Author Archives: gavinbarron

Minimal path to awesome–VSTS Release Management and Classic mode Azure Website

I’ve been doing a whole lot of work with Visual Studio Team Services, formerly Visual Studio Online, and making heavy us of the Release Management feature as I discussed recently on the Microsoft Cloud Show Episode 146. As this can … Continue reading

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The future of SharePoint development is cloudy

I’ve seen the future of SharePoint development and it’s decidedly cloudy. And that’s a good thing, no, that’s a great thing for the health of the SharePoint developer community. A few months back I was fortunate enough to be invited … Continue reading

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Migrating questionable date strings

I’ve been having a lot of fun with data migration lately /s Anyway I have an evil source database that has free-form strings that allegedly represent dates. I look at this data and think to myself, this is why we … Continue reading

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Don’t get burned by Redis ConnectionMultiplexer; A sample wrapper

Every had a latent bug go undetected and then jump up and bite you? Yeah, not the nicest feeling. I’ve been working on a pretty interesting project that now makes use of Redis to provide a caching layer as the … Continue reading

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Update the installed certificate for an Identity Provider

If you use ADFS or some form of federated identity in SharePoint eventually you’re likely to need to update the certificate you have installed. This is because SharePoint holds a copy of the public certificate to verify the incoming SAML … Continue reading

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Browsing localhost using “Project Spartan” AKA “Microsoft Edge”

I’m using Windows 10 as my primary OS now, maybe that’s a bit nuts but hey 10162 is a lot more stable than some of the early builds, and the driver support is pretty good now too. I fired up … Continue reading

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Page mode and JavaScript

So I ran into a scenario recently where a customer had a jQuery script making some DOM modification which they wanted and everything looked good. Until you went to edit the properties of some web parts. Unfortunately due to the … Continue reading

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SharePoint MVPs do an AMA

Are you a redditor? If you are start collating some questions for the SharePoint MVP AMA which will be held on October 30 6am (October 29 at 1pm EST according to the post in /r/sharepoint). If you’re not a redditor … Continue reading

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Why do I need to use SPWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdates?

We have a customer who has a couple of custom feature bound onto a WebTemplate that was giving them grief when they attempted to provision sites from this template via PowerShell but worked just fine when using the web UI. … Continue reading

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SharePoint 2013 Search: Add User Profile Properties to the Full Text Index

We would like to allow users to search on values stored against user profiles without needing to use an explicit managed property search, i.e. they just want to type in the keyword and have the relevant people returned. Pretty much … Continue reading

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