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  • SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Part 1 – Trimmed Duplicates (1/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series SharePoint Online Search Isn't Displaying What I ExpectFor years, I’ve been skeptical about search indexing in SharePoint, especially in SharePoint Online in Office 365. The fact that we can’t know when a search crawl has run – thus updating the indices – is a huge […]
  • SharePoint Online Search Isn’t Displaying What I Expect – Part 1 – Trimmed Duplicates (1/9/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series SharePoint Online Search Isn't Displaying What I ExpectFor years, I’ve been skeptical about search indexing in SharePoint, especially in SharePoint Online in Office 365. The fact that we can’t know when a search crawl has run – thus updating the indices – is a huge […]
  • Fixing the “Bad Request – Request Too Long” Error with Office 365 in Chrome (1/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This one really bugs me when it happens, and it’s pretty frequent. If you try to navigate to your Office 365 Settings or the Admin Portal in Office 365 with Chrome, you may well get this error instead of arriving at your regularly scheduled destination. I believe you may have a similar experience in Firefox […]
  • Fixing the “Bad Request – Request Too Long” Error with Office 365 in Chrome (1/4/2017)by Marc D Anderson - This one really bugs me when it happens, and it’s pretty frequent. If you try to navigate to your Office 365 Settings or the Admin Portal in Office 365 with Chrome, you may well get this error instead of arriving at your regularly scheduled destination. I believe you may have a similar experience in Firefox […]
  • Dear Microsoft: Please Fix Retrieving SharePoint Lookup Columns with REST When the Lookup List is in Another Web (12/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - I love SharePoint. I really do. I especially love writing client side code to build awesome applications for my clients. Today’s annoyance, though, comes while I am in the process of rewriting an application I built on SharePoint 2007, porting it to SharePoint Online in Office 365. This ought to feel like a huge leap […]
  • Dear Microsoft: Please Fix Retrieving SharePoint Lookup Columns with REST When the Lookup List is in Another Web (12/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - I love SharePoint. I really do. I especially love writing client side code to build awesome applications for my clients. Today’s annoyance, though, comes while I am in the process of rewriting an application I built on SharePoint 2007, porting it to SharePoint Online in Office 365. This ought to feel like a huge leap […]
  • Yes, Virginia, You Can Get More than 5000 SharePoint Items with REST (11/30/2016)by Marc D Anderson - If you haven’t been paying any attention, you might not know that I loathe the 5000 item limit in SharePoint. I may have mentioned it here and here and here and a bunch of other places, but I’m not sure. But given it’s there, we often need to work around it. I’ve written this little function […]
  • Unity Connect Haarlem 2016 Follow Up (11/26/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Sorry it’s taken me a little while to get this post up, but I had a great time in Haarlem, The Netherlands the week before last at the Unity Connect conference. The conference is “under new management” – as it were – this year, and though I haven’t attended this particular event in the past, […]
  • Movement on the SharePoint List 5000 Item Limit! (11/16/2016)by Marc D Anderson - In October, Eric Alexander (@ejaya2) posted an idea to the SharePoint UserVoice called Prioritize large list management in SharePoint Online. Yesterday I received an alert about it because I had voted for it. 'Prioritize large list management in SharePoint Online' https://t.co/L1NQ0Gpsyc -> Status went from 'unlikely' to 'Working on it'! — Marc D Anderson (@sympmarc) November […]
  • How Can I Customize List Forms in SharePoint Online? (11/11/2016)by Marc D Anderson - The other day, a client asked me a pretty classic set of questions about customizing SharePoint Online list forms. As with some other arenas of endeavor in Office 365, there is more than one way of doing things and it can be confusing. I am looking at options to customize List forms on sites in […]
  • Dear Microsoft: I’m Confused. Can You Help Me Collaborate Well? (11/6/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Yup, I’ll admit it: I’m confused. The launch of Microsoft Teams last week is what’s done it. First of all, from everything I’ve seen of the new tool, it’s really cool. I had some trouble getting my head around how to get it up and running in our Sympraxis Office 365 tenant, but now Julie […]
  • Dear Microsoft: I’m Confused. Can You Help Me Collaborate Well? (11/6/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Yup, I’ll admit it: I’m confused. The launch of Microsoft Teams last week is what’s done it. First of all, from everything I’ve seen of the new tool, it’s really cool. I had some trouble getting my head around how to get it up and running in our Sympraxis Office 365 tenant, but now Julie […]
  • Microsoft Ignite Interviews with harmon.ie’s Top SharePoint Influencers (11/4/2016)by Marc D Anderson - At Microsoft Ignite in September, as group of us talked to Laura Rogers (@wonderlaura) about some top of mind topics. It was in the context of the harmon.ie Top SharePoint Influencers festivities, which meant that there were a bunch of people standing around with very strong opinions about pretty much everything. We answered questions like: […]
  • Microsoft Teams: Is the Who-Bot the KM “Expertise Locator” We’ve Needed for Years? (11/3/2016)by Marc D Anderson - By far the coolest thing I saw in the launch of Microsoft Teams yesterday was the Who-Bot. .@Microsoft Teams has a bot called WhoBot that acts as an expertise locator. That's YUGE! Classic KM problem – solved? Still need good data. pic.twitter.com/l0VmZDEBj1 — Marc D Anderson (@sympmarc) November 2, 2016 It seems to address the […]
  • Thanks Microsoft: We Got Publishing Features Enabled (10/14/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Those of you who know me realize that I can be a grouchy, cantankerous old cuss.:) But every once in a while, I have a good experience that I really should share so that people don’t think I can only be grumpy. Today is one of those days. But it’s a bit plus and minus. […]
  • Color Codes in SharePoint SPColor Files MUST Be All Caps (9/23/2016)by Marc D Anderson - With the new world of branding a tenant on Office 365, styling the suite bar and using a theme (aka Composed Look) can take you pretty far toward improving the user experience. A Composed Look is made up of (potentially): A master page – generally either Seattle or Oslo Theme URL – the spcolor file to […]
  • Blog Moved (9/16/2016)by Julie Turner - Hello Everyone! Exciting news for me today, my blog has officially moved to http://julieturner.net. Please head on over and check it out! The Page will be automatically redirected in 5 seconds. Thanks! Julie Turner
  • Customizing the Suite Bar Theme in your Office 365 Tenant (9/16/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Part of a good user experience with software is feeling that it is our own. When it comes to SharePoint, which for many people is their Intranet or at least an important work environment, we almost always do some level of branding. It’s hard to keep up with how we are supposed to brand our […]
  • Special Characters in REST ListItem Metadata (9/12/2016)by Julie Turner - I'm constantly trying to remember which way to encode content when making calls to the server while developing client side solutions for SharePoint. Usually it's some form of JavaScript's encodeURI()/encodeURIComponent() functions... but this latest one gave me a bit of trouble until I finally figured it out which encoding to use and, almost as important, when to apply it.
  • SharePoint Saturday Boston 2016 Follow Up (9/12/2016)by Marc D Anderson - Thanks to everyone who attended my session at SharePoint Saturday Boston on ‘Best Practices for Small-Scale Client-Side Development in SharePoint’. I’ve posted my slides on SlideShare for everyone’s enjoyment. Be sure to follow my series on Sympraxis Client Side Development Pipeline for more details on some of the approaches and methods I demonstrated in the session.

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