I’ve got a series of web part packs and utilities of various sorts that I have on my radar to release in the next few months. As I’m getting geared up for that, I’d like to see if anyone would be interested in doing some beta testing. Here’s what’s on the plate short term…
- SharePoint URL Management – If you let your users enter URLs on your SharePoint sites then you know that they can and do link EVERYWHERE. The point of the URL management utility is to first, identify where users are linking to — in every URL field in every list in every site in a site collection. The links are organized by server by URL and finally by where they are used from. The second feature of the application is to do wholesale replacements of URLs and parts of URLs. So you can change the server that a URL points to, the path of the page, or even everything about the URL including any querystring parameters provided.
- Exchange Web Parts – SharePoint Portal Server offers some basic Exchange Outlook Web Access web parts. From my perspective they have two fundamental flaws. First, they can’t be used in Windows SharePoint Services. Second, they require that the user personalize the web part properties. This web part pack won’t need the users to personalize the properties to be able to use it. Thus it doesn’t require personalization at all. The web parts figure out who the user is based on their login name.
- Site Properties Pack – Site properties in SharePoint are very powerful. They are a quick way to provide some “state“ information about the site which can be used to connect to other applications. The site properties pack will contain a web part to visually display and modify site properties, a content editor web part which will take content and display it while doing property substitutions, and a list display web part that allows for display of a list with property substitutions in the URLs. Together they are a toolkit to get you started with working with site properties for integration.
There are more applications to come but these are the ones that I’m to the point of writing documentation for.