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SharePoint 2013 Modal Dialog Tips & Tricks

March 22nd, 2013 Comments

After hibernating for the winter, I have a spring treat for you all.

I present to you: Tips & Tricks: SharePoint 2013 Modal Dialogs. It’s a follow-up to my original SharePoint 2010 dialog tips & tricks post!

Burger Bar Redux

November 23rd, 2012 Comments

A few years back, I had a not so pleasant meal at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. As luck would have it, a second SharePoint Conference and some colleagues already eating brought me back to the Burger Bar again.

I have to confess that I was quite pleased with the burger I had this time around.

Built my own burger:

The burger in all its glory!

  • Kobe patty, medium rare
  • Pan Seared Foie Gras
  • Sprouts
  • Pepper Cream Sauce
  • Onion Bun

Wow, the burger was at the right temperature and so soft, juicy and delicious! The sauce was served on the side and I’m glad it was, as it wasn’t needed. It turned out to be a great dip for my onion rings though!

Check out the chuck! Nice and juicy!

The only fault was the onion bun could not soak up all the lovely juices and was falling apart at the end.

Check out Burger Bar’s menu!

Categories: Food & Drink

The Complexity of Modern Cars

November 23rd, 2012 Comments

On my way back home from the SharePoint Conference, my Audi suddenly couldn’t shift out of first gear when in automatic. Thank goodness I could still get out of first gear using the “manual” shift mode. And as I’m limping home, I then get a ESP Fault error. Great, I don’t have automatic drive and now my traction control and ABS are gone too!

As this was a Friday, I had the weekend to troubleshoot and test things before it got into the shop… automatic works for all other shifts except first to second. What’s weirder, after some time manually shifting, going back into automatic will work, even the shift from first to second! But once I shut off the car, I have to do the same manual shift song and dance again.

So, as it turns out, what caused my car to not shift and have no ABS and traction control? A faulty $12 brake light switch! Nuts!

Categories: General

SharePoint 2010 Modal Dialog Tips & Tricks

October 30th, 2012 Comments

Wow, another week to-the-day and it’ll have been two years since I posted anything here!

Have learnt much and doing very cool things at Collabware and our CLM product for the past year and I’ve finally gotten off my butt and wrote a post with some tips & tricks on SharePoint 2010 Modal Dialogs on our blog:
http://blog.collabware.com/2012/10/30/tips-tricks-sharepoint-2010-modal-dialogs/

Of note is the ability to resize a modal dialog. I hadn’t found a completely working example so I’ve posted a version of the code we use for Collabware CLM. It leverages the same code that’s in SP.UI.Dialog.js when it initially sizes the dialog on page load. No dependencies on jQuery or other external frameworks!

SharePoint 2010: var $ conflict between CMSSiteManager.js and jQuery

November 6th, 2010 1 comment

I ran into an issue recently on a SharePoint 2010 project where a page containing a Thumbnails list view was throwing a JavaScript error. I actually took the wrong path troubleshooting this and burned through a lot of time as a result. I had incorrectly assumed the error had something to do with our custom master page.

Turns out the CMSSiteManager.js library that is used by the Thumbnails list view is also using the $ variable! Argh!

Good thing the plug-in pattern we use only calls $ internally and not globally…

(function($) {
  // plug-in goodness here...
})(jQuery);

Unfortunately our scripts for invoking the plug-ins was referencing $:-(

$(document).ready(function(){
  $('.foo').samplePlugin();
});

A quick replacement of $ to jQuery did the trick:

jQuery(document).ready(function(){
  jQuery('.foo').samplePlugin();
});

If you have large blocks of inline jQuery code on your page, you’ll probably want to use jQuery.noConflict():

jQuery.noConflict()(function() { 
    // code using $ as alias to jQuery
});

Issue with custom styles in the SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor and @media

October 12th, 2010 Comments

I recenty ran into some issues with exposing custom styles in the SharePoint 2010 Rich Text Editor (RTE) in browsers other than IE, or specifically with Firefox and Safari.

In order to have a custom style show up in either the Markup Styles and Styles drop downs in the Ribbon, you need to prefix your HTML class with either ms-rteElement- (shows up in Markup Styles) or ms-rteStyle- (shows up in Styles). You also need to use the -ms-name property within your rule.

For example:

H2.ms-rteElement-H2Lg {
  -ms-name: "Large Heading 2";
  font-size: 26px;
}

The problem I ran into was that the custom styles showed up the dropdowns for IE but not in any other browser. At first I though it was because the -ms-name property is a custom CSS extension in the MS name space. I tried adding properties like -moz-name and -webkit-name and even name but they had no effect.

Turns out the RTE custom styles don’t show up if they appear inside an @media block in your CSS file!

I ended up creating a bunch of stubs with just name -ms-name property BEFORE the @media block. If you try to place the stubs after the @media block, the RTE does not pick-up the label for the custom styles, they show up as empty options without labels in the RTE drop downs.

/* create stubs with -ms-name property here */
h2.ms-rteElement-H2Lg {
  -ms-name: "Large Heading 2";
}

ul.ms-rteStyle-LinksList {
  -ms-name:"Links List";
}

/* place actual properties inside @media block */
@media screen {

  h2.ms-rteElement-H2Lg {
    font-size: 26px;
  }

  ul.ms-rteStyle-LinksList {
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
  }

}

You can read more about how to create custom styles for the SharePoint 2010 RTE here:

SharePoint 2010: Fixing the MSDN Contextual Tab Web Part Walkthrough

July 31st, 2010 4 comments

UPDATE!!!

