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SharePoint URL Shortener – Feature Highlight

There is a feature in my SharePoint URL Shortener solution that was not included in the video I posted on YouTube recently. I thought I would take the time to spotlight this feature because it may not be too obvious.

The video highlights the ability to generate a short URL by using the drop down menu from within a list or library, for example:

ShortUrlLibrary

However, sometimes you may have the need to shorten the current URL you are on within a SharePoint site (it does not have to be a list item or document). My SharePoint URL Shortener adds a link to the Welcome menu located in the top right corner of the screen that when clicked will generate a short version of whatever URL you are currently viewing.

Lets say you wanted to create a survey and send it out to your users. You can now click on the Respond to this Survey button:

ResponseSurvey

Which will take you to some awful long URL which you would generally copy and paste into an email, or a SharePoint announcement and send out to your users.

With SharePoint URL Shortener, you can now click the drop down on the Welcome menu and select Generate Short URL and it will generate the short URL version:

WelcomeMenu

You can now include this shortened URL in an email message or post it to an announcement list within SharePoint.

ShortURLEmail

I hope you find this useful.

Thank you

September 1, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint | , , , | 1 Comment

Muhimbi MuSH – URL Shortener for SharePoint

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Muhimbi for shipping MuSH; their version of the URL shortener for SharePoint. As many of you know I have been working on and off on my open sourced version for sometime now and it is good to finally see someone else attempting to tackle the same problem I was attempting to solve (see http://paulliebrand.com/2008/09/08/tinyurl-like-feature-for-sharepoint/).

I had an opportunity to test MuSH recently and for the most part it fundamentally works the same way my version works. The installation process of MuSH was pretty straightforward; it is delivered as a SharePoint WSP solution that gets deployed to your farm.

To create a shortened URL, you navigate to a document library, find the item you want to shorten, click the drop-down and select Shorten URL. This process ultimately shortens the URL and you get an opportunity to copy the URL to the clipboard.

The major difference between Muhimbi’s version and mine is that their shortens the URL to the SharePoint list item itself not the document. Now of course the challenge here is that on some occasions you want it to link to the list item itself and sometimes you may want to link it DIRECTLY to the document itself. To me, the linking directly to a document is more important than linking to the SharePoint list items (in my environment / experience anyway).

I provided this feedback to the Muhimbi team and they are considering adding it to a future version of the product.

For those of you that can no longer wait for my version, you can pick up a copy of MuSH for $199.00.

With all this said and done, I really hope Microsoft considers adding a URL shortener directly into SharePoint 2010 – this is definitely one of those things I hear people complain the most about and (until now) nobody has solved yet.

In the coming weeks I’ll be picking up the development effort on my version of a URL Shortener for SharePoint; this other large project I am working on is coming to a close.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint, Tools | , | 5 Comments

Typemock Isolator for SharePoint – Unit Testing

Typemock has announced a product for unit testing SharePoint.

Microsoft SharePoint 2007 is a browser based collaboration and document management platform for software and web development.
Unit-testing SharePoint applications is only possible with Typemock Isolator. Isolator is the only tool that can ease unit testing large and complex application like SharePoint. With the ability to fake recursively, and with easy collection simulation, Isolator is your way to make sure your SharePoint code runs correctly, is scalable and thus cuts your development costs.”

For those interested in a free license:

Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint called Isolator For SharePoint, for a special introduction price. it is the only tool that allows you to unit test SharePoint without a SharePoint server. To learn more click here.

The first 50 bloggers who blog this text in their blog and tell us about it, will get a Full Isolator license, Free. for rules and info click here.

November 25, 2008 Posted by | SharePoint, Tools | , | Leave a comment

Useful SharePoint Utilities

A recent update to one of the utilities I use on a regular basis prompted me to write this post which I have been wanting to do for a long time.

Carsten Keutmann develops SharePoint utilities that I consider essential to my administration / development toolkit. The utilities I am talking about is SharePoint Manager 2007 and WSPBuilder.

If you have not checked these out yet – definitely give them a try. Well worth your time.

Keep up the good work Carsten!

October 3, 2008 Posted by | SharePoint, Tools | , , , | 1 Comment