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Mark Jones July 2009 Entries
Roadmap for SAF 1.4
It’s 6am and I am bored, so I thought I would give you a quick heads up on what’s coming in the next version of SAF (due by the end August). Here’s the Feature list : DSL with Diagram capabilities inside Visual Studio 20008. This is probably been the most exciting one for the release. We have been spending a few months working on a way to create SAF Macros visually via a VS 2008 designer window. This will give you the following advantages : You don’t need to know the Schema for a SAF Macro (which ......

Posted On Thursday, July 30, 2009 6:47 AM

Upgrading SharePoint Site Content Types
Introduction Well it's now Saturday afternoon and the family have been out shopping all day, so I have taken the opportunity to conduct some tests that I had been meaning to do for a long time now (geek I hear you say). I wanted to find specifically what happens if you want to make changes to Content Types, Columns and Lists that have previously been deployed using Features and CAML. I am going to split my findings up into several posts. I will detail each set of tests then summarise at the end what ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:37 AM

Upgrading SharePoint Site Columns (Fields)
Introduction In a previous post, I explained my findings with "Upgrading Content Types", but now I want to test out a few scenarios with upgrading Site Columns. On the whole, the test results for Site Columns were pretty similar to that of Content Types. Although, I wanted to test what we can do when it comes to updating site columns that contain data. If you don't want to read each test case, please check out the "Summary" at the end of this post. Test Cases – Removing a Site Column Can we remove ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:35 AM

How to Install SAF
A couple of you emailed and asked how to install SAF, so here's some instructions. Installing... If you have never insalled SAF on your SharePoint Farm then you need to install. To do this, you need to use STSAdm commands which I have popped into a batch file. Hence follow the steps below : Logon to a SharePoint Server in your Farm as a Farm Administrator. Download "Install.bat" to that server in your SharePoint Farm (right click "Save Target as...") Remove the '.txt' extension. Download the latest ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:34 AM

Early morning news!
Well, the hayfever has got me again! Here I am at 6am with a bunged up nose and itchy eyes wide awake. So I thought I would do the sensible thing and give you a heads up on what’s due in the next release of SAF. Here’s the Feature list : New Actions STSAdm Action. This allows us to call STSAdm commands and pass arguments from a SAF Macro. Powershell Action. Allows us to to call Powershell “Function” and pass arguments from a SAF Macro. Adapters In SAF, we think of “Adapters” as being components that ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:25 AM

Run STSADM commands from SAF
I am pleased to announce that it’s now possible (with release 1.2.3463.00) , to run STSADM commands from the SharePoint Action Framework (SAF). Hence, if you add the standard STSAdm commands (that ship with SharePoint) to the truly awesome collection that Gary Lapointe has developed, (available on his STSADM Blog), you are looking at over 250 useful SharePoint Actions. This functionality has been made available by a new Action called “StsAdm”. The Action should be called via an Alias like this “Action.StsAdmin”. ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:25 AM

Content Migration using SAF
SAF contains 6 ready-to-use Actions that allow the Exporting and Importing of : - List Items - Lists - Webs The 3 pairs of Actions that allow you to do this, are namely : - ExportListItem & ImportListItem - ExportList & ImportList - ExportWeb & ImportWeb The actions are listed as pairs, for convenience, although there is nothing that mandates that they have to be run one after the other. In fact, you can export a List and import it into a completely different Farm months later if you ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:24 AM

SAF is released!
At Last! Finally, we have released the SharePoint Action Framework (SAF) on CodePlex!! Please take a look at : . Now that I can take a minute, I just wanted to spend a bit of time detailing why we have spent the best part of 18 months (with lots of late nights building it!) Here's a FAQ to give you some answers: If you are developing with SharePoint, do you suffer from any of these ? Lots of Defects caused by differences in SharePoint Farms. – eg. “It works on Integration, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:18 AM

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