Author Archives: Nathan Pitman

About Nathan Pitman

Undergrad software engineer at the University of Auckland

NuGet issues with Nested Solutions / Branches

NuGet is a decent tool if you use it in exactly the way Microsoft envisages… but unfortunately, like many products/frameworks in their ecosystem, it suffers from Microsoft Tunnel Vision™. At work, I’m attempting to properly solve a problem which has been … Continue reading

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Some wacky HTML generation code I wrote the other week

On a site I’m working on, we offer content authors a multi-line textbox whose content later is rendered to end-users by way of replacing newline-like tokens with <br />s. It was then decided that we needed to add support for … Continue reading

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Provisioning SharePoint Lookup Fields Programmatically

There’s a large number of blog posts floating around on the topic of creating lookup fields (whether programmatically, via XML, or via the UI), as there are many ways of doing so with many variations, each with its own set … Continue reading

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And on the Seventh Day, Monkeys Created SharePoint…

So lately at work I’ve been developing some reasonably complex document/picture library driven components, resulting in me writing some SPDocumentLibrary/SPFolder helpers for our SharePoint framework. And there’s nothing like a bit of alone time with the object model to remind … Continue reading

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Strongly Typed URLs in SharePoint

So it seems that the current flurry of advancement in our SP framework at work is leading me to write another topical blog post. For the longest time (at least a year), I’d been wanting to improve the way we handle … Continue reading

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SharePoint Pain Points

Having worked with the developer nightmare that is Microsoft SharePoint for a couple of years and being one of the architects of a framework which sits on top of it, I’ve come to know a lot about various parts of … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Knockout JS

I’m lazy and I think it’s high time I revived this blog so here goes. In the past six months at work, I’ve used Knockout JS in a couple of projects, including a (very) rich client app where I had … Continue reading

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Why All Developers Should Learn Functional Programming

Last Friday, I turned up to work completely unaware that I’d be spending the rest of the day at the CodeMania programming conference – it was a nice surprise to say the least. The most poignant presentation for me, was … Continue reading

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JSON DateTime Serialisation Gotchas

DateTimes are a bit nasty, really. They appear deceptively elementary and unthreatening, leading generations of programmers to misuse them, or even grossly underestimate them and attempt to roll their own datetime libraries, only to end up in no man’s land … Continue reading

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How to Add a User Control to a SharePoint Web Part

By default, when you create a visual web part in a SharePoint 2010 project, Visual Studio adds a user control for you and performs the necessary plumbing to ensure it gets deployed to the Control Templates directory in the 14 … Continue reading

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