tool that has the potential of saving you countless hours of frustrating debugging. Here…

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