Stefan Goßner

Senior Escalation Engineer for SharePoint (WSS, SPS, MOSS, SP2010) and MCMS

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  • Blog Post: Workaround for the "CMS" virtual directory problem with VS.NET 2005 (Update: 02.06.2006)

    With VS.NET 2005 the VS.NET product team decided to change the behaviour of VS.NET for web applications. Up to VS.NET 2003 only virtual directories and files explicitly added to the projects were taken into consideration for the compilation. With VS.NET 2005 all virtual directories and files are taken...
  • Blog Post: WoodgroveNet and ASP.NET 2.0

    [Via Spencer Harbar ] A number of people have requested information regarding upgrading the WoodgroveNet Sample Site to an MCMS SP2 application which uses ASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005. Whilst the WoodgroveNet sample is not considered best practice in many areas and certainly does not demonstrate...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - glitches with navigation controls when switching between modes

    When switching from published mode to edit mode using a template that holds the ASP.NET 2.0 navigation controls using the MCMS Site Map Provider will show an unwanted behaviour: the navigation controls will continue to show the published mode URLs. This is being caused by the fact that these controls...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - Site Navigation - Part 2

    In the first part of this article I discussed how to implement a SiteMapProvider for an MCMS website. ASP.NET 2.0 ships with three new controls that can be used for site navigation: SiteMapPath Menu TreeView Problems with the TreeView control SiteMapPath and the Menu control can...
  • Blog Post: Nice Step-by-Step description on how to use Master Pages with MCMS 2002

    As I discussed in an earlier article MCMS 2002 with Service Pack 2 will now support master pages in ASP.NET 2.0. Spencer has put a nice article together giving a step-by-step description on how to use master pages: http://www.mcmsfaq.com/articles/sp2mp.asp
  • Blog Post: Problem with the ASP.NET 2.0 menu control and MCMS

    A couple of customers reported problems when using the menu control with ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS. After analyzing one of the affected projects I identified that the reason for the problem is that the menu control seems to have a bug. It does not work correct if the following tag is included in the web...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - a first look

    Now - after support for ASP.NET 2.0 with MCMS 2002 Service Pack 2 - has officially been announced lets have a short look on the new features coming with ASP.NET 2.0 and how they might give benefits to a MCMS site. Master Pages One of the key selling points for ASP.NET 2.0 is the new Master page...
  • Blog Post: New MCMS book covering ASP.NET 2.0 topics is now officially announced

    As some of you might already heard of: Lim Mei Ying (MCMS MVP), Spencer Harber (MCMS MVP) and myself are currently working on a book that covers enhancing MCMS websites using ASP.NET 2.0 features. It will deal with all the glitches of properly installing MCMS with VS.NET 2005 and SQL 2005, known issues...
  • Blog Post: MCMS 2002 SP2 with ASP.NET Web Parts

    Although not officially supported, MCMS 2002 SP2 works fine with Web Parts as I outlined earlier . A couple of weeks ago Ali Mazaheri, a collegue from Microsoft Consulting Services contacted me to get some tips as he had to create a proof of concept for using ASP.NET Web Parts on MCMS template files...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - implementing page summary controls using a custom SiteMapProvider and a TreeView control

    In my previous article I have discussed how to implement site navigation for an MCMS site using ASP.NET 2.0 navigation controls. I have also discussed glitches with such navigation controls when switching between authoring and presenation mode. Today I will discuss how to create a page summary list...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - Site Navigation - Part 1 (last updated: 13.01.2006)

    This article replaces my earlier article about MCMS Navigation Providers which I have written while ASP.NET 2.0 was in Beta 2. After Beta 2 a couple of things have changed which prevent the earlier code from working properly with the final version of ASP.NET 2.0. ASP.NET 2.0 provides new concepts...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - Web Parts

    As mentioned by Arpan there are no plans to support ASP.NET Web Parts with MCMS with SP2. Anyway, today I took some minutes to play around with the web parts using my ASP.NET 2.0 site (see here for details on how to setup such a site) and at least for a read-only website I did not find any issues...
  • Blog Post: My Code Samples (previously hosted on GotDotNet)

    As some of you already noticed: GotDotNet is now down and the code samples previously hosted there have been migrated to the MSDN code gallery. For your convenience here is an overview page of all the code samples which now link to the new location
  • Blog Post: WSS/MOSS - Common Issue - SQL Deadlocks during STSADM import operations

    In the last couple of weeks I have seen several cases where STSADM import operations failed with random exceptions. With other words: performing the same import into an empty site collection multiple times the import operation failed at different points during the import. Checking the ULS logs showed...
  • Blog Post: Sample Chapter available for download

    A sample chapter of our new book Enhancing MCMS with ASP.NET 2.0 is now available for download: Download Chapter 3: Using Master Pages
  • Blog Post: Code Samples

    As some of you already noticed: GotDotNet is now down and the code samples previously hosted there have been migrated to the MSDN code gallery. For your convenience here are links to all my code samples: SharePoint CDInfo This tool allows to gather information about the configuration...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS article series

    Now after MCMS 2002 SP2 has been released I would like to point you again to an article series I have written earlier about MCMS 2002 and ASP.NET 2.0: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - a first look ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - The easy way to site navigation ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - Master Pages ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 has been released!

    ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (formerly known as Atlas) has been released. You can download it from here . If you would like to use it together with MCMS you should know this article .
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - glitches with themes

    Themes are a very nice feature in ASP.NET 2.0 to allow personalization and customization of a site very easily. Even without recompile an web administrator would be able to change the look and feel of a site completly by just changing the theme in the web.config (e.g.). So it would be great if you...
  • Blog Post: How to get MCMS 2002 SP2, VS.NET 2005 and Team Foundation Server working together

    As I dicussed earlier MCMS is not supported with Team Foundation Server. The reason is that the developer tools shipped with MCMS are incompatible with Team Foundation Server and raise an exception when items are checked in. This might be a significant design limitation for customers, so I spent some...
  • Blog Post: Ugly URLs with MCMS and ASP.NET 2.0

    Today a newsgroup post reminded me that I did not yet publish the necessary changes for my Http Module that corrects the Ugly MCMS URLs caused by ASP.NET postbacks when ASP.NET 2.0 master pages are used. The HttpModule I published earlier does not work in this scenario as it relies on the fact that...
  • Blog Post: Seven 5-star reviews for our books on Amazon!

    Looking at the first MCMS book ( Building websites using MCMS ) we received one 4-star review and four 5-star reviews on Amazon. Read the reviews here . And I just saw that our second MCMS book ( Advanced MCMS development ) got three 5-star reviews on Amazon. Read the reviews...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - creating a custom membership provider for MCMS

    ASP.NET 2.0 ships with many new composite controls to make developing a web site very easy. I have covered a couple of controls related to site navigation including development a custom SiteMapProvider in my previous article . Today we will cover controls related to role membership. As MCMS has it...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET 2.0 and MCMS - Master Pages

    I played around with master pages on my ASP.NET 2.0 MCMS web site (see here for details on how to setup such a site). My findings are that on a read-only website MCMS Placeholder controls work fine as well on the master page and on the content page. That's what I assumed when I wrote my earlier article...
  • Blog Post: MCMS ASP.NET 2.0 AdRotator

    [Via Spence ] With the recent release of Service Pack 2 for MCMS, it is now possible to take advantage of many ASP.NET 2.0 features within your MCMS applications. The ASP.NET 2.0 AdRotator control has been enhanced to allow for programatic population, which makes it much easier to produce a AdRotator...