SharePoint 2007: Troubleshooting ‘Unexpected Error’ while editing web parts
One of the great things about SharePoint is the ability for non-technical users to update page content without the assistance of a development team. On the other hand, one of the terrible things about SharePoint is the ability for non-technical users to update page content without the assistance of a development team.
SharePoint: Successfully Debugging Custom Timer Jobs
I’ve developed and debugged my share of custom SharePoint Timer Jobs in my day, yet there is still a rather tricky ‘gotcha’ that seems to trip me up every time, even though I am well aware of it. Perhaps writing this article about it will help me remember next time?
SharePoint 2010: Mysterious Errors Using Query String Parameters
One of the things I love about my job is that satisfying feeling of accomplishment that I get when I solve one of SharePoint’s quirky difficulties. If it weren’t for this feeling of euphoria that comes along every so often, I’d have gone insane long ago. Thankfully, SharePoint has no shortage of strange behavior and […]
SharePoint: Resolving Access Denied errors for Site Owners
Recently, I experienced a very strange problem while working on a client’s SharePoint 2007 install. SharePoint’s permission management isn’t always the easiest or most intuitive, but for the most part it works pretty well. And then there are the head-scratchers, which make absolutely no sense until the cause of the problem is discovered. The Problem […]
Dealing with Workflow Failed On Start (retrying) errors in Microsoft SharePoint
I don’t know why I expect SharePoint to work without problems. In almost every project I’ve done, some unforeseeable problem pops up that seems to make little sense. Maybe, after beating my head against the wall so many times, I’ve developed SharePoint amnesia, but I always expect the project to be a pleasant experience. I […]
How to Perform SharePoint Development On A Client Workstation
One of the most difficult restrictions for a SharePoint developer to deal with can be the requirement to do development on a SharePoint server. Personally, I prefer doing my development on my local machine, eliminating the need to establish a remote desktop connection to a different machine in order to write code. Unfortunately, SharePoint development […]
SharePoint Solution Deployment Horror
A couple of weeks ago, I had the worst professional SharePoint moment of my life, thanks to SharePoint 2007, Visual Studio 2008, and WSPBuilder. Deploying custom solutions to SharePoint is something I have done many times, but I’ve learned to expect nothing but the worst, especially when the task at hand seems like it should […]
A Developer’s Guide to Troubleshooting Microsoft SharePoint Errors
Anybody that has worked with Microsoft SharePoint as a developer knows that it can be an exercise in frustration for the strangest of reasons. One only has to see a handful of helpful error messages such as “An unexpected error has occurred” to understand exactly what I mean. Yes, one may look through the logs […]