Saturday, 30 September 2017

Integrating Skype into a SPA in SharePoint

SPA are pretty common and recently on a project I had a request to show contacts with a SPA hosted on SharePoint.  Here is code that shall show Skype presence to the user. 

Note: Works on IE, requires the user to be logged into Skype and have the Skype client.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=10" />
    <title> Presence with Skype </title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/_layouts/15/1033/styles/Themable/corev15.css" />
    <script type="text/javascript" src="/_layouts/15/init.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="/_layouts/15/1033/strings.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="/_layouts/15/core.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var g_presenceEnabled = true;
        ​ <span class="ms-verticalAlignTop ms-noWrap ms-displayInlineBlock">
            <span class="ms-imnSpan">
                <a class="ms-imnlink ms-spimn-presenceLink" aria-hidden="true" onclick="IMNImageOnClick(event);return false;" href="#">
                    <span class="ms-spimn-presenceWrapper ms-imnImg ms-spimn-imgSize-10x10">
                        <img name="imnmark" class="ms-spimn-img ms-spimn-presence-online-10x10x32" id="imn_1,type=smtp" alt="Offline" src="/_layouts/15/images/spimn.png" sip="" showofflinepawn="1" />
            <span class="ms-noWrap ms-imnSpan">
                Paul beck


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Custom User Actions: Injecting JavaScript

Problem: Changing Master pages is not good for support and can cause your applications to break when updates are done.

Possible Resolution:  Inject JavaScript to perform custom logic and branding using Custom User Actions.  This allows you to inject JavaScript at the appropriate level and not change any OOTB pages or user controls.  Custom User actions can be applied at 3 levels in a Site collection namely at:

  1. Site Collection Level (always fired),
  2. SPWeb Level or at the
  3. List (Document library) level.

More Information:
Tool to try and add Custom User Action looks useful:

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Common KQL Search Helper

Overview: I am forever forgetting the intricacies of using search and this post is a short note for common searches I use.  Ensure the search is working against "Everything":

Find items under a specific url (Path)

To only see team site (webtemplate)

To see Content Types e.g. task list items


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Tech Megatrends in 2017 - The bigger Picture

Problem: What are the major technology changes that are going to shape the enterprise over the next 5-10 years? 

Initial Hypothesis: Working within technology and making businesses more competitive I see the speed at which technology changes.  Working with multiple large customers, I know that people are generally looking at a handful of strategic technology trends.  While technology trends are actually all connected and a hierarchy.  Basically, I am classifying the significant tech trends and not drilling down to lower levels such as Mobile application patterns or particularly technologies such as O365.

While technologies are not so kind as to make themselves easy to segregate I feel the big trends are:

Analytics - Storage, mining, analyzing data and reporting.  Basically, this is an old industry with new trends such as larger data sets, new data sets e.g. social media, additional reporting formats/media, AI is really trended recognition on steroids.  The trend has been to make analytics available closer to real time and not it's moving into predictive.  Robotics is a closely related working with data. 

Security - We have so much more data and devices, the old world of protecting your own assets and monitoring outside people in a regulated fashion is no longer the main way of securing.  Key is understanding that identity is king.  Be this an individual or a computer; we need to be able to know the person or system are whom they say they are (non-repudiation).  Block-chain - While I think it's important and in some industries absolutely critical, this to me falls under security.  We need to trust and share between machines and transactions. Once again an old industry with a shift in focus in that identity and collaboration is now central to security and not using a centralized castle like security models.

Cloud Computing - Low-cost computing paid for on demand is simply a continuing trend for businesses, only now we are good at virtualization and cloud computing and the big three (AWS, Azure & Google) are getting better quickly.  Cloud computing ties to Analytics and security. Virtualization has progressed and we are getting better at providing computing safely and at a lower cost.

Sub Trends:

Robotics/Automation - Automation goes manual steps on behalf of a human and historically this has been more around manufacturing.  Going forward I see it taking over rudimentary information worker roles.  Ingesting legislative data is a great example and coupled with machine learning, we can build up models to identify what laws are applicable in different jurisdictions. Medical diagnosis are often referred to under AI is not intelligence, it's pattern recognition and analytics to determine a likely problem from the data picked up and cleaned.  The medical example will be essential to us thriving on this planet; doctors will only get complex issues, the rudimentary stuff will disappear and be dealt with better meaning fewer returning patients.

IOT - not exactly new just we have to do it better on a larger scale.  So while technology is changing, systems communication is not.  I see drones more as a subset of IOT, hardware devices using analytics.  Pretty similar to fully automated self-driving cars.

Augment Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality - will be big but like block chain will have unique application is different industries.  It relies on Analytics and security as its underpinning.

