Thursday, July 12, 2007

Wow, Sharepoint is horrible

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So I'm still at the customer site and one of the things that they want to see is the people card exposed within Sharepoint.  In other words, when somebody sees my name as:

Luis Benitez

they can hover over my name and click to see my person card.  Very cool, huh?  See, it works easily on Blogs!!!!

Well, all it takes is 2-3 lines of HTML/Javascript to get going.  For any web application which follows the standard MVC (Model-View-Controller) paradigm, this should take no more than 5 minutes to implement!  That's because I can simply go into 'View' and customize it to add the required HTML/JavaScript around it. 

With Sharepoint, however, all the HTML creation is done on the server, usually as part of a DLL.  This means that it's necessary to have an ASP.NET developer create/customize a DLL in order to have that generate the proper HTML/JavaScript.  Why does Microsoft make this so hard ?  Or, how can customers like Microsoft so much when it's so hard to integrate with other things!!??!!

I'll continue investigating this and will report back on progress. 
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