Retooling for a Mobile-first Apollo Education Group 2013 CSR Report

Screenshot of csrreport.apollo.edu home page.

My employer, Apollo Education Group, published our 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report in February of this year. The project, like our 2012 report, was a fantastic team effort and fun project for me personally. From a web development perspective, my team added a lot of tools and techniques to our repertoire during this project, […]

JoshMcCarty.com Redesign for 2014

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2013 was to redesign my personal website. It didn’t happen. I think most web developers tend to neglect their personal site a bit because they are always working on other projects. At least that seems to be the consensus with my coworkers. Well, it’s still pretty rough around the […]

Using ASP.NET ServerVariables in a SharePoint Data View Web Part

Quite often I find myself needing to use a server variable in a SharePoint data view web part. These are very useful for getting information that would otherwise not be available to use in a DVWP. There are several resources that explain how to use server variables, so check those out if you haven’t used them before.

Instead of building the server variable parameters using the Common Data View Tasks menu in SharePoint Designer, I find it faster to just type them in when I need to use several of them. With that in mind, I decided to create a quick reference for the most common ASP.NET server variables I use so I can just copy/paste them from this page rather than look them up on MSDN or w3schools.com. There are other server variables, but this is my blog, so I’m only posting the ones most useful to me :). (more…)

Introducing SPTools: A GUI for Performing Batch Tasks on SharePoint Lists

About a year ago I started writing JavaScript functions to perform batch tasks on SharePoint lists using SPServices. I did this because SharePoint didn’t offer the functionality I needed out of the box, and I’m limited to SharePoint Designer for all development at my workplace. After writing several of these functions for one-off projects (mostly site maintenance and cleanup tasks dealing with hundreds of items at a time), I realized that there might be a benefit to creating an easy-to-use toolset for the most common tasks I was performing. (more…)

Deleting SharePoint Sites is Fun

This afternoon I performed an audit of several SharePoint team sites. Over half of them had not been touched in a year or more. Some of them were just an empty team site that had never been used. I deleted them. Don’t build a SharePoint site if it isn’t actually needed.

A CAML Query Quick Reference

I’ve been doing a lot of work with SPServices and SharePoint lists lately, and I find myself using the same CAML queries over and over. Unfortunately I don’t always remember how to format some of the more common queries, so I decided to make a quick reference. There are already some good tools and resources out […]

Create a Crossword Puzzle in SharePoint with jQuery and SPServices

As part of a website redesign communication campaign, I was tasked with developing a web-based crossword puzzle for our intranet site (MOSS 2007). After some brainstorming I came up with a solution that seems to be effective and relatively easy to set up using a custom list to store the answers, some jQuery to enhance the interactivity of the crossword, and SPServices to submit the answers to the list. Check out a demo page of the crossword (it won’t actually submit because it’s just a standalone HTML page and it isn’t on a SharePoint server). (more…)