Here is some research I gleaned from 5 key firms on current technology mega-trends (this is how I see these firms views on the tech mega trends,):

Artifical Intelligence (AI)
Augment Reality (AR)
Drones (UAV)
Virtual Reality
3D printing

Artificial Intelligence - Cognitive learning
Robotic Automation (RPA)
Internet of Things (IOT)

Dark Analytics
Machine Intelligence
Mixed Reality
Inevitable architecture (cloud computing)
Everything as a service (cloud computing)

Big Data & analytics/AI
Cloud Computing
Cryptocurrency/Digital Payments
Virtual and augmented reality - stock and glasses -Google glasses


Possible Resolution:  Most people in technology are aware of the mega trends, how relatively important each trend is and the details of how quickly change is happening.  For me analytics, speed to market and trust need to underpin everything I deliver.

Friday, 23 June 2017

IE11 cannot save meta data when inside an iFrame

Problem:  I have two SharePoint sites, I am iFraming once site collection within a PageViewer control on the other SharePoint site.  I have disabled the iFrame security restrictions.  When I try edit the list item field columns, the data will not save in IE11.  Using IE 11 on the Order pages (without the iFraming) works.
The error manifests in that the Title is validating as if the title is blank when it's already filled in and most of the metadata is not saved/persisted on save.  MMS term data is the only data saved.

Initial Hypothesis:  As Chrome and lower level browsers work, the issue has to be with the implementation of IE.  I can see console errors in the IE developer toolbar "attachEvent" withi the SharePoint init.debug.js file is throwing the console JavaScript error. It appears that the issue only occurs in IE 11 when editing or adding list field data when the SharePoint site is within an iFrame.   So not common scenario but if you are using iFrames, it will affect a large portion of my user base.

Resolution:  Edit the master page in the Orders site collection to ensure the init.js uses the alternate path so the code shall save.

Posts on the iFraming issue Series:
IE11 not saving field data iframe Issue (This post)
Term Store/MMS musing when using iFrames (WebTaggingDialog)
Displaying SharePoint Site Pages in iFrames

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Term store mussings with iFrames

Problem: I have a SharePoint site (ClientOrders i.e. being iFramed in another SharePoint site (Portal i.e., to iframe in the ClientOrders site collection.
I want to iframe in the list within the Portal page, show the list for my customers orders and allow the user to select a different term set when editing the order metadata i.e. Language.

Initial Hypothesis:  In the site Order Site Collection, I need to allow the site to be iFramed, I do this by suppressing the iFrame HTTP header that stops sub domain iFrame using the server control: AllowFraming.  See this post for details.  Once the pages on the Order site collection can be iFramed, I use a Page Viewer Web Part in the Portal site collection on a page and now I can see my Orders inside the Portal SharePoint site collection.  All is good up to this point.

The user edits the order item metadata and when the reach the language they with to change from English to Spanish.  The user clieck on the select termset icon (two tickets) and the popup (webTaggingDialog.aspx) fails to load with the Security exception.  This aspx page uses it's own master page on the 15 hive than can be updated (watch out for CU's overriding the change).  The information below highlights the change should you be prepared to change system hive files:

When adding term set meta data to a SharePoint list item, the SharePoint use a Root hive/15 hive file, WebTaggingDialog.aspx:

Resolution: In my case, I need to allow the Order Site Collection page to be iFramed so I had to go to the WFE's and change the hive (as this is a share system page), I changed the master page to suppress the SameOrigin HTTP response (using theAllowWebFraming server control).  I added the X-Framing-Options header back with the SameOrigin and allowfrom using IIS.  So just plain horrible.  The WebTaggingDialog.asp does not use the site collection master page.  I amend the dialog.master file.  the page now opens but it does not load the treeview control used to display the term set data e.g. Language

Problem: Now the problem is that the WebTaggingDialog is not loading the treeview control to display the term set.

Initial Hypothesis: JS lazy loading issue or it is using the iFrame parent page (Portal) rather then (the calling page) to build up the display.

Workaround:  I don't want to mess with the root hive dialog.master or webTaggingDialog.aspx as these are system pages and I need to write custom JavaScript and inject it to make the tree control work.  I simply uses JavaScript to hide the term store popup page (I never open the webTaggingDialod.aspx).
In the end, I disabled the Term set picker control by hiding the icon (2 tickets image shown above) and type ahead works for selecting content types and I do not offer the WebTaggingDialog.aspx.

Posts on the iFraming issue Series:
IE11 not saving field data iframe Issue
Term Store/MMS musing when using iFrames (This post)
Displaying SharePoinnt Site Pages in iFrames