How to shrink MS SQL Server 2005 Database Log

by zebsadiq 3. February 2011 00:07

Recently I had to investigate why a certain virtual machine’s hard drive had filled up. I discovered that this was caused by a massive SharePoint database that I had imported. The log file for this database was nearly 30gb. More...

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SQL Server 2005

How to shrink MS SQL Server Database Log

by zebsadiq 2. February 2011 15:07

Recently I had to investigate why a certain virtual machine’s hard drive had filled up. I discovered that this was caused by a massive SharePoint database that I had imported. The log file for this database was nearly 30gb. More...

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SQL Server 2005

Silverlight Popup Positioning

by zebsadiq 28. January 2011 14:21

Recently I had to convert a few child windows into popup windows. Doing this was pretty easy. I simply changed the child windows into user controls, then added them as child controls of popups at runtime. One of the behavioural difference between the child window and pop up box is that by default, a child window opens in the middle of the Silverlight application whereas the Popup appears in the top left corner. After a bit of google-ing, I did not find an out of the box way to make the pop-ups sit in the centre of my screen. Therefore I formulated a way of doing this via code and some basic maths. More...

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C# | Silverlight

How to replicate a SharePoint web part

by zebsadiq 13. December 2010 19:27

If you need to copy a web part from one place to another, you can use the out of the box import/export functionality that SharePoint provides. A scenario where you have been asked to add a web part with specific configurations, to ten different locations, can present quite a challenge to perform manually. Here I will explain how you can do this in a more efficient manner. More...

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SharePoint 2007

Custom SharePoint search site template

by ZebSadiq 7. December 2010 19:55

On nearly all of the SharePoint implementations I've participated on, there has been a requirement to customise the look and feel of the search results page. This makes sense because it would be odd from the user experience for the SharePoint look and feel to change all a sudden when the user decides to search for a keyword.
Here I will try to explain how to create a custom search site template that uses one custom search results layout for all different types of search results. More...

Staying Creative Part 2

by ZebSadiq 18. October 2010 19:29

Earlier this year, I planned, designed and built a custom UI for my blog. This was an exercise to test and renew my creative skills. Since the build, I have been noticing areas where my initial design lacks and design elements which can be improved.More...

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Creativity | CSS | Design

How to allow rich text editing on summary link description field

by ZebSadiq 24. September 2010 02:26

The Summary Links control is a great way to allow content editors to add links to other content using a simple content editing method. One of the limitations of the Summary Links control is in its ability to allow rich text on the description field of an item. More...

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SharePoint 2007

How to set the SharePoint site logo automatically

by ZebSadiq 21. September 2010 02:29

If you’re ever creating a custom site definition for SharePoint, it is likely that you would be required to attach a site logo to the site definition and are left wondering why such an obvious property does not exist in onet.xml. Recently I came across this situation and although the work around may be known amongst the community, it is not really well documented on the web (as I discovered while trying to find one). More...

SharePoint 'Could not load type' error

by ZebSadiq 11. August 2010 22:08

Every now and then, I come across an error that seems to be so simple, yet after trying all the obvious remedies, I'm left the wonder whether the resulting error is unsolvable by some form a memory loss in my head, or something bizarre built into the third party system which I'm trying to wrestle.

Recently I came across such a situation and I spent a bit of time trying to figure it out until a colleague told me something about SharePoint that I didn't know.More...

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C# | SharePoint 2007

Staying Creative

by ZebSadiq 27. June 2010 01:20

For as long as I can remember, I've had a creative flair.  As a kid, I pounced at every opportunity to design and build whatever I could with the materials that were available to me. It is part of the reason why I became a software developer.  Having limited resources to build with, as a kid, is why programming appealed to me. Its was like having an unlimited amount of resources available  to you at your finger tips.More...

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CSS | Creativity | Design

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