The latest versions of the CKSDev for SharePoint 2010 include an SPI for stubbing out a contextual web part! I highly recommend that anyone coding for SP2010 to install the CKS Dev Tools!

http://cksdev.codeplex.com/

I haven’t had much opportunity to work with SharePoint 2010 in the past few months. However, I did get to try out the MSDN walkthrough for creating a custom web part with contextual ribbon tab recently. You can find the article here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff407578.aspx

In a nutshell, what’s supposed to happen is when you click on the web part, there will be a custom tab that appears in the Ribbon. It all works great for the first instance of the custom web part you place onto a page, but if you try adding a second instance of the web part, your page blows up!

You’ll get the following error:
Item has already been added. Key in dictionary: ‘Ribbon.CustomContextualTabGroup’ Key being added: ‘Ribbon.CustomContextualTabGroup’

:-/ … looks like there wasn’t much QA done for the walkthrough. Anyways, to make a short story shorter… I posted a question on the TechNet forums and Dallas Tester from MS did get back to me with a bunch of suggestions.

Here are the changes you can make to allow for multiple instances of the custom web part to appear on the page without everything blowing up.

Make the following modifications to the ContextualTabWebPart class.

Add the global ‘_added’ bool and OnInit event handler:

static bool _added = false;

protected override void OnInit(EventArgs e)
{
 base.OnInit(e);
 _added = false;
}

Since we no longer have to get the unique component ID in the delay script, I changed DelayScript into a private string:

private string delayScript = @"
 function _addCustomPageComponent()
 {
  for (var i = 0; i < g_customWebPartIds.length; i++)
  {
    SP.Ribbon.PageManager.get_instance().addPageComponent(new ContextualTabWebPart.CustomPageComponent(g_customWebPartIds[i]));
  }
 }

 function _registerCustomPageComponent()
 {
  SP.SOD.registerSod(""CustomContextualTabPageComponent.js"", ""/_layouts/CustomContextualTabPageComponent.js"");
  var isDefined = ""undefined"";
  try
  {
   isDefined = typeof(ContextualTabWebPart.CustomPageComponent);
  }
  catch(e)
  {
  }
  EnsureScript(""CustomContextualTabPageComponent.js"",isDefined, _addCustomPageComponent);
 }
 SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(_registerCustomPageComponent, ""sp.ribbon.js"");";

Modify the OnPreRender event handler:

protected override void OnPreRender(EventArgs e)
{
 base.OnPreRender(e);

 ClientScriptManager csm = this.Page.ClientScript;
 string componentId = SPRibbon.GetWebPartPageComponentId(this); // the unique component id 

 // if this is the first instance of the custom web part,
 //we need to add the contextual tab to the ribbon
 if (!_added)
 {
  this.AddContextualTab();
  _added = true;
 }

 // we need to create an array which will store the IDs of all instances of our custom web part
 csm.RegisterClientScriptBlock(
  this.GetType(), "DeclareCustomWebPartArray", "var g_customWebPartIds = new Array();", true);

 // add this webpart's ID to our array
 csm.RegisterClientScriptBlock(
  this.GetType(), "AddCustomWebPartId" + componentId, "g_customWebPartIds.push('" + componentId + "');", true);
   
 csm.RegisterClientScriptBlock(this.GetType(), "ContextualTabWebPart", this.delayScript, true);
}

If you want to verify that the correct web part is trigger the Ribbon commands, you can modify the ‘handleCommand‘ method in ‘CustomContextualTabPageComponent.js

handleCommand: function ContextualTabWebPart_CustomPageComponent$handleCommand(commandId, properties, sequence) {
 if (commandId === 'CustomContextualTab.HelloWorldCommand') {
  alert(this._webPartPageComponentId + ' says: Hello, world!');
 }
 if (commandId === 'CustomContextualTab.GoodbyeWorldCommand') {
  alert(this._webPartPageComponentId + ' says: Good-bye, world!');
 }
}

Here’s a ZIP file of the entire solution in case you’re too lazy to make the modifications yourself. :-)

SharePoint 2010: CssRegistration ConditionalExpression Property

March 1st, 2010 Comments

In a previous post detailing the new SharePoint 2010 CssRegistration control, I mentioned that I did not know what the ConditionalExpression property did. Well, now I do!

This property takes an Internet Explorer Conditional Comment. For example, if we wanted to link to a style sheet specific to IE 7 or greater, we can do this:

<SharePoint:CSSRegistration Name="foo.css" ConditionalExpression="gte IE 7" runat="server" />

The following markup would be emitted:

<!--[if gte IE 7]>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="foo.css"/>
<![endif]-->

Where were you…

February 28th, 2010 Comments

When Sid the Kid scored in OT to bring home the gold?

Categories: General

Some Nice Things to Say About Translink

February 27th, 2010 Comments

I would think most things people (and by people I really mean me) say about Translink tend to be on the negative side. Not in this post though!

First off, I think it’s great that Translink has added 3 extra late night runnings of the West Coast Express (WCE) for us people in the boon docks so that we can stay in downtown Vancouver late to cheer on our olympians. It gets cars, and more importantly one or two drunk drivers behind those cars, off the road! I wish they would run some late night train busses, but I suppose they don’t get enough capacity to make it sustainable.

Yesterday night I had taken one of the extra late trains to get back home. The bus that takes me home normally stops service sometime around 11:00pm and I was expecting to trudge back up the hill at 1:00 in the morning. To my surprise, there were buses waiting WCE passengers! And even more surprising, they weren’t following their normal routes! Instead they just served the general areas surrounding their routes and the driver would ask where each passenger where they needed to go and then zipped around town dropping everyone off as if all the passengers where sharing one big taxi!

So thank-you Translink for getting me home quickly and efficiently and for saving me a 20 minute minute trek in the rain!

Categories: General