Note: This article was originally posted on NothingButSharePoint.com, but some of the code snippets were unescaped when it was published, so I decided to post it on my own blog with the correct code snippets.
I was recently tasked with finding a way to maintain an org chart for my department. If this were a single-use resource that didn’t need to be updated frequently, I would have chosen to create it in a program such as Visio or Adobe Illustrator (even PowerPoint would work well with its SmartArt capabilities). However, this is something we want to be as maintenance-free as possible so we aren’t rebuilding it as people come and go.
The department’s operations team already maintains a list of everyone in the department by using a SharePoint Contacts list, so we can pull data from that and build the org chart dynamically. This method does not require any custom code or web parts, so there’s no need to deploy anything on the server!
It finally happened. I’m starting a SharePoint category on my blog.
So, I recently worked on a project in which users were encouraged to upload photos that they took at volunteer events around the country. The stakeholder wanted to have a slideshow of these images on the event home page, and of course it had to look good.
I immediately thought of using a Data View Web Part and some jQuery because I knew I could create a nice-looking slideshow using one of the many jQuery plugins available on the web. However, I wanted to make sure the images looked good and fit within the slide show’s boundaries.
Luckily for me SharePoint creates web-optimized and thumbnail versions of images when they are uploaded into a Picture Library (not to be confused with the standard “Images” document library that is created for a site with the Publishing feature enabled). The tricky part was getting those optimized versions to load on the page instead of the original images, some of which were small, and some of which were many megapixels in size. Fortunately most of the leg work for this project was already done thanks to this post on the PathtoSharePoint.com blog.