SPSMEL (Meccano)

With the SharePoint Saturday carnival rolling into today, I actually decided to NOT put in a session – after having presented every year for the past 3-4 years.

However (LOL !) – a good friend of mine had been battling a cold/flu – and wanted to pull out – so I offered to step in, and do a presentation.

During the keynote, I frantically pieced together some slides & demos (ie. MECCANO) from previous presentations – but – still relevant and of interest to developers.

I covered the following :

  • Client Object Model – with the .NET CLR, JavaScript, Silverlight – will be the NEW way to do development for SharePoint 2013 – so VERY important to learn.
  • jQuery + XSLT + REST + jQuery Templates – some easy & quick tips to do animations – and manipulations of a SharePoint page…

Thanks for the guys who came along to watch my session – was a bit of a rush to present at short notice.

Here’s a link to the slides/demos – and the source code, etc – please let me know if you found the session useful…


3 thoughts on “SPSMEL (Meccano)

  1. Sangeet Ahuja August 5, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I just tried out your XSLT for XLV, it works great.

    I have a follow up question :

    Q. Which is better, CQWP or XLV, given that we can provide custom XSLT for ItemStyle for both ?



  2. Chris O'Connor August 6, 2012 / 12:06 am

    Thanks Sangeet – I usually go for XLV as a developer person – the CQWP is great for people who don’t know, or want to know, the details within – and can just “choose the style”. CQWP are also good for complex queries – eg. content types – or from another site. It would be great if the CQWP had an external XSL property – and could do the GOOD query bits – with a custom XSLT !

    The other consideration is that 2013 also has a new webpart – Query-By-Search. (Content Search Web Part) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj163789(v=office.15).aspx

    Lots of choices – there’s no “correct” answer – another answer of “It Depends”.


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