After last weekend’s article on finding number of users currently logged in I mentioned I was going to expand the idea a bit, and perhaps write an eBook on the topic.
I lied. I didn’t expand the idea a bit, I went full-blown, mentally insane, overboard and launched a completely new SharePoint e-journal.
Here’s the complete truth:
Next Monday, February 23rd 2009, will mark the launch of Understanding SharePoint Journal, a periodical focusing on teaching SharePoint from a task-oriented perspective.
The first issue deals with a new project I put up on CodePlex, called SPCurrentUsers. In short, SPCurrentUsers is an expanded version of the solution I explained in the last article and has a few extra goodies:
- Current usage logging
- Page- and URL-specific settings for session timeouts with configurable default timeout
- Real-time reporting on Site Actions menu
- Page-by-page listing of current site usage
- Utilizes SharePoint technologies where possible
SPCurrentUsers uses only supportable methods for extending the functionality of SharePoint and does not modify any default features or files in SharePoint. (source: CodePlex)
The first issue Understanding SharePoint Journal explains in detail how the solution was made and elaborates on the technologies used in the solution. USP Journal Volume 1 – Issue 1 deals with:
- CustomActions, both CAML based and Assembly based
- Custom application pages in SharePoint
- List deployment and column manipulation
- Solution setup using SharePoint event handlers
- Querying list data in SharePoint
- Extending the User Information List
- Using WSPBuilder to speed up development time
- Feature activation and deactivation through code.
There is also a free preview available on the site where you can read the first 15 pages. The issue has a total of 60 pages smacked full of SharePoint developer training, all for around $15.
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I do hope you like this new idea and that you will like the journal.
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