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Final Post on this Blog

Posted by workerthread on June 17, 2014

Other commitments and demands on my time have meant that I’ve not been able to post anything new here for a long time  – not since October 2012 in fact!  I’ve now decided that the blog will close down some time soon but for the moment I’ll leave all of the older posts up here in case they are helpful to anyone.

May all of your SharePoint installations be successful, and all of your SQL Server databases keep healthy!


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Back to Blogging, on WordPress Not SharePoint

Posted by workerthread on May 24, 2011

OK, this blog has been pretty quiet of late and at some point a while back I did think about running a separate blog for SharePoint-related stuff, having acquired a hosted SharePoint site courtesy of  Well, having spent more time understanding how best to manage a public-facing SharePoint blog, I’ve taken the decision to stick with the WordPress one you’re reading right now for everything.   There are several reasons for this:

  1. If you are allowing anonymous comments on your SharePoint blog, it’s much more difficult to manage these than it is in WordPress, so you need to try fiddling around with the comments list columns and probably want to add something extra to weed out spam bots.  It’s also not ideal if you want to capture simple non-intrusive information about who is commenting.  You can see lots of examples of this among SharePoint bloggers (take a look for instance at the comments entry form for any of the posts on the current SharePoint Product Group blog).
  2. The Akismet spam filter that WordPress provide does a pretty good job of catching spammers without any intervention from me.
  3. I noticed that even FPWeb bloggers host their blogs on WordPress rather than using SharePoint !

One thing that I (and several other WordPress bloggers) have noticed recently is the appearance of automatically generated links which click through via   From what I can see, these are being generated by WordPress themselves as a way of tracking (and somehow monetising?) popular links, but would be interested to hear if anyone knows more about this.

I’m also keen to have a change from the current WordPress theme (Contempt at the moment), so if anyone has a suggestion for a replacement which looks good with the WorkerThread colour scheme let me know.

So – I have some new posts in progress and these will be appearing here shortly…

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SharePoint 2010 Project Tasks – Summary Tasks

Posted by workerthread on August 21, 2010

Christophe from PathToSharePoint commented on my previous post, asking “how does SP deal with MS Project summary tasks?”.  I thought I would show what it does here, as it’s quite interesting and illustrates another new feature of the SharePoint 2010 Project Tasks list – the Summary Task content type.

Users of Microsoft Project will be aware that you can easily create summary tasks to act as a container which groups sub-tasks together.  On the Project 2010 ribbon you will see “indent” and “outdent” options – the picture below shows “Indent Task” which will indent selected tasks and make them subtasks of the nearest preceding task at a higher level:

Project 2010 Indent Task

You can see this in action in the sample project below, where the three tasks concerned with mobile development have been indented and made subtasks of Phase 2. 

Project 2010 Summary Tasks - Click to view full size

So, what happens when we sync this with our SharePoint 2010 Project Tasks –

SharePoint 2010 Summary Task - Click to view Full Size

As you can see, I have a new Summary task item for Phase 2, and if  click on the hyperlink to drill down further, I get to see the subtasks:

Summary Task Drilldown - Click to View Full Size

This is all made possible because a SharePoint 2010 Project Task list actually includes a second “summary task” content type:

Summary Task Content Type

Which is actually a folder with appropriate project task metadata – and Project 2010 uses this when synchronising.  Here is list view of the same project task list, which shows the Phase 2 folder more clearly:

SharePoint 2010 All Tasks - Click to view full size

So there you go Christophe – and thanks for all your efforts on PathToSharePoint!

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